Since the pregnancy, labour, and birth part of my life is behind me now, I decided to change my reading list to include more current (parenting-related) topics. Here's the previous list of books I adored.
Baby Catcher - a book written by a modern midwife with many tales of her experiences in midwifery. A personal and touching look at the other side of birth.
Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn - fantastic reference. Written by a doula and two Registered Nurses.
The Birth House - fictional account of how the medical establishment changed birthing practices in a small Nova Scotia fishing village in the early 20th century.
The Birth That's Right for You - A good starting point to get you thinking about different birthing alternatives and how you might function in different scenarios.
The Doula Advantage: Your Complete Guide to Having an Empowered and Positive Birth Experience with the Help of a Professional Childbirth Assistant - If you have never heard of doulas or are not sure what they're all about, read this. Very accessible with tons of valuable information and statistics about how doulas improve birth outcomes.
The Midwifery Option: A Canadian Guide to the Birth Experience - Terrific guide to what midwives are and are not. There's a lot of misinformation about midwifery; this book will set you straight.
The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth - Indispensable guide to what interventions may be recommended: what they are, how they affect you and your baby, alternatives, and so on.
Birthing From Within: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation - an excellent resource for facing and accepting your fears and reclaiming the spiritual, emotional, and psychological aspects of birth.
The Birth Partner - The definitive guide for anyone who wants to help a woman through labour and childbirth. Includes information about pain management, tests for the newborn, postpartum period, and more.