Top 10 Books to Read Before You Become A Parent

Posted on February 2, 2011 at 7:24 PM

I am frequently asked “What books do you feel are good ones to read?” To be honest, there are many, many great ones out there and it would be quicker for me to say which ones I would NOT read (such as the whole ‘What to Expect...’ line)So here is my short list of favourites.

Books About Birth:

1. Birthing The Easy Way by Sheila Stubbs. Available through  This book tells it like it is. No fluff, no BS, just like your BFF or Mom would love to tell you about birth.

2. The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin. This is almost like a “Doula in a Book”. It is great because is has darkened pages to allow you to review the Coles Notes version.

3. The Dr Sears Library by Dr William Sears. Ok, I know this isn’t a single book, but anything by him is great stuff! He is a supporter of homebirth, delayed vaccinations, attachment parenting, and co-sleeping. I wish I had him on speed dial for every pregnancy/birth/parenting question.

4. Birthing From Within by Pam England. I love this Earthy-Birthy book. Most of the information is relevant to any woman achieving her desired birth experience, but for me, it’s the Blessingways and other extra that draws me in.

5. Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin. I don’t know a Doula or Midwife out there that doesn’t love this book. I love it because it shows women the huge range of ‘normal’ for labours, from mere minutes to days and how the trust that women have in their caregivers can affect their labours.

6. The Business of Being Born by Ricki Lake & Abby Epstein. Although it is an American movie do not fool yourself into thinking that in Canada birth isn’t a business, too!

Books About Breastfeeding:

7. Dr Jack Newman’s Guide To Breastfeeding by Dr Jack Newman & Theresa Pitman. What can I say; this man (yes MAN!) is the Guru of breastfeeding. Best thing, he’s Canadian!

8. The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League International. This organization has done more for breastfeeding knowledge and advocacy then anyone else I can think of. I love the newest edition; it has been totally overhauled, updated and re-organized.

9. Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding by Ina May Gaskin. Another instant classic. It’s a book about breastfeeding by Ina May, how can you go wrong!

10. If These Boobs Could Talk: A Little Humor to Pump Up the Breastfeeding Mom by Adrienne Hedger & Shannon Payette Seip. Ok, so this book isn’t full of enlightening information; but when you have that moment when you have 2 huge wet spots on the front of your t-shirt, you small like cheese, and your baby just tested you nipples for armour with their new tooth, you need a little humour. This book made me pee (just a little!) in my panties from laughter.

I could easily list 20 more, but you asked for the short list. If you have a great birth/breastfeeding book to add, please leave it in the comments! I am always up for a good read.

Happy Birthing!


Categories: Pregnancy, Labour, Breastfeeding

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