8 Natural Child Birth Books for Expectant Mothers

It is extremely important to be well prepared for the birthing process, especially if you are preparing to go through the birth naturally. If you are gearing-up for natural childbirth, it may be difficult for you to find useful resources to help with the process.

Natural Child Birth Books

Although they may be more difficult to find than other pregnancy and childbirth book, there are some excellent natural birth books out there, some of which are listed below.

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, by Ina May, well-known midwife

This guide is an informative and entertaining read of many birth stories, combined with practical advice. Please be aware that this book contains a lot of images, so be prepared.

Your Best Birth: Know all Your Options, Discover the Natural Choices and Take Back the Birth Experience

Written by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein, Your Best Birth comes highly recommended from readers. This book is an excellent resource for you to know and understand all of the modern common procedures of labor, and allows you to evaluate the many options.

Active Birth: The New Approach to Giving Birth Naturally by Janet Balaskas

Active Birth really addresses the importance of active involvement and movement during childbirth. It gives great suggestions for minimizing discomfort during labor through movement, massage, visualization, and distraction techniques.

Pushed: The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care

This book by Jennifer Block comes highly recommended for its in-depth explanations of many of the common practices regarding childbirth and maternity care. Pushed will give you the knowledge and courage to stick with natural childbirth and focus on the experience you want, not the experience that doctors and nurses may want for you.

Childbirth Without Fear, by Dr. Grantly Dick Read

Childbirth Without Fear may very well change all your preconceptions about childbirth and the common practices related to it. It is a little bit older, but it still provides valuable information and insight that will make expectant mothers feel confident in the power of their bodies and their ability to birth naturally.

Gentle Birth Choices by Barbara Harper

Gentle Birth Choices is recommended by Lamaze International for pregnant women and their birthing partners. Harper, a nurse, former midwife, and mother, outlines and clarifies all of the options available during childbirth and advocates for a family-oriented experience.

The Birth Partner, by Penny Simkin

The Birth Partner is a great resource for you, your husband, and anyone that will be involved with the birthing process.

Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way

Natural Childbirth details natural birth and coping strategies for women and birth partners. Written by Susan McCutcheon, this book really incorporates the husband’s role and involvement during childbirth.


When preparing for childbirth, it is so important to be well informed and to have some strong coping strategies planned. If you are opting for a natural childbirth experience, you will especially need to be prepared for what to expect. In addition, you may need to defend your choice to family, doctors, and nurses, and it is important to understand the difference between medical necessity during childbirth and common procedures that simply make the process easier or quicker for them.

Natural childbirth is a special and empowering experience, and you deserve to have the experience that you want.




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