Recommended & Inspirational Reading

Doula training


Nothing beats having a real baby in for the Postnatal sessions!

Thanks to little Sam, who was a star...March 2010


Here are some of the many books you might find interesting and inspiring for your Doula journey. You are not expected to read all of these for training! We can guide you with your choices before the Course, or help you hone your choices during the week.

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The New Experience of Childbirth Sheila Kitzinger
Birth Reborn: What Childbirth Should Be Michel Odent £7.44
Childbirth without Fear: The Principles and Practice of Natural Childbirth Grantly Dick-Read, Michel Odent £20.00
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth Ina May Gaskin £7.48
Home Birth: A Practical Guide Nicky Wesson £8.99
Birth Without Violence: New Edition Frederick Leboyer £14.09
Birth And Beyond: The Definitive Guide to Your Pregnancy, Your Birth, Your Family - From Minus 9 to Plus 9 Months Yehudi Gordon £21.26
Spiritual Midwifery Ina May Gaskin £10.18
Birth Space, Safe Place: Emotional Well-Being Through Pregnancy and Birth Adela Stockton £3.99
The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and Other Labor Companions Penny Simkin £65.47
Sensitive Midwifery Caroline Flint £164.75
Using Counselling Skills on the Telephone and in Computer-mediated Communication Pete Sanders £15.04
Doula Programmes: How to Start and Run A Private or Hospital Based Pro Paulina Perez £39.72
Seed Handbook Lynne Franks £150.60
Silent Knife: Cesarean Prevention and Vaginal Birth after Cesarean (VBAC) Lois J Estner £27.00
The Caesarean Michel Odent £15.37
Homeopathy for Midwives Barbara Geraghty £28.19
Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year (Wise Woman Herbals Series: No. 1) Susun S. Weed £9.98
The Herbal for Mother and Child: Essential home remedies for a healthy pregnancy, a trouble-free birth and everyday childhood ailments Anne McIntyre £113.75
Preparing for Birth with Yoga: Empowering and Effective Exercise for Pregnancy and Childbirth Janet Balaskas £95.23
Yoga for Pregnancy Wendy Teasdill £65.00
Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful : Experience the Natural Power of Pregnancy and Birth with Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Cindy Crawford, Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa £15.36
Inner Beauty, Inner Light: Yoga for Pregnant Women Frederick Leboyer £10.99
The Waterbirth Book: From the World-Renowned Natural Childbirth Pioneer Janet Balaskas £88.80
Water And Sexuality (Arkana S.) Michel Odent £71.20
Ina May's Guide to Breastfeeding Ina May Gaskin £3.99
Birth and Breastfeeding: Rediscovering the Needs of Women During Pregnancy and Childbirth (Health & Healing) Michel Odent £5.73
Breast Is Best Dr Penny Stanway, Dr. Andrew Stanway
Baby-led Weaning: Helping Your Baby to Love Good Food Gill Rapley, Tracey Murkett £5.69
The Red Tent Anita Diamant £4.41
Three in a Bed: The Benefits of Sleeping with Your Baby Deborah Jackson £6.43
The Social Baby: Understanding Babies' Communication from Birth Lynne Murray, Liz Andrews £42.63
The Continuum Concept (Arkana) Jean Liedloff £5.21
Birth without Doctors: Conversations with Traditional Midwives Jacqueline Vincent-Priya £35.03
Mother Rising: The Blessingway Journey into Motherhood Barbara Lucke, Donna Miller Watelet, Yana Cortland £67.47
Magical Child Joseph Chilton Pearce £56.37
Magical Child Joseph Chilton Pearce £56.37
Magical Child Joseph Chilton Pearce £56.37
Teach Yourself Baby Massage and Yoga (TYG) Anita Epple, Pauline Carpenter £96.14
Baby Massage: A Comprehensive Step-by-step Guide Galit Hughes £10.10
The Attachment Parenting Book: A Commonsense Guide to Understanding and Nurturing Your Child (Sears Parenting Library) William Sears, Martha Sears £6.11
Birth Matters: a midwife's manifesta Ina May Gaskin £5.06
Birth Matters: a midwife's manifesta Ina May Gaskin £5.06
The Politics of Breastfeeding: When Breasts are Bad for Business Gabrielle Palmer £11.99
The Breastfeeding Answer Book Nancy Mohrbacher, Julie Stock £93.26
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding La Leche League International, Diane Wiessinger, Diana West, Teresa Pitman £8.94
The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers: The Most Comprehensive Problem-solving Guide to Breastfeeding from the Foremost Expert in North America Jack Newman, Teresa Pitman £70.60
Dr. Jack Newman's Guide to Breastfeeding Jack Newman, Teresa Pitman £47.45
The Pregnant Body Book £28.77