Pregnancy, Birth, & Parenting Books

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
3677 posts
Sugar bee

Anything by Ina May Gaskin. Her Guide to Childbirth and Guide to Breastfeeding are invaluable.

Post # 5
3787 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@KCKnd2:  +1 I’m starting out with Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth. So far I love it. 

The rest of my list at the moment looks like this:

Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way: Revised Edition by Susan McCutcheon, Erick Ingraham, Robin Yoko Burningham 
Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding by Ina May Gaskin (Paperback)
Positive Discipline by Jane Nelsen Ed.D.
Positive Discipline: The First Three Years: From Infant to Toddler–Laying the Foundation for Raising a Capable, Confident Child (Positive Discipline Library) by Jane Nelsen Ed.D., Cheryl Erwin, Roslyn Ann Duffy 
Hands Free Mama: A Guide to Putting Down the Phone, Burning the To-Do List, and Letting Go of Perfection to Grasp What Really Matters! by Rachel Macy Stafford 

Playful Parenting by Lawrence J. Cohen (Paperback)

Post # 7
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

DH and I LOVED “Be Prepared” (, which was very funny, very informative, and didn’t drag on/wasn’t overly flowery or hippy-dippy.

We also both really liked “The Pregnancy Instruction Manual” ( for the same reasons.

I read “What to Expect” by myself, and really enjoyed it! I don’t think I would reccommend it to heavier Moms or older Moms, though. It is definitely guilty of fear-mongering a little.

Post # 8
4413 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

As for parenting them when they’re babies, I loved Tracey Hogg’s “Baby Whisperer,” and I especially valued  “On Becoming Baby Wise”. 

Baby Wise was great because it told you when you could expect your baby’s sleep schedule to adjust, in weeks. And it was right on the money right up until the 12-15 week mark when the baby can supposedly drop the last night feeding and sleep 10-12 hours straight. Mine didn’t follow that, but I don’t mind — the book was so helpful up til this point that I think it was worth the $7 I paid for it!

Post # 9
88 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

My two favorites are kind of geeky…

Birth Day by Mark Sloan, M.D. A pediatrician walks you through the history of birthing babies, going all the way back to prehistoric times before we were even upright! I just found it fascinating, and loved learning the reasons behind certain trends (the unconscious births of the 50s/60s, the natural birth push of the 80s, the cesarean trend of the 00s, etc).

Do Chocolate Lovers Have Sweeter Babies? The Surprising Science of Pregnancy by Jena Pincott More lighthearted than Birth Day but in the same vein. Just lots of really interesting factoids about pregnancy. I also liked this book because it told me I can eat chocolate every day. 😉

Post # 10
545 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

 Natural Hospital Birth – I really loved this book. A hospital birth is my only option and this book gave really practical tips for labor and birth. Written by a doula. I’m sure I’ll go back and read it a few more times before birth. 

 Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering – Some good tips, but I felt the presentation of scientific evidence was heavily biased. I did like the author’s personal birth stories. 
Misconceptions – I just love Naomi Wolf, I’m excited to read this one.

Post # 11
7654 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@Evie19:  I loved Mayo’s Guide to Pregnancy. Tells me week by week what to expect.

I am currently reading Mindful Birthing, but I am not far enough into it to comment on whether or not I like it. I feel its going to be very hard to get in to, but if I get my mindset right, I should enjoy it.

I need to look into Ina May Gaskins books because I guess her books are absolutely fantastic.

Post # 12
185 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Commenting to follow!! I’m so excited to research all of these! So far I’ve been reading the Mayo’s Guide to Pregnancy, but at 27 weeks, I need to start on breastfeeding and new baby books!

Post # 13
1830 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Commenting to follow!

Post # 14
88 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Oh, one more:

Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman While I do recommend this book, remember to keep it in context. IMO, it is almost impossible to raise an American baby like a French baby because your American baby lives in America, which is apparently very little like France when it comes to societal views and government/workplace policies on pregnancy/babies. But I definitely found it interesting and worthwhile to learn about raising a baby in a different country, and there a couple tips in here that I think can translate (such as “The Pause”–I am totally going to try and do this!)

Post # 16
1448 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

For someone who wants a more scientific approach about brain development and parenting: brain rules for baby by medina is fantastic. 

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