9 Great Reads for Your Pregnancy

Pregnant woman in cozy jumper reading about child birth

  • Birthing From Within by Pam England & Rob Horowitz, 1998. An in-depth focus on birthing and self. An excellent read.



  • A Labour Of Love: An Australian Guide to Natural Childbirth by Gabrielle Targett, 2006.  The book covers topics such as: preparing for a positive birth experience, planning ahead, siblings at birth, being physically fit, special pregnancy issues, the power of pregnancy and labour hormones, and pain relief.


  • 25 Ways To Awaken Your Birth Power by Danette Watson & Stephanie Corkhill Hyles, 2004.  This book and CD cover visualization, affirmation, breathing exercises and relaxation as preparation and inspiration for the body, mind and spirit.



  • Birth Skills by Juju Sundin & Sarah Murdoch, 2007.  This book, based on the classes taught by Sundin, a well known physiotherapist and childbirth educator in Sydney, will help pregnant women understand what is happening to their body during labour, particularly dealing with pain.


  • Childbirth Without Fear: The principles and practice of natural childbirth by Grantly Dick-Read, 2004.  Explores the emotional journey of childbirth, offering reassuring and confirming reflections of your ability to birth and trust.  An old and fabulous classic.


  • Gentle Birth Choices – Book and DVD by Barbara Harper, 2005.  Very soothing, spiritual guide to birthing that helps parents to plan a meaningful, family-centred birth experience. The DVD blends interviews with midwives and physicians and shows six births, including water birth, home birth, and vaginal birth.



  • The Water Birth Book by Janet Balaskas, 2004.  Based on 15 years of working with water births, the book is packed with inspiring stories.