Recommended Reading List

Pregnancy Guide: Recommended Reading for Pregnancy, Baby Care and Kids

This Pregnancy Guide is full of books recommended by members of the Ma Yoga community. There are also sections for breastfeeding, baby care and starting your kids out on the right yoga foot.

Don’t forget you can try before you buy – go to www.lapl.org and have them sent to your branch. They’ll call you when they’re ready.

Happy reading!

Books On Pregnancy and Birth

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth – Ina May Gaskin – if you read one book, read this one!

The Gentle Birth Method – Gowri Motha

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

A Good Birth, A Safe Birth: Choosing and Having the Childbirth Experience You Want, Third Revised Edition – Diana Korte, Roberta Scaeral

Birthing from Within: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation – Pam England, Rob Horowitz

Sweet Dreams – Paul Fliess, MD

Magical Child – Joseph Clinton Pearce

The Secret Life of the Unborn Child – Thomas Verny, MD with John Kelly

Meditations for Pregnancy: 36 Weekly Practices for Bonding with Your Unborn Baby – Michelle LeClaire

Mind Over Labor – Carl Jones

The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth – Henci Goer

The Birth Partner – Penny Simkin

Our Babies, Ourselves – Meredith F. Small

Birth Without Violence – Federick Leboyer

The Pregnancy Journal – A. Christine Harris, PhD

The Expectant Father – Armin A. Brott, Jennifer Ash

The Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy – Vicki Iovine

Mayo Clinic Complete Book of Pregnancy and Baby’s First Year

Dear Parents, Caring for Infants with Respect – Magda Gerber

Birth and Beyond: the Definitive Guide to Your Pregnancy, Your Birth, Your Familyfrom Minus 9 to Plus 9 Months – Yehudi Gordon (available from Amazon.co.uk with a credit card – they deliver Airmail. This book has a particularly useful A-Z Health Guide that is very detailed and became my bible with my newborn.)

The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth – Sheila Kitzinger.

Books on Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding Your Baby, Shela Kitzinger

Bestfeeding. Getting Breastfeeding Right for You, 2nd edition, Mary Renfrew, Chloe Fisher, and Suzanne Arms

Breastfeeding, Pure and Simple, La Leche League International, Gwen Gotsch, 2000

New Mother’s Guide to Breastfeeding, The American Academy of Pediatrics, Joan Younger Meeks

Nursing Mother, Working Mother, Gale Pryor

The Breastfeeding Book, Martha Sears, RN and William Sears MD

The Nursing Mother’s Companion, Kathleen Huggins, 1999

The Nursing Mother’s Guide to Weaning, Kathleen Huggins and Linda Ziedrich

The Nursing Mother’s Problem Solver, Claire Martin, 2000

The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers, Jack Newman, MD, and Teresa Pitman, 2002

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, La Leche League International

Books on Infant and Baby Care

Trees Make the Best Mobiles: Simple Ways to Raise Your Child in a Complex World by Jessica Teich, Brandel France de Bravo

The Baby Book – Dr. William Sears (or any of his other books including The Attachment Parenting Book)

The Baby Whisperer: How to Calm, Connect, and Communicate with Your Baby (check out the E.A.S.Y. routine – saved us) — by Tracy Hogg, Melinda Blau

The Vital Touch : How Intimate Contact With Your Baby Leads To Happier, Healthier Development – Sharon Heller, PhD

The New Father: A Dad’s Guide to The First Year; A Dad’s Guide to the Toddler Years – by Armin A. Brott

Listening to Your Baby: A New Approach to Parenting Your Newborn – Jay Gordon, MD

Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer – Harvey Karp (and check out the dvd at the public library – lapl.org)

Sweet Dreams – Paul Fliess, MD

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding (A La Leche League International Book) – Gwen Gotsch, etal.

Mayo Clinic Complete Book of Pregnancy and Baby’s First Year

Dear Parents, Caring for Infants with Respect – Magda Gerber

Birth and Beyond: the Definitive Guide to Your Pregnancy, Your Birth, Your Family – from Minus 9 to Plus 9 Months – Yehudi Gordon (available from Amazon.co.uk with a credit card – they deliver Airmail. This book has a particularly useful A-Z Health Guide that is very detailed and became our bible with our newborn.)

Books on Yoga Lifestyle Techniques Kids

Mindful Child: How to Help Your Kid Manage Stress and Become Happier, Kinder, and More CompassionateSusan K Greenland

Fly Like a Butterfly – Shakta Kaur Khalsa

If you have books you’ve loved, please email them to me at jessica@mayoga.com and I will add it to this list!

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