Recommended Reading List for Pregnancy

General Reading References

  • Great Expectations: Your All-in-one Resource for Pregnancy and Childbirth. Sandy Jones and Marcia Jones with Peter Bernstein, MD, MPH, FACNM, and Claire Westdahl, CNM, MPH, FACNM.
  • The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth(4TH edition). Sheila Kitzinger.
  • Easing Labor Pain: The Complete Guide to a More Comfortable and Rewarding Birth (revised). Adrienne Lieberman.
  • Gentle Birth Choices. Barbara Harper.
  • Pregnancy, Childbirth and The Newborn (revised). P. Simkins, J. Whalley, and A. Keppler.
  • New Birth Partner (4th edition). Penny Simkin.
  • The Well Pregnancy Book. Samuels and Samuels.
  • An Easier Childbirth: A Mother’s Guide for Birthing Normally. Gayle H. Peterson.
  • Birth Without Violence. Leboyer.


  • The Expectant Father: Facts, Tips and Advice for Dads-to-be. Armin A. Brott.
  • Fathering Right: Straight Talk About Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond. Wade Horn.

  • Cesarean Birth

    • Vaginal Birth after Cesarean: The VBAC Handbook. Churchill.
    • The Essential C-Section Guide. Maureen Connolly and Dana Sullivan.

    Teen Pregnancy

    • Your Pregnancy and Newborn Journey: A Guide For Pregnant Teens. Lindsay and Brunelli.
    • You Look Too Young To Be A Mom: Teen Mothers on Love, Learning and Success. Deborah Davis (editor).


    • Eating For Pregnancy: An Essential Guide to Nutrition With Recipes for the Whole Family. Catherine Cheremeteff Jones.


    • Having Twins and More: A Parent’s Guide to Multiple Pregnancy, Birth and Early Childhood. Elizabeth Noble.
    • The Parent’s Guide to Raising Twins. Elizabeth Frederich and Cherry Rowland.


    • Maternal Fitness: Preparing For a Healthy Pregnancy, an Easier Labor, and a Quick Recovery. Julie Tupler and Andrea Thompson.
    • Fit To Deliver: An Innovative Prenatal and Postpartum Fitness Program: Safe and Fun Exercises Tailored by Professionals to Benefit Both You and Your Baby. Karen Nordahl, Carl Petersen, and Renne Minges Jeffreys.
    • Exercising Through Your Pregnancy. James F. Clapp III, M.D.


    • The Nursing Mother’s Companion (7th edition). Kathleen Huggins.
    • Breastfeeding Your Baby. Sheila Kitzinger.
    • Nursing Your Baby (revised). K. Pryor and G. Pryor.

    Parenting / Childcare

    • Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems: New, Revised and Expanded Edition. Richard Ferber, M.D.
    • Your Baby and Child. Penelope Leach
    • Liberated Parents, Liberated Children: Your Guide to a Happier Family. Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish.
    • The Well Baby Book (revised). Mike Samuels and Nancy Samuels.
    • Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care: 9th Edition. Benjamin Spock, M.D.


    • The New Baby at Your House. Joanna Cole and Margaret Miller.
    • We Have a Baby. Cathryn Maryann Falwell.
    • Mom and Dad and I are Having a Baby. Malecki.

    Birth After 35 (Prenatal Testing)

    • The Tentative Pregnancy. Barbara Katz Rothman.
    • Which Tests For My Unborn Baby: Ultrasound and Other Prenatal Tests. Lachlande Crespigny and Rhonda Dredge.