Best Natural Childbirth Books

Book rating updated 9.05.2024

List of the best natural childbirth books of all time sorted by rating. The most popular and recommended natural birth books. Prepare for a natural, non-medicated birth!

  1. Ina May's Guide to Childbirth

    4.7
    8 503 ratings

    Working on the very tenets of reproductive health and fetal development, but expounded from over 30 years of midwifery experience, this classic guide inspires and empowers women to approach birth with courage and reverence. It gives expectant mothers the tools to tap into the vital mind-body wisdom with which nature bestows the art of birthing in every woman.

  2. Taking Charge of Your Fertility

    4.8
    5 750 ratings

    A comprehensive program to help women learn and assume personal responsibility for fertility. Teaches women when and how to monitor and chart their menstrual cycles to determine when they are fertile, and how to avoid pregnancy without the use of chemicals or devices, and how to maximize the chances of conception when they desire. Also covers techniques for achieving or avoiding pregnancy and for reversing infertility and non-pharmaceutical birth control techniques. Illustrated.

  3. The Birth Partner

    4.7
    2 678 ratings

    A full reference for all those getting prepared to help support a mother during childbirth, including the dad or other birth partners. This guide is packed with how-tos for supporting natural birth, comforting techniques, and standing up for the birthing mother's choices to ensure a safe and satisfying experience. It prepares birth partners with the knowledge to provide skilled, compassionate care during labor.

  4. Supernatural Childbirth

    4.7
    2 581 ratings

    This complete guide to healthy pregnancy, labor and delivery is a place where practical preparation for a blissful and intervention-free experience of giving birth is infused with spiritual teachings that empower women birthing to let go of their fears, accept their divine feminine power, and open to the wondrous process that is bringing new life into this world through natural birth.

  5. Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way

    4.6
    1 564 ratings

    The Bradley Method is a progressive husband-coached technique in preparation for natural childbirth, often recommended as part of comprehensive childbirth education. This method is designed to help couples achieve their desired type of birth by providing everything they need to know. It educates mothers with specific breathing techniques and relaxation exercises and encourages their partners to be birthing coaches for a natural, non-intervention, and medication-free birth.

  6. The Fourth Trimester

    4.6
    1 349 ratings

    Postnatal or so-called "fourth trimester" is a very important but most neglected time in a baby's life. A practical guide providing first-time mothers with support in how to cope with the physical, emotional, and social challenges of the time: foci on self-care, breastfeeding, sleep, relationships, and going back to work.

  7. Birthing from Within

    4.5
    1 151 ratings

    If you're looking for one book that serves as the definitive guide to preparing for childbirth, this is it. Drawing on years of experience, the author has created a comprehensive, complete, and mindfulness-based approach to help the new mother through the journey of self-discovery, making a profound self-realization, accessing inborn power, and building trust that she will birth an intervention-free baby, even through the pain of labor. By using visualization, creativity, and self-reflection, this guide empowers women to have a positive, transformative birthing experience.

  8. Natural Hospital Birth

    4.7
    1 059 ratings

    Cynthia Gabriel inspires women to deliver naturally, intervention-free at the hospital or birth center. The book provides practical information on how to navigate the medical system, which includes tips for overcoming the two most common obstacles: birthing interventions like the epidural, and pressure from medical professionals. While it's not an explicit recommendation against all interventions, the skills to be their own advocates that the book empowers expectant mothers with can help them achieve their desired birth experience.

  9. Mindful Birthing

    4.5
    763 ratings

    This book includes everything you need to know for a peaceful, conscious birthing experience. It integrates Buddhist mindfulness practices with pragmatic preparation, providing the peace of mind that comes from feeling fully prepared. The all-encompassing approach supports the pregnant woman in developing her quality of presence and inner resources to face her fears, bear the sensations, and bring babies into the world consciously. With a focus on what you really need to know, this book is an invaluable resource for any expectant mother.

  10. Birth Without Fear

    4.6
    616 ratings

    If you want a positive birth experience, read this book! It is going to support the birthing mother to release her fear and stand confidently in her power to give birth in a manner that is transformative and empowering. Written by an experienced midwife, this book challenges negative narratives on labor pain and fosters confidence through mindfulness, relaxation techniques, and reframing perspectives. It will help you create a birth plan and prepare for a positive, intervention-free birthing journey.

  11. The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth

    4.6
    545 ratings

    This pregnancy book aims to empower mothers with evidence-based knowledge, giving rise to an informed choice-making approach throughout pregnancy, the birth process, and the postpartum period. The data presented are weighted across medical interventions and natural practices to give women a sense of empowerment in finding their way through the healthcare system and the best chances for attaining a safe, satisfying birth, whether in a hospital birthing room or another setting.

  12. The Doula Book

    4.8
    516 ratings

    The book establishes the place of a doula supporting a woman holistically - emotionally, physically, and informatively - through her pregnancy, birth, and postpartum, especially during the crucial first 40 days. The authors illustrate the well-rounded benefits of doula care to mothers, babies, and families based on decades of practical experience as doulas and researchers. They share their favorite ways to provide nourishment and support during this transformative time. The book is also a source for practical advice on how to work with a doula and is scribed with reference to both the history and development of this increasingly popular profession.

  13. Active Birth

    4.6
    496 ratings

    This book introduces motion, massage, and the upright birthing position approach to natural pregnancy and childbirth. Through inspiring birth stories and practical advice, it aims to help you prepare for a gentle, comfortable birth in harmony with your body's natural design. By empowering women with time-proven techniques that enable them to stay with the forces of gravity and remain active while in labor, this book is an invaluable resource for any expectant mother and her support person.

  14. Taking Charge Of Your Pregnancy

    4.9
    20 ratings

    It is a guide to help women go through pregnancy, to be informed about the choices in prenatal care, labor, and delivery. It tells you how to choose a health care provider and write a birth plan. It also tells you how to manage everyday discomforts, and how to prepare for the time after your baby is born. It motivates women to centralize their pregnancy experience so as to take on an individual role in self-health advocacy.

FAQ

  • What are the best natural childbirth books ever written?

    These are the top 10 best books about unmedicated birth of all time and for this year (2024) sorted by rating:

    1. "Ina May's Guide to Childbirth" by Ina May Gaskin
    2. "The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth" by Henci Goer
    3. "Birthing from Within" by Pam England and Rob Horowitz
    4. "Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way" by Susan McCutcheon
    5. "Hypnobirthing: The Mongan Method" by Marie Mongan
    6. "Active Birth" by Janet Balaskas
    7. "The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding" by La Leche League International
    8. "Childbirth Without Fear" by Grantly Dick-Read
    9. "Mindful Birthing" by Nancy Bardacke
    10. "Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering" by Sarah Buckley.
  • What are the most popular authors of natural birth books?

    Here are authors of good books about to prepare for natural childbirth:

    • Ina May Gaskin ("Ina May's Guide to Childbirth," "Ina May's Guide to Breastfeeding")
    • Sheila Kitzinger ("The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth," "Homebirth")
    • Grantly Dick-Read ("Childbirth Without Fear")
    • Penny Simkin ("The Birth Partner," "Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn")
    • Marie Mongan ("HypnoBirthing: The Mongan Method")
    • Robert Bradley ("Husband-Coached Childbirth: The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth")
    • Pam England ("Birthing from Within")
    • Elizabeth Davis ("Heart & Hands: A Midwife's Guide to Pregnancy and Birth").
  • What books should I read if I'm very afraid to give birth?
    1. "Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong" by Emily Oster 
    2. "Ina May's Guide to Childbirth" by Ina May Gaskin
    3. "The Confident Birth Book" by Susanna Heli
    4. "Mindful Birthing: Training the Mind, Body, and Heart for Childbirth and Beyond" by Nancy Bardacke
    5. "Birthing from Within: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation" by Pam England and Rob Horowitz.