If you want to learn how best to help an expectant mother have a happy and healthy childbirth, The Birth Partner, Third Edition is the only book you’ll need. For almost 20 years, husbands, partners, friends, relatives, and doulas have turned to this book for guidance on being a supportive partner in the delivery room. – by Penny Simkin


Birth activist Henci Goer gives clear, concise information based on the latest medical studies. The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth helps you compare and contrast your various options and shows you how to avoid unnecessary procedures, drugs, restrictions, and tests. – by Henci Goer

Lamaze’s vision for the future is that formal childbirth education, in person and online, should start early in pregnancy. In the second edition of The Official Lamaze Guide, the authors share Lamaze’s belief that preparing for birth and becoming a mother takes all of pregnancy, not just six weeks of formal classes at the end of the third trimester.  – by Judith Lothian & Charlotte DeVries

This award-winning book presents the latest research-based information on pregnancy, birth, and early parenthood.  Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide.  Now newly revised and redesigned, this comprehensive, authoritative “bible” provides expectant couples with abundant, valuable information about pregnancy, labor, birth, the postpartum period, and newborn care. – by Penny Simkin, April Bolding, Ann Keppler

This new edition of The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth has been extensively revised to reflect scientific advances and cultural trends. Here, candidly and reasonably presented, is all the information expectant parents need to make their own decisions about everything–from which tests to allow to how to handle pain to where to give birth. 300 photos, drawings & diagrams. – by Sheila Kitzinger

Birthing from Within: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation

Here is a holistic approach to childbirth that examines this profound rite-of-passage not as a medical event but as an act of self-discovery. Exercises and activities such as journal writing, meditation, and painting will help mothers analyze their thoughts and face their fears during pregnancy. For use during birth, the book offers proven techniques for coping with labor pain without drugs, a discussion of the doctor or midwife’s role, and a look at the father’s responsibilities. – by Pam England

The Birth Book: Everything You Need to Know to Have a Safe and Satisfying Birth

In this comprehensive, reassuring, and authoritative guide, Dr. Bill and Martha Sears, the pediatrics specialists whose books on pregnancy, babies, and parenting have become widely praised bestsellers, thoroughly explore the abundant choices couples face when anticipating the birth of their child.  – by William & Martha Sears

The classic book on home birth that introduced a whole generation of women to the concept of natural childbirth.

From the amazing birthing tales to care of the newborn, Spiritual Midwifery is still one of the best books an expectant mother could own. Includes resources for doulas, childbirth educators, birth centers, and other organizations and alliances dedicated to improving maternity care at home and in hospitals. – by Ina May Gaskin 

Silent Knife: Cesarean Prevention and Vaginal Birth after Cesarean (VBAC)by Nancy Wainer Cohen & Lois J. Estner

“Silent Knife should be read by everyone connected with childbirth, consumers and professionals. No other book on the market today offers the complete help to cesarean prevention, including VBAC information and support. . . . One of those few books that has the power to change a person’s life.”-Justine Clegg, Council for Cesarean Awareness

The VBAC Companion: The Expectant Mother’s Guide to Vaginal Birth After Cesarean by Diana Korte

“Korte, a writer and lecturer on women’s health issues for over 25 years, has written this book “to show those of you who do want a VBAC [vaginal birth afer cesarean] how to get one.” This volume is based on the author’s published research, letters received from over 100 women who sent her their VBAC stories, and her experiences from writing about pregnancy and birth.” -Mary J. Jarvis

Breastfeeding is natural, but it is not entirely instinctive for either mothers or babies. The Nursing Mother’s Companionby Kathleen Huggins  is respected and recommended by professionals and well loved by new parents for its encouraging and accessible style. Kathleen Huggins equips breastfeeding mothers with all the information they need to overcome potential difficulties and nurse their babies successfully from the first week through the toddler years, or somewhere in between.

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding   by La Leche League International

Breastfeeding is far more than just a way to feed your baby. It’s the way you’re naturally designed to begin your mothering experience. So why doesn’t it always come naturally? Some of your friends may have told you all about their tough experiences. Maybe your mother couldn’t breastfeed and you wonder if you’ll have trouble, too. The great news is that we’ve learned a lot since your mother tried. We’ve learned more about understanding and respecting the instincts that you and your baby both have. We’ve learned that the fewer interventions you have during birth, the easier these instincts will be to tap into.

The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers – by Jack Newman & Teresa Pitman 

Although breastfeeding is the natural and healthy way to nourish your baby, it’s not always easy. Many new mothers are scared away from nursing because of difficulty getting started and lack of information about what to do when things don’t go as planned. In this fully revised and updated edition of The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers, two of today’s foremost lactation experts help new mothers overcome their fears, doubts, and practical concerns about one of the most special ways a mother can bond with her baby

Tracy Good

Tracy Good

Doula - Childbirth Educator

I am Tracy Good. I am a wife and a mother.

I am also an advocate for mothers and babies. For me that means that I believe mothers should have complete, evidence-based information about their care and the care of their babies during labor and birth and that they have the right to make the final decisions about that care. I also believe mothers should have continuous support throughout labor. And I am not a fan of the adage “doctor knows best.” I prefer “mother knows best” – especially for herself and baby! Read More…


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