Recommended Reading

Husband-Coached Childbirth
by Robert Bradley, M.D.

Dr. Bradley’s pioneering work in the field of natural childbirth. For half a century, the all-natural Bradley Method® has helped mothers have healthy babies and joyful birth experiences–and made fathers partners in the miracle of life. Revised and updated in 2008, this guide teaches fathers how to work with mothers to provide a joyful birth experience that eliminates drugs, shortens labor, lessens complications, and promotes healthy newborns.

Natural Childbirth the Bradley ® Way
by Susan McCutcheon

If you can purchase only one book on childbirth, this is the one. Comprehensive and informative, it covers the importance of nutrition and exercise, gives practical relaxation instruction, explains the relationship between physiology and what you feel in labor, and describes how and why this method differs from others. As a reader who used this book, hoping for a better experience than she had with her first child wrote: “The practical info in this book revolutionized the birth experience I had with my second baby… Every family deserves this kind of joy in childbirth.”

The Thinking Woman’s Guide to A Better Birth
by Henci Goer

This book has information about the most common interventions used in childbirth today. With all the evidence available to support the wisdom and safety of natural childbirth, this book will make you wonder why some procedures are considered so normal and routine. Thoroughly researched and footnoted with references to current studies, this book covers topics like cesareans, the use of IVs during birth, pain medications, epidurals, episiotomies, and electronic fetal monitoring.

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