Resources for Labor and Birth and Beyond

The decision to give natural birth has changed many mothers for the better, but we understand that making such a decision about your labor and birth process is not easy. The feeling you receive from undertaking the labor and birth process without painkillers can empower you in ways difficult to imagine. We, at Missouri Midwifery, consider the birth process an intimate and integral part of motherhood, and we find that the experience of natural labor and birth give mothers a stronger sense of their power, strength, and connection to their baby.

Don’t Just Take Our Word for It

Whether your first child or your third child, few moments will impact your life in the same way as giving birth, and we understand the difficulty in choosing where and how to give birth. You should make an informed decision and do what makes you comfortable and what feels right for you. For these reasons, we would like to share with you some of our favorite resources on natural birth, labor and birth, baby care, postpartum care, and breastfeeding. We have also added a few resources on the art of photography and nutrition because we want you to know us and feel comfortable with us before you even come in for your first visit!

A Few Websites We Love

A Few Books We Love on Labor and Birth

  • Everything by Ina May Gaskin: Spiritual Midwifery, Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding, Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, and Birth Matters: A Midwife’s Manifesta
  • Your Best Birth, by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein
  • Baby Catcher: Chronicles of a Modern Midwife, by Peggy Vincent
  • Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born, byTina Cassidy
  • Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way, by Rosegg and Rosegg
  • The Birth Book, by Sears and Sears
  • Birth from Within, by Pam England

On Diet

  • What Every Woman Should Know, by Tom Brewer
  • Laurel’s Kitchen, by Robertson, Flinders and Ruppenthal
  • Nourishing Traditions, by Sally Fallon

On Breastfeeding

  • The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, La Leche League
  • A Nursing Mother’s Companion, Kathleen Huggins, RN, MS

On Baby Care

  • The Baby Book, Sears and Sears
  • Smart Medicine for Healthy Children, Zand, Walton and Rountree
  • Keepers of the Children (Native American Wisdom and Parenting), by Laura M. Ramirez

For more information on natural labor and birth, contact Missouri Midwifery today.