Recommended Reading

Below are some of our favourite books and pregnancy apps for your pregnancy. Check our clinic library for any free to borrow copies we already have on hand!

 
 

Books for Pregnancy & Birth

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Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth

Drawing upon her thirty-plus years of experience, Ina May Gaskin, the nation’s leading midwife, shares the benefits and joys of natural childbirth by showing women how to trust in the ancient wisdom of their bodies for a healthy and fulfilling birthing experience. Based on the female-centered Midwifery Model of Care, Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth gives expectant mothers comprehensive information on everything from the all-important mind-body connection to how to give birth without technological intervention. 

Available in our clinic library or online below:

 
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Pregnancy Apps

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Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering

An authoritative guide to natural childbirth and postpartum parenting options from an MD who home-birthed her own four children.

 
 
 

Birthing From Within

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.

Available in our clinic library or online below:

 

The Birth Partner

For almost two decades, The Birth Partner has been the definitive guide for husbands, partners, relatives, friends, and doulas (labor assistants) who wish to help a woman have a positive childbirth experience. 

Available in our clinic library or online below:

 

Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn

This book provides the information and guidance you need to make informed decisions about having a safe and satisfying pregnancy, birth, and postpartum period--decisions that reflect your preferences, priorities, and values.

Co-authored by Penny Simkin, a physical therapist, who has specialized in childbirth education and labour support since 1968, this book is full of invaluable information.

OMama

OMama is a website and a mobile application (app) that connects women and families to trusted, evidence-informed healthy pregnancy, birth and early parenting information for Ontario, Canada.

Podcasts

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Birth Kweens

Birth Kweens is a wildly honest and fun dive into all things natural-pregnancy, birth, postpartum and women's health related. It's hosted by two Birth Kweens and friends: Karly Nuttall, a licensed midwife of 12 years, and Ali Feroah, a birth and postpartum doula of 4 years. Listen along every Thursday as we share fun birth stories and dish out top notch info about our favorite subjects to help you realistically prepare for birth, postpartum recovery, breastfeeding, baby care and women's health in natural ways!