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Recommended Reading

Following is a list of books that are on the HypnoBirthing Institute's Recommended Reading list. Favorite recommendations are indicated.

Arms, Suzanne. Immaculate Deception II: Myth, Magic, and Birth. Berkeley, California: Celestial Arts, 1997.

Arms, Suzanne. Seasons of Change: Growing Through Pregnancy and Birth. Durango: Kivaki Press, 1994.

Aivenhov, Omraam. Education Begins Before Birth. Provesta, USA, 19: English, 1982.

Baldwin, Rahima. Special Delivery: A Guide to Creating the Birth You Want for Your & Your Baby. Milbrae: Ses Femmes, 1986.

Bardsley, S. and L. Capacchions. Creating a Joyful Birth Experience. Fireside Press, 1994

Baumslag, Naomi, MD and Dia Michaels. Milk, Money & Madness: The Culture & Politics of Breastfeeding. Westport: Bergin & Garvey, 1995.

Brewer, Tom, MD. Metabolic Toxemia in Late Pregnancy. New Cannon: Keats Publishing, Inc., 1982.

Brewer, Tom and Gail. What Every Pregnant Woman Should Know. New Cannon: Keats Publishing, Inc. 1982.

Chamberlain, David. The Mind of Your New Born Baby. Berkeley, California: North Atlantic Books, 1988-1998.

Chilton-Pierce, Joseph. The Magical Child. New York: Bantam, 1997.

Church, Dawson. Birthing the Angel: Meditation Exercises for Expecting Parents. San Leandro, California: Alan Publishing, 1988.

Cohen, Nancy Wainer. Silent Knife. New York: Bergin & Garvey, 1983.

Cohen, Nancy Wainer. Open Season: Survival Guide for Natural Childbirth and VBAC in the 90's. Bergin & Garvey, 1991.

Davis, Elizabeth. Heart & Hands: A Midwife's Guide to Pregnancy and Birth. Photos by Suzanne Arms. Berkeley, California: Celestial Arts, 1981-1987.

Davis-Floyd, Robbie. Birth as an American Rite of Passage. Berkeley, California: University of Californis Press, 1993.

Dick-Read, Grantly, MD. Childbirth Without Fear. New York: Harper & Bros., 1955.

Dye, John H. Easy Childbirth or Healthy Mothers and Healthy Children: A Book for All Women. Buffalo: Dr. J.H. Dye Medical Institute, 1891.

Field, Tiffany. Infancy. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1990.

Gabriel, Michael. Remembering Your Life Before Birth. Lower Lake, California: Aslin, 1995.

Gaskin, Ina Mae. Babies, Breastfeeding & Bonding. Westport, Connecticut: Bergin & Garvey, 1987.

Gaskin, Ina Mae. Spiritual Midwifery 3rd Ed. Summertown: The Book Publishing Company, 1990.

Goer, Henci. Obstetric Myth vs. Research Realitites: A Guide to Medical Literature. Wesport: Bergin & Garvey, 1995.

Goer, Henci. The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth. Westport: Bergin & Garvey, 1999.

Hallett, Elisabeth. Stories of the Unborn Soul: The Mystery and Delight of Pre-Birth Communication. San Jose: The Writers Club Press, 2002.

Hallett, Elisabeth. In the Newborn Year. Summertown: The Book Publishing Company, 1992.

Harper, Barbara. Gentle Birth Choices. Vermont: Healing Arts Press, 1994.

Jones, Carl. Alternative Birth. Los Angeles: Tarcher, 1991.

Jones, Carl. After the Baby is Born. New York: Quill, 1986.

Jones, Carl. Mind Over Labor. New York: Viking Penguin, 1988.

Jones, Carl. Sharing Birth: A Father's Guide to Giving Support During Labor. New York: Quill, 1985.

Jones, Carl. The Birth Partner's Handbook. Meadowbrook Press, 1989.

Klaus, Marshall and Phyllis. Your Amazing Newborn. Reading Massachusetts: Perseus Books, 1989-1998.

Kitzinger, Sheila. Rediscovering Birth. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000.

LeBoyer, Fredrick. Birth Without Violence. New York: Alfred Knopf, 1976.

Lesko, W. and M. The Maternity Sourcebook. Warner Books, 1984.

Lipson, Tony. From Conception to Birth: Our Most Important Journey. Newtown, NSW, Australia: Millennium Books, 1984.

McCutchean, Susan. Natural Childbirth The Bradley Way. Plume-Penguin, 1984.

Mendelsohn, Robert, MD. Confessions of a Medical Heretic. 2001.

Mendelsohn, Robert, MD. How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor. Contemporary Books, 1984.

Menelli, Sheri. Journey Into Motherhood. White Heart Publishing, 2005.

Mitford, Jessica. The American Way of Birth. New York: Dutton, 1992.

Mongan, Marie. HypnoBirthing - the Mongan Method, 3rd Ed. HCI, 2005.

Nathanielsz, Peter. Prenatal Prescription. 2001.

Nilsson, Lennart. A Child is Born. New York: Delacorte Press, 1977-1990.

Noble, Elizabeth. Primal Connections. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1993.

Northrup, Christine, MD. Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom. New York: Bantam, 1994.

Odent, Michael, MD. The Nature of Birth & Breastfeeding. Westport: Bergin & Garvey, 1992.

Odent, Michael, MD. Entering the World. 1994.

Odent, Michael, MD. Birth Reborn. New York: Pantheon Books, 1994.

Piontelli, Alessandra. From Fetus to Child: An Observation and Psychoanalytic Study. London: Routledge, 1992.

Schwartz, Leni. Bonding Before Birth. Boston: Sigo Press, 1991.

Sears W. and M. The Birth Book. Little Brown Publishers. 1990 and 1994.

Simpkin, Penny. The Birth Partner: Everything You Need to Know to Help a Woman Through Childbirth. Boston: The Harvard Press, 1989.

Simpkin, Keppler, and Whalley. Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn. New York: Meadowbrook Press, 1991.

Tsiaras, Alexander and Barry Werth. From Conception to Birth: A Life Unfolds. New York: Doubleday, 2000.

Verney, Thomas and John Kelly. The Secret Life of the Unborn Child. New York: Dell 1981-1986.

Wildner, Kimberly. Mother's Intention: How Belief Shapes Birth. Michigan: Harbor & Hill, 2003.

Wirth, Fredrick, MD. Prenatal Parenting. Regan Books, 2002.