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Labor and Birth Books

I've listed these books in alphabetical order.  When you click on a link , it will take you to Amazon's website where you can get more information about the book, including pricing, ordering and shipping information.  And remember, proceeds from your purchase helps fund the purchase of new references forour lending library of pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and parenting books.

Active Birth by Janet Balaskas
This book encourages women to move around during their labors for more comfort. It gives great advice on acheiving a more comfortable pregnancy and birth.
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Birth at Home by Shelia Kitzinger
Deciding to give birth at home can leave you with many questions, this books has many of those answers.
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Birth Over Thirty-five by Shelia Kitzinger
One of the few books to address pregnancy over 35, written by a popular childbirth author and educator.
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Birthing From Within by Pam England, Rob Horowitz
A revolutionary look at childbirth, a self-taught childbirth class of amazing ability.  One of my personal favorites.
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The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth by Shelia KitzingerA fascinating and informative book.  I especially enjoyed the beautiful photography that went along with the peaceful, entertaining, and informative narrative.
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Gentle Birth Choices by Barbara Harper & Suzanne ArmsIf you are considering using water for labor and birth, this book is a must read!
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Good Birth, Safe Birth by Diana Korte and Roberta Scaer
A consumer's guide to birth in the 90s. A primer in choices for birth and how to decide what you want and how to get those choices.
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The Labor Progress Handbook by Penny Simpkin and Ruth Ancheta This is a well organized, clearly written and  meticulously documented book that gives birth professionals and women in general a systematic, practical basis to prevent, diagnose, and treat poor progress in labor. Approaching dystocia (difficult labor) holistically, the authors consider the effects of the woman's emotional state, her environment, and the impact of hospital or caregiver policies and attitudes in addition to the standard "powers, passage, passenger" explanation for labor progress. This book is  woman centered, with the laboring woman as the active agent in resolving difficulties.  
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Mothering the Mother: How a Doula Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier & Healthier Birth by John H. Kennell , Phyllis H. Klaus , Marshall H. Klaus
For consumers and professionals, this book about doulas and professional labor support can enlighten and entertain you. By the authors of the doula studies!
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Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn by Janet Whalley, Penny Simkin, & Keppler
This book covers a lot of ground, quickly and accurately. It has great visual aids and charts for quick comprehension and planning.
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Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin
One of my personal favorites, Spiritual Midwifery contains many birth stories.  It is also a great birth primer for midwives or anyone interested in birth.
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Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler
An excellent resource for anyone trying to achieve or avoid a pregnancy. Includes great pictures, stories, and charts!
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Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer
Up-to-date information on the newest and oldest inc hildbirth. Quick factual references on many topic of debate in the obstetrical world today. A must for every woman.
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Unassisted Childbirth by Laura Kaplan Shanley
Information and practical advice about  having a baby without medical assistance.
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