Recommended resources for pregnancy

A reading list

Childbirth and Afterwards:

  • Birth & Beyond by Dr. Yehudi Gordon The Definitive Guide to Your Pregnancy, Your Birth, Your Family: From Minus 9 to Plus 9 months. This provides balanced all round information. Up to date on exercise, technical facts, shows awareness of the emotional side of pregnancy birth and beyond.
  • New Active Birth by Janet Balaskas.
  • Yoga for Pregnancy by Wendy Teasdale
  • Preparing for birth with Yoga by Janet Balaskas
  • Complete Book of Pregnancy NCT/Daphne Maitland .
  • Birth Without Violence by Frederick Leboyer. Even though much has changed since this was written it is still relevant. Leboyer introduced awareness of the baby’s experience of the birth.
  • Wild Child: Wisdom and Traditions for Pregnancy, Birth and Motherhood.
  • The Encyclopaedia of Pregnancy & Birth by Janet Balaskas & Yehudi Gordon.
  • Alternative Therapies for Pregnancy & Birth by Pat Thomas. Well researched with some information for everyone.
  • The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin
  • Easy Exercises for Pregnancy by Janet Balaskas
  • Birthing from Within By Pam England and Rob Horowitz
  • Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
  • Birth Reborn by Michel Odent
  • Gentle birth, Gentle mothering by Sarah J. Buckley

Post Natal

  • Bestfeeding By Mary Renfrew, Chloe Fisher and Suzanne Arms – the definitive guide to breastfeeding.
  • The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, La Leche League. Deals with getting started and the long term with breastfeeding. Chatty in style.
  • What Mothers Do – especially when it looks like nothing by Naomi Stadlen
  • Baby Yoga by Francoise Barbira Freedman
  • No Cry Sleep Solution by Elisabeth Pantely. Ideas to help parents help babies to find their own way of sleeping without imposing an adult-centered routine
  • The Social Baby by Lynne Murray and Liz Andrews
  • Baby Massage books by Peter Walker recommended


  • Saying No, Why its important for you and your child by Asha Philips.
  • How to talk so kids will listen and listen so kids will talk by Adele Faber, Elaine Mazlish.
  • Raising Boys: Why boys are different – and how to help them to become happy and well balanced men by Steve Biddulph.

Yoga – general

  • Awakening the Spine by Vanda Scaravelli
  • Breath: the essence of Yoga by Sandra Sabatini