These resources have been grouped to give you some idea of their approach and what they have to offer. Many are comprehensive and could belong in several categories.

It is possible to find books, websites, blogs and forums with all kinds of perspectives, approaches and beliefs about pregnancy, birth and mothering. This list reflects my own preferences and resources that have been recommended to me.

You need to find those resources that make a supportive, encouraging and positive contribution to how you feel about birth, mothering and yourself. Don’t distract yourself with TV programs, blogs or forums that undermine, cause anxiety or anger due to core differences in opinion or values. A little challenge to get you thinking, considering differences and making sure you have looked at all angles is a wonderful thing. However, do not allow yourself to become enraged or bitter towards other perspectives while you are pregnant. Your health and state of mind have an impact on your baby’s wellbeing. Your positive birth is about you and your baby, not someone else and what they believe or value.

Pregnancy and Birth Guides

A Labour of Love: An Australian Guide to Natural Childbirth
Gabrielle Targett

Birth Day [DVD]
Diana Paul, Frank Ferrel

Birth Into Being [DVD]
Tatyana and Alexi Sargunas

Birthing from Within
Pam England, Rob Horowitz

Childbirth Without Fear: The Principles and Practice of Natural Childbirth
Grantly Dick-Read

Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth
Sheila Kitzinger

Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering
Dr Sarah Buckley

In a Simple Way, A Child is Born [DVD]
Vicki Chan, Nic Edmondstone

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
Ina May Gaskin

Making Sense of Pregnancy, Birth and Baby [DVD]

Natural Birth: A Holistic Guide to Pregnancy, Childbirth and Breastfeeding
Kristina Turner

Natural Pregnancy [DVD]
Janet Balaskas

Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth
Boston Women’s Health Book Collective

Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide (4th Edition)
Penny Simkin, April Bolding, Ann Keppler, Janelle Durham, Janet Whalley

The Art Of Birth [DVD]
Shea Caplice

The Big Book Of Birth
Erica Lyon

The Big Stretch [DVD]
Alieta Belle, Jenny Blyth

The Birth Book: Everything You Need to Know to Have a Safe and Satisfying Birth
William Sears MD, Martha Sears RN

The Down to Earth Birth Book: a practical guide to natural birth
Jenny Blyth

The Natural Way to a Better Pregnancy
Francesca Naish, Janette Roberts

The Natural Way to Better Birth and Bonding
Francesca Naish, Janette Roberts

The Official Lamaze Guide: Giving Birth with Confidence (2nd Edition)
Judith Lothian, Charlotte De Vries

What If [DVD]
Nic Edmonstone, Vicki Chan

Honouring and Celebrating Mothers and Babies

25 Ways to Joy and Inner Peace for Mothers [Book/CD]
Stephanie Corkhill Hyles, Danette Watson

Celebrating Motherhood: A Comforting Companion for Every Expecting Mother
Lisa Burnett Bossi, Andrea Alban Gosline, Ame Mahler Beanland

Blessingways: A Guide to Mother-Centred Baby Showers
Shari Maser

Mother Rising: The Blessingway Journey into Motherhood
Barbara Lucke, Donna Miller Watelet, Yana Cortland

Mother’s Nature: Timeless Wisdom for the Journey Into Motherhood
Andrea Alban Gosline, Lisa Burnett Bossi

Baby Care

100 Ways to Calm the Crying
Pinky McKay

Baby Love: Everything you need to know
Robin Barker

Baby Magic: Planning For A Lifetime Of Love
Sue Cox

Breastfeeding… Naturally
Jill Day & The Australian Breastfeeding Association

Gentle Baby Care
Elizabeth Pantley

Parenting By Heart
Pinky McKay

Sleeping Like a Baby
Pinky McKay

The Mighty Toddler
Robin Barker

Toddler Tactics
Pinky McKay

For Children

A Special Something
Jan Fearnley

Baby on the Way
William Sears MD, Martha Sears RN

Daddy’s Having a Horse
Lisa Shanahan

Happy Birth Day
Robie H. Harris, Michael Emberley

Hello Baby
Jenni Overend, Julie Vivas

Hi New Baby!
Robie H. Harris, Michael Emberley

I Watched my Brother Being Born: Including Children At Birth
Anne Vondruska, Katarina Vondruska

Mummy Laid an Egg!
Babette Cole

My Brother Jimi Jazz
Chrissy Butler

On the Night You Were Born
Nancy Tillman

There’s a House Inside My Mummy
Giles Andreae, Vanessa Cabban

There’s Going to Be a Baby
John Burningham, Helen Oxenbury

We’re having a Homebirth!
Kelly Mochel

What Baby Needs
William Sears MD, Martha Sears RN

Where Did That Baby Come From?
Debi Gliori