Book Recommendations for Pregnancy, Birth, and Parenting

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Our educators are often working with pregnant and newly postpartum families as well as caring for their own families. They shared their favorite books to help you wade through the massive amounts of information of pregnancy, nutrition, birth, postpartum, and newborn care!

Pregnancy Guides: Use these to replace the “what to expect” type books and guide you through your pregnancy.

  1. Why Did No One Tell Me This?: The Doulas' (Honest) Guide for Expectant Parents
  2. Nurture: A Modern Guide to Pregnancy, Birth, Early Motherhood--And Trusting Yourself and Your Body

Nutrition: Start here if you're trying to figure out what to eat in pregnancy and postpartum.

  1. The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother
  2. Real Food for Pregnancy: The Science and Wisdom of Optimal Prenatal Nutrition

Mindset: Dive into your beliefs and philosophy on childbirth with these reads.

  1. Birth Without Fear: The Judgment-Free Guide to Taking Charge of Your Pregnancy, Birth, and Postpartum
  2. Reclaiming Childbirth as a Rite of Passage: Weaving ancient wisdom with modern knowledge

Birth Planning: This guide will walk you step by step through building your birth plan.

  1. The First-Time Parent's Childbirth Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide for Building Your Birth Plan

Sleep Support: Use these for help and understanding of all things baby sleep.

  1. Sweet Sleep: Nighttime and Naptime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family
  2. Holistic Sleep Coaching: Gentle Alternatives to Sleep Training for Health and Childcare Professionals

Parenting Books: a few of our favorite books about raising kids.

  1. Hunt, Gather, Parent: What Ancient Cultures Can Teach Us about the Lost Art of Raising Happy, Helpful Little Humans
  2. The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind
  3. The Nurture Revolution: Grow Your Baby's Brain and Transform Their Mental Health Through the Art of Nurtured Parenting

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