An Annotated Bibliography Here

General Resource


  1.      1. a must see: elephant giving birth in Bali (one of Ina May’s favorite videos)
  2.  “Birth Story: Ina May
    Gaskin & The Farm Midwives,” 2012, directed by Sara Lamm and Mary Wigmore.
  3. “Breast Crawl by UNICEF”
    a must see!
  4. “Breastfeeding: the Why-to, How-to, Can-do Videos”—Vida health communications.
  5.  “The Business of Being
    Born” with Abby Epstein and Ricki Lake. (DVD) (See also “More Business of Being
    Born,” the 4-part continuation of the series.)
  6.  “Christian dads
    experience what it feels like to give birth”—one for your partner! (Youtube)
  7.    “Doula”—about Loretha
    Weisinger’s work with teens. (Netflix)
  8. “Doula: a
    documentary”—produced in 2012 by Childbirth Collective in Minneapolis and Emily
  9. “The dramatic Struggle
    for Life”—very amazing footage from Bali.
  10. “Everybody Loves . . . Babies” by thomas
    Balmes. (DVD/(Youtube))
  11.  “Extraordinary
    Breastfeeding” a five-part online video series, these videos give real food for
    thought! (Youtube)
  12. “Guerrilla Midwife”—follow
    CNN hero of the Year Ibu Robin Lim into the trenches of her work from Bali,
    where hemorrhage after childbirth is a leading cause of death, into the tsunami
    disaster zone in Aceh, where her battle is fought with only one weapon, love.
  13. “Thalasso Bain Bebe par Sonia Rochel”—Baby
    bath by Brazilian midwife Sonia Rochel (Youtube)
  14. “Twin Vertex Birth”—the
    birth of the author’s twins at The Farm in 1982, with Ina May Gaskin. (DVD)
Internet Resourcesa
advice on breastfeeding and parenting (my personal favorite)
22.   Breastfeeding resource
pages—Leche League Lnternational.
34.  Caroline Flint, U.K.
Midwife website:
45. DONA International
website: information on doula training, certification and Doula Magazine.
56.  Ina May Gaskin’s
67.  The Newman Breastfeeding
Clinic, the Centre for Breastfeeding Education, and the Centre for Breastfeeding
Studies: You can call them for help anytime too:
416-498-0002 a connection to an amazing group in Canada with seemingly endless
information—all excellent.
  8. Ongoing blog:
Parenting: Instinctive care for your baby and young child
by Katie Allison Granju
Breastfeeding and Bonding
, by Ina May Gaskin
, by Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett
Matters: a Midwife’s Manifesta
, by Ina May Gaskin
Birth Partner
: a
Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions
revised 4th ed, by Penny Simkin
Birth Partner: Everything You Need to Know to Help a Woman Through Childbirth,
Penny Simpkin
Children’s Eyes
, by Penny Simkin
and Natural Child Spacing: How Ecological Breastfeeding Spaces Babies
by Sheila Kippley
Breastfeeding Answer Book,
by La Leche League
10.  Breastfeeding Matters:
What We Need to Know About Infant Feeding
, by Maureen
Kathryn Minchin
11.  Comfort Measures for
, by Penny Simkin
12.  The Continuum Concept: In search of
happiness lost,
by Jean Liedloff – my all-time favorite
13.  Do Birth: a gentle guide
to labour and childbirth
, by Carolyn flint
14.  Hold Your Premie,
by Jill and Dr. Nils Bergman
15.  Ina May’s Guide to
, by Ina May Gaskin
16.  Ina
May’s Guide to Childbirth, by Ina May Gaskin
“The midwife considers the miracle of childbirth as normal, and
leaves it alone unless there’s trouble. The obstetrician normally sees
childbirth as trouble; if he leaves it alone, it’s a miracle
.” ~ Sheila Stubbs
17.  The Labor Progress
Handbook: Early Interventions to Prevent and Treat Dystocia
by Penny Simkin
18.  Ma Doula: A Story Tour of
Birth, by Stephanie Sorensen

19.  Medications and Mothers’
, 14th ed., by Thomas W. Hale
20.  Mothering the New Mother,
by Sally Placksin
21.  The NAPSAC Directory of Alternative
Birth Services and Consumer Guide,
by Penny Simkin
22.  Natural Health After
, by Aviva Jill Romm
23.  The Nursing Mother’s
, by Sheila Humphrey
24.  Parenting Without
Borders: Surprising Lessons Parents Around the World Can Teach Us
by Christine Gross-Loh
25.  The Politics of
, by Gabrielle Palmer
26.  Pregnancy, Childbirth and
the Newborn
, by Penny Simkin
27.  Saving Babies? The
Consequences of Newborn Genetic Screening
, by Stefan
Timmermans and Mara Buchbinder
28.  The Simple Guide to
Having a Baby
, by Penny Simkin
29.  The Spirit Catches You
and You Fall Down
: A
Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures
, by
Anne Fadiman
30.  Spiritual Midwifery,
by Ina May Gaskin
31.  The Tender Gift:
, by Dana Raphael
32.  Testing Baby: The Transformation
of Newborn Screening, Parenting, and Policymaking
by Rachel Grob

33.  The Ultimate
Breastfeeding Book of Answers: The Most Comprehensive Problem-Solution Guide to
Breastfeeding from the Foremost Expert in North America
by Jack Newman and Teresa Pitman

34.  When Survivors Give
Birth: Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse on
Childbearing Women
, by Penny Simkin
35.  The Womanly art of
, by La Leche League International
36.  Waiting With Gabriel: a
Story of Cherishing a Baby’s Brief Life
, by Amy
Resources for Mothers of Multiples

Gina Osher is “The Twin Coach in Los Angeles. She bravely writes about some of the uneven feelings that twin parents may experience in hopes of helping other moms who are having the same challenges. See: › Twins, Triplets, and More‎
Books about twins:
1.     Chicken Soup for the Soul, Twins and More: 101 Stories Celebrating Double Trouble and Multiple Blessings by Susan M. Heim, Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen
4.     Everything You Need to Know to Have a Healthy Twin Pregnancy by Gila Leiter with Rachel Kranz
5.     Having Twins And More by Elizabeth Noble
6.     Hello Twins by Charlotte Voake
7.     It’s Twins!: Parent-to-Parent Advice from Infancy through Adolescence by Susan M. Heim
8.     Little Miss Twins by Roger Hargreaves
11.  Parenting School-Age Twins and Multiples by Christina Tinglof
12.  Raising Twins: Parenting Multiples from Pregnancy Through the School Years by Shelly Vaziri Flais, MD, FAAP
16.  The Everything Twins, Triplets, and More Book by Pamela Fierro
18.  Twinspiration: Real-Life Advice from Pregnancy Through the First Year by Cheryl Lage
19.  What to Expect When You’re Expecting by Heidi Murkoff
There are many more books and valuable web sites out there. Mothers of Multiples groups are springing up all over, too. If there isn’t one near you, start one!

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