First Required Reading List

My friend Iris asked me to be her Doula/Birth Coach!! I am soooo excited!!

Doing my research, I came up on DONA, DONA is the self proclaimed “oldest, largest and most respected doula association in the world”.

Let’s get this party started:

The following two books:

• Klaus, Kennell & Klaus, The Doula Book, 2nd edition, 2002

• Simkin, The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions, 3rd edition, 2008

At least one of the following:

• Kitzinger, The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth, 4th edition, 2004

• Simkin, Whalley & Keppler, Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn: the Complete Guide, revised, 2001

• Douglas, The Mother of All Pregnancy Books: the Ultimate Guide to Conception, Birth and Everything in Between, 2002

• Whalley, Simkin & Keppler, The Simple Guide to Having a Baby, 2005

At least one of the following:

• Harper, Gentle Birth Choices: A Guide to Making Informed Decisions about Birthing Centers, Birth Attendants, Water Birth, Home Birth, Hospital Birth, revised 2005

• Gaskin, Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, 2004

• Peterson, An Easier Childbirth: A Mother’s Guide for Birthing Normally, 1993

• Goer, The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth, 1999

At least one of the following:

• Mohrbacher, Stock & Newton, The Breastfeeding Answer Book, 3rd edition

• Mohrbacher & Kendall-Tackett, Breastfeeding Made Simple, 2005

• Newman & Pitman, The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers, 2000

• Newman & Pitman, Dr. Jack Newman’s Guide to Breastfeeding, 2000

• Huggins & Lawrence, The Nursing Mother’s Companion, 5th edition, 2005


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