Required Books & Additional Books

You need to submit a total of seven book reports to your Mentor. 

Many books are available online and some are for purchase in the BirthWorks Shop (those specific item links are below). You can also visit your local library, purchase used books online, or find e-books (Audible or Kindle are two options). If someone who lives near you completed BirthWorks training in the past, you could try to reach them to borrow books.


It is encouraged to read more than just the required number of books, as you continue to self-educate, after your certification is completed. These lists and the BirthWorks shop can provide some resources for your ongoing education as well.

  • Birthing in the Spirit by Cathy Daub
  • Hold Your Premie by Jill Bergman and Nils Bergman
    (also named Hold Your Prem)
  • Nobody Told Me About That: The First Six Weeks by Ginger Breedlove*
  • Your Amazing Newborn by Marshall Klaus and Phyllis Klaus

* For the book, Nobody Told Me About That.. in your Book Report write one short paragraph about what you learned from each chapter of the book.

Now, choose one additional book from each of the following three categories:

  • Nurturing the Family: The Guide for Postpartum Doulas by Jacqueline Kelleher
  • The Year After Childbirth by Sheila Kitzinger
  • Mothering the New Mother: Women’s Feelings & Needs After Childbirth: A Support and Resource Guide by Sally Placksin
  • Rediscovering Birth by Sheila Kitzinger (only read chapters 7,8,9)

The Ultimate Guide to Sex After Baby: Secrets to Love and Intimacy by Debra Pascali-Bonaro

  • The Impact of Birthing Practices on Breastfeeding by Linda Smith and Mary Kroeger
  • The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League International
  • Nursing Mother, Working Mother: The Essential Guide for Breastfeeding and Staying Close to Your Baby After You Return to Work by Gale Pryo
  • Clinics in Human Lactation: Non-Pharmacologic Treatments for Depression in New Mothers by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett 
  • The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers: The Most Comprehensive Problem-Solving Guide to Breastfeeding from the Foremost Expert in North America, Revised & Updated Edition by Jack Newman and Teresa Pitman
  • Primal Health: Understanding the Critical Period Between Conception and the First Birthday by Michel Odent
  • The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two (updated edition) by James Sears 
  • The Attachment Parenting Book: A Commonsense Guide to Understanding and Nurturing Your Baby by Martha Sears and William Sears
  • The Art of Parenting Twins by Patricia Malmstrom and Janet Poland 
  • Oops: I wish I had known this before. The Parenting Handbook by Erik R. Robertson
  • Three in a Bed: The Benefits of Sharing Your Bed With Your Baby by Deborah Jackson
  • Sweet Sleep: Nighttime and Naptime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family by Diane Weissinger, Diana West, Linda J. Smith and Teresa Pitman
  • The No Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through The Night by Elizabeth Pantley 
  • The Baby Sleep Book: The Complete Guide to a Good Night’s Rest for the Whole Family by Dr. William Sears
  • Oops! I Wish I Had Known This Before – The Parenting Handbook by Erik R. Robertson
  • Empty Arms: Hope and Support for Those Who Have Suffered a Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Tubal Pregnancy by Pam Vredevelt
  • Ended Beginnings by Claudia Pantheos 
  • The Bereaved Parent by Harriet Sarnoff Schiff
  • Choosing Naia: A Family’s Journey by Mitchell Zuckoff 
  • This Isn’t What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression by Karen Kleiman and Valerie Raskin
  • The Hidden Feelings of Motherhood: Coping with Stress, Depression, and Burnout by Kathleen A. Kendall-Tackett
  • The Everything Parent’s Guide to Raising Your Adopted Child: A Complete Handbook to Welcoming Your Adopted Child Into Your Heart and Home by Corrie Lynn Player 

Have a Question? Let’s Chat.

Please don’t hesitate to reach us, happy to be in touch.

Cristin Tighe
Executive Director & International Coordinator
info@birthworks.org
1-609-953-9380
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