Midwifery Books

Midwife Books


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Baby Catcher: Chronicles of a Modern Midwife by Peggy Vincent

More than just a collection of birth stories, this midwife book is a provocative account of the difficulties that midwives face in the United States. With vivid portraits of courage, perseverance and love, this book causes the reader to rethink technological hospital births in favor of more individualized and profound experiences in which mothers and fathers take center stage in their child’s birth.


Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin

This midwife book on home birth introduced a whole generation of women to the concept of natural childbirth. Includes resources for doulas, childbirth educators, birth centers and other organizations and alliances dedicated to improving maternity care at home and in hospitals. This is a classic in the cannon of midwifery books.


Lady’s Hands, Lion’s Heart: A Midwife’s Saga by Carol Leonard

Often funny and irreverent, occasionally disturbing and deeply sorrowful, this midwife book features the saga of Carol Leonard, co-founder of the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA), during her fated journey as a young midwife. Her story intertwines three threads: her dedication to the mothers and babies she was groomed to attend; the growing renaissance, despite formidable opposition, of the profession of midwifery in New Hampshire and the broader US; and finally, a powerful, tragic love story.


Heart and Hands: A Midwife’s Guide to Pregnancy and Birth by Elizabeth Davis

This authority tome among midwifery books is an update of a foundational text on birth assisting. It offers professional guidance for both aspiring and veteran midwives. Presenting information on what to expect during each stage of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum recovery, this revised edition includes new photographs and illustrations, updated resources for parents and a current list of midwifery schools.



Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times by Jennifer Worth

An unforgettable true story, this midwife book is the basis for the hit PBS drama “Call the Midwife.” If features the story of a young midwife who leaves her comfortable home to move into a convent in post war London’s East End slums.


Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin

Filled with inspiring birth stories and practical advice, this classic among midwifery books gives expectant mothers comprehensive information on everything from the all-important mind-body connection to how to give birth without technological intervention.


Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born by Tina Cassidy

From evolution to the epidural and beyond, this midwife books content showcases an intelligent, enlightening, and impeccably researched cultural history of how and why we’re born the way we are. This midwife book explores the physical, anthropological, political and religious factors that have and will continue to influence how women bring new life into the world.


The Blue Cotton Gown: A Midwife’s Memoir by Patricia Harman

This midwife book tells the true tale of a midwife’s financial and personal medical trials as she devotes herself to her patients’ well-being in all aspects of their lives. They, in turn, tell her intimate stories both heartbreaking and uplifting.



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