really rad resources.


Here are a few of my favorite local resources, people, websites and books:


websites (green=local) 





books i really like:


Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth

by Ina May Gaskin

i loved reading the bit about arm wrestling helping to bring on big strong contractions. i've met ina may and i was planning on delivering tula on the farm (long story)...


Natural Hospital Birth

by Cynthia Gabriel

good read for hospital birth friends!!

The Essential Homebirth Guide

by Jane E. Drichta and Jodilyn Owen

a must read for everyone...especially my homebirth friends.


Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way: Revised Edition

by Susan McCutcheon-Rosegg.  

this is bradley at it’s best. very straight forward and it just makes sense. 

Birth Partner 5th Edition: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Partners, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions 

by Penny Simkin

this one goes out to all the baby daddies, partners and support people!

Mindful Birthing: Training the Mind, Body, and Heart for Childbirth and Beyond

by Nancy Bardacke 

love this book and that it helps you find calm and ease during this life-changing time, providing lifelong skills for healthy living and wise parenting.


Give Birth Like a Feminist

by Milli Hill

this book dares to say women matter too.

Real Food for Pregnancy: The Science and Wisdom of Optimal Prenatal Nutrition

by Lily Nichols

clear answers on what to eat and why.


Birthing from Within: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation

by Pam England

yes, i’ve met pam england and even taken a childbirth class from her when i was pregnant with my first baby. pick up her book and open it to any page and you will be enlightened in countless ways.

The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother

by Heng Ou

this book helps teach us how to revive the lost art of caring for the mother after birth.

Dear Mama, You Matter: Honest talk about the transition to motherhood

by Amanda Hardy PhD

this book is essential for all new mamas. and amanda is amazing!!

Ina May's Guide to Breastfeeding: From the Nation's Leading Midwife 

by Ina May

she's a breastfeeding expert too!


The Food of Love: The Easier Way to Breastfeed Your Baby

by Kate Evans

this book explores aspects of attachment parenting, breastfeeding, and baby care using the perfect mix of words, pictures, personal insights, and humor. i love the art work!


The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers Revised and Updated: The Most Comprehensive Problem-Solving Guide to Breastfeeding 

by Jack Newman MD

this is one my favorite breastfeeding resources. dr. jack is extremely knowledgable and very straight forward. 


The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding: Seventh Revised Edition (La Leche League International Book)

by La Leche League International

can’t go wrong with the la leche league! here's information about our des moines group la leche league

The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two (Revised and Updated Edition)

by William Sears
this one is nice to have around at 3:00 am when you’re wondering if baby’s fever is serious or not.

The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child (Sears Parenting Library)

by Robert Sears

i recommend this book because it gives both sides. knowledge is power!

How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor

by Robert S. Md Mendelsohn

it fits in your pocket and is a fantastic reference. i’ve even had a pediatrician take my class and he said it was one of his favorites! 

The Red Tent

by Anita Diamant

just because. XO


Spiritual Midwifery

by Ina May Gaskin

i’ve had the amazing opportunity to meet ina may and to speak with her on the phone many times. she truly is the mother of all midwives. i’ve read this book many times times and wish that i could have delivered my baby on a school bus. 


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