Alternative Birthing Methods: Resources

On the Web

• Birthing from Within, or call 505-254-4884

• Birth Works, or call 1-888-TO-BIRTH (862-4784)

• Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth, or call 1-800-4-A-BIRTH (422-4784)
• Doulas of North America

• HypnoBirthing (The Mongan Method), or call 603-798-3286

• Lamaze International, or call 1–800-368-4404

• Waterbirth International, or call 503-673-0026


• Acupuncture in Pregnancy and Childbirth, by Zita West and Giovanni MacIocia, Churchill Livingstone, 2001. Written for practitioners of acupuncture, this book may give readers insight into the practice.

>• Birthing from Within: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation, by Pam England and Rob Horowitz, Partera Press, 1998. Examines birth not as a medical event, but as an act of self-discovery.

>•The Doula Book: How a Trained Labor Companion Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier and Healthier Birth, by Marshall H. Klaus, M.D., Perseus, 2002.

• Gentle Birth Choices: A Comprehensive Book and Video Guide to Making Informed Decisions About Birthing Centers, Birth Attendants, Water Birth, Home Birth and Hospital Birth, by Barbara Harper, R.N., and Suzanne Arms (photographer), Inner Traditions International, 1996. Makes the case that birth resulting from a normal pregnancy doesn’t need to take place in a hospital.

• HypnoBirthing: A Celebration of Life, by Marie F. Mongan, Rivertree Publishing, 1998. Lays out this approach to birth.

>• Husband-Coached Childbirth: The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth, by Robert A. Bradley, M.D., Bantam Doubleday Dell, 1996. A companion to the childbirth preparation classes, this guide gives expectant parents a complete overview of the method.

• Prenatal Yoga and Natural Childbirth, by Jeannine Parvati Baker, Freestone Publishing, second ed., 2001. Includes inspirational birth stories.

• The Prenatal Yoga Deck, by Olivia H. Miller with Diane Philos Jensen, Chronicle Books, 2003. This deck of 50 cards features breathing exercises and yoga poses – both illustrations and explanatory text – that let moms-to-be take their yoga routine everywhere.

• Preparation for Birth: The Complete Guide to the Lamaze Method, by Beverly Savage and Diane Simkin, Ballantine Books, 1987. The Lamaze principles – that education, preparation and relaxation dispel fear and put the birthing mother in control – shape this guide.

• Step-By-Step Yoga for Pregnancy: Essential Exercises for the Childbearing Year, by Wendy Teasdill, McGraw-Hill/Contemporary Books, 2000. For the beginner as well as the experienced yoga practitioner.

• Water Birth: A Midwife’s Perspective, by Susanna Napierala, Bergin & Garvey, 1994. Provides historical perspective, practical advice and personal testimonies.



• Yoga for Pregnancy, Labor and Birth and Prenatal Yoga with Colette Crawford, Byrd Productions.