A friend and colleague recently visited with the intention of discovering what pregnancy and childbirth books I think are important. I explained that I have given away most of my books already, and that what is left is not really consumer materials but midwifery level. That was fine with her, she wanted to know what I books I will not part with. Interesting. Made me wonder if others might want to know what I consider to be key books to keep. Here are the ones I picked out as my most recommended for her.
Books by Gayle Peterson: I love her philosophy of treating not only the body but also the mind. She changed my perception of “holistic” from using herbs and eating healthy to treating the WHOLE person. And she gave me tools to do just that.
Childbirth Education Practice, Research and Theory: Yes, there is research available on what works in childbirth education and how to best prepare families. This nursing textbook confirmed everything I had to learn the hard way.
The Labor Progress Handbook: I don’t have to “use” this book really because I have learned it. But I keep it anyway, you never know when my skills will get rusty. If you have The Birth Partner, this is a smaller and more clinically oriented version (less detail because you should know that and more flow chart for quick reference).
A guide to effective are in pregnancy and childbirth: Because I refuse to be anything but evidence based.
Healing Passages by Anne Frye: This is the newest book to my collection and is already showing signs of extensive study. Teaches me all about maintaining an intact perineum, and what to do when I can not.
I still have more than this in my library, but these are the books that remain the most useful and most frequently referenced. What books are indispensable to you?