"Birthing from Within"
, England, Pam: This book
focuses on emotional and spiritual preparation for birth delivery. Also
included are some wonderful projects couples can do together.
Unfortunately, there are sections on pain in delivery. Since most
HypnoBirthing® mothers experience
little or no pain it's best to just gloss over those chapters
that emphasise it.
"Birth Without Violence",
Frederic LeBoyer, Sears and Sears: Great photos of babies born using this method -
with eyes open, tranquil but alert; great information on how to make
delivery easier for your baby. This classic has been
reprinted many times.
"Childbirth Without Fear", Dick-Read, Dr. Grantly -
(Re-Print, now on Ebay at $10 & up.) This is the book that started the whole natural
childbirth movement. Written in 1944, Doctor Dick-Read emphasised
muscle relaxation and breathing techniques, and was "way ahead
of his time". According to Dick-Read, "childbirth is not
inherently painful, difficult, or dangerous, but our fear can make
"A Child is Born: The Drama of Life Before Birth"
(Can/USA - a.k.a. "The Everyday Miracle: A Child is Born"
in the UK)
, (1967) Nilsson, Ingelman-Sundberg, Wirson:
great inter-uterine pictures of the development of unborn
fetus from the first month until birth.
"The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth",
Kitzinger, Sheila: A comprehensive guide to pregnancy and childbirth,
also fully illustrated with photographs. Like "Birthing From
Within" (see above) this book has sections on the pain of
childbirth that aren't applicable to mothers-to-be who chose
HypnoBirthing®. Author also has
several other birthing books.
Celebration of Life", Mongan, Marie: Marie Mongan is
the creator of the HypnoBirthing®
Program. As the basic text and study guide for the course, the book
covers all the basics of HypnoBirthing. The enrollment fee for Jenn
Price-Jones' HypnoBirthing® Course
includes a copy of this book, as well as a CD.
"Spiritual Midwifery", Gaskin, Ina May:
This book contains lots of general information, but also has many
birthing stories illustrating how each birth is a very individual
event. "Spiritual Midwifery" affirms how you too can
look forward to your delivery being uniquely yours and not following any
"Through the Open Door", Hogan, Kevin, and Mary
Lee Lebay: This book on self-hypnosis covers a wide range of topics,
"Ina May's Guide to Childbirth", (2003) Gaskin, Ina May : Lot of birthing stories
and practical advice, including how to create a safe, comfortable
environment for birth in any setting, including a hospital.