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Recommended Reading 

Ina Mays Guide to Childbirth

This is my favorite book about birth. It begins with inspirational birth stories that are a stark contrast to the many negative birth stories most of us have been told through out our lives. 

Birthing from Within

This book offers a holistic approach to preparing for childbirth. It encourages the reader to go inward, through journaling, meditating and even painting, as a means of mindfully journeying into parenthood. 

The Female Pelvis

Get to know your anatomy through exploratory exercises that help you to strengthen your pelvic floor and create a deep understanding of how childbirth works. Knowledge is power. 

Iyengar Yoga for Motherhood

Geeta S. Iyenger delivers a thorough text in modifying traditional yoga postures for the expectant parent. Learn how the use of props, furniture and ropes make poses comfortable and safe for pregnancy.

The Happiest Baby on the Block 

Written by Dr. Harvey Karp, this book explains with great detail how to create an environment for your newborn that mimics the womb. This leads to a calm, happy baby. 

The Fourth Trimester

The first three months of your babies life are about bonding and healing. Learn all about the importance of the 4th trimester.

Conscious Birthing

Discover how bringing mindfulness to your birth can improve your experience, no matter your plan or outcome. 

The Birth Partner

This book will bring confidence to anyone that is attending a birth. Whether you are a doula or your partner is having a baby, Penny Simkin will prepare you for the many twists and turns of labor and delivery. 

The First Forty Days

An excellent guide to the first 6 weeks after delivery. Learn about indigenous practices that promote healing. 

Recommended Websites 

Evidence Based Birth

Directed by a nurse with her PhD, Evidence Based Birth is trusted, non-biased source for the most current, evidence-based information on pregnancy and childbirth.

Spinning Babies 

If your baby is breech or in any other unfavorable position, head to Spinning Babies to find various tools for getting baby into an optimal position safely. 


Doulas of North America

Find a doula (birth support person) in your area. Did you know that having a doula attend your birth reduces your chance of a c-section by up to 50%?

This website has excellent, up to date info on all things pregnancy, birth and parenting. 

New Mouth 

NewMouth was created to keep the public, especially expecting mothers, educated about current dental care practices, oral health basics, and how to find the best treatment possible. Their team of medical writers and dentists provide the most up-to-date dental information in every aspect of dentistry.

Midwives Alliance North America

Want to have a home birth? Check out this website to find a midwife in your area. 

La Leche League

Find support for feeding and weening your baby in your area. 

Urban Breath Yoga

If you live in the St. Louis area visit Stacy of Yoga Mama Online for a live class or teacher training at Urban Breath. 

Postpartum Support International

No matter where you live you can find postpartum support here. 

Birth Injury Justice Center

Birth Injury Justice Center has compiled the most in-depth resources nationwide to help guide and assist families with disabilities caused by physical birth injuries. 

St. Louis Area Professionals 

Prenatal Massage Therapists

Dani Glassman - Brentwood

(636) 236-8851


Karis Amsler - Webster Groves

(314) 303-1200

Pregnancy and Baby Chiropractors

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