This article provides resources for promoting health-balance-support during the pregnancy, birth and nursing stages of life for the baby, mother and father/co-parent.
It is most definitely *not* meant as a complete substitute for healthcare from a certified medical provider.
One of my mentors, Dr Aviva Romm, says it best – “When in doubt, check it out”. Get proper medical care when you need it.
Birth Control & Conception
“Taking Charge of your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement and Reproductive Health” by Toni Weschler
This classic work has extensive information on the Fertility Awareness Method for non-hormonal birth control, pregnancy achievement or overall reproductive awareness.
Ayurveda and Conception
Ayurveda – Preparing for Conception
Ina May Gaskin
A well respected source of information for many areas of the pregnancy-birth process.
Her website includes a TEDTALK video, books and several in depth articles.
“The Natural Pregnancy Book” by Aviva Romm
One of the standard references in the western herbal community. The author is a mother – grandmother – MD – midwife – herbalist.
Aromatherapy & Pregnancy
A research paper exploring the controversy surrounding the use of essential oils during pregnancy
Protecting Your Baby’s Microbiome
Ina May Gaskin (see “Pregnancy” above)
The Bradley Method
A time tested approach to natural birthing that includes father participation.
Local in-person classes are available and recommended for the most benefit.
“Birthing from Within: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation” By Pam England and Rob Horowitz
“a holistic approach to childbirth that examines this profound rite-of-passage not as a medical event but as an act of self-discovery.”
“For use during birth, the book offers proven techniques for coping with labor pain without drugs, a discussion of the doctor or midwife’s role, and a look at the father’s responsibilities.”
“Pregnancy, birth, and postpartum is a process of continuous learning and adjustment; Birthing From Within provides the necessary support and education to make each phase of birthing a rewarding experience.”
“The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother” by Heng Ou & Amely Greeven
This book gets rave reviews from every mother I know who has used it. Based on time tested ideas from Chinese culture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
From a mother/ herbal colleague:
This book has outstanding information on how to help a new mother conserve and replenish energy and how to be a thoughtful/helpful visitor/partner in the special postpartum days and weeks.
It also has great recipes for food and teas/medicine that help to replenish the Chi-Vital Force of the mother after giving birth.
Ayurvedic Postpartum Care: the 42 Days of Recovery
General Parenting & Healthcare for the Child up to Age Two
“An Encyclopedia of Natural Healing for Children and Infants” by Mary Bove
“Naturally Healthy Babies and Children” by Aviva Romm
“The Book of New Family Traditions: How to Create Great Rituals for Holidays and Every Day” by Meg Cox
“Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness With Children” by Thich Nhat Han
Aha! Parenting – an extensive website full of articles and a helpful blog
The Weston Price organization has extensive articles for children’s health based on traditional diets from several cultures, backed by modern research.
Resources for Fathers and Birthing Partners
“Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Partners, Doulas, and All Other Labor” (5th Edition) by Penny Simkin
Review of this book is here:
This article is a work in progress and will be added to as I am able to gather more resources.
Huge gratitude to the dedicated and loving mothers who freely shared their advice, wisdom, knowledge and recommendations with me.