Library

Book classes with us and receive FREE access to our library, there's even some for the birthing partners and expectant dads!

Here are some titles we have available to borrow:

 

Birth Space, Safe Place: Emotional Well-Being Through Pregnancy and Birth

Adela Stockton

This book focuses on the wide spectrum of feelings that may arise for the reader as their baby grows within, as they and their partner face the choices that form an essential part of the journey to parenthood and as they adjust to their new role as a mother. Ways of laying fears to rest, keeping birth gentle and protecting their baby-moon are included, with useful homeopathic remedies and further resources suggested throughout. The words and imagery in this book embrace the spiritual journey of birth, reminding the reader that a momentous occasion is indeed taking place as they bring new life into the world. Stockton's approach places the mother's emotional and spiritual needs before her physical requirements, proposing that the experience of childbirth has the capacity to nourish rather than deplete the soul. It encourages the woman to take responsibility for her own birthing process and to surrender to her own instinctive powers rather than those of medical intervention. It is also the first book written by a British author to specifically highlight and detail the role of the UK Doula and her place within the UK maternity care arena. It illustrates, in an accessible way, how homeopathy is compatible with the subtle vibration of childbirth, alongside the simple use of remedies during pregnancy, labour and early parenting.

 

Birth Space, Safe Place: Emotional Well-Being Through Pregnancy and Birth Adela Stockton

Your Baby, Your Birth: Hypnobirthing Skills for Every Birth

Hollie De Cruz

Hypnobirthing coach Hollie de Cruz provides you with the skills and tools to make any birth feel safe, calm, connected and empowering. Drawing on her experience working with new mums, including Fearne Cotton and Giovanna Fletcher, Hollie de Cruz helps you prepare for a positive (not 'perfect') birth experience and approach motherhood with confidence in yourself and your instincts.
Your Baby, Your Birth will teach you:
- That birth is safe - listen to your body, embrace the changes, prepare your mind and relax during pregnancy
- Exercises and breathing techniques for labour and birth for you and your birth partner, along with guided meditations to keep you calm and engaged
- How to trust your instincts, understand your body and baby, and make informed decisions throughout your pregnancy and beyond.

Your Baby, Your Birth: Hypnobirthing Skills for Every Birth Hollie De Cruz

Give Birth Like a Feminist: Your Body. Your Baby. Your Choices

Milli Hill

As featured on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 5 Live
Selected as one of the Independent's 10 best pregnancy books for expectant parents
Birth is a feminist issue. It’s the feminist issue nobody’s talking about.

For too long women have been told, ‘a healthy baby is all that matters’. This book dares to say women matter too.

Finally blasting the feminist spotlight into the labour ward, Milli Hill encourages women everywhere to stand and deliver, insisting that birth is no longer left off the list in discussions about female power, control and agency.

From the importance of birth plans to your human rights in childbirth, and including birth stories from women across the world, this call-to-arms will help you find your voice, take an active role in your choices, and change the way you think about childbirth.

 

Give Birth Like a Feminist: Your Body. Your Baby. Your Choices Milli Hill

Hypnobirthing: Practical Ways to Make Your Birth Better

Siobhan Miller

Expert hypnobirthing teacher and founder of The Positive Birth Company Siobhan Miller has made it her mission to change the way women around the world approach and experience birth. Through her teaching she seeks to educate and empower women - and their birth partners - so that they can enjoy amazing and positive birth experiences, however they choose to bring their babies into the world.

In this book, Siobhan debunks common myths about hypnobirthing and explains why she believes it can make every type of birth a better experience - from a water birth at home to an unplanned caesarean in theatre.

So, what is hypnobirthing? Essentially, it's a form of antenatal education, an approach to birth that is both evidence-based and logical. Hypnobirthing certainly doesn't involve being hypnotised; instead, it teaches you how your body works on a muscular and hormonal level when in labour and how you can use various relaxation techniques to ensure you are working with your body (rather than against it), making birth more efficient and comfortable.

Siobhan's advice and guidance will change your mindset and enable you to navigate your birth with practical tools that ensure you feel calm and in control throughout.

 

Hypnobirthing: Practical Ways to Make Your Birth Better Siobhan Miller

Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom is Wrong and What You Really Need to Know

Emily Oster

Award-winning Emily Oster debunks myths about pregnancy to empower women while they're expecting.

Pregnant women are often treated as if they were children, given long lists of items to avoid - alcohol, caffeine, sushi - without any real explanation from their doctors about why. They hear frightening and contradictory myths about everything from weight gain to sleeping on your back to bed rest from friends and pregnancy books. In EXPECTING BETTER, Oster shows that the information given to pregnant women is sometimes wrong and almost always oversimplified.

EXPECTING BETTER overturns standard recommendations for alcohol, caffeine, sushi, bed rest and induction, while putting in context the blanket guidelines for fetal testing, weight gain, risks of pregnancy over the age of 35, and nausea, among others.

Oster offers the real-world advice one would never get at the doctor's office. Knowing that the health of your baby is paramount, readers can know more and worry less. Having the numbers is a tremendous relief - and so is the occasional glass of wine.

 

Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom is Wrong and What You Really Need to Know Emily Oster

Men, Love & Birth: The Book About Being Present at Birth your Pregnant Lover Wants you to Read

Mark Harris

There's a wealth of information out there for expectant mums on pregnancy and birth, but so often the dad is left out of the conversation. Male midwife Mark Harris seeks to redress the balance with this new book, drawing on his decades of experience with couples as they make the transition to being new parents.

Covering topics from massage to sex, and pain relief during labour to breastfeeding, this is a lively, honest and frank discussion of pregnancy and birth from a man's point of view. Mark explores how to harness the power of birthing hormones, how to remain calm and aware in the birthing room, how to communicate effectively, and ultimately how to live the process of becoming a father to the full.

 

Men, Love & Birth: The Book About Being Present at Birth your Pregnant Lover Wants you to Read Mark Harris

The Positive Birth Book: A New Approach to Pregnancy, Birth and the Early Weeks

Milli Hill

Work out what kind of birth you really want, and learn how to maximise your chances of getting it, in this refreshing, warm and witty guide to pregnancy, birth and the early weeks. Packed with vital and cutting-edge information on everything from building the ultimate birth plan, to your choices and rights in the birth room; from optimal cord clamping, to seeding the microbiome; from the inside track on breastfeeding, to woman-centred caesarean, The Positive Birth Book shows you how to have the best possible birth, regardless of whether you plan to have your baby in hospital, in the birth centre, at home or by elective caesarean. Find out how the environment you give birth in, your mindset and your expectations can influence the kind of birth you have, and be inspired by the voices of real women, who tell you the truth about what giving birth really feels like.

 

The Positive Birth Book: A New Approach to Pregnancy, Birth and the Early Weeks Milli Hill

Spiritual Midwifery

Ina May Gaskin

The original Spiritual Midwifery, published in 1976, introduced an entire generation of young women to the possibility of home birth and breast feeding. It also breathed new life into the all-but-vanished field of midwifery. This classic book on home birth is now in its fourth edition, with updated information on the safety of natural childbirth, new birthing stories, and the most recent statistics on births managed by The Farm Midwives. Ina May also provides new information about potentially dangerous techniques routinely used in hospitals during and after birth, as well as the latest findings about VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean). Improved instructions for handling breech births are also given. Included are stories of working with Amish women, showing a different culture with a similar appreciation for natural childbirth.

 

Spiritual Midwifery Ina May Gaskin

The Headspace Guide to...A Mindful Pregnancy

Andy Puddicombe

Get Some Headspace is the ultimate guide to improving your life with just 10 minutes of meditation each day. Now founder of Headspace, Andy Puddicombe, teaches you how to remain mindful during pregnancy, childbirth and the early days of parenthood.

The Mindful Pregnancy is the concise and practical guide to achieving and maintaining mindfulness throughout every stage of having a baby. With helpful exercises for both mother to be and her partner, Andy shows how to live mindfully and get the most from pregnancy and the early days of parenthood.

From creating the right conditions for conception and reducing anxiety around pregnancy and birth to managing pain in labour and promoting well-being for mother and baby in the first hours, days and weeks after birth, Andy's simple and empowering exercises have been created to give both mother and baby a gentle, happy and positive experience.

 

The Headspace Guide to...A Mindful Pregnancy Andy Puddicombe
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth Ina May Gaskin
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The Expectant Dad's Handbook: All you Need to Know About Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond

Dean Beaumont

The Expectant Dad’s Handbook is a one-stop guide for men on their path to fatherhood. It provides practical answers to all the questions on the mind of a dad-to-be – from what to expect at each stage of pregnancy to how to cope with any worries and fears about becoming a dad. It also reveals unique insights into a dad’s role during labour, showing key strategies for improving the birth.

 

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth

Ina May Gaskin

Drawing on over 40 years' experience, internationally acclaimed midwife Ina May Gaskin shows you how to use the mind-body connection to help labour progress calmly and safely.

In Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, she shares:

- Inspiring real-life stories that show what a positive experience childbirth can be
- What happens during labour and the true capabilities of the female body
- How to create a comfortable environment for birth in any setting
- Tips for maximising your chances of a relaxed and joyful birth experience

Read by millions of women around the world, this reassuring and practical guide will take the fear out of childbirth and restore your faith in the power of your body. With Gaskin's timeless wisdom, you can approach birth with confidence and excitement, wherever and however it happens.

 

How to Grow a Baby and Push It Out: Your No-Nonsense Guide to Pregnancy and Birth Clemmie Hooper

How to Grow a Baby and Push It Out: Your No-Nonsense Guide to Pregnancy and Birth

Clemmie Hooper

Mum to four little girls and midwife to many, Clemmie Hooper wants to share her knowledge, wisdom and stories about pregnancy, birth and mothering young children that aren’t so widely talked about – straight from the midwife’s mouth. From how to prevent tearing during birth to what you really need in your labour bag, Clemmie reveals everything pregnant women and new mums need to know with a good dose of humour and wit.

 

The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did) Philippa Perry

The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did)

Philippa Perry

Described as an absorbing, clever and funny book, renowned psychotherapist Philippa Perry tells us what really matters and what behaviour it is important to avoid - the vital dos and don'ts of parenting.

Instead of mapping out the 'perfect' plan, Perry offers a big-picture look at the elements that lead to good parent-child relationships. This refreshing, judgement-free book will help you to:

· Understand how your own upbringing may affect your parenting
· Accept that you will make mistakes and learn what you can do about them
· Break negative cycles and patterns
· Handle your own and your child's feelings
· Understand what different behaviours communicate