5 Books on Pregnancy, Birth and Feeding That Changed My Life

With so many books out there on pregnancy, birth and feeding, it can be hard to know where to start! When I was pregnant, five books in particular really stood out to me. So, to save you having to wade through countless recommendations - here are the ones that really blew me away and helped me feel confident and prepared.

 

‘In Your Own Time’ by Dr Sara Wickham

First up on your reading list should be this eye-opening wonder of a book - all about induction. The subtitle of this wonderful and enlightening book is ‘how Western medicine controls the start of labour and why this needs to stop’ - and it opened my eyes to how maternity healthcare relies on induction too heavily. The author has 25 years’ experience as a midwife and researcher, and she takes us through evidence relating to due dates, post-term pregnancies, and how allowing women to give birth spontaneously is the best thing we can do.

In your own time by dr sara wickham

‘The Positive Birth Book’ by Milli Hill

Next up, this treasure helped me figure out what kind of birth I really wanted, and how I could maximise my chances of actually having it. It’s refreshingly honest, warm and witty - and it showed me that birth can genuinely be an empowering, life-enhancing experience - and something to look back on and be proud of. It sparks a debate about how birth is a feminist issue, and challenges the negativity and fear surrounding labour. It’s the perfect companion for first-time Mums!

the positive birth book by milli hill

‘The Positive Breastfeeding Book’ by Amy Brown

This is a brilliant guide to feeding your baby with clarity and confidence. It cuts through the noise and answers the big questions, like how often does my baby really need to feed? How do I know my baby is getting enough milk? Is it normal for my baby to wake at night? It put my mind to rest in so many ways.

the positive breastfeeding book by amy brown

‘Birth - A History’ by Tina Cassidy

Then we have this page turner which looks at the historical events and misogynistic traditions that have led to our understanding of birth today, and how we can bust myths and reframe our views of the whole process. It’s full of surprising facts and though it’s impeccably researched, it reads more like a novel than non-fiction! It’s genuinely fascinating, and so educational.

birth by tina cassidy

‘Breathing in Short Pants’ by Dani Diosi

Lastly, this is my Bible when it comes to hypnobirthing! The author is a hypnotherapist, doula and antenatal educator, and you can tell you’re in good hands as the book takes you through the power and practicalities of birth. It takes the ‘hippy’ out of hypnobirthing, and enables you to get back in touch with the birthing knowledge that you were born with, that your body inherently understands.

breathing in short pants by dani diosi

So what are you waiting for? Get reading! Each book can be found at all good bookshops, and online. Be sure to head to our socials and drop me a message to share how you found them!

woman reading hypnobirthing book

5 Books on Pregnancy, Birth and Feeding That Changed My Life

woman reading hypnobirthing book

With so many books out there on pregnancy, birth and feeding, it can be hard to know where to start! When I was pregnant, five books in particular really stood out to me. So, to save you having to wade through countless recommendations - here are the ones that really blew me away and helped me feel confident and prepared.

 

‘In Your Own Time’ by Dr Sara Wickham

First up on your reading list should be this eye-opening wonder of a book - all about induction. The subtitle of this wonderful and enlightening book is ‘how Western medicine controls the start of labour and why this needs to stop’ - and it opened my eyes to how maternity healthcare relies on induction too heavily. The author has 25 years’ experience as a midwife and researcher, and she takes us through evidence relating to due dates, post-term pregnancies, and how allowing women to give birth spontaneously is the best thing we can do.

In your own time by dr sara wickham

‘The Positive Birth Book’ by Milli Hill

Next up, this treasure helped me figure out what kind of birth I really wanted, and how I could maximise my chances of actually having it. It’s refreshingly honest, warm and witty - and it showed me that birth can genuinely be an empowering, life-enhancing experience - and something to look back on and be proud of. It sparks a debate about how birth is a feminist issue, and challenges the negativity and fear surrounding labour. It’s the perfect companion for first-time Mums!

the positive birth book by milli hill

‘The Positive Breastfeeding Book’ by Amy Brown

This is a brilliant guide to feeding your baby with clarity and confidence. It cuts through the noise and answers the big questions, like how often does my baby really need to feed? How do I know my baby is getting enough milk? Is it normal for my baby to wake at night? It put my mind to rest in so many ways.

the positive breastfeeding book by amy brown

‘Birth - A History’ by Tina Cassidy

Then we have this page turner which looks at the historical events and misogynistic traditions that have led to our understanding of birth today, and how we can bust myths and reframe our views of the whole process. It’s full of surprising facts and though it’s impeccably researched, it reads more like a novel than non-fiction! It’s genuinely fascinating, and so educational.

birth by tina cassidy

‘Breathing in Short Pants’ by Dani Diosi

Lastly, this is my Bible when it comes to hypnobirthing! The author is a hypnotherapist, doula and antenatal educator, and you can tell you’re in good hands as the book takes you through the power and practicalities of birth. It takes the ‘hippy’ out of hypnobirthing, and enables you to get back in touch with the birthing knowledge that you were born with, that your body inherently understands.

breathing in short pants by dani diosi

So what are you waiting for? Get reading! Each book can be found at all good bookshops, and online. Be sure to head to our socials and drop me a message to share how you found them!