In a world of endless opinions and information overload, here are a few favorites from one mom to another. You can find most of these resources at your local library or online for purchase if you’d like your own copy.
Be Fruitful: The Essential Guide to Maximizing Fertility and Giving Birth to a Healthy Child
By MD Victoria Maizes
This book explains how everything from stress to environmental toxins have an affect on our bodies, including our fertility. The book includes easy-to-implement lifestyle changes and tips for how to have a healthy pregnancy.
The Better Baby Book
By Lana Asprey
This book gives tips on preconception health as well as during and after pregnancy, as well as the role genetics and environment play in the development of your growing baby. The author includes her personal story of having healthy pregnancies in her forties. You can also visit their website for more products, research, diet suggestions and tips.
Business of Being Born
Actress Ricki Lake and filmmaker Abby Epstein take viewers on a journey in two documentary films as they uncover maternity care in America and around the globe. “The Business of Being Born” and “More Business of Being Born” feature interviews with leading doctors, nurses, and midwives as well as birth stories from everyday mothers.
Natural Hospital Birth
By Cynthia Gabriel
Written by a doula, this book helps moms-to-be who would like to have a natural birth in a hospital setting know what to expect and how to prepare for their birth.
The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth
By Henci Goer
Goer helps readers survey and compare various birth locations and options and explains how to avoid unnecessary interventions and tests. This book provides readers an informed summary of maternity care and scientific research that debunks popular myths.
And don’t forget to check out free phone apps like The Bump, Fertility Friend, and What to Expect.