Books and DVDs
The following selection of books and DVDs are focused on natural and empowering birth. Some are specifically written about homebirth while others are more general information about birth. The list is not exhaustive and is just a small selection of the many amazing birth books on the market.
Each book/DVD is linked to an Australian online store where it can be purchased, however these are merely suggestions and we encourage you to check with your local bookstores to see if they stock them. We apologise if the books are no longer stocked by the sites we link to (we are not able to regularly maintain the checking of these links). All synopses are from the stores we have linked to.
Scroll down to see DVDs and Childrens' Picture books about homebirth.
Author: Nicky Wesson
Homebirth: A Practical Guide is the ideal resource for those considering or planning for a birth at home. It combines practical information, personal stories and research, making it essential reading for couples considering this birth option. Nicky Wesson has been involved in homebirth and advocacy for more than 20 years, is a childbirth educator and medical herbalist, and the author of six books.
A book for pregnant women who are thinking about giving birth at home or in a birth centre. As research discloses the risks of intensively managed hospital births, increasing numbers of women and men are considering alternatives. This new, updated edition of Sheila Kitzinger's pioneering work is highly informative, yet sensitively written, and supported by comments from other women and professionals. A social anthropologist and mother of five, Sheila Kitzinger, the author, is also the author of 23 books, published in 20 languages. A long-time champion of freedom of choice in childbirth, she is uniquely placed to advise and support women who are making decisions about pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and motherhood.
Author: Sheila Kitzinger
As hospital-based maternity services become increasingly medicalised, more and more parents are deciding that birth belongs in the home .For the first time, The Father's Home Birth Handbook provides a resource aimed specifically at exploring men's hopes and fears around home birth. Thorough research, balanced discussion, and dozens of home birth stories from real men all over the world make this book essential reading for all fathers-to-be and the professionals who support them.
Author: Leah Hazard
The major focus of this book is to show how ordinary people can have a healthy, happy pregnancy and birth. This remarkable book is a compilation of homegrown birth stories- all intimate experiences many with beautiful photography- reminding us of the sacredness, joy and rewards that come with natural birth.Natural Birth At Home will enlighten you, make you laugh, make you cry and ultimately help you make informed choices in the most important and exciting time of your life.
by Donna Hatswell and Wendy Thornton
Natural and Empowered Birth Books
Drawing upon her thirty-plus years of experience, Ina May Gaskin, the nation's leading midwife, shares the benefits and joys of natural childbirth by showing women how to trust in the ancient wisdom of their bodies for a healthy and fulfilling birthing experience. Based on the female-centered Midwifery Model of Care, Ina May's Guide to Natural Childbirth gives expectant mothers comprehensive information on everything from the all-important mind-body connection to how to give birth without technological intervention.
Author: Ina May Gaskin
This new version of Gentle Birth Gentle Mothering consists of articles that have been published around the world by Sarah Buckley, a Brisbane GP and mother of four. Sarah Buckley combines medical evidence with her mothering wisdom to provide a comprehensive guide to natural childbirth and natural parenting.The articles range from personal reflections on each of her four births to detailed analysis of the evidence for the benefits and side-effects of common interventions.
Author: Sarah J Buckley
In this accessible, straightforward book, Rhea Dempsey draws on over thirty years’ experience to show how a woman’s choice of caregivers, support team and birthplace, as well as her life experience and personal attitudes to pain, will affect her birth outcomes. Featuring real-life stories, the latest Australian statistics and opportunities for guided personal reflection, Birth with Confidence provides the knowledge and practical advice that women need for the best chance of normal birth in today’s birth culture.
Author: Rhea Dempsey
Birthing from Within: An Extra-ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation is full of practical advice for first-time pregnancies including positive discussion on birth plans and support people. Birthing from Within makes good use of art therapy and creative visualisation, and is full of photographs and fascinating art work and illustrations.
Authors: Pam England, Rob Horowitz
DVDs about Homebirth
The Face of Birth is a film about pregnancy, childbirth & the power of choice. The most comprehensive film ever made on home-birthing and a voice of reason in the debate. The Face of Birth is a compelling and thought provoking film that outlines the importance of education in birthing and the right of a woman to choose the best birth method for her and her baby.
The Face of Birth DVD (AUSTRALIAN)
Author: Face of Birth
In The Business of Being Born American TV personality Ricki Lake joins with filmmaker Abby Epstein to explore the way American women have babies. The film provides historical context to western childbirth practices and how birth has become medicalised. It incorporates individual stories of a number of couples through interviews and intimate footage of births, and includes the personal experiences of Ricki’s two births (including footage of her home birth) and Abby’s pregnancy and birth which occurred during the making of the film. The Business of Being Born considers how the hospital system can impede women from having healthy, normal, natural childbirths. It criticises the lack of support for home birth and other natural options, and the lack of respect afforded to midwives. There are some differences in the American system, but also many concerning similarities and surprisingly similar outcomes and intervention rates
Author: Abby Epstein, Ricki Lake
Childrens' Picture Books about Homebirth
On a winter night, in a cottage far away from the town, Mum's baby is ready to be born. The midwife arrives and the whole family prepare for the home birth. In this honest and moving portrayal, Jenni Overend and Julie Vivas celebrate the birth of a baby at home with warmth and joy. This is a book for the whole family to share in preparation for a home birth or the arrival of a new baby.
By (author) Jenni Overend, Illustrated by Julie Vivas
My Brother Jimi Jazz is a wonderful story about the gentle homebirth of Jimi Jazz, told from the viewpoint of his four-year-old sister, Trinity.Join Trinity on her journey of discovery and wonder as she and her family ready themselves and their home for the birth. We follow them as they work together to wash the cloth nappies, cook meals for the baby moon, and prepare the family bed. When the time comes, the water birth is assisted by a lovely full moon, an active Mum, a doting Dad, and the care of two midwives.
by Chrissy Butler