A Doula’s Guide to the Top 10 Pregnancy Books for Modern, Diverse Parents

by Brood

Pregnancy is an exciting time filled with so many changes and so much anticipation! And while no amount of reading will truly prepare you for what’s to come, reading can be a great way to create a baseline of education and understanding that you can lean on throughout your parenting journey! Better understanding your body, mind and heart during this experience can support a more confident pregnancy, birth and postpartum. 

Here at Brood, we love sharing as many resources as we canso we asked our doulas to share some of their favorite reads, and they had so much to share! Let’s dive into our top 10 recommendations for pregnancy.  

Our top 10 book recommendations for pregnancy:

  • The Birth Partner 5th EditionA Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Partners, Doulas, and Other Labor Companions
  • Nurture – A Modern Guide to Pregnancy, Birth, Early Motherhood – and Trusting Yourself and Your Body
  • Life after Birth – A Guide to Prepare, Support and Nourish You Through Motherhood
  • First Forty Days – The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother
  • Queer Conception –The Complete Fertility Guide for Queer and Trans Parents-to-Be
  • Transformed by Birth — Cultivating Openness, Resilience, and Strength for the Life-Changing Journey from Pregnancy to Parenthood
  • Birth Matters — A spirited manifesta showing us how to trust women, value birth, and reconcile modern life with a process as old as our species.
  • Real Food Pregnancy – Takes prenatal nutrition advice out of the dark ages and gives you an easy-to-follow guide for making the best food and lifestyle choices during pregnancy.
  • Why Did No One Tell Me This? – The Doulas’ (Honest) Guide for Expectant Parents
  • Essential Labor – Mothering as Social Change

We hope these books help to deepen your understanding of all things pregnancy, build your confidence leading up to labor and help prepare you and your support team for your postpartum.  

For more resources on pregnancy and birth, check out our Pregnancy, Birth and Right After.  

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