Required and Suggested Reading

Required Reading:

Appleton, M. (2017) The influence of birth trauma on the physical and emotional well-being of the baby. Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health 31 (3) 165-176.

Buckley, S. (2003). Undisturbed birth: Nature's blueprint for ease and ecstasy. Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health 17 (4) 261-288.

Davis-Floyd, R. (2009). Birth models that work. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Emerson, W. (1998). Birth trauma: The psychology and effects of obstetrical interventions. Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health 13 (1), 11-44.

Malloy, E. (2015). New science, new practices: Slowing down at birth for vulnerable newborns. Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health 30(2), 122-135.

Newman, R. (2015). The evolution of mind-body practice in obstetrics*. Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health 30 (2), 80-91.

Seng, J. and Taylor, J. (2015). Trauma informed care in the perinatal period. Edinburgh, UK: Dunedin Academic Press. Chapters 1 - 5.

Wilks, J. Ed. (2017). An integrative approach to treating babies and children: A multidisciplinary approach. Philadelphia, PA and London, England: Singing Dragon. Chapters 5 and 10

Required Viewing:

Michel Odent, MD - Primal Health - 70 min

Odent developed a special interest in environmental factors influencing birth. He introduced the concepts home like birthing rooms, birthing pools and singing sessions for pregnant women.

Jeannine Parvati Baker – How Do You Want To Be Born? – 50 min.
Yogini, midwife, herbalist, published author, and poet, Jeannine explores the challenges facing women, creative fertility and how to organize one’s life to nurture the needs of children.

Ina May Gaskin, MA, CPM, PhD(Hon.) - Spiritual Midwifery – 40 min.
Founder of the Farm Midwifery Center. By 2011, the Center had handled approximately 3000 births, with remarkably good outcomes. Ina May has attended more than 1200 births. Experience and wisdom – plain and simple.

Recommended Reading and Viewing:

Lake, R. & Epstein, A. (2008). The business of being born. United States: Millenium.