Birth Work Resources: Podcasts, Books & Blogs We Recommend
There’s no shortage of resources when it comes to learning more about birth work… which we quickly learned through writing this article. Below is a selected guide to all things doula, midwife, lactation consultant, etc. in form of podcasts, books, blogs! Choose your preferred method of information consumption and get to learning!
Birth Work Podcasts
Pop on one of these during your workout… or while you’re just sitting on the couch.
For the natural birth focused mama’s getting ready to bring their flower child into this world.
If you’re looking to hear studies and factual accounts regarding the do’s and don’ts of pregnancy and labor.
A guide to gentle birth, home birth, and how birth workers can help facilitate a safe home birth experience.
This podcast explores the realities of birth—everything to consider and evaluate from conception to pregnancy to postpartum.
Birth Work Books
A few more books to add to the huge stack already on your bedside table.
If you’re looking to explore the politics and activism that surrounds birth work.
Consider this book both a physical, spiritual, and mental preparation course for a comfortable and connected pregnancy.
This book explains the history, the why, and the how behind women becoming birth workers in America.
The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Partners, Doulas and All Other Labor Companions by Peggy Simkin
Perfect for pregnant mamas who are looking to optimally incorporate their partner and birth workers into their pregnancy.
The mother of natural/low intervention birth, Ina May Gaskin, breaks down her worldwide renowned philosophy and whether or not it’s right for you.
If you’re looking for birth support beyond the media space, or specific resources for COVID-19, check out a few of our friends in the bodywork space. Our Practioner’s Guide is a tried and trusted list of local professionals and COVID resources! Read more here!
Birth Work Blogs
The following are blogs created by active doulas who are offering up their advice and expertise when it comes to hiring a birth worker, becoming a birth worker, and everyday pregnancy support and advice. Give ‘em a look.
The blog follows the life of Efe Osaren, a Nigerian-American Student Midwife, Full Spectrum Doula, and Reproductive/Birth Justice advocate based in Brooklyn, New York.
This hub helps you find birth doulas and postpartum doulas. The blog portion includes posts such as “Covid 19 And Doula Care” and “Eight Questions to Consider If Home Birth May Be Right For You.”
This blog is where you’ll want to spend some time if you’re looking for some positive affirmations surrounding a pandemic pregnancy, including articles like “5 Ways Virtual Doula Support Benefits Your Birth.”
These Florida-based doulas offer methods of dealing with any situation pregnancy or birth may throw your way. We recommend checking out “Planning an Epidural? Here’s How a Doula Can Help.”