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                                    Books I love...                     

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Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide 

by Penny Simkin  (Author), Janet Whalley (Author), Ann Keppler (Author), Janelle Durham (Author), April Bolding(Author)

"Co-written by Penny Simikin, the matriarch of doulas. Great guide, easy to read and to access."

BRAIN HEALTH FROM BIRTH Nurturing Brain Development During Pregnancy and the First Year by Rebecca Feat

Highly recommend this book. Packed with essential, helpful, and evidence-based information for parents without fear or judgement. Just the facts.

Like a Mother: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy by Angela Garbes

Fascinating! Based in science but infused with what it is like to be a mother today. Wish this book would have been available for me to read prior to having my children.

IT STARTS WITH THE EGG: How the Science of Egg Quality Can Help You Get Pregnant Naturally, Prevent Miscarriage, and Improve Your Odds in IVF by Rebecca Fett

Another evidence-based, helpful, and informative guide by Rebecca Fett. 

YOUR AMAZING NEWBORN by Marshall H. Klaus and Phyllis Klaus

Wonderful book for families expecting a new baby soon. The Klaus's literally wrote the book on bonding and what it means for babies and their parents. 2 of the 5 founder's of Doulas of North America.

And Baby Makes Three: The Six-Step Plan for Preserving Marital Intimacy and Rekindling Romance After Baby Arrives

by Gottman PhD, John (Author)Schwartz Gottman, Julie (Author)

The companion to the Bringing Baby Workshop. The foreword is the best....a good tool for parents who do not take the workshop.

Infant Massage A Handbook for Loving Parents by Vimala McClure

The Handbook for the IAIM strokes. I love the forward and is a handy resource for learning massage for your child.

Your Baby Is Speaking to You: A Visual Guide to the Amazing Behaviors of Your Newborn and Growing Baby

by Kevin Nugent (Author), Abelardo Morell (Photographer)

Beautiful visual book as well as descriptive information about what our babies are conveying to us...when we listen and observe them.

The Wonder Weeks by Xaviera Plas-Plooij,Frans X. Plooij PhD and Hetty van de Rijt PhD

A great resource for parents to better understand their babies and to reassure them of what they're experiencing with their developing baby. The message I received throughout the book is to trust your instincts and do not be afraid to love your baby!

The Happy Sleeper: The Science-Backed Guide to Helping Your Baby Get a Good Night's Sleep-Newborn to School Age

Turgeon MFT, HeatherWright MFT, JulieSiegel MD, Daniel J. (Foreword)

Great tool...allows parents to find their way to what they believe will support and nurture their babies around sleep.

Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers

by Nancy Mohrbacher, Kendall-Tackett PhD IBCLC, Kathleen, and Jack Newman MD (Foreword)

Mohrbacher's book is my preferred book for learning and understanding breastfeeding. A great guide for moms and families.

Sleeping with Your Baby: A Parent's Guide to Cosleeping by James J. McKenna

Have not read...yet! James McKenna has devoted his life's work to co-sleeping and what it means for families and babies.

THE MONTESSORI TODDLER: A Parent's Guide to Raising a Curious and Responsible Human Being 

by Simone Davies

As a Montessori parent and believer in nurturing your child's interests and intrinsic learning this book is a must have! Beautiful book both in content and design. I wish this book was available when I was beginning my parenting journey.


Elevating Child Care: A Guide to Respectful Parenting by Janet Lansbury 

The RIE philosophy for today. How we nurture and care for babies with respect, I believe is so very powerful and relevant for today....and always.

UNCONDITIONAL PARENTING: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason by Alfie Kohn

Highly recommend for any family interested in supporting our children in intrinsic learning. Will question what you know and how you were raised.

The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind

by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson

Our children's brains, and our brains are helpful to understand and learn how the brain "works."I Especially like Siegel's book "Brainstorm" which is about the teen brain.

HOLD ONTO YOUR KIDS:  Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers by Gordon Neufeld and Gabor Maté MD.

This book helped me greatly at a time when I needed it most....and not when my children were little but when they were teens. I wish I would have read this book before I had children.

Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise, and Other Bribes by Alfie Kohn

Fascinating, thought provoking, and mind changing for anyone who has children.

No Bad Kids: Toddler Discipline Without Shame by Janet Lansbury

The RIE philosophy and how to apply it to our toddlers....worth the read. 

Throwaway Dads: The Myths and Barriers That Keep Men from Being the Fathers They Want to Be

by Ross D. Parke and Armin A. Brott 

Finally a book about DADS! I haven't read this yet, but will update this comment when I's are so important for healthy families-mom's and babies! 


The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country's Foremost Relationship Expert

by Gottman PhD, John (Author), Nan Silver

Dr's John and Julie Gottman have devoted their lives to understanding relationships...parents and children.

Working and Breastfeeding Made Simple by Nancy Mohrbacher

The companion to Mohrbacher's book for moms who are going back to work and want to build their stash before going back to work, and great tips to help moms make the transition.

When the Body Says No: Understanding the Stress-Disease Connection by Gabor Maté M.D.

Gaber's work is amazing....and so interesting. I first became acquainted with him from the movie "in Utero" (which I recommend for anyone curious about "why" they are the way they are. (deep stuff)) 

Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain by Daniel J. Siegel

Highly recommend for understanding the teen brain...compassion and understanding can be so helpful when raising teens.

Babies Are Not Pizzas: They're Born, Not Delivered by Rebecca Dekker 

This book is written by the founder of Evidence Based Birth.

I love to read...especially books on these topics. I expect I will have more favorites to add. 

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                  Podcasts and such...                               

Retro Microphone

I really enjoy this evidence based podcast and so appreciate Jen's commitment to providing quality parenting advice. I always learn something new and thought provoking. You can subscribe through the website or on apple podcasts and spotify. 

A great podcast also evidence based about birth and the postpartum time. A most helpful tool for those interested in birth and babies. 

she makes you thinkl, and I enjoy learning and being filled with understanding...


A quick fix for mindfulness, just when you need it! 

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