Recommended Doula Reading List

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Development

Recommended Books & Resources

In this stage of your professional development, you are complimenting your training workshop with a solid foundation of basic knowledge about birth, breastfeeding, and doula work in general.  These resources provide a good jumping off point as you prepare to launch your doula practice.  Remember to always read the most recent edition of each book, and to fully explore each website linked here.  Also access the Resource page on the Alumni Facebook Group for links and resources keyed to each chapter in your doula manual.

Books

Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn
The Doula Book
The Birth Partner
Breastfeeding Made Simple
Round the Circle
Survivor Moms
Natural Hospital Birth

Other Resources

Pain Management: Using a Doula (EBB)
Orgasmic Birth
Organic Birth
Birth Story Diaries
Business of Being Born & More Business of Being Born DVD
Business of Being Born (Amazon streaming service)
More Business of Being Born (streams in four parts)

Launch

Recommended Books & Resources

As you launch your doula practice, you will be looking to deepen your knowledge about birth, maternity care practices, and labor support skills.  You’ll also need additional resources to expand your business skills and knowledge, and you’ll find resources here to support you with this part of your growth as well.

Books

Labor Progress Handbook
Optimal Care in Childbirth
When Survivors Give Birth
Birthing from Within
Womanly Art of Breastfeeding 8th edition
Trauma Stewardship
Doula Business Guide
Doula Business Workbook
Keep the Fires Burning
E-Myth Revisited

Other Resources

Evidence Based Birth
VBAC Facts
Childbirth Connection

Mastery

Recommended Books & Resources

As your doula practice flourishes, you’ll want to continue to deepen your knowledge as a professional.  These resources will help you take your practice to the next level.  Included here are resources to help you develop a trauma informed practice, create a doula program, improve your educational skills with your clients, and make your practice more profitable.

Books

Birth as an American Rite of Passage
Doula Programs
Birth Ambassadors
Trauma Informed Care in the Perinatal Period
Ancient Map for Modern Birth
Profit First
You are a Badass at Making Money
Art of War

Other Resources

HUG Your Baby
The Cultured Doula
Childbirth Connection

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