Recommended Doula Reading List

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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.


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)


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.


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


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.


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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