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Media Recommendations

Below you’ll find a short list of highly recommended reading and viewing materials to assist you in education, viewpoints and everything related to birth and the birthing experience.
This is by no means a comprehensive list, though it is a great place to start.

Take the time to watch these movies and talk about it with your birth team:

Recommended Reading


  • Birthing from within – Pam England
  • Birth with confidence (Savvy choices for normal birth) – Rhea Dempsey
  • Gentle birth gentle mothering – Sarah Buckley
  • A guide to childbirth – Ina May Gaskin
  • The down to earth birth book – Jenny Blyth
  • The thinking woman’s guide to a better birth – Henci Goer
  • Pregnancy and birth – Michel Odent
  • Water Labour Water Birth – by Annie Sprague
  • Breech birth woman wise – Maggie Banks


  • Parenting by heart – Pinky McKay
  • 101 Ways to calm the crying – Pinky McKay
  • Sleeping like a baby – Pinky McKay
  • Raising the best possible child – Jo Jackson King
  • The Wonder Weeks – Hetty Van de Rijt, Frans Plooi
  • The science of parenting – Margot Sunderland
  • Breastfeeding naturally – The Australian breastfeeding association


  • Cheers to Childbirth – the must-have handbook for expectant fathers

Recommended Viewing

Dusty’s big day out – A home water birth by Di Diddle

The big stretch – An insight into the amazing journey each woman takes in becoming a mother

Orgasmic birth – The beauty and natural nature of birth

The face of birth – A recent Australian film about when the personal gets political.

The business of being born – (u-tube video) – A USA based documentary on the birth business and its impact on women and our culture.

Birth as we know it and Giving Birth by Suzanne Arms

Microbirth – A new 60 minute documentary investigating the latest scientific research about the microscopic events happening during childbirth.

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