One of the best things you can do for yourself, your birth, and your baby is to educate yourself!
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth - Ina May Gaskin - Amazon
Ina May's Guide to Breastfeeding - Ina May Gaskin - Amazon
Childbirth Without Fear: The Principles and Practice of Natural Childbirth - Grantly Dick-Read - Amazon
The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions - Penny Simkin - Amazon
Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide - Penny Simkin et al. - Amazon
Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born - Tina Cassidy - Amazon
Supernatural Childbirth - Jackie Mize - Amazon
As a Fort Worth doula, I work with some of the best care providers, photographers, and educators in the area. I have also spent a lot of time educating myself so I want to supply you with the resources for you to make educated, informed decisions. See below for my recommendations.
I recommend feeding your spirit on positive birth stories and sources that remind you of what you are capable!
Still not sure a doula is right for you? Trying to get a partner on board? Check out these articles.
"Doula-assisted mothers were four times less likely to have a low birth weight (LBW) baby, two times less likely to experience a birth complication involving themselves or their baby, and significantly more likely to initiate breastfeeding. Communication with and encouragement from a doula throughout the pregnancy may have increased the mother’s self-efficacy regarding her ability to impact her own pregnancy outcomes." - Impact of Doulas on Healthy Birth Outcomes
Impact of Doulas on Healthy Birth Outcomes - Journal of Perinatal Education - Link
Why Use a Doula - DONA International - Link
A Doula Can Reduce Your Odds of a Cesarean - VBAC.com - Link
The Evidence for Doulas - EvidenceBasedBirth.com - Link
Professionals I Carefully and Enthusiastically Endorse
Caroline Carmack Photography Caroline took all of the photos you see throughout my site!