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This is a growing list of books I have found valuable or have heard are valuable to date. It is in no way exhaustive. I must admit I have not read all of the books. Also, some of the books' recommendations I may or may not agree with in their entirety, but there is something to be gleaned from each one. Enjoy reading!

Birthing from Within by Pam England-A very fun and fresh look at pregnancy and birth. England uses art as a way to emotionally prepare for the work of labor.

Homebirth by Sheila Kitzinger

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin

Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way by Susan McCutcheon, et al.-- Excellent for preparing couples for labor and birth, especially including the husband as a vital team player. Beware, of being stuck in following to the letter their suggestions. Remember, labor is different for everyone and what works for each is different for everyone. This book includes an excellent section on nutrition.

Natural Childbirth and the Christian Family by Helen Wessel

What Every Pregnant Woman Should Know: the Truth about Diet and Drugs in Pregnancy by Gail Sforza Brewer

Rejuvenate Your Life by Serene Allison (can be ordered from Above Rubies magazine or website)-- Delicious and invigorating raw food recipes from the kitchen of a very enthusiastic mom and raw food champion.

Maternal Nutrition and Child Health by Douglas Shanklin and Jay Hodin-- This book is more geared for providers. It explains in detail the link between maternal nutrition and pregnancy outcomes.

Breastfeeding Your Baby by Sheila Kitzinger-- Excellent how-to and why book on breastfeeding. Beautiful photographs!!

What Your Doctor May Not Tell You about Children's Vaccinations by Stephanie Cave and Deborah Mitchell-- A must-read on the dangers associated with the current schedule for vaccinations. Replete with many solid facts and references.

Baby Wise by Gary Ezzo and Robert Bucknam-- Help your baby to be secure and happy by providing him a predictable feeding/sleeping schedule that shows that mommy and daddy know what is best for him. This technique will help your baby sleep through the night at a much earlier age than demand-fed babies.

Diaper Free! The Gentle Wisdom of Natural Infant Hygiene by Ingrid Bauer-- Un-potty train your newborn. Did you know that babies do not want to soil their diapers? Mothers and fathers condition them to do so. Learn your babies cues as to when it is time to toilet and greatly decrease your budget for diapers, as well as diaper rash, etc.

An Encyclopedia of Natural Healing for Children and Infants by Mary Bove-- Focuses on nutrition and herbal remedies for common infant and childhood experiences.

Child Health Guide to Holistic Pediatrics for Parents by Randall Neustaedter-- This seems to be a more well-rounded, practical and comprehensive book related to infant and child care.

Complete Book of Baby & Child Care by Paul Reisser and James C. Dobson

Baby Catcher by Peggy Vincent-- Very fun book about the experiences of a California based homebirth midwife.

Count it All Joy by Judy Jones-- This is a “I-can't-put-it-down” book about the experiences of a local homebirth midwife. She draws parallel between her birth stories to that of spiritual life lessons.

A Midwife's Story by Penny Armstrong

The Bible

Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp-- This is by far the BEST (next to the Bible) parenting book I have read! It stays very true to God's Word, while providing a balanced means to achieve God's goal for our children-“to glorify God and enjoy Him forever”.

What the Bible Says about Child Training by Richard Fugate-- This book focuses more on the discipline part of parenting.

Don't Make Me Count to Three by Ginger Plowman-- While Shepherding a Child's Heart is more visionary, this book has more in-depth tips about how to practically apply those principles.

No Greater Joy (series) by Michael and Debi Pearl

The Bible

Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas-- Visionary book as to our God-given design for marriage.

The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian-- Practical book as to how to be the best “helpmate” for our husbands, by standing with him in prayer for every aspect of his life. It is also the secret to power in our marriage relationship, as we move the hand of God for His purpose in the lives of our husbands.

The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman-- Is your spouse's “love tank” full? Learn how to speak his love language, and you both will experience greater fulfillment in your marriage.

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