Book Recommendations

What pregnancy books would you recommend?


This has to be one of the first and most often asked questions by expecting mothers. Despite endless online resources, social media forums and virtual chat groups, there is something reassuring about a having a book that you trust by your bedside.

Just as every pregnancy is unique, so is every mothers opinion on what constitutes a good book. This selection is a combination of books which were faithful companions on my own pregnancies and books which are on the DONA International Birth Doula required reading list. Others are simply must-haves for navigating the Irish maternity system!


Expecting: Everything You Need to Know about Pregnancy, Labour and Birth by Anna McGrail and Daphne Metland

The Irish Better Birth Book: Taking the Mystery (and Fear) Out of Childbirth by Tracy Donegan

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by Diane Wiessinger, Diana West and Teresa Pitman 

The Birth Partner – Revised 4th Edition: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions by Penny Simkin

Birthing from within: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation by Pam England & Rob Horowitz

The Greatest Breastfeeding Tips in the World by Beth Cooper

The Irish Caesarean and VBAC Guide: Challenges and Choices by Tracy Donegan


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