DONA Doula Reading List

DONA Birth Doula Certification Reading List

DONA International’s Position Paper: The Birth Doula’s Contribution to Modern Maternity Care by DONA International

DONA International’s Position Paper: The Postpartum Doula’s Role in Modern Maternity Care by DONA International

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


Group 1  – at least ONE of the following:

The Doula Book: How a Trained Labor Companion Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier, and Healthier Birth by Marshall and Phyllis Klaus

Birth Ambassadors: Doulas and the Re-Emergence of Woman-Supported Birth in America by Christine H. Morton with Elaine G. Clift


Group 2  – at least ONE of the following:

The New Pregnancy and Childbirth: Choices and Challenges by Sheila Kitzinger

Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide by Penny Simkin, April Bolding, Ann Keppler, and Janelle Durham

The Mother of All Pregnancy Books: An All-Canadian Guide to Conception, Birth and Everything in Between by Ann Douglas

The Simple Guide to Having a Baby: A Step-by-Step Illustrated Guide to Pregnancy & Childbirth by Janet Whalley, Penny Simkin and Ann Keppler


Group 3  – at least ONE of the following:

Optimal Care in Childbirth: The Case for a Physiologic Approach by Henci Goer and Amy Romano

An Easier Childbirth: A Mother’s Guide to Birthing Normally by Gayle Peterson

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin

Natural Hospital Birth: The Best of Both Worlds by Cynthia Gabriel


Group 4  – at least ONE of the following:

Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers by Nancy Mohrbacher and Kathleen Kendall-Tackett

Dr. Jack Newman’s Guide to Breastfeeding: the Canadian Expert Offers the Most Up-to-Date Advice on Every Aspect of Breastfeeding by Jack Newman and Teresa Pitman

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

The Nursing Mother’s Companion by Kathleen Huggins


Group 5 – at least ONE of the following:

This Isn’t What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression by Karen Kleiman and Valerie Davis Raskin

Hidden Feeling of Motherhood by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett

Transformed by Postpartum Depression: Women’s Stories of Trauma and Growth by Walker Karraa

Postpartum depression and anxiety: A self-help guide for mothers by Pacific Postpartum Support


Group 6 – at least ONE of the following:

The Doula Business Guide: Creating a Successful Motherbaby Business by Patty Brennan

Doula Programs: How to Start and Run a Private or Hospital-Based Program with Success! by Paulina Perez with Deaun Thelen

The Only Grant-Writing Book You’ll Ever Need by Ellen Karsh and Arlen Sue Fox

Winning Grants Step by Step: The Complete Workbook for Planning, Developing and Writing Successful Proposals by Tori O’Neal-McElrath

You, Inc.: The Art of Selling Yourself by Harry Beckwith and Christine Clifford

Worth Every Penny: Build a Business That Thrills Your Customers and Still Charge What You’re Worth by Sarah Petty and Erin Verbeck

Body of Work: Finding the Thread That Ties Your Story Together by Pamela Slim