Recommended Reading


Here are a few titles I recommend (in no particular order). Most of these books are regarding midwifery and birth, but there are also a few that I think are worth reading regardless of what you want to study. I know I’m going to be reading more and more as school continues, so I’ll add titles as often as I can! Any books you’d like to recommend? Tell me about them in the comments!

Push! The Struggle for Midwifery in Ontario
Ivy Lynn Bourgeault

The Birth Partner
Penny Simkin

In the Spirit of Homebirth: Modern Women, an Ancient Choice
Bronwyn Preece

Becoming a Student Midwife
Ellie Durant

The Kind Mama
Alicia Silverstone

Our Bodies, Ourselves
The Boston Women’s Health Collective

The Birth House
Ami McKay
lovely fiction about midwifery in Eastern Canada

Birth Matters: A Midwife’s Manifesta
Ina May Gaskin

Articles written by Betty-Anne Daviss
Midwife and Professor at Carleton University, Women and Gender Studies Dept.

Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing
Christiane Northrup, M.D.

The Pornography of Meat
Carol J. Adams

Ontario Midwifery Student Reference

Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype
Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D.


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