“There is a simple test women can use to determine whether or not a book or magazine article is worth reading. I call it the trust test. If the book or article says, ‘ask your doctor,’ ‘trust your doctor,’ or ‘listen to your doctor,’ it has failed the trust test and should probably go back on the shelf. If it says, ‘trust yourself,’ ‘trust your body’, or ‘trust the scientific evidence,’ then it is probably worth reading.”
—Marsden Wagner, MD Born in the USA: How a Broken Maternity System Must Be Fixed To Put Women And Children First

  • Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering, by Sarah J Buckley, MD
  • Spontaneous Creation: 101 Reasons Not to Have Your Baby in a Hospital, by Jock Doubleday
  • Born in the USA: How a Broken Maternity System Must be Fixed to Put Women and Children First, by Marsden Wagner, MD
  • Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, by Ina May Gaskin
  • Spiritual Midwifery, by Ina May Gaskin
  • Heart and Hands, by Elizabeth Davis
  • The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth, by Henci Goer
  • Pushed: The Painful Truth about Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care, by Jennifer Block
  • Immaculate Deception II: MYTH, MAGIC & BIRTH, by Suzanne Arms
  • We’re Having a Homebirth!!, by Kelly Mochel