Client Information & Resources

Downloadable Files for our clients
• Research on home birth with midwives
• Guidelines for Childbirth at Home
First Trimester
• Prenatal Testing and Genetic Counseling
• Nausea and Vomiting of Early Pregnancy
Second Trimester
• Liver Support During Pregnancy
• Increasing Iron During Pregnancy
• Recognizing Premature Labor
Third Trimester
• Postures & Positions for Late Pregnancy
• Group B Strep fact sheet
• When to Page Your Midwife
• What to Do if Your Water Breaks
• True Labor versus "False" Labor
• Castor Oil to Stimulate Labor
• What to Do if the Baby is Coming NOW
• Birth Blanket Instructions
• Additional Supplies needed for a home birth
The Ultimate Book List

Planning for Pregnancy/ Fertility Awareness

Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health by Toni Weschler

Before Your Pregnancy: A 90-Day Guide for Couples on How to Prepare for a Healthy Conception by Amy Ogle and Lisa Mazzullo

The Essential Lesbian Guide to Conception, Pregnancy and Birth by Stephanie Brill

Healthy Pregnancy/ Pregnancy Guides

The Pregnancy Book: Month-by-Month, Everything You Need to Know by William Sears and Martha Sears

Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn: The Complete Guide by Penny Simkin, Janet Whalley and Ann Keppler

Birthing From Within by Pam England

The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth by Sheila Kitzinger

The Pregnant Woman's Comfort Book by Jennifer Louden

The Pregnancy Herbal by Jaqulene Harper-Roth

Prenatal Yoga

Yoga for Pregnancy by Sandra Jordan

Beautiful, Bountiful, Blissful by Gurmukh

Preparing for Birth with Yoga by Janet Balaskas

Prenatal Yoga and Natural Childbirth by Jeannine Parvati Baker


Nutrition for a Healthy Pregnancy by Elizabeth Somer

Your Vegetarian Pregnancy by Holly Roberts

Labor Support and Coping Techniques

(Great for Partners)

The Doula Book by Marshall Klaus, John Kennell, and Phyllis Klaus

The Birth Partner: Everything You Need to Know to Help a Woman Through Childbirth by Penny Simkin

The Doula Advantage: Your Complete Guide to Having an Empowered and Positive Birth with the Help of a Professional Childbirth Assistant by Rachel Gurevich

Giving Birth

The Birth Book: Everything You Need to Know to Have a Safe and Satisfying Birth by William Sears and Martha Sears

The Birth Partner: Everything You Need to Know to Help a Woman Through Childbirth by Penny Simkin

An Easier Childbirth by Gayle Peterson

Gentle Birth Choices by Barbara Harper

Hypnobirthing: The Mongan Method by Marie Mongan

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin

Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin

Making Informed Decision's in Pregnancy and Birth

A Guide to Effective Care in Pregnancy & Childbirth by Murray Enkin, Marc J.N.C. Keirse, James Neilson, Caroline Crowther, Lelia Duley, Ellen Hodnett and Justus Hofmeyr

The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer

Cesareans, Cesarean Recovery, and Vaginal Birth after Cesarean ( VBAC )

Natural Childbirth after Cesarean: A Practical Guide by Karis Crawford and Johanne C. Walters

Cesarean Recovery by Chrissie Gallagher-Mundy

Artemis Speaks: V.B.A.C. Stories & Natural Childbirth Information by Nan Koehler


The Nursing Mother's Companion by Kathleen Huggins

The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers: The Most Comprehensive Problem-Solution Guide to Breastfeeding from the Foremost Expert in North America by Jack Newman

The Breastfeeding Answer Book by La Leche League International

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League International

Breastfeeding Your Baby by Sheila Kitzinger

New Mother's Guide to Breastfeeding by American Academy of Pediatrics

Nursing Your Baby by Karen Pryor

New Mothers' Health and Wellness

The Year After Childbirth by Sheila Kitzinger

Mothering the New Mother: Women's Feelings and Needs after Childbirth, a Support and Resource Guide by Sally Placksin

Cesarean Recovery by Chrissie Gallagher-Mundy

After the Baby's Birth: A complete Guide for the Postpartum Woman by Robin Lim

Natural Health After Birth, and Naturally Healthy Babies and Children by Aviva Jill Romm

Newborn/Infant Health and Well-Being

Your Amazing Newborn Marshall H. Klaus and Phyllis H. Klaus

The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby From Birth to Age Two by William Sears and Martha Sears

The Attachment Parenting Book: A Commonsense Guide to Understanding and Nurturing Your Child by William Sears and Martha Sears

The Happiest Baby on the Block by Dr. Harvey Karp

Nighttime Parenting by William and Martha Sears


Fathering Right from the Start: Straight Talk about Pregnancy, Birth, and Beyond by Jack Heinowitz

The Birth Partner: Everything You Need to Know to Help a Woman Through Childbirth by Penny Simkin

Survivors of Sexual Abuse

When Survivors Give Birth: Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse on Childbearing Women by Penny Simkin and Phyllis Klaus

Loss, Grief, Trauma

Empty Cradle, Broken Heart: Surviving the Death of Your Baby by Deborah L. Davis

Ended Beginnings: Healing Childbearing Losses by Claudia Panuthos and Catherine Romeo

Some of these books are available in our lending library

Website Links for our clients

• Radiant Belly Birth Kits
Order your birth supplies kit online with our local provider -- they will ship the Vivante Midwifery custom kit to you, or you can pick it up yourself in NE Portland.

 Community links
• Waterbirth International
Learn all about waterbirth from our local world expert, Barbara Harper.
• MealBaby
Online organizer for scheduling friends & family to help with meal delivery!
• Birth Support Network
Find a doula to support you through your labor and birth experience.
• Nursing Mothers Counsel of Oregon
Provides free phone support, breastfeeding classes, and other support for breastfeeding mothers.
• La Leche League of California
Find a local meeting with other breastfeeding moms or call a Leader for advice, encouragement or support.
• Breastfeeding
Resources and information regarding breastfeeding. 
• Baby Blues Connection

Midwifery Today 

Water Birth International 

Le Leche League International 

Cascade Health Care Products 

California Association of Midwives 

Midwives Alliance of North America 

North American Registry of Midwives 

California Nurse Midwives Association 

The Coalition for Improving Maternity Services 

International Cesarean Awareness Network 

Your Water Birth 

Improving Birth 

Evidence Based Birth 

Dona International 

UCSD Medical Center 

Hypno Birthing 


Birthing From Within 

Birth with Sol 

Organizations supporting midwifery and home birth
• Midwives Alliance of North America
• American College of Nurse-Midwives
• Citizens for Midwifery
• Childbirth Connection

Emergency and Support Hotlines

Postpartum Support Hotline

(408) 993-8336 or (650) 327-3333

SHARE (Pregnancy Loss & Support)

(877) 427-4273


Bay Area Crisis Nursery
For families with children in danger of being abused or becoming homeless
(925) 685-8052 24 hour

Bay Area Poison Control Center
(800) 523-2222

National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799- SAFE (7233)

The Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN)

HIV Hotline
1-800-367-2437 or 707-565-4620