As a lover of all things related to birth, and a maker of a birth documentary myself, I have immersed myself in reading everything I can get my hands on about birth.
Here is an extensive list of books about birth. I put them in the order of my personal favorites, so this list, of course, is subjective. (And, no, I’m not even going to mention What to Expect When You’re Expecting. I don’t think anybody should read that book.)
1. The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer
This is the go-to book that I like to recommend to every soon-to-be parent. It covers everything you need to know about the choices that you will face in giving birth clearly and concisely. As the saying goes, “If you don’t know your choices, you don’t have any.” This book will make you compare and contrast your various options on things such as inducing labor, electronic fetal monitoring, VBACs, pain medication, etc. It is unbiased and so very well done.