Books Available at Vancouver Public Library

You can find almost all of these books through the VPL online catalogue, where we have created a custom book list for easy reference.

Pregnancy and Birth

  • From the Hips Rebecca Odes & Ceridwen Morris
  • Birthing From Within Pam England & Rob Horowitz
  • The Birth Partner: Everything you need to know to help a woman through childbirth (2nd ed.) Penny Simkin
  • Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth Ina May Gaskin
  • Natural Pregnancy Book: Herbs, nutrition and other holistic choices Ina May Gaskin & Aviva Jill Romm
  • Pregnancy, Childbirth & the Newborn (rev & updated) Penny Simkin, Janet Whalley & Ann Keppler
  • Rediscovering Birth Sheila Kitzinger
  • Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth Henci Goer


  • The American Academy of Pediatrics New Mother’s Guide to Breastfeeding American Academy Of Pediatrics, Joan Younger Meek M.D., Winnie Yu
  • Breastfeeding: How to Breastfeed Your Baby Suzanne Arms, Chloe Fisher, Mary Renfrew
  • The Breastfeeding Book: Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Your Child from Birth Through Weaning William Sears M.D.
  • Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding Ina May Gaskin
  • Jack Newman’s Guide to Breastfeeding Jack Newman and Teresa Pitman
  • The Womanly Art of Breastfeeeding La Leche League International

After Your Baby is Born

  • 1, 2, 3 Magic: Effective discipline for children 2-12 Thomas W. Phelan
  • The Baby Book : Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby From Birth to Age Two William Sears M.D. and Martha Sears R.N.
  • The Birth of a Mother: How the Motherhood Experience Changes You Forever Daniel N. Stern, Nadia Bruschweiler-Stern, and Alison Freeland
  • Canada’s Baby Care Book: A Complete Guide from Birth to 12-Months Old Jeremy Friedman, Norman Saunders
  • The Canadian Paediatric Society Guide to Caring for Your Child from Birth to Age Five Diane Sacks M.D.
  • CMA Complete book of Mother and Baby Care Lewis Younger
  • Children The Challenge Rudolf Dreikurs
  • Spock’s The First Two Years: The Emotional and Physical Needs of Children from Birth to Age 2 Benjamin, M.D. Spock and Martine T. Stein
  • Your Baby and Child: from Birth to Age Five (Revised Edition) Penelope Leach
  • The Happiest Baby on the Block: the New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer Harvey MP Karp
  • Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child Marc Weissbluth, MD
  • Hidden Feelings of Motherhood: Coping with stress, depression and burnout Kathleen Kendall-Tackett
  • Mother of All Baby Books Ann Douglas
  • The No-Cry Sleep Solution : Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night Elizabeth Pantley
  • Secrets of the Baby Whisperer: How to Calm, Connect, and Communicate With Your Baby Tracy Hogg and Melinda Blau
  • What to Expect the First Year Arlene Eisenberg, Sandee Hathaway, and Heidi Murkoff
  • The Wonder Weeks Hetty van der Rijt, Ph.D. and Frans Plooij, Ph.D.
  • Year after childbirth: Surviving and enjoying the first year of motherhood Sheila Kitzinger

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