Urban Sage

The Lending Library


The Doula Book

For an entire generation of new parents, this warm, expert work has become the standard guide to the shortest, easiest, and healthiest childbirth. Now a thoroughly updated and revised edition offers new research showing how labor support reduces the rate of cesarean sections, length of labor, need for pain medicine, and number of episiotomies. New material also demonstrates the positive effects of having a doula on mother-infant bonding, how relatives or friends can be trained in labor support, and how hypnosis is used to ease and shorten labor. No expectant parent will want to be without this empowering and irreplaceable book.  Goodreads



Transformed By Postpartum Depression

Transformed by Postpartum Depression is a poignant tale of 20 women’s journeys through postpartum depression and the growth that they experienced as a result. These women described severe suffering as they had been taken completely by surprise by their depression. They also experienced failure of care providers to screen for or treat depression, and finally reached a place where they determined that they would do whatever it took to recover. These women not only survived their ordeal, but emerged stronger than they were before. Transformed by Postpartum Depression is a deeply rich, compelling journey. These women creatively engaged and transcended their “diagnosis,” truly transforming themselves, their relationships, and their lives finding self-empowerment within their personal creative journeys of healing. Goodreads


The Womanly art of Breastfeeding

It’s no secret that breastfeeding is the normal, healthy way to nourish and nurture your baby. Dedicated to supporting nursing and expectant mothers, the internationally respected La Leche League has set the standard for educating and empowering mothers in this natural art for generations. Now their classic bestselling guide has been retooled, refocused, and updated for today’s mothers and lifestyles. Working mothers, stay-at-home moms, single moms, and mothers of multiples will all benefit from the book’s range of nursing advice, stories, and information—from preparing for breastfeeding during pregnancy to feeding cues, from nursing positions to expressing and storing breast milk. With all-new photos and illustrations, this ultimate support bible offers


  • real-mom wisdom on breastfeeding comfortably—from avoiding sore nipples to simply enjoying the amazing bonding experience
  • new insights into old approaches toward latching and attaching, ages and stages, and answers to the most-asked questions
  • strategies for moms who choose to breastfeed for a short time or who plan to nurse for a year or more
  • reassuring information on nursing after a C-section or delivery complications
  • recent scientific data that highlight the many lifelong health benefits of breastfeeding
  • helpful tips for building your support network—at home or when back at work
  • nursing special-needs infants, premies, multiples, and how to thrive no matter what curveball life throws
  • guidance on breast health issues, weight gain, day care, colic, postpartum depression, food allergies, and medications


Plus—Internet references for further information, including La Leche League support sites and groups.


Mothers bringing babies into a new world want sustainable, healthy, positive ways to help their children blossom and thrive. There is no better beginning for your baby than the womanly art of breastfeeding.




Spiritual Midwifery

Here is the 4th edition of the classic book on home birth that introduced a whole generation of women to the concept of natural childbirth. Back again are even more amazing birthing tales, including those from women who were babies in earlier editions and stories about Old Order Amish women attended by the Farm midwives.


Also new is information about the safety of techniques routinely used in hospitals during and after birth, information on postpartum depression and maternal death, and recent statistics on births managed by The Farm Midwives.


From the amazing birthing tales to care of the newborn, Spiritual Midwifery is still one of the best books an expectant mother could own. Includes resources for doulas, childbirth educators, birth centers, and other organizations and alliances dedicated to improving maternity care at home and in hospitals.



 Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth

Drawing upon her thirty-plus years of experience, Ina May Gaskin, the nation’s leading midwife, shares the benefits and joys of natural childbirth by showing women how to trust in the ancient wisdom of their bodies for a healthy and fulfilling birthing experience. Based on the female-centered Midwifery Model of Care, Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth gives expectant mothers comprehensive information on everything from the all-important mind-body connection to how to give birth without technological intervention.


Filled with inspiring birth stories and practical advice, this invaluable resource includes:


  • Reducing the pain of labor without drugs—and the miraculous roles touch and massage play
  • What really happens during labor
  • Orgasmic birth—making birth pleasurable
  • Episiotomy—is it really necessary?
  • Common methods of inducing labor—and which to avoid at all costs
  • Tips for maximizing your chances of an unmedicated labor and birth
  • How to avoid postpartum bleeding—and depression
  • The risks of anesthesia and cesareans—what your doctor

doesn’t necessarily tell you

  • The best ways to work with doctors and/or birth care providers
  • How to create a safe, comfortable environment for

birth in any setting, including a hospital

  • And much more


Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth takes the fear out of childbirth by restoring women’s faith in their own natural power to give birth with more ease, less pain, and less medical intervention.



Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn

 If you only buy one pregnancy book, this should be the one! It’s the most complete. It covers all aspects of childbearing, from conception through early infancy, and tells you what to expect. It offers detailed information, suggestions on decisions to make, and advice on steps to take to have a safe and satisfying experience. Goodreads






The Birth Partner

 Since the original publication of The Birth Partner, new mothers’ partners, friends, relatives, and doulas have relied on Penny Simkin’s guidance in caring for the new mother from their last trimester through the early postpartum period.


Now fully revised in its fifth edition, The Birth Partner remains the definitive guide to helping a woman through labor and birth, and the essential manual to have at hand during the event. The Birth Partner includes thorough information on:


-Preparing for labor and knowing when it has begun

-Normal labor and how to help the woman every step of the way

-Epidurals and other medications for labor

-Pitocin and other means, including natural ones, to induce or speed up labor

-Non-drug techniques for easing labor pain

-Cesarean birth and complications that may require it

-Breastfeeding and newborn care

-and much more.


For the partner who wishes to be truly helpful in the birthing room, this book is indispensable.


The Birth Conspiracy

The Birth Conspiracy is a guide for women and their partners, for doulas, and for anyone who is interested in the process of birth. The majority of women want to give birth naturally, but they want to do it in a hospital setting, where technology and medical expertise make them feel safe. This technology and expertise make natural birth a rare occurrence in most hospitals. In The Birth Conspiracy, Rivka Cymbalist draws upon her experience at over 500 births to answer to the question “How women can give birth naturally in hospitals”? The key to this answer is the doula. Who or what is a doula? Put simply, someone who accompanies a woman through pregnancy, labor and the birth of her child. But there much more to the doula, and The Birth Conspiracy provides a ground-breaking re-invention of the role of the humble birth companion. Goodreads


Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding

Drawing on her decades of experience in caring for pregnant women, mothers, and babies, Ina May Gaskin explores the health and psychological benefits of breastfeeding and gives you invaluable practical advice that will help you nurse your baby in the most fulfilling way possible. Inside you’ll find answers to virtually every question you have on breastfeeding, including topics such as

  • the benefits of breastfeeding
  • nursing challenges
  • pumps and other nursing products
  • sleeping arrangements
  • nursing and work
  • medications
  • nursing multiples
  • weaning
  • sick babies
  • nipplephobia, and much more


Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding is filled with helpful advice, medical facts, and real-life stories that will help you understand how and why breastfeeding works and how you can use it to more deeply connect with your baby and your own body. Whether you’re planning to nurse for the first time or are looking for the latest, most up-to-date expert advice available, you couldn’t hope to find a better guide than Ina May.



Birthing From Within

Here is a holistic approach to childbirth that examines this profound rite-of-passage not as a medical event but as an act of self-discovery. Exercises and activities such as journal writing, meditation, and painting will help mothers analyze their thoughts and face their fears during pregnancy. For use during birth, the book offers proven techniques for coping with labor pain without drugs, a discussion of the doctor or midwife’s role, and a look at the father’s responsibilities. Childbirth education should also include what to expect after the baby is born. Here are baby basics, such as how to bathe a newborn, how to get the little one to sleep, and tips for getting nursing off to a good start. Pregnancy, birth, and postpartum is a process of continuous learning and adjustment; Birthing From Within provides the necessary support and education to make each phase of birthing a rewarding experience.




Childbirth is not something to be feared; it is a natural expression of life. With HypnoBirthing, your pregnancy and childbirth will become the gentle, life-affirming process it was meant to be.

In this easy-to-understand guide, HypnoBirthing founder Marie F. Mongan explodes the myth of pain as a natural accompaniment to birth. She proves through sound medical information that it is not our bodies but our culture that has made childbirth a moment of anguish, and that when we release the fear of birth, a fear that is keeping our bodies tense and closed, we will also release the pain

HypnoBirthing is nature, not manipulation. It relaxes the mind in order to let the body work as it is designed. The HypnoBirthing exercises – positive thinking, relaxation, visualization, breathing and physical preparation — will lead to a happy and comfortable pregnancy, even if you are currently unsure of an intervention-free birth. Your confidence, trust and happy anticipation will in turn lead to the peaceful, fulfilling and bonding birth that is your right as a mother.

More than 10,000 happy couples have had their lives changed for the better by HypnoBirthing.

More than 500 news organizations — including Good Morning America, The Today Show, Dateline, The Richard & Judy Show, Time, Newsweek, Parenting and Better Homes & Gardens — have joined the movement for better birthing.

Why is HypnoBirthing changing the way the world gives birth? That’s simple. Because it works.



Dr. Jack Newman – Guide to Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is healthy and natural, but it’ s not always easy. Dr. Jack Newman, a leading authority on infant care, and Teresa Pitman, former executive director of La Leche League Canada, have the answers that many new mothers are looking for. From achieving a good “ latch” to dealing with jaundiced or colicky babies to coping with breast pain and surgeries, Dr. Jack Newman’ s Guide to Breastfeeding includes information on every question a nursing mother could have.

If you’ re expecting, nursing your newborn or wondering about when to wean your toddler, this is the guide you need, for your first baby or your fourth.



The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth

This new edition of The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth has been extensively revised to reflect scientific advances and cultural trends. Here, candidly and reasonably presented, is all the information expectant parents need to make their own decisions about everything–from which tests to allow to how to handle pain to where to give birth. 300 photos, drawings & diagrams.




Natural Healing For the Pregnant Woman

A naturopathic physician licensed in natural childbirth, Elizabeth Burch offers a comprehensive, holistic A-to-Z guide to conception, pregnancy, and childbirth. Learn how to avoid unnecessary and dangerous drugs and surgical procedures while ensuring the best health for yourself and your baby. You’ll discover everything you need to know about achieving conception using simple, natural techniques; nutrition and exercise before, during, and after pregnancy; safe, effective, natural treatments for problems from headaches to hemorrhoids to breast soreness; easing morning sickness with herbal teas, massage, and other natural remedies; avoiding cesarians and episiotomies; natural therapies to combat postpartum depression; and breast-feeding without complications.



Mother’s Intention – How Belief Shapes Birth


Is guilt-free, drug-free, pain free birth possible? Whether your goal is comfort or empowerment, this book is your guide to better birth.





Special Women

Not only was Special Women the first book on the topic of the intrapartum doula, it is full of comprehensive information about providing continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother-to-be and her partner. Doulas and monitrices seek to cultivate a positive birth memory for the mother and can act as a liaison between the laboring woman, her partner and her clinical provider. Professional labor assistants have beneficial effects on birth outcomes. Eleven studies show the following: shorter labors fewer complications & lower cesarean rates less need for oxytocin to speed labor less use of forceps less need for pain medication and epidurals greater maternal satisfaction with childbirth birth and less postpartum depression shorter hospital stays for the mother fewer admissions to special care nurseries for babies easier initiation of breastfeeding. This easy-to-read resource has been updated in it’s 3rd edition with the latest information about doulas and monitrices. Many doulas call Special Women the “doula encylopedia” as it is the most all-compassing book on becoming and practicing as an intrapartum doula.




After The Baby’s Birth: A Woman’s Way To Wellness

The first few weeks and months after a baby’¬?s birth can be a wonderful and confusing time. While trying to discover the best ways to care for her child, new (and experienced) mothers often neglect their own health. It is essential, however, that mothers pay as much attention to their own wellness as they pay to their baby’¬?s health and happiness during this crucial time. In a completely revised and updated edition of AFTER THE BABY’¬?S BIRTH, childcare and women’¬?s-wellness expert Robin Lim guides mothers through the best methods of mother and baby postpartum care, including parental nurturing, breastfeeding, the role of the father, nutrition, and early sensory education. Focusing on natural and wholesome practices, AFTER THE BABY’¬?S BIRTH is a sensitive, practical guide to post-pregnancy health.,Ä¢ Includes touching personal stories based on real-life experiences of mothers.,Ä¢ Features a collection of delicious recipes formulated especially for postpartum women, plus a special chapter dedicated to the ancient practice of Ayurvedic medicine.,Ä¢ Original edition sold 30,000 copies.




The Pregnant Woman’s Comfort Book

With the wit, humor, and style that have made her “Comfort Book” series so popular, new mother Jennifer Louden brings her expertise to the wonderful world of pregnancy. From the blissful moments to the panic attacks, Louden guides women through the precarious emotional terrain of pregnancy and early motherhood with exercises, tips, and advice on a range of subjects including: your changing body image and self-esteem fears about your relationship with your partner a rational approach to eating (and eating and eating) dream exploration and the creation of a pregnancy comfort journal the joyous–and chaotic first months of motherhood and much more!


This insightful, practical, and very comforting guide will speak to first-time and experienced mothers alike with this simple but vital message: taking care of yourself during pregnancy lays the groundwork for healthy and happy motherhood.



The Continuum Concept

Jean Liedloff, an American writer, spent two and a half years in the South American jungle living with Stone Age Indians. The experience demolished her Western preconceptions of how we should live and led her to a radically different view of what human nature really is. She offers a new understanding of how we have lost much of our natural well-being and shows us practical ways to regain it for our children and for ourselves.