Pregnancy & Birth Books

Birth Matters - Ina May Gaskin

Great as a general-interest book for those who are expecting a baby and those just interested in learning more about the renaissance of natural childbirth. An entertaining read.

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth - Ina May Gaskin

Fantastic first-person accounts of real births, accompanied by information about Ina May’s discoveries about birth from her midwifery practice.

The Birth Partner - Penny Simkin

A really comprehensive overview of the stages of birth and what to expect, without being scare-mongering or dramatic.

The Doula Book: How a Trained Labour Companion Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier, & Healthier Birth - Klaus, Kennel, & Klaus

For those interested in the many benefits of hiring a doula.

Online Resources For Expectant/New Parents

VIHA Pregnancy Page

Links to information about prenatal classes, doctors and midwives, and resources for those with unexpected pregnancies.

La Leche League - Nanaimo Chapter

La Leche League International is well known for its unwavering support of breastfeeding. This friendly group meets monthly to discuss breastfeeding issues.

Mother Risk

From the Hospital for Sick Kids, MotherRisk provides food and drug information for pregnancy. A great go-to site if you’re wondering about the effects of a certain substance.

Reproductive Mental Health

Information and support for mental health issues during pregnancy and the postpartum period.

Birth-Related Fiction & Films

The Essential Ingredient: Doula (Prod. DONA International)

Just in case my site hasn’t given you enough information about a doula’s role! This is a great introduction to what doulas do.

Getting A Good Latch

Breastfeeding expert Jack Newman helps a mother demonstrate a good latch. Check out his other videos for more troubleshooting.

Call the Midwife (Prod. BBC)

A charming (and accurate) look at birth (and life) in post-WWII East London. (Available on Netflix)

The Birth House - Ami McKay

A fascinating book about a young midwife’s life in Nova Scotia at the turn of the century.