Christian Doulas

Welcome to the Christian Doula Book Shop

Come on in,  pull up a cozy chair, and browse through our selection of used pregnancy, childbirth, and child rearing books. The books available here are not necessarily endorsed by Christian Doula. We just try to make available what we find.

If you live in Bloomington, consider this a lending library, and send me a request to borrow any of these books.  If you'd like to purchase them, please visit our store.

The Baby Swim Book

by Cinda L. Kochen and Janet McCabe. A TLC approach for teaching your child to swim.

Before Your Pregnancy

by Amy Ogle and Lisa Mazzullo. a 90-day guide for couples on how to prepare for a healthy conception.

Birth Without Violence




by Frederick Leboyer.  A classic of natural childbirth. Hard back.

Birthing from Within

(for loan only) by Pam England and Rob Horowitz. Michel Odent calls this book "a landmark in the history of childbirth"

The Book of Baby Massage

by Peter Walker


...For a happier, healthier child

Breastfeeding: A Parent's Guide

By Amy Spangler

Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5




The complete and authoritative guide to child health care, from the American Academy of Pediatrics.  This is an excellent gift for your client after the birth of that first baby.

A Child is Born


by Lennart Nilsson.  A gorgeous, full color photo journal that follows the development of a child from conception through birth.

Children and Their Mothers

by Hans Reich.  This is a beautiful hardback book of artistic black and white photographs of babies with their mothers from all over the world.

Amazing pictures of international women breastfeeding their nurslings.

If you love babies of every hue, you will adore this book!

The Christian Mom's Idea Book

by Ellen Banks Elwell

Hundreds of ideas, tips, and activities to help you be a great mom, including help with how to throw a great birthday party, how to successfully survive car trips, and how to deal with toddlers.

The Complete Book of Breastfeeding

3rd Edition, by Marvin S. Eiger and Sally Wendkos Olds.

The Complete Organic Pregnancy

by Deirdre Dolan and Alexandra Zissu. What you need to know, from the nail polish you wear to the berd you sleep in to the water you drink.

Conception--A Wondrous Event

A hard back book by Serono with explanation of conception and lots of gorgeous full-colored pictures.

Denise Austin's Pregnancy Plus Workout VHS




30-minute prenatal workout, plus a 20-minute after baby shape up.

Essential Exercises for the Childbearing Year


by Elizabeth Noble.  A guide to Health and Comfort Before and After Your Baby is Born. (edition available is the 3rd edition, and not the one shown in picture)

Fertility Wisdom

by Angela C. Wu. How traditional Chinese medicine can help overcome infertility.

Getting Back in Shape


Fitness and nutrition after pregnancy. by Deborah Mackin.

Getting Pregnant Naturally

by Winifred Conkling. Healthy choices to boost your chances of conceiving without fertility drugs.

The Gift of Motherhood

Your personal journey through prepared childbirth.  This is a very thorough workbook to prepare a couple for natural childbirth.

The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy

by Vicki Iovine.  Everything your doctor won't tell you. Practical humorous and comforting advice on morning sickness, maternity underwear, bladder control, pregnancy insanity, stretch marks, sex, postpartum dementia.

Giving Birth

by Catherine Taylor. A journey into the world of mothers and midwives.

Having Twins

by Elizabeth Noble. A parent's guide to pregnancy, birth, and early  childhood.

Having Your Baby with a Nurse-Midwife

by the American College ofNurse-Midwives and Sandra Jacobs


Everything you need to know to make an informed decision.

Leisa Hart's fit mama postnatal workout DVD

with book and DVD, plus bonus workout: fitmama and me.

Making Make-Believe: Fun Props, Costumes and Creative Play Ideas


by MaryAnn F. Kohl.  This book is full of illustrations that help you create a creative and enriching environment for your small child.

Maternal Fitness

by Julie Tupler, RN, with Andrea Thompson

Preparing for a healthy pregnancy, an easier labor, and a quick recovery

Meditations for the New Mother

by Helen Good Brenneman

Lovely Christian meditations for the new mother, filled with  Scripture, prayers, hymns, and poems.

A Midwife's Tale

by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. a lovely biography of a brave and faith-filled woman who caught babies in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Mind Over Labor

by Emmett E. Miller. A breakthrough guide to giving birth.

The Mother-to-Mother Postpartum Depression Support Book

by Sandra Poulin. Real stories from women who lived through it and recovered.

The Natural Baby

by Janet Balaskas, foreword by Dr. William Sears

An instinctive approach to nurturing your infant.

The New Pregnancy week-by-week

by Dr. Jane MacDougall

understand the changes and chart the progress of you and your baby.

Nighttime Parenting

by William Sears. How to get your baby and child to sleep.

Nursing Mother, Working Mother

by Gale Pryor. The essential guide for breastfeeding and staying close to your baby after you return to work.

The Pilates Pregnancy

Maintaining Strength, Flexibility, and your Figure. by Mari Winsor with Mark Laska

Playful Learning: An Alternate Approach to Preschool

by La Leche League International. Written by Anne Engelhardt and Cheryl Sullivan. Great for homeschooling families, as well as anyone who wants to get ideas about how to be more interactive and creative with your preschooler.

Playing Smart: A Parent's Guide to Enriching, Offbeat Learning Activities for Ages 4-14



by Susan K. Perry. Unplug your kids from the T.V. and the computer and have fun playing with them! Full of great ideas for families.

Pregnancy Childbirth and the Newborn

The Complete Guide by Penny Simkin, Janet Whalley, and Ann Keppler.


Expanded and Updated edition.

The Pregnancy Cookbook


Nutrition Guide and Recipes for Healthy Eating--From PlanningYour Pregnancy through Nursing Your Child. by Hope Ricciotti.


Also available in revised and expanded edition.


Pregnancy Week-by-Week


 by Dr. Jane MacDougall

Everything you need to know about yourself and your developing baby. 



Preventing Miscarriage: The Good News

by Jonathan Scher


The most up-to-date information on : why pregnancies fail, new medical tests that pinpoint the causes, latest treatments available to prevent loss of pregnancy

Secrets of the Baby Whisperer





How to Calm, Connect, and Communicate with Your Baby.  by Tracy Hogg.  Hard back.


Sign with your Baby

by Dr. Joseph Garcia

How to communicate with infants before they can speak.

Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child

A practical A-to-Z reference to natural and conventional treatments for infants and children.  This book is a good guide to safe and effective relief of common childhood disorders using nutritional supplements, herbs, homeopathy, acupressure, diet, and conventional medicine.

Staying Home: From Full-Time Professional to Full-Time Parent


by Darcie Sanders and Marha M. Bullen. Good information and motivation for making the switch that increases your joy, your children's well being, and your God's glory (though this book is not based in faith).

Stretching & Pregnancy

by Kit Laughlin with Jennifer Cristaudo. Maintaining fitness, flexibility and wellbeing during pregnancy.

Twins! Pregnancy, Birth and the First Year of Life

by Connie L. Agnew, Alan H. Klein, and Jill Alison Ganon.


A very good, all-around resource for a Mama with multiples.

The Vegetarian Mother and Baby Book

by Rose Elliot

A unique and invaluable guide to raising a baby on a healthy vegetarian diet.

Vegetarian Pregnancy: The Definitive Nutritional Guide to Having a Healthy Baby

by Sharon Yntema

a sensible, trustworthy guide for women who want to enjoy a healthy pregnancy on a vegetarian diet.

The Well Baby Book

by Mike Samuels and Nancy Samuels. A comprehensive manual of baby care from conception to age four.

What to Expect When You're Expecting


The standard week-by-week guide to pregnancy, still very readable and useful after a couple of decades.


This is a perfect gift for your new client, especially if she approaches you for doula services early in her pregnancy.  As a way of advertising your services, buy a few and give them to a local midwife or OB to hand out with your business card taped on the cover.

The What to Expect When You're Expecting Pregnancy Organizer

by Arlene Eisenberg, et al.

The all-in-one pregnancy diary

When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads

by Barbara Luke and Tamara Ederlein

A clinically proven program for women pregnant with multiples

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding



La Leche Internationa's definitive guide to life with your nursling.  Another good "welcome-to-the-World-of-Air" baby gift.

The Woman's Book of Yoga & Health

by Linda Sparrowe. A Lifelong Guide to Wellness. With a large section on pregnancy.

Workbook in Bedside Maternity Nursing

by IngeJ. Bleier, slightly used inside.

Your Baby, Your Way

by Sheila Kitzinger

Making Pregnancy Decisions and Birth Plans

Your Natural Pregnancy

by Adriane Fugh-Berman. A guide to complementary therapies

Your Pregnancy After 30

by Glade B. Curtis, author of Your Pregnancy Week by Week

includes sections on health concerns, multiple births, managing fatigue, and workplace safety

Your Pregnancy Questions & Answers

by Glade B. Curtis. Author of Pregnancy Week by Week and Your Pregnancy After 30

Your Pregnancy Week-by-Week


by Glade B. Curtis.  This is another basic guide to the forty weeks a woman becomes God's handmaiden in providing for Him a place to do His knitting.

Your Premature Baby

by Frank P. Manginello. Everything you need to know about childbirth, treatment, and parenting.

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