The Common Good
December 2010

Resources on Natural Birth

by Claire Lorentzen | December 2010



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Here is a list of books, films, websites, and other content on the social justice issues surrounding birthing and “natural” childbirths in the United States.


Pushed: The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care , by Jennifer Block (De Capo Press, 2007).

Birth: The Surprising History of How We are Born, by Tina Cassidy (Grove Press, 2007).

Baby Catcher: Chronicles of a Modern Midwife , by Peggy Vincent (Scribner, 2002).


The Business of Being Born: A documentary film from executive director Ricky Lake and director Abby Epstein (2008).


Childbirth Connection: Since 1918, this site has been “helping women and health professionals make informed maternity care decisions.”

Giving Birth With Confidence: "Real Women Sharing Stories, Finding Answers, and Supporting Each Other. “

Sense and Sensibility: "A Research Blog About Health Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond from Lamaze International.”

Coalition for Improving Maternity Services: "Making Mother-Friendly Care a Reality. “


Deadly Delivery: The Maternal Health Care Crisis in the USA” by Amnesty International, March 2010.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report on the "Trends and Characteristics of Home and Other Out-Of-Hospital Births in the United States, 1990-2006." Revised in August 2010.

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