Baby looks curiously into the camera. This was one of the babies born under English and German speaking Berlin doula, Annie Kocher's care. Annie is a queer feminist trans doula.

I highly recommend the following books to pregnant or birth-curious folks!
CW: Most texts contain gender normative and heteronormative language. Some books depict birth related trauma.


Spiritual Midwifery  Ina May Gaskin

Optimal Care in Childbirth; The Case For a Physiologic Approach  Goer, Romano

Reproductive Justice: An Introduction  Loretta Ross & Rickie Solinger

All About Love: New Visions  bell hooks

The Functions of The Orgasms  Michel Odent

Where's The Mother? Stories from a Transgender Dad  Trevor MacDonald

Breastfeeding Made Simple  Mohrbacher, Kendall-Tackett, Newman

The Birth Partner  Penny Simkin

Momma Zen: Walking The Crooked Path of Motherhood  Karen Maezen Miller

Women Who Run With The Wolves  Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Birthing From Within  Pam England

Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice  Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

Taking Charge of Your Fertility  Toni Weschler

The Period Repair Manual  Laura Briden

Doulas and Intimate Labour: Boundaries, Bodies and Birth  Castañeda, Searcy

Dreaming The Dark  Starhawk

When Survivors Give Birth  Penny Simkin


Of Further Interest

Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving  Pete Walker

In An Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness  Peter Levine
The Body Keeps the Score: Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma  Bessel Van der Kolk

The Psoas Book  Liz Koch

Sweeting The Pill: or How We Got Hooked on Hormonal Birth Control  Holly Grigg-Spall

Women's Anatomy of Arousal  Sherri Winston

The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution  Aviva Romm

The Argonauts  Maggie Nelson

Rising Strong  Brené Brown

Of Woman Born  Adrienne Rich
Pleasure Activism  Adrienne Maree Brown

Birth as an American Rite of Passage  Robbie Davis-Floyd

Life's Work  Dr. Willie Parker

Ina May's Guide To Childbirth  Ina May Gaskin

Mothering The New Mother  Sally Placksin

Your Amazing Newborn  Klaus, Klaus

Pushed  Jennifer Block

Cut, Stapled and Mended  Roanna Rosewood

Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom  Christiane Northrup

Dr. Jack Newman's Guide To Breastfeeding  Jack Newman

The Cesarean  Michel Odent

Childbirth and the Evolution of Homo Sapiens  Michel Odent

Spirit Babies  Walter Makichen
Companioning at a Time of Perinatal Loss  Jane Heustis & Marcia Jenkins
Trauma Stewardship  Laura van Dernoot Lipsky
Urban Tantra  Barbara Carrellas

Come As You Are  Emily Nagosi
Naomi Wolf