In-house Resources

Clients of The Birth Center can use the center's library, which includes books and videos on a wide variety of topics including breast feeding, natural birthing choices, midwifery, pregancy, and water birth. The Birth Center also carries brochures and other forms of literature on local businesses that cater to pregnant women and babies, such as photographers, local doulas, and local mothers' support groups.

Recommended Reading

The following is a list of books recommended by The Birth Center:

  • The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth, by Henci Goer & Rhonda Wheeler
  • Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn, by Simkin, Whalley, and Keppler
  • Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing, by Christiane Northrup, M.D.
  • Active Birth: The New Approach to Giving Birth Naturally, by Janet Balaskas
  • Transformation Through Birth, by Claudia Panuthos
  • Bestfeeding: Getting Breastfeeding Right for You: An Illustrated Guide, by Mary Refnrew, Chloe Fisher, and Suzanne Arms

These books are available online at


Local Resources

The following is a list of helpful local links:

Better Birth Sacramento
An organization of local childbirth professionals dedicated to educating local women about their birth options.

Valley/Foothill Doula Collective (VFDC)
An organization of doulas who serve the Sacramento area. A great site to visit if you are thinking about hiring a doula for your labor support.

My Three Doulas
These are three local doulas...

Placenta Encapsulation
Women using their own placenta which is dehydrated and then encapsulated for use in the postpartum period is gaining strong support.  It is helpful for energy, postpartum depression and milk supply.

A local herbalist (and birthcenter mom) creates organic herbal products for pregnancy, postpartum, and family.

National Resources

In addition to the above links, you may want to do further research with the organizations listed below:

The Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS)
Direct link to this article: "Having a Baby? Ten Questions to Ask"

International Cesarean Awareness Network Inc. (ICAN)
An excellent resource for women who've had cesareans or want to know more information about them. Their focus is on preventing unnecessary cesareans and promoting vaginal birth after ceserean (VBAC).

Prolacta Bioscience
Prolacta creates specialty formulations made from human milk for the nutritional needs of premature and critically ill infants in neonatal intensive care units. The Birth Center Milk Bank operates in affiliation with Prolacta.

American Association of Birth Centers (AABC)
American Association of Birth Centers is the nation's most comprehensive resource on birth centers.

Childbirth Connection
Up-to-date evidence-based information and resources on planning for pregnancy, labor and birth, and the postpartum period.

Website for Mothering Magazine: The magazine of natural family living.

International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA)
The International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) as a professional organization supports educators and other health care providers who believe in freedom of choice based on knowledge of alternatives in family-centered maternity and newborn care.

Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA)
MANA's goal is to unify and strengthen the profession of midwifery, thereby improving the quality of health care for women, babies, and communities.

American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM)
The mission of ACNM is to promote the health and well-being of women and infants within their families and communities through the development and support of the profession of midwifery as practiced by certified nurse-midwives, and certified midwives.

Doulas of North America (DONA)
DONA is a training and certifying body for doulas internationally.