CAPERS Bookstore was established (in 1988) to provide easier access to quality resources that were supportive of natural birth and we continue to specialise in this area.
Books for Pregnant Women/Couples
We highly recommend Birth with Confidence for any pregnant women. It explains important considerations in choosing your birth location and support people, and practical advice for preparing for birth, ensuring you have the support you need and particularly for working with pain.
The Positive Birth Book is also highly recommended. It provides comprehensive information on creating your birth plan, outlining issues to consider and the need for Plans B/C/D. It covers home birth and hospital birth, and there is a large section on Positive Caesarean Birth including personal stories and suggests for birth plans for caesarean births. Because it’s recently written it includes useful information on contemporary issues like optimal cord clamping, seeding the micro biome, and women-centred caesarean.
Birth Skills will help pregnant women understand what is happening to their body during labour and particularly how to manage pain. It is a fantastic book for expectant mothers, and also particularly useful for their partners/other birth assistants.
Birthing from Within: An Extra-ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation discusses preparation for childbirth, birth plans and support people, along with using art therapy and creative visualisation to prepare yourself for labour.
The Down to Earth Birth Book is a practical guide to natural birth in any setting, promoting self-nurturing, responsibility and awareness to help create a conscious birth and parenting experience.
Finally, with lots of overwhelming endorsements, Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth is one our most popular pregnancy books.
Books for Fathers-to-be (or another birth support person)
We highly recommend The Birth Partner for fathers/others assisting at birth, it includes information on what to expect during the birth and advice on how to effectively support the labouring woman.
Books for Special Circumstances
Vaginal Birth After Caesarean: The VBAC Handbook provides evidence-based information on caesareans and birth after caesarean, explaining that a vaginal birth after caesarean should be possible for many women and providing information on how to work towards this.
The Positive Birth Book includes information on planning for Positive Caesarean Birth including personal stories and suggests for birth plans.
How to Heal a Bad Birth: Making Sense, Making Peace and Moving On by support group Birthtalk (Melissa Bruijn & Debby Gould) is packed with information, insights and ideas for anyone who has experienced a difficult, disappointing or traumatic birth. It offer valuable support both for women immediately after the birth but also for those planning another baby or pregnant who are wanting to resolve their feelings about a previous birth.