Midwifery Texts

CAPERS Bookstore stocks a wide range of midwifery texts and resources, this is just a small selection of these. You can see all of them here.


Midwifery: Preparation for Practice is our best selling textbook. It is published in Australia and features Australian/New Zealand authors and is a comprehensive textbook with chapters covering a wide range of practice issues (including pharmacology).

The other most popular textbooks for university students and midwives alike are Myles Textbook for Midwives and Mayes Midwifery. Both are UK textbooks.

Additional Resources

The third edition of The Labor Progress Handbook builds on the success of first two editions and remains an unparalleled resource on simple, non-invasive interventions to prevent or treat difficult labor.

Optimal Care in Childbirth: The Case for a Physiologic Approach provides an in-depth analysis of the evidence basis for physiologic care as the standard of care. It was originally published as Obstetric Myths vs Research Realities, this is the complete revision published in 2012.

Midwife’s Guide to Antenatal Investigations covers a comprehensive range of investigations used in pregnancy and is designed to enable the midwife to make evidence-based recommendations.

Pocket Guides and Dictionaries

We stock both the Bailliere’s Midwives Dictionary and the Illustrated Dictionary of Midwifery (Australian/NZ edition), and both are useful references.

We also stock pocket guides including the series of “Midwifery Essentials” that includes Basics, Antenatal, Labour and Postnatal that were developed from a series of articles in The Practising Midwife.

There is another book called Midwifery Essentials that is very popular and is a ring-bound pocket quick reference book developed by midwifery lecturers from the University of Technology Sydney. It is useful for both students and practising midwives.

Political/Social Context of Midwifery

The Roar Behind the Silence provides information, inspiration and practical suggestions to support maternity care workers, policy makers, and maternity care funders across the world in their quest to deliver sensitive, compassionate and high quality maternity services. The book highlights examples of good practice, and practical tools for making change happen, using evidence and stories where appropriate.

Michel Odent has presented at CAPERS events many times, most recently in 2014. His presentations and books are thought-provoking challenges to the status quo. His most recent book is Do We Need Midwives? which asks what is the future of the human capacity to give birth in the context of increasing interventions and disregard for the natural process.