Top 10 books on natural childbirth, motherhood and parenting

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I once tried to make such a list, but that time it was made on the basis of recommendations found in the Web, and now it’s very, very funny to me ?. But let’s leave it for the history and overall picture.

Today is the time for a second try, and this time most of the books are already in the category of read and strongly recommended by me. Let’s say more can be read, but these, in my opinion, are enough to miss nothing and more or less cover everything that worries the expectant mother or a mother of a child from zero to three. Most importantly, most of these books are Ukrainian or have already been translated and published in Ukrainian ♥ ️.




  1. Brilliant Ukrainian trilogy:
This trilogy basically covers everything a woman has to know about fertility, conception, giving birth naturally, bonding with a baby and breastfeeding.


2. Grantly Dick-Read – Childbirth without Fear

A fascinating and inspiring book from a man who genuinely loved how smart the nature is about giving birth and dedicated his life to it.

Knowing English, you can also read Michel Odent’s book, Birth Reborn, which is quite popular in certain circles in Ukraine, but I like it a lot less, the spirit is not the same at all. You may see it with my eyes here.

A revolutionary book for midwifery and women’s rights.


3. Ingrid Bauer – Diaper Free!

A no-pressure book about natural infant hygiene as an extra communication tool between a parent and a child.



4. John Medina – Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five

A research-based book about brain development from a scientist who was really trying not to be boring, and mainly succeeded.

5. Deborah MacNamara – Rest, Play, Grow: Making Sense of Preschoolers (Or Anyone Who Acts Like One)

From a dedicated padawan of Gordon Neufeld, shaper of the attachment theory, who tried it all on practice and brought the results to the world.

6. Alla Slotvinska – Playing Together or How to Cope with I-do-not-wants

A light, clear and practical guide to a deeper understanding of a child and building a strategy of efficient dealing with confusing situations.

7. Carlos Gonzalez

A very warm and soothing book from a father and a pediatrician.
If you need to stop worrying about your child’s food behavior.

8. Mary Sheedy Kurcinka – Raising Your Spirited Child: A Guide for Parents Whose Child is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, and Energetic


9. Jean Liedloff – The Continuum Theory

A bit of anthropology and fresh thinking in order to return the logic of nature to parenting.

10. Janusz Korczak – How to Love a Child

The kindest and deepest book about the inner world of a child.

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