Conscious Initiation into Motherhood Bibliography

By Lori E. Opal, MFT


A Child is Born. Lennart Nilsson. (1990). A DTP/Seymour Lawrence Book.

Maternal Desire:

On Children, Love and the Inner Life. Daphne de Marneffe.
(2004). Little, Brown and Company
Misconceptions: Truth, Lies, and the Unexpected on the Journey to Motherhood.
Naomi Wolf. (2001). Doubleday.
The Pregnancy Journal: A Day-to- Day Guide to a Healthy and Happy
Pregnancy. A. Christine Harris, Ph.D. (1996). Chronicle Books.
The Secret Life of the Unborn Child. Thomas Verny, M.D. with John Kelly.
(1981). A Dell Trade Paperback
Your Pregnancy week by week. Glade B. Curtis, M. D. & Judith Schuler, M. S.
(2000). Fisher Books.

Birth Preparation:

The Birth Book: Everything You Need to Know to Have a Safe and Satisfying
Birth. Williams Sears, M.D., and Martha Sears, R.N. (1994). Little, Brown and
Birthing From Within: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation. Pam
England & Rob Horowitz. (1998). Partera Press.
The Birth Partner: Everything You Need to Know to Help a Woman Through
Childbirth. Penny Simkin, P.T. (1989). The Harvard Common Press.
Birth Without Violence. Frederick Leboyer. (1975). Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
The Expectant Father: Facts, Tips and Advice for Dads-to- Be. Armin A. Brott
and Jennifer Ash. (1995). Abbeville Press.
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth. Ina May Gaskin. (2003). Bantam.

Mothering The Mother:

How a Doula Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier, and
Healthier Birth. Marshall Klaus, M.D.; John Kennel, M.D.; and Phyllis Klaus,
M.Ed., C.S.W. (1993). Addison-Wesley Publishing Company.
Spiritual Widwifery. Ina May Gaskin. (1977). The Book Publishing Company.

On Babies & Postpartum:

After The Baby’s Birth: A Complete Guide For Postpartum Women. Robin Lim.
(1991,2001). Celestial Arts.
The Aware Baby. Aletha J. Solter, Ph.D. (2001). Shining Star Press.
The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby From Birth to
Age Two. William Sears, M.D., and Marth Sears, R.N. (1993). Little, Brown and
The Happiest Baby On The Block: The New Way To Calm Crying And Halp Your
Baby Sleep Longer. Harvey Karp, M.D. (2002). A Bantam Book.
The Nursing Mother’s Companion. Kathleen Huggins, R.N., M.S. (1999). The
Harvard Common Press.
Touchpoints The Essential Reference: Your Child’s Emotional and Behavioral
Development. T. Berry Brazelton, M.D. (1992). Addison-Wesley.
What To Expect The First Year. Arlene Eisenberg, Heidi E. Murkoff, Sandee E.
Hathaway, B.S.N. (1989). Workman Publishing.
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding. La Leche League International. (1997).


Baby Signs: How to Talk with Your Baby Before Your Baby Can Talk. Linda
Acredolo, Ph.D., Susan Goodwyn, Ph.D. (1996). Contemporary Books.
Buddha Mom: The Path of Mindful Mothering. Jacqueline Kramer. (2003).
Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting. Myla & Jon Kabit-
Zinn. (1997). Hypersion.

Helping Young Children Flourish. Aletha J. Solter, Ph.D. (1989, 2003). Shining
Star Press.
The Hip Mama Survival Guide. Ariel Gore. (1998). Hyperion.
How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk. Adele Faber &
Elaine Mazlish. (1980). Quill.
I Was A Really Good Mom before I Had Kids: Reinventing Modern Motherhood.
Trisha Ashworth and Amy Nobile. (2007). Chronicle Books.
The Mask of Motherhood: How Becoming a Mother Changes Our Lives and Why
We Never Talk About It. Susan Maushart. (2000). Penguin Books.

Mother Mysteries. Maren Tonder Hansen. (1997). Shambala Publications.
Mother Shock. Andrea J. Buchanan. (2003). Seal Press.
The Mother Trip: Hip Mama’s Guide to Staying Sane in the Chaos of
Motherhood. Ariel Gore. (2000). Seal Press.
Natural Family Living: The Mothering Magazine Guide to Parenting. Peggy
O’Mara. (2000). Pocket Books.
Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son’s First Year. Anne Lamott. (1993).
Fawcett Columbine Book.
Our Babies, Ourselves: How Biology and Culture Shape the Way We Parent.
Meredith F. Small. (1998). Anchor Books.
Parenting from the Inside Out: How A Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You
Raise Children Who Thrive. Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., and Mary Hartzell, M. Ed.
(2004). Tarcher/Penguin.
Sign with your Baby: How to communicate with infants before they can speak.
Joseph Garcia. ((1999, 2001). Sign 2 Me.

Sleeping Through The Night:

How Infants, Toddlers, And Their Parents Can Get
A Good Night’s Sleep. Jodi A. Mindell, Ph.D. (1997). Harper Collins.
Tears And Tantrums: What To Do When Babies And Children Cry. Aletha J.
Solter, Ph.D. (1998). Shining Star Press.
Vaccinations A Thoughtful Parent’s Guide: How to Make Safe, Sensible
Decisions about the Risks, Benefits, and Alternatives. Aviva Jill Romm. (2001).
Healing Arts Press.

What your Doctor May Not Tell You About Children’s Vaccinations. Stephanie
Cave, M.D., with Deborah Mitchell. (2001). Warner Books, Inc.


The Earliest Relationship: Parents, Infants, and the Drama of Early Attachment.
T. Berry Brazelton, M.D. & Bertrand G. Cramer, M.D. (1990). Addison-Wesley
Publishing Company, Inc.
The Myths of Motherhood: How Culture Reinvents the Good Mother. Shari L
Thurer. (1994). Penguin Books.
Oneness and Separateness: From Infant to Individual. Louise J. Kaplan.