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Perinatal Psychology Books

Pre and Perinatal Psychology

  • The Prenatal Person: Ethics from Conception to Birth, by Norman M. Ford

  • Human Life Matters. The Ecology of Sustainable Human Living vs. the Rule of the Barbarians, By Katie Thomas

  • Fetal Development: A Psychobiological Perspective, by Jean-Pierre Lecanuet, William P. Fifer, Norman A. Krasnegor, and William P. Smotherman

  • Psychosocial Adaptation to Pregnancy: Seven Dimensions of Maternal Role Development, by Regina Lederman and Karen Weis

  • The Psychological Birth Of The Human Infant Symbiosis And Individuation, by Margaret S. Mahler

  • The Selected Papers of Margaret S. Mahler, M. D., by Margaret Mahler

  • The Memoirs of Margaret S. Mahler, by Margaret S. Mahler

  • Psychological Perspectives on Pregnancy and Childbirth, by Sarah Clement

  • Special Delivery, by Rahima Baldwin

  • Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Medicine: Encounter With the Unborn: Comprehensive Survey of Research and Practice, by Peter Fedor-Freybergh, M. L. Vanessa Vogel

  • The Prenatal Psychology of Frank Lake and the Origins of Sin and Human Dysfunction, by Geoffrey Victor Whitfield

  • Reproductive Health Psychology, by Olga B. A. van den Akker

Perinatal Psychology books. Recommended reading for professionals and parents to be.

Perinatal Counselling and Therapy

  • The Transpersonal: Spirituality in Psychotherapy and Counselling, by John Rowan

  • Called to the Childbirth Profession: Opportunities for Doulas, Birth Educators, and You, by Donyale Abe

  • Make room for a baby. Perinatal Child-Parent Psychotherapy to repair trauma and promote attachment, by Alicia F. Leiberman

  • Buddhism for Mothers, by Sarah Napthali, 2003

Perinatal Mental Disorders, Depression, and Anxiety

  • The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, by Andrew Solomon

  • Madness: A Bipolar Life, by Marya Hornbacher

  • Birth of a New Brain: Healing from Postpartum Bipolar Disorder, by Dyane Harwood

  • Post-Natal Depression: Psychology, Science and the Transition to Motherhood, by Paula Nicolson

  • Transformed by Postpartum Depression, Walker Karraa, 2014


  • Right Time Baby: The Complete Guide to Later Motherhood & Pregnancy, by Claudia Spahr

  • Motherhood Matters: Joyful Reminders of the Divinity, Reality, and Rewards of Motherhood, by Connie E. Sokol

  • The Mask of Motherhood. How Becoming a Mother Changes Everything and Why We Pretend It Doesn't? by Susan Maushart

  • Twenty-first Century Motherhood: Experience, Identity, Policy, Agency, by Andrea O'Reilly

  • Beloved, by Toni Morrison

  • Love Medicine, by Louise Erdrich

  • Motherhood in the Twenty-First Century, by Mariam Alizade

The guilt that occurs with mothering

  • I Stand Here Ironing, by Tillie Olson

Perinatal loss

  • Grief Unseen, by Laura Seftel

  • Pregnancy After Loss, by Jane WarlanMiscarriage: What every Woman needs to know, by Lesley Regan



  • Birth with Confidence, by Rhea Dempsey, 2013

  • Better Birth, by Lareen Newman & Heather Handcock, 2013

Early Parenthood & Infants

  • Pre-parenting, by Thomas R. Verny and Pamela Weintraub, 2002

  • Understanding your baby, by Sophie Boswell, 2004

  • You and Your Baby: Baby’s Emotional Life, by Frances Thomson-Salo Karnac, 2005

  • Diary of a Baby: What your baby sees, feels, and experiences, by Daniel Stern, 1990

  • The Birth of the Modern Mum, by Heather Irvine, 2014

Infant Sleep

  • The Happy Sleeper by Heather Turgeon & Julie Wright, 2014

  • Sleeping Like a Baby, by Pinky McKay, 2013


  • The Emotional Life of the Toddler, by Alicia Lieberman, 1993

  • Parenting from the Inside Out, by Daniel Siegel & Mary Hartzell, 2003

  • The Whole-Brain Child, by Daniel Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson, 2011

  • No-Drama Discipline, by Daniel Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson, 2014

Same-Sex Parenting


  • The Dad Factor, by Richard Fletcher, 2011

Couple Relationship

  • Rekindling: your Relationship After Childbirth, by Martien Snellen, 2005

  • And Baby Makes Three, by John & Julie Gottman, 2007


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