For certification purposes, select one from each area to complete and evaluate using the form from your certification packet. This list will be updated periodically to stay relevant and accessible.

 

  • Read/Listen:
    • An Easier Childbirth by Gayle Peterson
    • A Silent Sorrow: Pregnancy Loss by Ingrid Kohn
    • Having Your Baby: For the Special Needs of Black Mothers by Hilda Hutcherson
    • Homebirth Cesarean by Courtney Kay Jarecki
    • Homebirth in the Hospital by Dr. Stacey Marie Kerr
    • Labor Progress Handbook by Penny Simkin
    • Mocha Manual to a Fabulous Pregnancy by Kimberly Seals-Allers
    • The Essential Homebirth Guide by Jane Drichta & Jodilyn Owen
    • Pregnancy, Childbirth, and The Newborn by Simkin, Whalley, Keppler, Durham, & Bolding
    • When Survivors Give Birth by Penny Simkin
  • Attend:
    • Birth Story Listening | http://birthingfromwithin.com/bsl_course_info
    • Advanced Doula Training | (Pre/Perinatal Massage, Rebozo, Acupressure, TENS, When Survivors Give Birth workshop, VBAC, Supporting Families in Grief, Spinning Babies, etc.)
    • Childbirth Education series (Birthing From Within, Lamaze, Hypnobirthing, etc.)
    • Karen Strange’s Neo-Natal Workshop | http://www.karenstrange.com
  • Watch:
    • “Everyday Miracles” | http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZDeozklQw8
    • Penny Simkin’s Comfort Measures for Childbirth DVD | Available from www.PennySimkin.com
  • Read/Listen:
    • What’s Going on in There by Dr. Lise Eliot
    • The Better Way to Breastfeed by Robin Ellise
    • The Ultimate Breastfeeding Answers Book by Jack Newman M.D. & Teresa Pitman
    • Touchpoints by T. Berry Brazelton
    • After the Baby’s Birth by Robin Lim
    • Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers by Mohracher and Kendall-Tackett
    • Work. Pump. Repeat. The new mom’s survival guide to breastfeeding and going back to work by Jessica Shortall
  • Attend
    • Postpartum Doula Training
    • “Bringing Baby Home” workshop, offered at several local locations: https://www.gottman.com/couples/parenting/new-parents-workshop/
    • Workshop to increase breastfeeding or newborn knowledge: Various options available through Big Belly Services, Beyond Birth Seattle, Great Starts, BabySafe, and online.
  • Watch:
    • “Baby Baby Oh Baby” DVD
    • “Amazing Talents of the Newborn” DVD by Penny Simkin
    • Dr. Jack Newman’s breastfeeding-related videos www.breastfeedinginc.ca
  • Read/Listen:
    • Nonviolent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg
    • Inner Work by Robert Johnson
    • The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
    • Messages: The Communications Skills Book by Matthew McKay
    • The Lost Art of Listening by Michael P. Nichols
    • Gracious Space: A Practical Guide for Working Better Together by Patricia Hughes
  • Attend:
    • Nonviolent Communication workshop through Northwest Compass | www.nwcompass.org/trainings/
    • Advanced Doula Training, such as “Politics, Boundaries and Changes,” Sheri Deveney
  • Watch:
    •  “Nonviolent Communication” | http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEqmZ2E1o64
    • “Creating Gracious Space” | https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=ImQWIiLAUnA
  • Read/Listen:
    • Gender and Sexuality for Beginners by Jaimee Garbacik
    • Meet Polkadot by Talcott Broadhead
    • The New Essential Guide to Lesbian Conception, Pregnancy, and Birth by Stephanie Brill
    • The Queer Parent’s Primer: A Lesbian and Gay Family’s Guide to Navigating Through a Straight World by Stephanie Brill
    • The Lesbian Parenting Book: A Guide to Creating Families and Raising Children by D. Merilee Clunis and G. Dorsey Green
    • Misconceptions: Truth, Lies, and the Unexpected on the Journey to Motherhood by Naomi Wolf
    • The Sociology of Gender: An Introduction to Theory and Research by Amy S. Wharton
    • Traversing Gender: Understanding Transgender Realities by Lee Harrington
    • The Mother’s Guide to Sex: Enjoying Your Sexuality Through All Stages of Motherhood by Anne Semans
    • A Guide to Gender: The Social Justice Advocate’s Handbook by Sam Killermann
  • Attend:
    • Workshop on gender or sexuality studies, local options include:
    • LGBTQ Birth & Family Professionals workshops | http://www.lgbtqbirthandfamily.org
    • Dept. of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies https://gwss.washington.edu/calendar
    • Women of Wisdom workshops and conference http://www.womenofwisdom.org
    • Providing Culturally Sensitive Care for LGBTQ Families | http://maiamidwifery.com/professional-training/
    • Consent Academy http://www.consent.academy/
    • Gender Odyssey Professional Program | http://www.genderodyssey.org/seattle/professional/
  • Watch:
    • “Middle Sexes Redefining He and She” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Gyoq6tdlsE | Alternative link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUAAa4ztYmA
    • TED TALK: “Sam Killermann: Understanding the Complexities of Gender” | https://youtu.be/NRcPXtqdKjE
    • Sex & Gender Identity: An Intro https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ago78PhUofI
    • The Gender Spectrum documentary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGp5fnrCwXQ
    • TED TALK: “Tiffany Kagure Mugo & Siphumeze Khundayi: How to have a healthier, positive relationship to sex” https://youtu.be/N0acvkHIiZs

 

  • Read/Listen:
    • Radical Doula Guide by Miriam Zoila Perez
    • Bearing Witness by Dr. Lisa Doran & Lisa Caron
    • Doula Business Guide by Patty Brennan
    • Trauma Stewardship by Lipsky & Burk
    • Keep the Fires Burning by Micky Jones
    • Birth Ambassadors by Christine Morton
  • Attend:
    • Open Arms Perinatal Services Orientation/Training
    • Big Belly Services Advanced Doula Training at Breitenbush
  • Watch:
  • Read/Listen:
    • Killing the Black Body by Dorothy Roberts
    • Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation by Derald Wing Sue
    • Women, Race, and Class by Angela Y. Davis
    • White Women, Race Matters: The Social Construction of Whiteness by Ruth Frankenberg
    • Racism: A Very Short Introduction by Ali Rattansi
    • Reproducing Race: An Ethnography of Pregnancy as a Site of Racialization by Khiara Bridges
    • Readings for Diversity and Social Justice by Adams, Blumenfeld, Castaneda, et al
    • Surviving in the Hour of Darkness: A Comprehensive Look at the Wellness of Black Women ed by G. Sophie Harding
    • “Unnatural Causes: When the Bough Breaks” PBS documentary clips and transcript available: | https://www.unnaturalcauses.org/episode_descriptions.php?page=2
  • Attend:
    • White Privilege Conference, annual event that rotates locations within the U.S.
    • CARW workshop | http://www.carw.org/organizing-institute/
    • Undoing Institutional Racism (UIR) workshop locally through | https://www.pinwseattle.org/what-we-do.php
    • PALS REC (Racial Equity Committee) ADTs/Continuing Education options
  • Watch:
    • “White Like Me” | https://youtu.be/i58pG0pKHWY
    • “A Gardner’s Tale” | http://www.vimeo.com/11939747
    • “Race: The Power of An Illusion,” PBS | https://vimeo.com/133506632
    • TED Talk: “Mellody Hobson: Color Blind, or Color Brave:” | https://www.ted.com/talks/mellody_hobson_color_blind_or_color_brave
    • TED Talk: “Tiffany Jana: The Power of Privilege” | https://youtu.be/N0acvkHIiZs
    • TED Talk: “Miriam Zoila Perez: How racism harms pregnant women” | https://www.ted.com/talks/miriam_zoila_perez_how_racism_harms_pregnant_women_and_what_can_help
  • Advanced Birth Skills
    • Ancient Map for Modern Birth by Pam England
    • My Plus Size Pregnancy Guide by Jen McLellan
    • This Isn’t What I Expected by Karen Kleiman
    • Nurturing New Families by Naomi Kemeny
    • “A Doula Story, on the Frontlines of Teen Pregnancy” | Available to rent from Amazon Prime: https://www.amazon.com/Doula-Story-Loretha-Weisinger/dp/B00COHABII/
    • Anything from “The Birth Talks” podcast https://www.thebirthtalks.com/podcast/
  • Newborn Care
    • A History of Infant Feeding https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2684040/
    • The Mask of Motherhood by Susan Maushart
    • The 100 Days of Darkness With A New Baby https://www.scarymommy.com/100-days-darkness-new-baby/
  • Communication
    • On Dialogue by David Bohm
    • Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
    • I is an Other by James Geary
    • “The best way to help is often just to listen” | https://www.ted.com/talks/sophie_andrews_the_best_way_to_help_is_often_just_to_listenCultural Studies
    • Birth as an American Rite of Passage by Robbie Davis-Floyd
    • A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America by Ronald Takaki
    • Pushed: The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care by Jennifer Block
    • Women’s Ways of Knowing by Belenky, Clinchy, Goldberger & Tarule
    • Radical Reproductive Justice by Ross, Roberts, Dertes, Peoples, Toure & Roberts
    • Vagina: A Cultural History by Naomi Wolf
    • “Downplaying Differences: Historic Accounts of African American Midwives and Contemporary Struggles for Midwifery” http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1g1F237296002.html
  •  Gender/Sexuality
    • Gay Dads: A Celebration of Fatherhood by David Strah and Susanna Margolis
    • Queer Theory, Gender Theory by Riki Wilchins
    • Gender Born, Bender Made by Diane Ehrensaft
    • Journey to Same-Sex Parenthood by Eric Rosswood
    • He, She, They – Us by Jessica Soukup
  • Professional Development
    • Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
    • How the Body Knows Its Mind by Sian Beilock
    • You Do You by Sarah Knight
    • Twelve Months to Your Ideal Private Practice by Lynn Grodzki
  • Race/Power/Privilege
    • Deconstructing Privilege: Teaching and Learning as Allies in the Classroom by Kim Case
    • Race, Class, and Gender in the United States: An Integrated Study by Paula S Rothenberg
    • White Awareness: Handbook for Anti-Racism Training by Judith H. Katz
    • Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice by Paul Kivel
    • Making and Unmaking of Whiteness by Birgit Brander Rasmussen, et al.
    • Promise and A Way of Life: White Anti-racist Activism by Becky Thompson
    • Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment by Patricia Collins
    • Racial Formation in the United States by Michael Omi and Howard Winant
    • Undoing Racism In Public Health | http://sph.unc.edu/files/2013/07/citymatchundoingracismreport.pdf
    • “Adverse Birth Outcomes in African American Women: The Social Context of Persistent Reproductive Disadvantage” by Tyan Parker Dominguez | http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/10911350902986880
    • “Straight White Male, the lowest difficulty setting” by John Scalzi | https://whatever.scalzi.com/2012/05/15/straight-white-male-the-lowest-difficulty-setting-there-is/