Lending Library

The following books are available to borrow from ICAN of Tampa. Consider donating gently used books to our lending library. Your donation is tax deductible, a receipt will be provided. We are especially interested in books that deal with issues surrounding cesarean sections and that promote normal birth.

Pushed: The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care
by Jennifer Block

Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering: A Doctor’s Guide to Natural Childbirth and Gentle Early Parenting Choices
By Sarah J. Buckley, MD
Dr. Buckley is an advocate for what she calls, “undisturbed birth.” She focuses on the hormones that are released in the mother’s and baby’s brain in a normal birth and how interventions can disturb this process. This book contains updated information for parents to make informed choices concerning epidurals, inductions, cesarean sections, cord clamping, cord blood banking, co-sleeping and much more.

Silent Knife: Cesarean Prevention and Vaginal Birth after Cesarean (VBAC)
by Nancy Wainer Cohen

Birthing from Within: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation
by Pam England

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
by Ina May Gaskin

Cesarean Voices
Published by International Cesarean Awareness Network
Cesarean Voices, distributed by the ICAN network, is a compilation of real women’s answers to the question, “Why shouldn’t I have a C-section?” In hauntingly frank verbiage, the women describe their birth experiences in detail all the way from anticipating the delivery to the after-effects of the surgery. Because a c-section is often viewed as an easy alternative to natural childbirth, this is a must-read for any woman considering having an elective surgery. She may change her mind when she reads these women’s stories.

Your Best Birth
By Ricki Lake & Abby Epstein

Rebounding from Childbirth: Toward Emotional Recovery
By Lynn Madsen

Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way: Revised Edition
by Susan McCutcheon-Rosegg

Ended Beginnings: Healing Childbearing Losses
by Claudia Panuthos and Catherine Romeo
This book help parents and care-givers understand the great burden of childbearing loss including infertility, miscarriage, sudden infant death, abortion, release to adoption; emotional disappointments including handicapped babies, cesareans, premature or traumatic birth.

HypnoBirthing: The Mongan Method: A natural approach to a safe, easier, more comfortable birthing
by Marie F. Mongan

Creating Your Birth Plan: The Definitive Guide to a Safe and Empowering Birth
by Marsden Wagner
Don’t let the name fool you, this book is about much more than just how to write a birth plan. In it, Marsden Wagner, the former director of Women’s and Children’s Health for the World Health Organization, describes the risks and benefits of a myriad of different medical interventions commonly used during childbirth, when their use might be appropriate, and when you might want to avoid them. He explains a patient’s right to informed consent and informed refusal and empowers readers to advocate for themselves. He also gives due respect to the midwifery model of care and the out-of-hospital birth experience with the goal of informing readers of all their choices so they can make informed decisions about the care they will receive.

Born in the USA: How a Broken Maternity System Must Be Fixed to Put Women and Children First
by Marsden Wagner