• Maria Varvoutis, MPH, CD, PCD

Spring Reading List

Updated: Jan 28

I love a good book, and I also love books that get straight to the point when it comes to all things baby. If this sounds like you, then the 4th Trimester Doula Book Favorites is perfect for your new year resolutions if you are expecting soon, or just had a new little one! It's short and sweet, and only a small round up of the MANY books out there on the market. I have purposefully chosen to include books that are not on the usual birth-y book lists. I genuinely have loved each of these books and have listened to many of them on audiobook while driving, breastfeeding, cooking, washing dishes, etc. My heart is in this 100% and I never tire of fueling this passion.


Expecting Better


This is Motherhood

Like a Mother **FAVORITE**



Babies Are Not Pizzas

Mindful Birthing




The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding

SIDE NOTE: I am still looking for good books on other variations of infant feeding. It makes me sad to see the market leave this valuable topic only for blogs and websites to cover.


Good Moms Have Scary Thoughts

The Fourth Trimester

Like a Mother



The Magic of Motherhood

The Wonder Weeks

Happiest Baby on the Block

Raising a Global Nomad

Third Culture Kids

We’re Pregnant! A First Time Dad’s Pregnancy Handbook

Again, these are only a few of the amazing books available on the market, and none of them may be up your ally. However, part of birth preparation can be popping open a book to open your mind and body to the idea of even having a baby. Only one chapter may resonate with you, one line, one sentence. That is okay. This is part of the process.

I distinctly remember that with my first child I didn’t even want to open a book as I convinced myself I was just taking it as it comes. Needless to say my postpartum recovery was a haze of endless google searches and questions. With the addition of more babies I learned to ask all the people, find a village, read some books to navigate your parenting style—and then find your happy medium somewhere amongst all of that. You have been blessed with this amazing baby (or more!). No book can give that to you.

All the best,


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