Mark Whitwell, Yoga of Heart: The Healing Power of Intimate Connection, (2nd edition, New York: Lantern Books, 2004).
To order Mark Whitwell's book.

To read Mark Whitwell’s Hridayayogasutra

Real Yoga for Real People, a video by Mark Whitwell containing a short documentary and two asana (movement) practices. Very clear and useful! To order video.

Frederick Leboyer, Inner Beauty, Inner Light: Yoga for Pregnant Women, (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1978).
This book is out of print but it has a beautiful text and photos, if you can find it!

Feminine Fertility Cycles: information and charts for connecting to and managing your fertility.

Jungian Perspective
Marion Woodman and Elinor Dickson, Dancing in the Flames: The Dark Goddess in the Transformation of Consciousness, (Toronto: Vintage Canada Edition, a division of Random House of Canada Ltd. 1997).

Go Yoga, Canada!
Yoga in Canada's awareness mission to inspire more Canadians to become passionate about yoga and to embrace a more healthy lifestyle.


Ina May Gaskin, Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, (New York: Bantam Dell, A Division of Random House, Inc., 2003).

Pam England and Rob Horowitz, Birthing from Within: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation, (Albuquerque, New Mexico: Partera Press, 1998).

Sheila Kitzinger, Rediscovering Birth, (New York: Pocket Books, a division of Simon & Shuster, Inc., 2000).

Michel Odent, The Nature of Birth and Breastfeeding, (Westport, Connecticut: Bergin & Garvey, 1992).

Michel Odent, The Scientification of Love,
See bottom of Breastfeeding page for link!

Sandra Steingraber, Having Faith: An Ecologist’s Journey To Motherhood, (New York: The Berkley Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., 2001).

Ina May Gaskin, Spiritual Midwifery, (revised edition, Summertown, TN: The Book Publishing Company, 1980). This book is a wonderful historic document of the re-emergence of natural birth in North America.

201 Harbord St., Toronto, ON M5S 1H6 416.537.8334 or 1.800.209.9182

International Doula impact study, 2003:
Continous Support for women during childbirth.pdf

Midwifery: to find a midwife, go to The Association of Ontario Midwives

Essential Fatty Acids: Essential Fatty Acids: DHA, docosahexaenoic acaid, is an Omega-3 fatty acid essential for normal development and function of our brain, eyes and central nervous system. Adequate intake has also been linked to a reduction in premature birth and postpartum depresssion. The average Canadian diet is deficient in DHA. Good sources are eggs and fish (salmon, herring and sardines). A supplement for pregnant and nursing women might be helpful. EFANATAL is one brand that is commonly recommended. It is manufactured in Nova Scotia by Nutrica Canada.

Iron: If diet alone is not sufficient, an easy to assimilate iron supplement is FLORADIX. It is a liquid herbal supplement helpful during pregnancy (it does NOT cause constipation) and after the blood loss involved in giving birth.


To download video clips and handouts on specific breastfeeding issues:

Dr. Jack Newman: Toronto paediatrician who specializes in breastfeeding.

As of 2007, because of funding cuts, he now works out of his new clinic in the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, 1255 Sheppard Ave. East (and Leslie St.), opposite North York General Hospital. To book an appointment:

La Leche League Canada: Find a local group for monthly meetings and telephone support.
In Toronto: 416.483.3368 
Outside major urban centres: 1.800.665.4324
La Leche League International

: telephone line to get medical information on how drugs and/or illness might impact breastfeeding    416.813.6780

Human Milk Banking Association of North America: the Canadian branch is in Vancouver

Toronto Public Health:

 INFACT Canada (Infant Feeding Action Coalition)

VRAN (Vaccination Risk Awareness Network) Breastfeeding is the foundation of your child’s developing immune system. For information on vaccinations, adverse vaccine reactions, immunity and current research:

Michel Odent
Two of his eleven books are: The Nature of Birth and Breastfeeding; The Scientification of Love. See and