If you haven't heard of Ina May Gaskin then you are missing out.
Ina May is one of the leading of midwives in the United States from the early 70's till now. In 1971 she and her husband Stephen Gaskin started "The Farm" in Summertown Tennessee. There, she and the midwives of the Farm created The Farm Midwifery Center, one of the first out-of-hospital birth centers in the United States.
One of Ina May's most read books is Ina May's Guide To Childbirth.
The book starts out over 100 pages of wonderful birth stories from women from the farm. That's it, there's not really very much that Ina says here. She just lets you read about what they women felt as they gave birth. As fun as it was to read the stories, it was also very important to see what the women would say about childbirth. Each story was written from the women's heart, not a doctor seeing what happened, but from the women who would be about to tell you what her thoughts were as she was in early labor, transition, pushing, and her early postpartum.
The second part was entitled "The Essentials Of Childbirth" here you read about birth and what that means. Ina May talks about the importance of the mind and the body's connection, labor, and so much more.
I loved this book, I would definitely recommend this book. Even if you don't want a natural birth I would still give you this book. Ina gives you a look at birth that's not scary or foreign, but real and a natural process that a woman's body is made to do.
Please, if you haven't read this book it needs to be at the top of your list.