"Gentle Birth Choices" and its video are also really nice. I've shown the video to college women when I lecture about the obstetric vs. midwifery models . . . quite an eye-opener for them, but this video is gentle and not in-your-face.
H, I think you'd like "Spiritual Midwifery," too, by Ina May Gaskins. It's a little out there, but I felt like the more "out there" stuff I read, the more a drug-free birth in a birth center started to sound kind of mainstream!
And if you really wanna go "out there," do an MDC search for "Freebirth." J. Pavarti-Baker endorses unassisted homebirth (mama all by herself, no m/w or doula) and has a web site and books, I'm sure. I feel CERTAIN there are mamas here who've done it.
Oh, and I would also suggest that you NEVER, EVER watch A Birth Story on cable. I know you don't watch TV anymore, but if anyone ever recommends that to you, know that 99% of the births they show are medicalized, even tho MANY of the women want natural births . . . they almost all end up flat on their backs, strapped to machines, and asking for drugs. It's not that I'm judging them, bc I *believe* they need the drugs in those situations, I'm just saying it could really undermine your confidence if you were gearing up for an intervention-free birth.
Wow. Let me get down off this soapbox before I get stuck up here!
About to unplug my computer to rearrange furniture. You know how that goes . . . could be a while before I'm back. Have a great week, Everyone!