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ACOG Committee on Obstetric Practice Opinion: Approaches to Limit Intervention During Labor and Birth No. 766; 133(2) by American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. Publishers, February 2019

Adler, Daphne, Debunking the Bump: what the data really say about pregnancy’s 165 biggest risks and myths; 3rd ed.; 2018; Familius LLC; USA

Bryant, Edwin F. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali—A New Edition, Translation, and Commentary; 2009; North Point Press; New York

Buckley, Sarah J. “Executive Summary of Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing: Evidence and Implications for Women, Babies, and Maternity Care.” The Journal of perinatal education vol. 24,3 (2015): 145-53. doi:10.1891/1058-1243.24.3.145

Buckley, Sarah J. Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing: Evidence and Implications for Women, Babies, and Maternity Care. Washington, D.C.: Childbirth Connection Programs, National Partnership for Women & Families, January 2015

Dekker, Rebecca; The Evidence on: Birthing Positions; ; Pub. October 2012 Updated: February 2018;

Dhillon A, Sparkes E, Duarte RV. Mindfulness-Based Interventions During Pregnancy: a Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Mindfulness (N Y). 2017;8(6):1421–1437. doi:10.1007/s12671-017-0726-x

Gabriel, Cynthia, Natural Hospital Birth-The Best of Both Worlds, The Harvard Common Press, 2011

Gaskin, Ina May, Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, Bantam Books, 2003

Gilman, Celeste, Online Article: Your Brain in Birth? Labor from the neurological physiological perspective of the Mother; Website: Evolutionary Parenting with Tracy Cassels PhD;

Hafen BB, Burns B. Physiology, Smooth Muscle. [Updated 2018 Dec 17]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2019 Jan-. Available from:

Hannibal, Kara E, and Mark D Bishop. “Chronic stress, cortisol dysfunction, and pain: a psychoneuroendocrine rationale for stress management in pain rehabilitation.” Physical therapy vol. 94,12 (2014): 1816-25. doi:10.2522/ptj.20130597

Harvard Health Publishing, Online Article: pub. March 2011 updated: May 1, 2018, Understanding the Stress Response

Ingraham, Paul,, Online Article: pub. update August 2018, Pain is Weird: pain science reveals a volatile misleading sensation etc.,

Iyengar, B.K.S., The Tree of Yoga, 2nd ed.; 2002; Shambhala Publications, Inc.; Boston USA

Jansen L, Gibson M, Bowles BC, Leach J. First do no harm: interventions during childbirth. J Perinat Educ. 2013;22(2):83–92. doi:10.1891/1058-1243.22.2.83

Kitzinger, Sheila, The New Pregnancy and Childbirth-Choices and Challenges, Dorling Kindersley Limited, 4th Ed, 2003

Lowdermilk, Perry, Cashion, Alden, Maternity and Women's Health Care, Elsevier, 10th Ed., 2012

Ondeck Michelle. (2014). Healthy birth practice #2: walk, move around, and change positions throughout labor. The Journal of perinatal education, 23(4), 188–193. doi:10.1891/1058-1243.23.4.188

Osho, Yoga—The Science of the Soul; 2002; St. Martin’s Griffin Press; New York

Oster, Emily; Expecting Better: Why the conventional pregnancy wisdom is wrong-and what you really need to know; 2nd ed. 2016; Penguin Books; New York

Simkin, Hanson, Ancheta, The Labor Progress Handbook- Early Interventions to Prevent and Treat Dystocia, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 4th Ed., 2017

Simkin, Penny: The Birth Partner: a complete guide to childbirth for dads, doulas, and all other labor companions; 4th ed. 2013; The Harvard Common Press; Boston, MA

Sundin, Julia; Murdoch, Sarah, 2007, Juju Sundin’s Birth Skills,  Allen & Unwin Book Publishers; Australia

WHO recommendations: intrapartum care for a positive childbirth experience. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2018. License: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO