Book List – Suggested reading for pregnancy related issues

We have collated a short list of books about some of the issues that we support.

Most are available at Gloucestershire Libraries. You can reserve items on their website for click and collect.  All titles are widely available from booksellers.

Please note these titles are suggested reading only,  Footsteps Counselling & Care has no connection or affiliation with any of the authors or publishers listed.  There are many other books available about the issues covered here.

Loving You From Here – Susan Clark,  

Moving stories of multiple families, some affected recently, some decades ago, but still living with the loss.

Ask Me His Name – Ellie Wright

A mother’s story of hope after the loss of her baby

The Brink Of Being: Talking about Miscarriage – Julia Bueno

In this groundbreaking book, psychotherapist Julia Bueno draws on historical and psychological research alongside her personal story and those of people she’s helped. Straightforward and supportive, she shines a light on the different ways that miscarriages can happen and how we might allow for our grief, offer comfort and break the silence.

Its OK That You’re Not OK – Megan Devine 

Challenging conventional wisdom on grief, a pioneering therapist offers a new resource for those experiencing loss.

(Not currently available at Gloucestershire Libraries)

Grieving Dads: To the Brink and Back –  Kelly Farley and David DiCola 

Grieving Dads: To the Brink and Back is a collection of candid stories from grieving dads that were interviewed over a two year period. The book offers insight from fellow members of, in the haunting words of one dad, “this terrible, terrible club,” which consists of men who have experienced the death of a child. This book is a collection of survival stories by men who have survived the worst possible loss and lived to tell the tale.

(Not currently available at Gloucestershire Libraries)

A Bump In The Road – Ellie Wright

A Bump in the Road reflects the reality of becoming a parent for thousands of people like Elle who have difficulty conceiving in the UK today. It captures Elle’s journey to a rainbow, comforting through her beautifully written words

Dead babies and Seaside Towns – Alice Jolly

Shot through with humour and full of hope, Dead Babies and Seaside Towns is an intensely personal account of the search for an alternative way to create a family. As she battles through miscarriage, IVF and failed adoption attempts, Alice finds comfort in the faded charm of Britain’s crumbling seaside towns.

Pregnancy and Abortion a Practical guide to Making Decisions – Mark Houghton

Unwanted pregnancy needs calmness and non-judgemental support. Here is a step by step guide to solving problems and making decisions. It equips the pregnant woman, her partner, friends and professionals.

What Have I Done?: Motherhood, Mental Illness & Me – Laura Dockrill

This is Laura’s raw, honest and life-affirming story of how she made it through one of the most frightening experiences a mother can face. Now, she wants to break down the silence around postnatal mental health, shatter the idealised expectations of perfect motherhood, and show all new struggling parents that they are not alone.

In the stars – Sam Kitson & Katie Faithfull

A beautiful story book aimed at younger children to help explore issues and questions when a baby dies. This may be particularly helpful for siblings, cousins and friends and is a beautifully illustrated account of two young children talking about what might have happened to a baby called Kitty. It provides an opportunity to explore questions and grief gently and safely.(Not currently available at Gloucestershire Libraries, available at

Pregnancy Loss: Surviving Miscarriage and Stillbirth  –  Zoe  Taylor

A book on pregnancy loss, dispelling the myths about miscarriage and stillbirth. ‘Invaluable for those dealing with pregnancy loss – medically and emotionally.

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