Suggested Reading List
Gentle Birth Choices Barbara Harper, RN
Ina May's Guide To Childbirth Ina May Gaskin
The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth Henci Goer
Immaculate Deception II Suzanne Arms
Journey Into Motherhood -
Inspirational Stories of Natural Birth Sheri L. Menelli
Birthing From Within Pam England, R. Horowitz
Active Birth Janet Balaskas
Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way Susan McCutcheon-Rosegg
Childbirth Without Fear Grantly Dick-Read, MD
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding La Leche League Intl
The Secret Life of the Unborn Child T. Verny, MD, J. Kelly
NEW! Born in the USA:
How a Broken Maternity System Must Be
Fixed to Put Women and Children First Marsden Wagner, MD
The Complete Mother
The magazine of pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding. Available in the mail or an on-line subscription.
The magazine of natural family living.
Good Web Sites
A wonderful site devoted to information on the whys and hows of natural childbirth. Great information on preparing for a natural birth, including relaxation techniques, massage and touch, and various other suggestions for coping with labor. Also a section on Christian childbirth. I Highly recommend this site!
Birthing The Future
Founded by Suzanne Arms, the mission of Birthing The Future®, the non-profit*, is to gather, synthesize, and disseminate the finest world wisdom about birthing and the care of mothers and babies from pre-conception to the first birthday. The focus is upon what is ideal for mothers and babies to promote their physical, psychological and spiritual well-being and the development of their full potential.
The Childbirth Connection
One of the best sites for information on pregnancy and birth. Formerly Maternity Center Association, The Childbirth Connection is a not-for-profit organization that has worked to improve maternity care for mothers, babies and families since 1918. Promotes safe, effective, and satisfying evidence-based maternity care. Evidence-based maternity care means using the best research about the safety and effectiveness of specific tests, treatments, and interventions to help you make informed decisions.
Be sure and read The Rights of Childbearing Women
This statement outlines a set of basic maternity rights that Childbirth Connection has identified and promotes for all childbearing women. You can download a PDF version from this site.
Citizens For Midwifery
A non-profit, volunteer, grassroots organization. Founded by several mothers in 1996, it is the only national consumer-based group promoting the Midwives Model of Care.
The Coalition for Improving Maternity Services
CIMS is a coalition of individuals and organizations with concern for the care and well-being of mothers, babies, and families. Our mission is to promote a wellness model of maternity care that will improve birth outcomes and substantially reduce costs.
Home birth safety and benefits from a California LM.
Henci Goer is an acknowledged expert on evidence-based maternity care. Her website has links to articles and information from the author of The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth and Obstetric Myths Versus Research Realities.
International Cesarean Awareness Network, Inc.
ICAN is a nonprofit organization founded by Esther Booth Zorn in 1982. ICAN's mission is to improve maternal-child health by preventing unnecessary cesareans through education, providing support for cesarean recovery, and promoting Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC).
For breastfeeding advice and support contact La Leche League
1-800-LALECHE for nearest group or help.
Natural Instinctive Parenting
'Attachment Parenting', breastfeeding, more
Parenting resources from Elizabeth Pantley
Postpartum Support International
If you or someone you know might be experiencing symptoms of prenatal or postpartum mood or anxiety disorder, know that it is treatable. For more information visit this site.
This website provides childbearing women and maternity care professionals access to research-based information, resources, continuing education and support for Vaginal Birth After Cesarean.
Waterbirth International is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping waterbirth become an available option for all women. You can find just about anything you want to know about waterbirth here, and links to more resources.
Belly Women is a non-profit organization which believes strongly in equal access to prenatal and postpartum care for all women. The site was created primarily to help connect pregnant women with free or low cost doulas, labor assistants, and childbirth education.
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