Resources

MIDWIFERY & DOULAS

Canadian Association of Midwives
Canadian Model of Midwifery Care
Doulas of North America

PREGNANCY & BIRTH
Cool Stuff

Life’s Greatest Miracle – Stream (PBS) NOVA’s fascinating one hour special on what’s happening inside the womb while you are pregnant. You can view the 8 short segments in either Quicktime or RealVideo.

Popular Baby Names – BC Vital Statistics list of all baby names by year (if used at least 5 times).

Health & Nutritrion

Motherisk
Pregnancy Health Information Organization

Birth

Childbirth Connection
Spinning Babies – optimal fetal positioning
Association for Safe Alternatives in Childbirth – Canada
Association for the Improvement of Maternity Services – UK
Coalition for Improving Maternity Services – US
homebirth.org.uk – this excellent reference site answers questions about safety, eligibility & more
Waterbirth International – this reknowned organization was started by Barbara Harper, RN and author of Gentle Birth Choices. She has been researching waterbirth since 1983. The website has loads of information, photos, birth stories, a referral service and will help you if you want to get your hospital to allow waterbirths.
Solace for Mothers – Healing Birth Trauma
Placenta Benefits – learn more about placenta encapsulation.

Groaning Cake Recipe – Try making a groaning cake. Mixing the cake will keep you occupied and pass time during early labour. The smell of baking cake is said to act like aromatherapy and you’ll have a delicious treat to enjoy together as a family after baby arrives. Get the recipe or make your favourite.

Labourade Recipe – Stay hydrated and keep your energy up during labour with Labourade.

Cesarean Birth

Having a Cesarean-in-Awareness – some thoughts on making peace with your birth should you deliver by cesarean.

Childbirth Connection – the cesarean birth section at Childbirth Connection is packed with information, research & tips on things like increasing the likelihood of a vaginal birth, having a safer cesarean delivery and having a satisfying cesarean birth experience.

ICAN – International Cesarean Awareness Network – this highly informative and well-respected organization offers support groups and information on recovery, advocacy and VBAC, Vaginal Birth After Cesarean.

Childbirth Preparation

Birthing From Within
The Bradley Method
Lamaze International
Whole Birth
HypnoBirthing®
Hypnobabies®

BREASTFEEDING

Dr. Jack Newman Breastfeeding Clinic – Dr. Jack Newman offers a wealth of information on breastfeeding, how to overcome challenges, FAQs and more with easy to read handouts and videos.

La Leche League International
kellymom
Breastfeeding.com

Breastfeeding Positive Children’s Books
– Excellent resource list of children’s books that are pro-breastfeeding. Wonderful ways to prepare your child for a new sibling or to create a more visible and positive breastfeeding culture.

PARENTING RESOURCES

Attachment Parenting International – learn more about Attachment Parenting, including the Eight Principles that govern this parenting philosophy.

Dr. James McKenna – Co-sleeping research and FAQ (Mother-Baby Behavioural Sleep Lab at the University of Notre Dame).

Wholesome Baby Food – learn how to make your own baby food, including recipes and info about when to introduce certain foods and about common allergens.

Mothering Magazine – natural family living magazine, subscribe for print or digital versions, browse online articles or join their online community.

National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers – find out more about male circumcision.

The Vaccine Book – Dr. Sears’ Vaccine Book with info on vaccines, safety, ingredients and alternate schedule for vaccinating.

Canadian Paediatric Society
Ask Dr. Sears
Elizabeth Pantley
The Happiest Baby
Ann Douglas
Slings
– all you need to know
Cloth Diapers – all you need to know
Baby Signing – online dictionary