Below are some of my top recommended resources. If you need more information get in touch, I have a ton more!
Evidence Based Birth - Non-biased source for the most current, evidence-based information on pregnancy and childbirth by PHD Rebecca Dekker.
Childbirth Connection - Promotes safe, effective and satisfying evidence-based maternity care and is a voice for the needs and interests of childbearing families.
Choices in Childbirth - Non-profit organization dedicated to providing expectant parents with a full range of information and education so they can experience the birth they want and choose.
Spinning Babies - Easier childbirth with fetal positioning. Great resource for mothers to learn how to map the baby’s position in the belly and use techniques to help the baby rotate when necessary.
Miles Circuit - This circuit is useful to help get the baby lined up, ideally, in the "Left Occiput Anterior" (LOA) Position, both before labor begins and when some corrections need to be done during labor.
Directed Pushing by Lamaze International
Healthy Birth Practice 5: Avoid giving birth on your back and follow your body's urges to push. By Lamaze International
What is the Evidence for Pushing Positions? by Rebecca Dekker
THIRD STAGE & CORD CLAMPING
Leaving Well Alone: A Natural Approach to the Third Stage of Labor, by Dr. Sarah J. Buckley.
Effect of timing of umbilical cord clamping of term infants on maternal and neonatal outcomes. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013
World Health Organization Resources, including links to several clinical studies
Penny Simkin on Delayed Cord Clamping. Youtube video that outlines recommended practices of delayed cord clamping and the potential benefits.
90 seconds to change the world: Alan Greene at TEDxBrussels
POSTPARTUM TRAUMA AND DEPRESSION
Solace for Mothers is an organization designed to provide and create support for women who have experienced childbirth as traumatic.
Baby Blues Connection provides support, information and resources to women and families coping with pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders and to the professionals who serve them.
Guidelines on Co-Sleeping and Breastfeeding from The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine.
James McKenna is the world's leading authority on mother-infant co-sleeping in relationship to breastfeeding and SIDS. His website has a lot of resources, videos, FAQs and recommendations, http://cosleeping.nd.edu/
Ten tips for safe sleeping by Dr. Sarah J. Buckley.
Caring for your baby at night by The Baby Friendly Initiative (UNICEF)
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May - This book is divided in two parts, the first one is birth stories of women that gave birth at The Farm, they are great if you want to feel empowered and can help you get rid of some birth related fears. The second part is a thorough overview of the birth process, the normal hospital procedures and recommendations (everything based on her experience and scientific data).
The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions by Penny Simkin - Simkin is one of the founders of the Doula movement in the US. This book is great for fathers and birth companions, gives tons of recommendations of what to do to make the mother feel better and to support her throughout the whole process, including positions, massage techniques, and other comfort measures.
Birthing From Within by Pam England – Childbirth Preparation resource.
Gentle birth, gentle mothering by Sarah Buckley - Buckley is anMD and a mother of 4 that has done extensive research on the physiology of normal birth including how all the different hormones interact during labor, birth and immediately after birth. This book includes a lot of information about the medicalized pregnancy and birth and how it affects the hormonal cocktail, as well as information about breastfeeding and other early parenting choices. This is a great book if you like lots of scientific data but it is beautifully written and includes all her birth and breastfeeding experiences.
http://midwifethinking.com/ - Rachel Reed is a mother, midwife and educator, she lives in Queensland, Australia. Holds a PHD in Philosophy and writes about evidence based birth practices and views on birth and midwifery.
Cover photo by Jens Bergander©