great websites for more information
Science and Sensibility: an incredible Lamaze research blog about pregnancy, birth and beyond. Written by one of the leading educators and doulas in the birth professions, Sharon Muza.
Mom Loves Best: this website feels like curling up on the couch and chatting with your best girlfriend (who also has the answers to all your pregnancy- and parenting-related questions). Wonderfully supportive and loving but backed by all the latest in research, the articles are easy to find and easy to read. Check this one out on natural inductions!
Evidence Based Birth: the most current, non-biased, evidence-based information on pregnancy and childbirth designed to make birth research evidence easily accessible to you so you can make the best decisions for yourself and your family...or to start a conversation with your provider.
Childbirth Connection: An excellent website with a wealth of information dedicated to improving maternity care nationwide. Publishes the Listening to Mothers surveys.
Centering Healthcare Institute: This is a beautiful healthcare model that blends education, medical care, and peer support--all things which are so critical to the journey of pregnancy and childbirth.
American College of Nurse-Midwives: gives great information about pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum and breastfeeding to support your informed decision-making during the tender time of pregnancy.
Lamaze: Great resources, apps, classes and information.
Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The companion website to the excellent book and full of resources, checklists, and planning tools.
International Cesarean Awareness Network: research and information on the current trends of cesarean birth in the US, ways to prevent the rise in cesarean rates, and promotion of vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC).
Tuck Sleep: A non-commercial community devoted to improving one of our most basic and most deprived needs--sleep! They create in-depth resource guides that anyone can access on topics ranging from the science of sleep to easy tips for people suffering from insomnia, sleep apnea, and other common sleep disorders. Check out their pregnancy and sleep guide by clicking here.
Drugwatch: information to support women during their pregnancy to practice proper prenatal care, avoid dangerous drugs and choose the best method of delivery for them. Also includes a wealth of information on women's general health, fertility, sexual health and birth control.
Medical Malpractice Center: According to the World Health Organization (WHO), healthcare errors affect one out of every 10 patients worldwide and over 225,000 people die each year from medical negligence. This website's goal is to provide information on different types of medical malpractice, plus state-by-state malpractice laws and limitations in hopes of reducing these types of injuries.
The Birth Hour: a fantastic podcast featuring birth stories of all types. I love what the host, Brynn Huntpalmer, has created. I love that she's given a voice to women to tell their stories. Each week she releases two podcast episodes that feature stories ranging the spectrum of birth experiences. Birth is about women creating a community of strength and support for each other, uplifting and inclusive, and this podcast captures that perfectly. Check it out on Instagram too @thebirthhour
Monet Nicole Birth Photography: This photographer is truly inspired. Her images are powerful, the words she uses to accompany her images are soul-stirring, and the stories she shares on her website are beautiful and moving. Her images inspire me every day and remind me why the birth professions are my calling. Check her out on Facebook and Instagram as well @monetnicolebirths
Pregnant Chicken: I love this website and the articles. Knowledge with a healthy dose of humor.
Mama Natural: My favorite thing about this website, besides its great articles and empowering focus, is that it has pregnancy affirmation audios and an awesome online birth course!
Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting Program: I am truly passionate about how mindfulness practices support us in recalibrating our intuition, training our mind, and listening to our hearts. This is such an amazing program and I recommend it to everyone. Nancy Bardacke's book, Mindful Birthing, is also an absolute must-have.
find a doula near you
Doula Match: The foremost doula network. Wherever you are, find a doula near you.