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There are many great resources on the internet for pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting. Here is a sampling of some of those that have stood out to us here at Bay Area Birth Information. 










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Pregnancy

SafeFetus.com

Complete database of medications and their risk to the fetus during pregnancy and to the baby when breastfeeding.

Henci Goer: Informed Choices in Childbirth

Evidence-based articles from researcher, Henci Goer (author of "Thinking Women's Guide to a Better Birth")

WHO: Pregnancy, Childbirth, Postpartum and Newborn Care (.pdf)

World Health Organization document that provides evidence-based recommendations to guide health care professionals in women's care during pregnancy, birth, postpartum and newborns during their first week of life.

Penny Simkin’s Website
Articles, handouts, and presentations from Penny Simkin (author of "The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and Other Labor Companions" and "When Survivors Give Birth: Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse on the Childbearing Woman")

Lamaze International
Seeks to promote, support and protect normal birth. Articles and forums for expectant parents focused on the Six Care Practices that Support Normal Birth.

Midwifery Today
Midwifery articles and information.

Mothering Magazine
Articles and information regarding pregnancy, birth and parenting with a natural, holistic approach.

Gentle Birth
Resources compiled by Ronnie Falcao, LM, MS, local home birth midwife.

VBAC.com
Provides childbearing women and maternity care professionals access to research-based information, resources, continuing education and support for Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC).

International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN)
Advocacy, resources and information about cesarean birth.

Local Resource Centers

Blossom Birth Services
A nonprofit organization serving families in their childbearing years. This unique education, resource and training center is located in a convenient setting in Palo Alto.

Yoga at CHANGE
Community-based center for yoga, meditation, movement classes and wellness workshops - including a track for the childbearing year. Located in San Mateo. Also host to Meet the Doula Night once a month.

Harmony Birth & Family
Educational resources for families during the childbearing year located in Campbell.


Postpartum Support /Resources

SOLACE for Mothers
Offers telephone support by trained peer counselors and monthly in-person facilitated support meetings to help women dealing with difficult deliveries.

Jenny's Light
This organization is dedicated to improving and saving lives by increasing awareness of all perinatal mood disorders including postpartum depression.


Options in Childbirth Education

links2_page.jpgBirthing from Within
A soulful and creative approach to preparing to birth and parent in awareness.

The Bradley Method
Teaches natural labor techniques in which a woman and her coach play an active part.

HypnoBirthing
Teaches self-hypnosis, guided imagery and special breathing techniques that can help to bring about a shorter, easier, and more joyful birthing.



Gentle Birth Method
Geared to help you to have an enjoyable pregnancy, a gentle birth and a calm baby

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Breastfeeding

Nursing Mothers Counsel
A non-affiliated, non-profit organization whose goal is to help mothers enjoy a relaxed and happy feeding relationship with their babies by providing breastfeeding information and support

La Leche League International
Local chapters hold meetings where mothers can get breastfeeding support and advice.

Dr. Jack Newman
Pediatrician renowned for evidence-based information about and support for breastfeeding.

Kellymom
Provides evidence-based information on breastfeeding, sleep and parenting.

links3_page.jpgDr. Thomas Hale
Dr. Thomas Hale's searchable forum about medicines and breastmilk.

Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative
WHO/UNICEF initiative that outlines policies and practices that allow parents to make informed choices about how they feed and care for their babies. Identifies hospitals and birth centers who implement the 10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.

Biological Nurturing
Suzanne Colson's Biological Nurturing is a mother-centred approach that suggests new ways to hold and cuddle babies aiming to increase the enjoyment of breastfeeding.




Photo ©2010 Images by Anna. Used with permission.

Parenting

Mothers Clubs in the Bay Area
Directory of Bay Area mothers clubs.

Attachment Parenting
Support and education for the 8 principles of Attachment Parenting.

Babywearing International
Wearing your baby in a sling, wrap, or other type of baby carrier is a great way to keep your baby close and content AND keep both your hands free for important tasks. Babywearing is a learned skill and groups like Babywearing International's Bay Area chapter gives parents and caregivers a place to try on different types of carriers and to get advice and support about babywearing.

Nutrition

Weston A. Price Foundation
Shares the research of nutrition pioneer Dr. Weston Price; advocates nutrient-dense whole foods and the vital fat-soluble activators found exclusively in animal fats. Includes many helpful articles on nuitrition for women and children among others.

Dr. Tom Brewer’s Pregnancy Diet
Dr. Brewer advocated and helped define a diet to prevent and in some cases reverse a host of common complications during pregnancy, including toxemia, low birth weight, prematurity, and preterm labor.


Groups for Birth Professionals

South Bay Birth Circle
An email group for birth professionals in the South Bay Area of California, who are interested in Pregnancy, Natural Birth and Breastfeeding. This list serves as a tool for member news, birth information and support.

Peninsula Birth Circle
Peninsula Birth Circle is the birth professionals email list for the Bay Area Birth Information (BABI) Peninsula Chapter.

International Doulas List
This list provides a place for doulas around the world to share ideas, problems, and questions. All doulas, regardless of who they have trained with or whether or not they are certified, are welcome to join.

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