Below is a list of resources to help answer your pregnancy, birth and baby questions.
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Questions to ask on the hospital tour
Your toolkit for labour (infographic)
belly belly – make your own informed decisions on all things conception, pregnancy, birth and baby. No fluff. Real stuff.
Birth Goddess – Fantastic website full of empowering, positive messages about pregnancy and birth
Maternity Choices Australia (formerly Maternity Coalition) (a national consumer advocacy organisation committed to the advancement of best-practice maternity care for all Australian women and their families)
Home Birth Australia
A-Z Fact Sheets on Pregnancy & Birth (fantastic resource from the Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne)
Pregnancy Birth & Beyond – an up-to-date and extensive source of information on pregnancy, birth and parenting.
Birth Hub – Are you planning a natural birth and would like to connect with people and groups in greater Melbourne that best support your choices? This site is designed with just you in mind.
Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS)
The Positive Birth Movement – a grass roots movement, spreading positivity about childbirth via a global network of free Positive Birth groups, linked up by social media.
Childbirth Connection (a US-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of maternity care)
Evidence-based Birth – The mission of Evidence Based Birth is to get the research evidence on birth into the hands of mothers and families, inspiring them to make more informed decisions about their care during childbirth.
Improving Birth – U.S.-based advocacy organisation dedicated to raising awareness of evidence-based maternity care.
Spinning Babies – Easier childbirth with fetal positioning
Dr Sarah Buckley (author of Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering)
Penny Simkin – renowned US-based childbirth educator
Baby Friendly Health Initiative
Birth by the Numbers – Accurate, up-to-date information on childbirth practices and outcomes in the United States and other countries.
MAMA – Midwives and Mothers Australia is the first midwifery-run centre of its kind in Victoria, with centres in Kensington & Caulfield.
Melbourne Midwifery Collective – Melbourne Midwifery Collective is a directory of midwives who are working together & have a shared philosophy of keeping birth normal.
Doula Network Australia (online directory of Australian doulas)
Find A Doula (online directory of Australian doulas)
Birth Attendants (online directory of Melbourne doulas)
Dial A Doula (online directory of Australian doulas)
Australian Doula College (online directory of Australian doulas)
Birthing Wisdom – birth attendant/doula graduates trained by Rhea Dempsey
DONA International (the oldest, largest and most respected doula association in the world)
ICAN – International Caesarean Awareness Network
The VBAC Education Project
Childbirth Connection – VBAC or Repeat Caesarean?
What Every Pregnant Woman Needs to Know About Caesarean Section (Childbirth Connection)
So you want to have a VBAC? Here’s where to start.
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) – updated guidelines for birth after previous Caesarean (October 2015)
Birthrites – Healing After Caesarean
Birth Goddess VBAC Support
Maternity Choices Australia Fact Sheet
The Official Lamaze Guide
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin
Birth With Confidence: Savvy Choices for Normal Birth by Rhea Dempsey
The Positive Birth Book by Milli Hill
The Complete Book of Pregnancy & Childbirth by Sheila Kitzinger
The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer
New Active Birth by Janet Balaskas
Birth Skills : Proven Pain-management Techniques for Your Labour and Birth by Juju Sundin & Sarah Murdoch
Mindful Birthing by Nancy Bardacke CNM
The New Pregnancy & Childbirth by Sheila Kitzinger
Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn (5th Edition) by Penny Simkin, April Bolding, Ann Keppler, Janelle Durham & Janet Whalley
Gentle Birth Gentle Mothering: A Doctor’s Guide to Natural Childbirth and Gentle Early Parenting Choices by Dr Sarah Buckley
A Modern Woman’s Guide to Natural Empowering Birth by Katrina Zaslavsky
Men at Birth edited by David Vernon
The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions by Penny Simkin
The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers by Dr Jack Newman
Dr Jack Newman’s Guide to Breastfeeding (2014 edition) by Dr Jack Newman & Teresa Pitman
Born to Breastfeed by Rowena Gray
Breastfeeding with Confidence by Sue Cox
Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding by Ina May Gaskin
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League
Information Booklets produced by the Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA)
The Happiest Baby on the Block by Dr Harvey Karp
The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Newborns by Elizabeth Pantley
Raising Children Network
Attachment Parenting Australia
Caring Mums is a home-based, confidential, free of charge program for mothers of newborns or infants and pregnant women that provides emotional support for all mothers with a child under 12 months old who feel isolated, depressed or just want somebody to talk to.
Elly Taylor – Author and Creator of the Becoming Us™ Parenthood Program.
New Mum New Born – specialty post-natal recovery & breast care products
Well Mum Well Baby – an education program designed to discuss and explore key issues around caring for a new baby and caring for oneself.
SIDS and Kids – SIDS and Kids is dedicated to saving the lives of babies and children during pregnancy, birth, infancy and childhood and supporting bereaved families.
New Generation First Aid – Empowering parents and carers in infant and child first aid
National Car Seat Restraint Laws – Correct child car seats for children’s age and size
Just Speak Up (support for Antenatal and Postnatal Depression)
The Gidget Foundation (promoting emotional wellbeing for expectant & new parents
Beyond Blue (support for Postnatal Depression)
PANDA (Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia)
GLOW Perinatal & Emotional Wellbeing Clinic (Berwick, Melbourne)
How Is Dad Going? (PANDA’s brother site dedicated to providing support for new fathers)
Depression During Pregnancy – an online guide from the US, but has some good general information and links.