Australian Links

Birth Centres Life After Baby Premature Babies
Birth Preparation Massage Shopping Online
Breastfeeding Midwives/Midwifery Support Organisations
Doulas Miscarriage and Stillbirth Vaginal Birth After Caesarean
Exercise and Pregnancy Parenting Weight Loss
Fatherhood Postnatal Depression Women's Health
Homebirth Pre-conception  
Government Pregnancy and Birth  

Birth Centres

Friends of the Birth Centre (Queensland)
Friends of the Birth Centre (FBC) is a vibrant volunteer organisation comprised of families passionate about supporting Queensland's Birth Centres.

Natural Birth Education Research Centre
The Natural Birth Education & Research Centre opened in October 2004 and offers women safe birth care and and complimentary pregnancy care. It also offers childbirth classes and birth support training, and operates as a not-for-profit charity. Situated on 18 quiet acres of rainforest and gardens, the centre is completely unique and unreplicated.

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Birth Preparation

Birthing Sense
Birthing Sense is promoting a DVD Birth Education series. Leanne Cummins, midwife & childbirth educator, has assembled a team of 26 professionals from around Australia to make this DVD series an informative prenatal/ birth education class for use in your own home.

Birthing Wisdom
By exploring the emotional and psychological aspects of the birthing journey as well as developing physical resources, Birthing Wisdom allows space to create a meaningful birth experience for you, and a safe and loving welcome for your baby

Calmbirth
Calmbirth guides a mother, with support from her partner, to birth her baby comfortably, naturally and happily as possible. Calmbirth reduces anxiety and fear with the support of simple relaxation and breathing techniques. These techniques tap into the resources and abilities we all naturally possess. These techniques also increase awareness and responsiveness to new ideas - a valuable tool ideal for pregnancy, childbirth and beyond.

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Breastfeeding

Australian Breastfeeding Association
The Australian Breastfeeding Association (formerly Nursing Mothers' Association of Australia) is a large community-based self-help group recognised as a leading authority on breastfeeding management. The Association provides innovative counselling and support services to the community and health sector throughout Australia. You will find a wealth of information for both breastfeeding women and for health professionals and others who are involved in supporting and promoting breastfeeding on their web site.

Lactation Consultants of Australia and New Zealand (LCANZ)
Lactation Consultants of Australia and New Zealand (LCANZ) is the professional organisation for International Board Certified Lactation Consultant’s (IBCLC’s) and others who have an interest in lactation and breastfeeding.

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Doulas

Australian Doula College
At the Australian Doula College we believe that pregnancy and birth is a magical life changing experience and our aim is to demystify it for parents through childbirth and early parenting education and doula support.

Australian Doulas
We are a group of women, working together to give people the option of having a Doula support them throughout their birth experience, whether that be in their homes, birth centres or hospitals. Any woman and family wanting a Doula will find one that suits them here. 

Birth by Nature
Birth by nature, walking with women on their journey through pregnancy, birth and early motherhood. Rachael provides Doula birth support in the Melbourne–Bendigo corridor, including the areas of Melbourne , Melton, Sunbury, Gisborne, Macedon, Woodend, Malmsbury, Castlemaine, Daylesford and Bendigo.

Find a Doula
If you are looking to find a doula to support you and your partner through the birth of your baby, you've found the right place at 'Find a Doula'.

Optium Birth
Visit Optimum Birth for doula training and information about pregnancy. This site provides information for couples about achieving the best birth and the company provides accredited doula education courses.

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Exercise and Pregnancy

PregFit
Offers reliable, up-to-date information on health and fitness during pregnancy. Works with some of Australia's leading pre and post natal health experts to create the 'Pregnancy Health and Fitness' section of the website.

The Pregnancy Centre
The Pregnancy Centre TM extensively provides valuable information and practical advice to help you come to terms with your changing body. Discover essential tips on safe exercises and learn how to look after your body during and after pregnancy. Find out what is normal and when to seek professional advice. Read the real life stories of other women who developed physical problems, as a result of pregnancy, and discover how physiotherapy advice and exercises helped them recover.

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Fatherhood

Dads the Word
Dads the Word aims to help give new dads the skills to participate in the care of their newborn baby, so that their active participation will have a positive long term effect on the outcome of their infant.

Fatherhood Foundation
Aiming to improve the wellbeing of children by providing information, resources and tips on parenting. the foundations hopes to increase the proportion of children growing up with involved, responsible, committed and loving fathers.

Steve Biddulph Website
Steve Biddulph has written books on parenthood, family life and social change  that have sold over three million copies worldwide. Steve is especially known for his books 'Raising Boys' and 'Manhood'.

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Government

NSW Health
NSW Health is an important part of the NSW Community and a major responsibility of the NSW Government. Around 100, 000 people work in or directly with NSW Health.  This is an extensive website that includes information on common health topics, services in your area, health publications, research and statistics and news & media.

National Health and Medical Research Council
You can explore information about the NHMRC. Of particular interest is their publications - most of which can be obtained free of charge.

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Homebirth

Homebirth Access Sydney
A website for those interested in homebirthing in the Sydney region. You will find on their site information about their organisation, articles, birth notices, book reviews, directory of homebirth midwives, FAQ, Links, News & events, stories and the list goes on.

Homebirth Australia
Home Birth Australia is a group of consumers and midwives committed to ensuring the survival of homebirth as a birth option for Australian women, with the overall aim of public funded homebirth across the country.

Homebirth Network SA
The Homebirth Network of South Australia is a network of people in the community who consider homebirth a safe and natural way of birthing. We insist on the rights of women to choose how and where they birth their babies. We believe this is a fundamental right for all women, especially in a time when birth is becoming increasingly medically managed, and women's birthing power is diminished.

Joyous Birth
Welcome to Joyous Birth. The safest way to birth now has a meeting place for all parents, professionals and community groups to gather, exchange information and offer support. Those seeking more information or considering all their birthing options are welcome to join, explore and ask questions.

Home Midwifery Association (Qld) Inc.
The Home Midwifery Association - a consumer-based organisation which offers information, education and support to women and families considering maternity care options, in particular, to those who are considering or are planning a birth at home. The Association also offers ongoing education and support for homebirth midwives.

Illawarra Birth Choices
Illawarra Birth Choices is a consumer advocacy group, based in the Illawarra region of NSW, Australia. We are a group of women providing support and sharing information about issues surrounding pregnancy, birth and maternity care.

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Life After Baby

motherInc.
motherInc. takes care of the carers. We provide fun, informative events, online information, networking opportunities, support services and products for you as women - not just as parents.

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Massage

Idibidi Kids Massage
Infant & Children's Massage Instruction in Perth, W.A Offering either a fun 4 session infant massage course or 1 hour workshop. Learn how you can assist your child's health, wellbeing and development with Natalie Garmson, certified infant massage instructor and mother of two. 

Yassage Mobile Massage
We are based in Randwick and specialise in the holistic approach of pain relief for pregnant women. Yassage Mobile Massage is a mobile therapeutic massage therapy company that can come out to the client's premises. Our head massage therapist holds several diploma's in massage, and specialises in pregnancy massage.

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Midwives/Midwifery

Australian Private Midwives Association
The Australian Private Midwives Association represents midwives in private practice. The association is focused on the safety of women, the ability of women to access quality midwifery care across Australia and the partnerships between women and midwives.  APMA supports women’s choice in maternity options within a framework of quality and safety and believes in women being able to access midwives in all settings.  APMA unites all midwives seeking to provide continuity of care for women.

Australian College of Midwives Inc.
The Australian College of Midwives (ACMI) website provides information on midwifery and details about ACMI

NSW Midwives Association
The New South Wales Midwives Association is a professional organisation of midwives and associates concerned about issues which affect the practice of midwifery, its promotion in the community and its advancement as a professional discipline.

Community Midwifery Program
The Community Midwifery Program provides women and their families in the Perth metro area (Western Australia) with the continuous care of a registered midwife throughout their pregnancy, birth and postnatal period - for women who choose to birth at home or in hospital if necessary. The Program is funded through the Department of Health Western Australia and incurs no cost to the client other than the medical fees of back-up doctors.

International College of Spiritual Midwifery
The International College of Spiritual Midwifery aims to awaken the spirit of midwifery and promote its art. We aim to provide the opportunity for women to undertake the journey to freedom, through information and making fully informed choices.

Birthjourney
A natural choice for your Birthjourney … a midwife, "with woman" during pregnancy, birth and early parenting. This lovely website has been developed by Lois Wattis, an independent midwife from Western Australia.

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Miscarriage and Stillbirth

Angel Babies
Angel Babies Foundation, a national not for profit established to provide peer support and counselling to those who have lost a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death. The Foundation also supports those families experiencing fertility issues or premature birth.

Sids and Kids
Sids and Kids provides bereavement support to families who have experienced the death of their baby during pregnancy, birth and infancy. This includes miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, termination, stillbirth, neonatal (first month of life), infant death and death of a child up to 6 years of age regardless of the cause.

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Parenting

Intuitive Parenting
Intuitive Parenting has been started by a group of natural & attachment parents who recognise a need for an online community that offers encouragement for parents to gently and naturally raise their children.

Natural Transition
Embracing motherhood naturally - www.naturaltransition.com offers safe products and information about natural fertility, pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, baby and mother care.

Pinky - My child
From unborn child to grown child, My Child tackles the reality of caring for your child as well s the reality of being a child with informative articles, features and first person stories.

Australian Baby Hands
Discover How To Use Simple Baby Sign Language To Communicate with your Pre-verbal Baby....   Using AUSLAN based sign language your baby can tell you what they want, when they want it, reducing frustration for you and your baby!

Good Beginnings Australia
Good Beginnings aims to create a caring environment with families, communities, service agencies and governments working together so that all children can have a good beginning.

Early Childhood Connections
Early Childhood Connections is an Australian website, containing more than 450 Australian and 400 International website links. These links are collated alphabetically and in submenus to provide easy viewing and access to the most up to date information for professionals and parents interested in the renewed emphasis on the early childhood years.

Kidslife
Explore issues from pregnancy, baby, toddler, child, health & wellbeing, development & early learning, education, family life, family time out, our community, ask the experts, shopping and directories.

Essential Baby
Another comprehensive site looking at issues from pregnancy, birth and beyond. There is live chat, shopping, discussion groups, a weekly guide to pregnancy, baby care, men's business plus lots more.

The Bub Hub
The Bub Hub is Australia's largest pregnancy and parenting portal - with a fully searchable, comprehensive directory of local pregnancy and parenting information, shops and services, listing over 7,500 organisations throughout Australia; a large forum and events calendar, family travel services, monthly eNewsletter, parent jobs, competitions, personalised tickers and much more.

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Postnatal Depression

Beyondblue
‘Beyondblue’s’ major goal is to increase community awareness of depression. Currently, very few people have access to reliable information about causes, symptoms or treatments. Even people who have commenced treatment are often not adequately informed about the nature of their illness and the likely benefits and possible side-effects of treatment.

PaNDa
PANDA is a Victorian, not-for-profit, self-help organization that was formed in 1985 to provide confidential information, support and referral to anyone affected by post and antenatal mood disorders, including partners and extended family members. PANDA also produces and distributes accurate information about post and antenatal mood disorders to health professionals and the wider community.

Parent-Infant Research Institute (PIRI)
The Parent-Infant Research Institute (PIRI) is committed to supporting parents and infants (0-24 months) to enhance parent well-being and children's healthy development through basic research and development of evidence-based interventions.

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Preconception

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
POSAA is the Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Association of Australia Inc, the leading support group and advocacy group for women and teenagers with PCOS. While most of this website is freely accessible – some sections are available to financial POSAA members only – including our online support group chat room, POSAAbilities newsletter archive and PCOS power point displays.

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Pregnancy and Birth

BellyBelly
Prepare for pregnancy, birth and baby online at BellyBelly! Feel reassured, educated and informed with the best support and information available at your fingertips.

Birth International
A website aimed at promoting and supporting Midwifery around the world. Provides an excellent on-line catalogue, details of education courses, childbirth and midwifery resources and some great on-line articles. 

Maternity Coalition
Visit Maternity Coalitions wonderful website. The Maternity Coalition Inc. is an Australian umbrella organisation for midwives, mothers and other individuals interested in birth writes. rites and  rights.

Huggies
Visit the Huggies website for lots of information on pregnancy, parenting, fun and learning activities, special offers and much more.

Wonderful Birth
Welcome to the web site of Lina Clerke, childbirth educator and birth attendant. Enjoy reading up to the minute birth literature, stories and articles, Purchase Lina's popular and highly effective pre-natal relaxation CDs (available on this website and internationally), Find out more about Lina's services in Melbourne, Australia.

National Association of Childbirth Educators
This site has been created to provide members to keep in touch with the current activities of the organisation, and provide information about NACE to potential members and the public.

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Premature Babies

Austprem
Aiming to provide information and support to parents and caregivers of babies who are born prematurely. This site provides an online network to foster peer support and exhange information and ideas on premature birth, as well as helpful resources and links.

Life's Little Treasures
We are a Melbourne group of mothers who have experienced the roller coaster ride of N.I.C.U. & Special Care Nurseries, who would like to provide you with support and friendship.

Li'l Aussie Prems
Welcome to L’il Aussie Prems, an Australian site based on premature babies. You will find useful links to all things premmie including clothing stores, support sites, birth stories, journeys through the NICU & much more.

Miracle Babies Foundation
Miracle Babies Foundation is a national organisation that supports premature and sick newborns, their families and the hospitals that care for them.

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Shopping on Line

Angelika Mills
Angelika Mills provides books and DVDs to midwives, childbirth educators, doulas and parents to be. Although our selection is not as large as regular bookstores, we have selected the most popular and useful books and DVDs to make sure our customers receive the best.

Aromababy - by Baby Workshop
As pure as Mother Nature intended, baby WORKSHOP is proud to have produced the original, the purest and most beautiful plant-based skincare range available, naturally. Formulated and manufactured entirely in Australia, this mild and gentle collection for mother and child is Aromababy. The philosophy behind the creation of Aromababy is one that demonstrates an on-going commitment to research and subsequent development of innovative, high quality personal care products specifically for mother and child.

Capers Bookstore
Capers Bookstore website contains extensive books on family health, pregnancy, birth, fertility, midwifery, breastfeeding, parenting, grief etc. You can sign up for a free newsletter, subsribe to 'Birth Issues' journal or see events that Capers runs for health professionals and consumers in Australia and New Zealand.

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Support Organisations

Australian Multiple Birth Association
Supporting woman and families who have or are expecting twins, triplets, quadruplets or more.

Cherubs Australia
The Organisation of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Support, Advocacy and Research.

SIDS and Kids
SIDS and Kids Online contains information and publications on SIDS, sudden infant death, grief/bereavement issues and safe sleeping. SIDS and Kids provides these free resources for use by parents, health professionals, researchers, school teachers and children.

Parent-Infant Research Institute (PIRI)
The Parent-Infant Research Institute (PIRI) is committed to supporting parents and infants (0-24 months) to enhance parent well-being and children's healthy development through basic research and development of evidence-based interventions.

Pre-eclampsia (AAPEC)
AAPEC is an association incorporated in Victoria. It is a voluntary organisation set up to provide support and information to families who have suffered from pre- eclampsia .

Relationships Australia
“Relationships Australia NSW provides counselling, family support and Employee Assistance programs to support respectful and resilient relationships, families and communities. PH: 1300 364 277 to find out more.”

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Vaginal Birth After Caesarean (VBAC)

Birthrites: Healing After Caesarean Inc.
This site aims of provide a support network for women who have had a previous caesarean section and to increase awareness of womens' needs. There is lots of information on Vaginal Birth After Caesarean (VBAC) and offers contacts for women seeking a VBAC.

CANA
The Caesarean Awareness Network Australia (CANA) is the vision of three Australian mothers who saw a need to provide a public voice on behalf of women who have had caesareans, women who are considering having a baby by caesarean and women planning to have a vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC).

CARES SA
CARES SA, is a group of women working to bring information to birthing women and their partners on all their options for birth in Adelaide. They are primarily a support group for women and their partners and our aim is to assist in various ways: Support after a Caesarean,  Support for women wanting a VBAC, Support for women who need a Caesarean, Education and Information.

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Weight Loss

BP Active
BP Active weight loss solutions has been providing quality personal training, group training & weigh loss coaching throughout Australia since 2001. Our coaches spread throughout Australia with our studio located in Sydney's ever fast growing Hills area.

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Women's Health

Women's Health Victoria
Ensuring all women are able to access quality health information. A service run by women for women, Women's Health Victoria is independent from particular provider interests.

Sydney Ultrasound for Women
Sydney Ultrasound for Women provides a specialised ultrasound service for women. Established by Dr John Anderson 22 years ago, it has grown in size and reputation to be regarded as the forefront of this speciality. Our services cover the full spectrum of imaging in obstetrics and gynaecology.

Women's Health Statewide
Women's Health Statewide strives to be informed and are committed to listening to women and to taking their concerns seriously. We recognise that all aspects of women's lives, including age, cultural background, sexuality, disability and financial situation impact on our well being. We believe that women want clear information and support when making decisions about health care.

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Page last updated 13th August 2012

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