Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond

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International Links

Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond's international links section contains a comprehensive list of links to helpful websites that we have hand picked. You'll find a vast array of websites focusing on many and varied topics relating to pregnancy, birth and parenting. Enjoy exploring websites covering topics such as: Birth centres, breastfeeding, midwifery, miscarriage and stillbirth, vaginal birth after caesarean, exercise in pregnancy, fatherhood, waterbirth and much, much more.

Birth Centres Midwives/Midwifery Pre-conception Care
Breastfeeding Miscarriage and Stillbirth Pregnancy and Birth
Exercise and Pregnancy Natural Therapies Vaginal Birth After Caesarean
Fatherhood Parenting Waterbirth
Homebirth Photography & Videoing  

Birth Centres

American Association of Birth Centres
This extensive website hosts lots of information on how to find a birth centre, FAQ, Birth Stories, finding a midwife, learning centre, how to start a birth centre, how to become a midwife and lots more.

The Birth Centre Ltd.
Visit this wonderful UK website to find out about a small, intimate and beautifully designed Birth Centre adjacent to St. George's hospital in Tooting.  The centre is run by well known midwife Caroline Flint and colleagues Val Clarke, Anne Adamson, and Pam Wild.

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Breastfeeding

Association of Breastfeeding Mothers
The Association of Breastfeeding Mothers was founded in 1980 by a group of mothers who felt that there was a need for another breastfeeding organization. They are a charity run by mothers for mothers committed to giving friendly support and supplying the right information to all women whishing to breastfeed.

Baby Milk Action
Baby Milk Action is a non-profit organisation which aims to save lives and to end the avoidable suffering caused by inappropriate infant feeding. Baby Milk Action works within a global network to strengthen independent, transparent and effective controls on the marketing of the baby feeding industry.

Breastfeeding.com
This site provides extensive information on Breastfeeding issues. You can visit the breastfeeding answer centre, subscribe to a digital newsletter and lots more.

International Lactation Consultant Association
The International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) promotes the professional development, advancement, and recognition of lactation consultants worldwide for the benefit of breastfeeding women, infants and children.

La Leche League International
La Leche League International provides worldwide support, encouragement and mother-to-mother support for breastfeeding. They provide extensive education and information on Breastfeeding.

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Exercise and Pregnancy

FitPregnancy
How to stay ehalthy, eat right and look great while expecting and how to get back into shap after birth.

Healthy Moms Fitness
Healthy Mums is an organization dedicated to enhancing the physical and psychological well-being of women throughout the childbearing year through safe, effective and innovative exercise programming.

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Fatherhood

Brand New Dad
Brand New Dad is an online community, Resource centre and search engine for New and Expectant Fathers. Join Free!

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Homebirth

Homebirth Reference Site
The aim of this site is not to persuade you to choose home birth. What I would like to do instead is to provide information about home birth, for parents who think that it might be the right choice for them, and for health professionals looking for facts and ideas.

Nicky Menzies' Homebirth Website
This website is there to help you learn a little bit about having your baby at home. Hopefully, it will answer some of your questions and also point you to where you can find out more.

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Midwives/Midwifery

Association of Radical Midwives
They are midwives, student midwives and others in the UK committed to improving the maternity care provided by the National Health Service. The strongly believe that all women have the right to a service tailored more closely to their needs, and a sympathetic attitude on the  part of their professional attendants.

Independent Midwifery Association
Independent Midwives are fully qualified midwives who, in order to practice the midwife's role to its fullest extend, have chosen to work outside the National Health Service (UK), although they support its aims and ideals. The midwife's role encompasses the care of women during pregnancy, birth and afterwards.

MIDIRS Midwifery Digest
MIDIRS Midwifery Digest's site explores there services in detail. Also included is latest midwifery news. Of particular interest to members is the ability to do unlimited literature searches on line for a small additional cost on top of membership fees.

Midwifery Today
Midwifery Today publishes 'Midwifery Today Magazine'. An excellent resource for pregnancy, birth and midwifery information. You can also subscribe to the free E-News (weekly electronic newsletter). This site provides extensive information on midwifery.

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Miscarriage and Stillbirth

Miscarriage Support and Information Resources
This site provides extensive links to support and resources. There are newsgroups, mails lists, medical information websites, ectopic & molar pregnancy websites, recurrent miscarriage, support group websites and emotional aspects of loss websites (plus lots more).

Miscarriage Support Groups in NZ
On this site you will find tips for coping with miscarriage, contact information for Miscarriage Support Groups in New Zealand, links to other internet resources and access to their online support forum.

Wisconsin Stillbirth Service Program Website
This site is dedicated to serving families who experience the tragedy of stillbirth and the professionals who care for them.

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Natural Therapies

Acupuncture
Natural pain techniques for childbirth using acupuncture. Promoting natural labour and partner involvement.

Birth Psychology
Congratulations! You've found the path to the treasures of birth psychology. In these pages you'll be able to explore the many mental and emotional dimensions of pregnancy and birth in everything from scholarly articles to personal stories and late-breaking headlines.

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Parenting

Attachment Parenting International
Attachment Parenting is a philosophy based in the practice of nurturing parenting methods that create strong emotional bonds between the infant and the parent(s). This strong attachment develops and fulfils and infant or child's intrinsic need for trust, empathy, love and affection to create secure, peaceful, and enduring relationships.

Familyonwards
The Jill Curtis helpsite for parents and grandparents. Are you looking for advise about family issues? If so, this is the site for you. Hundreds of online articles.

The Liedloff Continuum Network
This website has been created by members of the Liedloff Continuum Network (LCN) to educate and serve the public — especially parents, parents-to-be and anyone who cares about the well-being of infants and children — by advocating the principles described in The Continuum Concept and suggesting practical ways to integrate them into daily life.

The Natural Child Project
Their vision is a world in which all children are treated with dignity, respect, understanding, and compassion. In such world, every child can grow into adulthood with generous capacity for love and trust. Our society has no more urgent task.

Positive Parenting
Positive Parenting website is dedicated to providing resources and information to make parenting rewarding, effective and fun!

TIPS Ltd
TIPS provide evidence-based information about breastfeeding, skincare, cord care and other midwifery-related subjects. The TIPS Award Scheme, a unique independent testing programme, allows volunteer parent testers to review carefully selected baby products.

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Photography and Videoing

Familyvideos
Familyvideos contains over 80 articles all written by our team of experts and we add around 10 new articles each month.

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Pre-conception Care

Fertility Awareness and Natural Family Planning
This site provides comprehensive and objective information to the general public and health professionals on all aspects of fertility awareness.

Web Womb
This site has been created for those who are trying to get pregnant. The emphasis is base on the FAM method, which is charting your basal body temperature, cervical fluid and cervical position to assist you in pregnancy achievement.

World Organisation Ovulation Method Billings
There are many reasons that make modern scientific natural family planning beneficial to female reproductive health. The knowledge that the Billings Ovulation Method of natural family planning provides should be understood by every woman.

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Pregnancy and Birth

10 Pregnancy.com
10Pregnancy.com explains your pregnancy week by week in a 40 stage calendar plus your very own due date calculator

Association for Improvement in Maternity Services
Association for Improvement in Maternity Services (AIMS) supports parents and professionals in the UK and Ireland. Find information on hospital acquired infections, Group B Strep and pregnancy, choosing a water birth, twins, posterior babies and lots more.

BabyWebNZ
Directory for pregnancy, childbirth and parenting websites. BabyWebNZ wishes to support parents by providing information and making access to useful web sites easier.

BirthChoiceUK
Where you choose to have your baby and whom you choose to look after you in labour will affect the type of birth you have and the care you receive. This website explains your options in the UK and gives you some information to help you make those choices.

Birthing Naturally
This website began as a way to educate the public about the ability of the female body to give birth. What began as a few pages on handling pain has grown into the most comprehensive non-commercial site about pregnancy and birth on the internet.

Birth Resources
Birth Resources is about seeking, sharing and receiving pregnancy, birth and parenting information and support.

Birthsource
The official website of the perinatal education associates. Perinatal Education Associates provides education and quality childbirth-related products to both the lay consumer and professional consumer. They are committed to the highest quality products and personalized customer service.

Coalition for Improving Maternity Services
The Coalition for Improving Maternity Services has grown to represent more than 90,000 birth professionals. This organisation has developed an initiative which is an evidence-based document which provides guidelines for identifying and designating mother-friendly birth sites including hospitals, birth centres, and home-birth services.

National Childbirth Trust (UK)
The National Childbirth Trust (NCT) offers support in pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthood. They aim to give every parent the chance to make informed choices. They try to make sure that all their services, activities and membership are fully accessible to everyone.

Sheila Kitzinger
Sheila is a well-known birth activist, speaker and author. You can visit her site and explore aspects of birth, drawing on things that Sheila has learned from women around the world and her research as a social anthropologist into women's experiences of pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding.

Womensbirth
Womensbirth is a website for the expectant mother. Here, she can find the information and encouragement she needs to help her prepare for a gentle, natural childbirth. Womensbirth is filled with informational pages contributed by professional Midwives, Doulas, Herbalists and Homeopaths from around the globe; each one united in the belief that every woman’s birth experience can be beautiful, empowering and serene.

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Vaginal Birth After Caesarean

International Caesarean Awareness Network
This is a collection of fact sheets and information put out by the International Caesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) and other sources. Information includes how to prevent an unnecessary caesarean, vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC), how to find resources in your community, information about ICAN, and how to become a part of ICAN.

VBAC.com
VBAC.com aims to provide access to information from a variety of sources: scientific studies, professional guidelines, government reports, successful and safe established VBAC programs, and the midwifery model of care. Their goal is to help women make informed decisions about how they will give birth.

Caesarean Birth and VBAC Information
Offers research-based information and support on all aspects of caesareans and vaginal birth following caesarean section.

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Waterbirth

Birth Balance
A resource dedicated to information on birth since 1987. One of the largest
Waterbirth resources, a labour support doula information base and
pregnancy/labour/birth and postpartum photography and chakra information, all related to alternative approaches to childbirth.

Gentle Water Birthing Pools
This UK sites provides information on the Genesis Birthing Pool. You can find out how to hire the pool on this site. The site also provides information on using water during labour and birth.

The Waterbirth Website
Learn all about this wonderful new innovation that enables joyous and empowering childbirth. This pioneering site is dedicated to the belief that every mother has the right to have the birth experience she wants.

Waterbirth International
Waterbirth International Research, Resource and Referral Service is a project of the non-profit public benefit corporation, global Maternal/Child health Association. They have been assisting women and their families discover the benefits of labouring and giving birth in water since 1989.

Your Waterbirth
Your complete resource for waterbirth. We offer the only affordable waterbirth pool kits on the net. Enjoy the many benefits of warm water for childbirth in our comfortable water birth tubs. Why rent? YourWaterBirth.com labour and birthing pools will cost you less and are softer then a hard Jacuzzi.

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