Childbirth Connection – This website gives you information, tools and resources to become an active member of your maternity care team and active participant in your care. You may be surprised to know that being fully engaged in your maternity care can make all the difference in the care you get, your experiences and the well-being of both you and your baby.
Cochrane Library – The Cochrane Library (ISSN 1465-1858) is a collection of databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making. Begin your healthcare search by scrolling down to the topics at the bottom of the homepage (i.e. Pregnancy & childbirth).
DoulaMatch – This site was developed to help expectant families quickly and efficiently find doulas who are available during their due dates. It’s also a great place to get a baseline understanding of each doula’s training, certification, and experience levels.
Evidence Based Birth – The mission of Evidence Based Birth is to raise the quality of childbirth care globally, by putting accurate, evidence based research into the hands of families and communities, so they can make informed, empowered choices.
ICAN – International Cesarean Awareness Network’s mission is to improve maternal-child health by preventing unnecessary cesareans through education, providing support for cesarean recovery, and promoting Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC).
ICEA – The International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) is a professional organization that supports educators and health care professionals who believe in freedom to make decisions based on knowledge of alternatives in family-centered maternity and newborn care. Position papers available on a variety of child birthing topics.
LLL – La Leche League’s mission is to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.
Lamaze International – Lamaze International promotes a natural, healthy and safe approach to pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting practices. Knowing that pregnancy and childbirth can be demanding on a woman’s body and mind, Lamaze serves as a resource for information about what to expect and what choices are available during the childbearing years. One highlight of this website, among many, is their Healthy Birth Practices.
Perinatal Support Washington – Perinatal Support Washington has been operating in WA state since 1987, and is one of the oldest Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder support chapters in the nation. Our support groups have been serving women since 1988, and we have been operating a toll-free telephone support line (“warm line”) since 1991. We provide support to WA families state-wide, and are active with other community leaders, organizations, and law-makers to facilitate support for families affected by Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders.
Postpartum Support International – The mission of Postpartum Support International is to promote awareness, prevention and treatment of mental health issues related to childbearing in every country worldwide.
Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn – This is an excellent book for families planning to conceive and a wonderful guide for when they are pregnant. This website is the resource center for the book which includes worksheets to download that range from pregnancy exercises, questions to ask your caregiver, to newborn procedures. Very helpful resource that includes further websites to check out.
Spinning Babies – This is an approach based on easing baby’s rotation. When rotation is easier for baby, birth is often easier for the birthing parent.
Swedish Center for Perinatal Bonding & Support – The Center for Perinatal Bonding and Support offers mental health treatment programs for pregnant women and mothers of young children who are experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, or other emotional distress that make it difficult to:
• Function at home or at work
• Care for themselves or their baby
• Bond and connect with their baby
Swedish Doula Services – Swedish is proud to offer you the next level of personalized support in your maternity care through the Swedish doula program, available at First Hill, Ballard, Issaquah and Edmonds. The doula’s role is to provide emotional, physical and informational support to help you have the best possible pregnancy, birth, and early parenting experience. The doula works alongside your nurses, midwives and doctors to provide a reassuring presence and help you navigate the birth process.