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is a list of online resources that you may find helpful during your pregnancy
and as you prepare for childbirth and parenting. Overall, I have found
the information on these sites to be valuable, but cannot guarantee the
ongoing accuracy and safety of everything you might read while exploring
them. If you find any broken links, or if you have a favorite site to
suggest, please e-mail me at email@example.com.
details the stages of fetal development, from one day post-fertilization
to 40 weeks with some pictures and lots of text description. Also includes
an extensive glossary of terms.
The Lamaze website includes lots of useful information about pregnancy and childbirth, especially "Six Care Practices that Support Normal Birth". They also have a weekly email pregnancy newsletter which I think is excellent.
Patient Rights at Your Fingertips is a short document detailing your basic rights as a patient. Want a copy of your medical records? Don't want to sign that consent form? Click on this link to learn about your rights!
How do I choose my caregiver? The MaternityWise website provides an
insightful overview that answers many of the common questions women have
about choosing a caregiver and explains what types of caregivers provide
Mothers of Supertwins is a network of families with triplets, quadruplets and more. MOST provides information, resources, empathy and good humor during pregnancy, infancy, toddlerhood and school age.
Pee on a Stick is a comprehensive collection of home pregnancy test and ovulation predictor test information and images.
Hyperemesis Education & Research
(HER) Foundation provides education & support for mothers suffering
from hyperemesis gravidarum and those who care for them. The FAQ section
is particularly worth reviewing.
Multi-dimensional Human Embry Atlas details the development of the human embryo in words and photographs.
Computerized model of embryonic and fetal development. Need Shockwave (Adobe) for it to work.
The Morning Sickness page on Dr. Sears' website offers great information, including "24 ways to ease morning sickness", a list of "tummy friendly" foods and a list of "discomfort foods".
Natural remedies for Morning Sickness - suggestions from Mothering magazine.
explanation of how a non-stress
test works and how to understand the results.
more reason to quit: "Quitting
Smoking in Pregnancy Boosts Chances of Easy-going Child".
about medication (over-the-counter or prescription) and its safety for
a growing fetus? Safe Fetus.com
offers a complete, searchable database of worldwide medications (generic
& trade) providing information on the drugs' indications, fetal risk,
breastfeeding risk, during pregnancy, according to the FDA.
Today is a website dedicated to the "heart
and science of birth." It offers searches for doulas and midwives, an
extensive collection of searchable articles, and a number of interesting
forums. A terrific site for expectant couples and birth professionals
covering pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding topics.
Childbirth Connection is the website for the former Maternity Center Association. It offers up-to-date information on evidence-based in a very readable format. The sections on Ceseraean birth, labor support, and choosing a caregiver are especially worth reading. They also offer Journey to Parenthood: Your Guide Through Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond, for free online and for purchase as a book. Finally, the text of A Guide to Effective Care in Pregnancy and Childbirth is on this website. This text is an excellent reference for information on evidence-based care. I highly recommend exploring it.
Is Natural Childbirth Right for You? is a quiz offered by Ivillage. I don't know if I would use it as a guide for making this decisionů but it might help you clarify what you need to do to prepare psychologically for a natural birth.
Trying to decide whether (or how) to bank your baby's cord blood? Check out www.cordblood.com.
Guide to Cord Blood Banks has compiled information about public
and private cord blook banks in the United States.
VBAC.com is a "woman-centered, evidence-based" resource with information about having a vaginal birth after cesearean.
Caserean 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
Considering using a doula for your birth? Check out this one-page chart showing the benefits of doula care.
You Want an Epidural offers a balanced look at what's involved with
using an epidural for birth, including a detailed explanation of how
they're performed, the benefits, risks, and side effects sometimes involved,
and a wonderful list of Eleven
Things You Can Do to Enhance Childbirth Experience Before and After
Your Epidural is in Place. I highly recommend this site to anyone
considering an epidural.
An eloquent essay about the role of a doula, "A Cord of Three Strands."
Wonder what to say when yet another well-meaning friend or family member has a question or comment about your planned homebirth? Read through this list of wonderful responses.
List of ideas for having the Best Cesarean possible, from Penny Simkin. Information for before, during, and after the Cesarean for mother and baby.
Cesarean Birth in the Time of Fear, from Mothering magazine.
the National U.S. C-Section Rate is Rising, from Childbirth Connections.
Homebirth for You? 6 Myths about childbirth exposed.
Spinning Babies: Easier Childbirth Through Fetal Positioning, including information on baby positions, belly mapping, breech babies, and posterior babies.
Some helpful suggestions on how to avoid tearing or having an episiotomy during second stage labor.
Baby's Choice - an interesting article exploring what babies might want during pregnancy and birth.
Stories.com offers birth stories from a wide
variety of perspectives. The stories are helpfully indexed, so you can
read (or avoid) certain categories depending upon your interest or mood.
Scroll down on the MoonDragon Birthing Services website for a list of homebirth stories, many with great photographs, including the "WaterBirth Story in 100 pictures."
VBAC: It Wasn't Pretty But It Was All Mine is one mother's VBAC
birth story with pictures.
Breastfeeding is Priceless is a fact sheet on the benefits of breastfeeding your baby. Written by the Center for Improving Maternity Services.
is an excellent source of nursing clothes. They have a huge range of
sizes and a great return policy. Check them out if you're looking for
nursing bras or clothes and/or accessories. Motherwear also started
Breastfeeding information arranged in FAQ format by The Nursing Baby website. Great questions, including information about milk supply, sore nipples, leaking, inverted nipples and more.
great breastfeeding video
showing how babies latch on to the breast, offered by Ameda, plus lots
of other basic information.
Very sweet pictures of mammals who nurse.
on DHA in formula.
The Postpartum Stress Center offers excellent resources on Postpartum Despression, with pages on family support, ways to feel better, where to get help, and talking to your doctor.
Post-Partum Support International has links to information and support for mothers and for fathers.
Healthy Place offers easy-to-read comprehensive information about Post-partum depression.
Lullaby Lyrics from BabyCenter.com offers lyrics and melodies of songs you may want to sing to your baby.
is a list of state exemptions information for vaccinations.
Car Seat Lady is your resource for accurate, up-to-date information
about how to keep your most precious cargo safe.
Well-known doctor and breastfeeding support, Dr. Jay Gordon, has an excellent website.
A description of Kangeroo Care and how it works, from Midwifery Today.
Virtual Pediatric Hospital is a comprehensive library of pediatric information.
Ask Dr. Sears website also has a tremendously helpful section called
Medicine Cabinet, with information on all sorts of common medicines
for children including comparisons, dosing, usage and more. Very very
Muslin swaddling wraps and blankets from Aden + Anais.
interesting study on evolutionary
Wondering what bottles, pacifiers, and tableware is BPA-free? Check out the Z Report on BPA in Children's Feeding Products.
More on baby massage.
FAQs about massaging babies and children.
Why massage is so good for babies, from the AskDr.Sears site.
Excerpts from Wonder Weeks are available online. For free! A great resource offering information about the eight common developmental leaps babies make.
Child Safety Tattoos: SafetyTat - get the tat that brings kids back. An amazing idea, especially for traveling with walking, pre-verbal kids!
Thinking about teaching your baby how to sign? We did & I can't say how incredibly helpful it was to communicate that way. Michigan State University has an ASL Browser, organized alphabetically, that offers a written explanation and a video demonstration of each sign.
Not Just Skin offers a FAQ section on circumcision, with questions like "Isn't circumcision just a little snip?", "What is the value of the foreskin?" and "If circumcision doesn't provide any health benefits, then why do doctors still do it?"
NOCIRC (National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers) offers a number useful, informative, and (in my opinion) balanced pamphlets, including Answers to Your Questions about Infant Circumcision, Answers to Your Questions about Your Young Sons Intact Penis (and also one about care for a circumcised penis), and Answers to Your Questions about Circumcision and HIV/AIDS. These pamphlets are in PDF format and are easy to print, and free.