fearlessly surrender to your birthing power


 

“Birthing is the most profound initiation into

spirituality a woman can have.”

(Robin Lim, 2011 CNN Person of the Year, Midwife)

 

There are some wonderful links on pregnancy, birth and motherhood out there.

Please check back regularly for new articles and ideas.

 

Pregnancy

 

Bradley Method Nutrition Recommendations


Healthy Eating for Pregnancy 


Ideal fetal positioning and techniques - Spinning Babies  


Dr. Christopher's Prenatal Blend Herbs for last six weeks of pregnancy


Group B Strep cleansing protocol


Belly support garments


Ellie Griffinger, Certified Nurse Midwife practicing at Alta Bates


Ellen Klima, My Bradley Instructor


Ariel Provasoli, Flow Chiropractic and Family Wellness Center 


Aimee Ruiz, L.Ac (Licensed Acupuncturist) 


Skip the "What to Expect" calendar, and instead get the Midwifery Center weekly newsletter 


Kuli Kuli Bars - high iron energy bars (enter DoulaSpecial2014 for 10% off order) 


Herbs in Pregnancy



Labor Preparation

 

Perineal massage handout


Birth Without Fear Blog


Birth Monopoly Blog


Bradley Method Exercises to prepare you for labor

 

Earth Mama Angel Baby Birth Plan Creator


Spinning Babies   Inversion Video  3 Principles of Pregnancy 


Labor Affirmations video


Two hour Lamaze Crash Course 





Labor


Walk, Move Around, and Change Positions Throughout Labor, a handout 


Power Positions For Delivery: The Squat


Using Essential Oils During Childbirth


Mind Over Matter: Minimizing Pain in Labor


Miles Circuit to improve Optimal Fetal Positioning


Cervical Exams - Who needs them?



Delivery


When and How to Push 


Magic Umbilical Cords – Cord Pulsation


Delayed Cord Clamping


Waiting to Inhale: How to Unhurry the Moment of Birth 


Video demonstrating hypnobirthing "J Breathing" for delivery 


Birth as We Know It: Awesome Trailer Video of Russian Water Births


Nuchal Cords - the Perfect Scapegoat


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Interventions







The Risks of Labor Induction 


NY Times article on report urging less interventions in labor 



Cesarean Birth


Gentle Cesarean Birth 


Consumer Reports Hospital C-section rates


What Every Pregnant Woman Needs to Know About Cesarean Section booklet  


Family Centered Cesarean Birth Plan and handout to guide plan


Vaginal Swabbing for C-Section Babies


Family Centered Cesarean Birth Video




VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean)


A midwife's recommendations for a successful VBAC





Benefits of Doulas




Breastfeeding

 

Six Breastfeeding Positions Worth a Try


Helpful latching video


Top Ten breastfeeding tips 


Parody Music Video: “Teach Me How to Breastfeed”


Kellymom.com: evidence based breastfeeding


A Mosaic of Breastfeeding Positions handout


National Geographic article "How Breastfeeding Engineers a Baby's Gut" 



 

For Dads

 

Dads and Doulas Working Together 

 

Five Reasons Dads Should Demand a Doula


So I’m Here, Now What? Tips for Dads on How to Help


4 Secrets of Dads Bonding with Baby


Paternal Skin to Skin for Newborns

 

Dads and Doulas


Video of Yoga Ball labor positions with partner help

 

 

Postpartum and Babies

 

Phases of a Nursling 


Babywearing


​40 days of Rest 


5 Top Tips for the Brand New Mama 


Placenta Encapsulation, more 



Additional reading recommendations


​The Birth Partner, by Penny Simpkin


Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way, by Susan McCutcheon


Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, by Ina May Gaskin


Natural Hospital Birth, by Cynthia Gabriel


The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth, by Henci Goer


​After the Baby's Birth...A Woman's Way to Wellness, by Robin Lim