RESOURCES

Here is a taster of some of my best resources. Made with love. (A teensy bit of online Doulaing...)  

Your human rights and Birth Choices

aims.org.uk/ - The Association for Improvements in Maternity Services providing independent support and information about maternity choices for prospective and new parents. A 50-year-old mother-led organisation. 

birthights.org.uk - Promoting and protecting women's rights in childbirth. In particular for useful fact sheets for parents click here

homebirth.org.uk - Information on home birth in the UK

birthchoiceuk.com - Loads of useful information about  UK maternity choices and statistics - find out what the caesarean rate is at your local unit!

which.co.uk/birth-choice - A wealth of information on every birth centre / labour ward / info on home birth. You can also find out from this website when tours of the labour wards etc are due to take place or this is something you could check with your midwife.

nice.org.uk/guidance/cg70/chapter/1-recommendations - NICE Guidelines for induction of labour. 

The heart in the womb by Amali Lokugamage. Human RIghts in Childbirth

 

Positive Birth Support

positivebirthmovement.org

thematrona.com/the-holistic-stages-of-birth/ The most beautiful description of the stages of birth

tellmeagoodbirthstory.com/category/good-birth-stories/ Positive birth stories

themergejournal.com/category/pregnancy-birth/ - in particular the Birth Stories

londonhypnobirthing.co.uk/ - My neighbour, Hollie de Cruz and her Hypnobirthing company

londonhypnobirthing.co.uk/product/yesmum-to-be-cards - Hollie, of London Hypnobirthing makes these lovely affirmation cards for expecting mums. See also the new mum cards and...well, the whole range. 

 

Breastfeeding

Dispelling Breastfeeding Myths

youtube.com/watch?v=xAorGJgXYGY - How a baby latches on.

youtube.com/watch?v=2IYtFrgbDUo - Nils Bergman video / skin-to-skin

youtube.com/watch?v=m5RIcaK98Yg - The Natural Caesarean video

contentedcalf.com - Nourishing recipes for breastfeeding mums

babymilkaction.org - Non-profit organisation aiming to save lives and to end the avoidable suffering caused by inappropriate infant feeding. Baby Milk Action works within a global network to strengthen effective controls in the marketing of the baby feeding industry.

breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk - An independent source of support and information for breastfeeding women.

drjacknewman.com - Fantastic detailed breastfeeding support and help with video clips

HM4HB - Human Milk for Human Babies. Informed Milk Sharing Network (Informal - a woman who needs milk can be paired with a woman who has milk to donate, facilitated by social media).

UKAMB - UK Association for Milk Banking (Formal)

The 4 Main Breastfeeding Charities in the UK, where you can seek the help of a Breastfeeding Counsellor, are: 

laleche.org.uk - Breastfeeding support from La Leche League

NCT - National Childbirth Trust

ABM - Association of Breastfeeding Mothers

BFN - The Breastfeeding Network

 

Your body

labourpains.com/ui/content/content.aspx?ID=332

rcmnormalbirth.org.uk/birthing-positions-in-practice/short-videos-for-birthing-postions/

(Royal College of Midwives website with short videos on positions and birthing aids.)

countthekicks.org.uk has a wealth of useful info on monitoring your baby's movements.

spinningbabies.com - Easier childbirth with foetal positioning. Breech and back to back babies.

valleycushions.com - Perineal pain relief after episiotomy or tearing of perineum.

pelvicinstability.co.uk - Support for women with Pelvic Girdle Pain (formerly Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction or SPD

 

Antenatal Classes

thegroupantenatal.co.uk - The Group, East Dulwich. 

NCT National Childbirth Trust - (NCT) for courses and info

bumpandbabyclub.com - Bump and Baby Club

thedaisyfoundation.com/daisy-birthing - Daisy Birthing

 

Support for Dads

fatherstobe.org - Fathers-To-Be offers men effective preparation for fatherhood through practical education.

Men, love and birth, by Mark Harris, Midwife.

 

New baby practicalities

gov.uk/register-birth/overview - Exciting information that you need to know about registering the birth of your newborn and getting that birth certificate.

lullabytrust.org.uk/ - Safe sleeping information

 

The Fourth Trimester

http://thenaturalparentmagazine.com/ditch-pressure-bounce-back-baby/

Placenta:

http://midwiferytoday.com/articles/bridgeoflife.asp

https://www.nct.org.uk/birth/third-stage-labour

 

Post Natal Depression (PND)

It’s very important to recognise the symptoms of postnatal depression in both men and women and to seek professional help should either of the couple think that they may be suffering.  The following organisations have lots of further information on PND and what can be done to treat it:

MIND

Here's the helpline. 0300 123 3393.

NHS

NCT - Postnatal Depression Support

 

Books

Birthing from Within, by Pam England

Mother's Breath, by Uma Dinsmore-Tuli

The Positive Birth Book, by Milli Hill

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

 

Mum Blogs

Gas and Air - by Clemmie Hooper  

Mother of All Lists, by Clemmie Telford 

Especially: Well...all of these really. 

Like Real Life - By a very honest, funny and intelligent mum

Especially: What do you really need during pregnancy?

 

Podcasts

The Birth Hour

 

Documentaries

The Business of Being Born: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCiQrcP0Qas

The Beginning of Life: Netflix

Breastmilk

 

Yoga Related

Womb Yoga - Womb Yoga is an evolving therapeutic approach to yoga specially developed to support women’s health and healing over the past fifteen years by Uma Dinsmore-Tuli. For everything to do with yoga and women’s health: classes, retreats and teacher trainings (including pregnancy yoga, postnatal recovery yoga, yoga for mums and babies, yoga for birth, fertility, menstrual health etc.

Yoga Nidra Network - For everything to do with yoga nidra, including FREE downloads, yoga nidra teacher trainings, retreats and foundation days.

Yoni Shakti - For details and resources relating to my Pregnancy Yoga Guru, Uma Dinsmore-Tuli’s latest book.

Yoga Nidra Network - For everything to do with yoga nidra, including FREE downloads, yoga nidra teacher trainings, retreats and foundation days.

 

Books

- Yoni Shakti, by Uma Dinsmore-Tuli

Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering, Sarah Buckley

Spiritual Midwifery, By Ina May Gaskin

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, Ina May Gaskin

Ina May's Guide to Breastfeeding, Ina May Gaskin

The New Experience to Childbirth, Sheila Kitzinger

Birth and Breastfeeding, Michel Odent

Why Love Matters: How affection shapes a baby's brain, Sue Gerhardt

The heart in the womb by Amali Lokugamage. Human RIghts in Childbirth

 

Other bits and bobs

Mumspo.com - Creative Inspiration for amazing mums

Smallish Magazine - A Magazine for Childhood

Mothers Meeting - for creative mums who want to keep hold of their cool

http://www.birthsource.com/scripts/article.asp?articleid=409 An article and studies on birth and the lunar calendar

 

Useful Apps

 

Additional optional information sheets (just ask me)

  • Birth plan decisions regarding caesarean birth

  • Pelvic floor

  • Vitamin K

  • Dad’s labour timeline!

  • C-section - who’s in the room?

  • C-section - Q&A

  • Baby feeding cues

  • Breathing and massage techniques for different stages of labour

  • Reasons to be proud of breastfeeding

  • Breastfeeding step by step

  • Bottle feeding for breastfed babies

  • Breastfeeding - how long?

  • Fathers and breastfeeding

  • Bottle-feeding

  • Bath-time tips

  • Safe baby-wearing

  • Biological nurturing.

 

Research supporting Doulas

Cochrane review of the effects of continuous emotional support in labour. 

Also included in this article is research on the effects of early and prolonged skin to skin contact after birth.

Rosen, P. Supporting women in labor: analysis of different types of caregivers Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health Jan-Feb 2004, Vol 49(1), pp.24-31 Paper available from:http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/467128

evidencebasedbirth.com/the-evidence-for-doulas/

 

Believe it or not, this is my essential resources page to share with you all. If you have a specific question about pregnancy, your upcoming birth or life with your newborn baby and you'd like to delve into something that's not here, feel free to get in touch and chances are I'll be able to help point you in the right direction.