CHILDBIRTH

PRENATAL EDUCATION

Tell Me A Good Birth Story – UK organization sharing positive stories for birth preparation
All My Babies – A Midwive’s Own Story: Miss Mary’s accounts of catching babies in the southern United States in the 1950’s
Ted x Sacramento: Ina May Gaskin – Reducing fear of birth in U.S. culture
Penny Simpkin’s website – Nurturing Positive Birth Memories Since 1968
Penny Simpkin’s You Tube Channel

DOULAS

Comox Valley Doulas
Doula Services Association of BC
DONA International

CHILDBIRTH RESOURCES

Healthy Families BC – labour & birth
Mothers Naturally – Natural Pregnancy & Childbirth
Optimal Birth BC
Childbirth Connection – Pathway to a Healthy Birth: How to Help Your Hormones Do Their Wonderful Work
Spinning Babies – Optimal fetal positioning
Penny Simpkin’s website – Nurturing Positive Birth Memories Since 1968
Penny Simpkin’s You Tube Channel

PREPARTION FOR LABOUR AND BIRTH

Preferences for this birth (pdf)
Suggested Preparation for Labour, Birth & Postnatal (pdf)
Suggested Homebirth Supplies (pdf)
Hints to Help You With Labour & Birth – BC Women’s
10 Tips for Dads or Partners for Birth

CORD CLAMPING

Delayed Cord Clamping & Resuscitation – Mercer and Erickson-Owens 2014 study (pdf)
Penny Simkin on Delayed Cord Clamping – video demonstration

CORD BLOOD BANKING

Cord Blood Collection – Canadian Blood Services
Cord Blood Banking Information – Healthcord Canada

GROUP B STREP (GBS)

Group B Strep (GBS) (pdf)
Group B Strep (GBS) – Evidence Based Birth
Intrapartum Antibiotics in Labour with Known GBS – Cochrane Review

NEWBORN PROCEDURES

Preventing Ophthalmia Neonatorum – Antibiotic Eye Cream for Newborns, Canadian Paediatric Society
Vitamin K – Evidence Based Birth
Routine Administration of Vitamin K to newborns – Canadian Paediatric Society
Newborn Screening – Perinatal Services BC

PERINEAL MASSAGE

Perineal Massage– from American College of Nurse-Midwives

PLACE OF BIRTH

Home or Hospital? Holding the Space for Human Birth – TEDx talk by Saraswathi Vedam
US Home Birth Study finds low intervention rates – Midwives Alliance of North America
The Home Birth Rebellion
Secondary analysis of the birthplace national prospective cohort study – Perinatal and maternal outcomes in planned home and obstetric unit births in women at ‘higher risk’ of complications (pdf)
Statement on Homebirth – College of Midwives BC
Place of Birth Handbook – College of Midwives BC
Homebirth Annotated Guide to the Literature – Oct 2013 – UBC Midwifery Program (pdf)
The Safety of Homebirth – Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (pdf)
Planned home birth: benefits, risks, and opportunities – International Journal of Women’s Health (pdf)
Choosing Home Birth – video by Association of Ontario Midwives

SKIN-TO-SKIN CONTACT AFTER BIRTH

What is Skin-to-Skin? – Support for Kangaroo Mother Care based on science and evidence
Skin-to-Skin – Support for Kangaroo Mother Care based on science and evidence
Safe Skin-to-Skin Contact – BC Women’s
Journal of Perinatology – Effect of early skin-to-skin contact following normal delivery on incidence of hypothermia

WATERBIRTH

Waterbirth International
Birth Supplies Canada – Birth pools and supplies

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
BREECH POSITION

If Your Baby is Breech? – Power to Push Campaign – BC Women’s Best Birth Clinic
External Cephalic Version for Breech Position – HealthLink BC
Spinning Babies – Optimal fetal positioning
The Lost Art of Breech Birth – Breech Birth Photo Series

CESAREAN BIRTH

Cesarean Birth– Power to Push Campaign – BC Women’s Best Birth Clinic
Preventing the First Cesarean: Don’t go to the hospital too early
Having a Cesarean-in-Awareness – Some thoughts on making peace with your birth should you deliver by cesarean.
Childbirth Connection – C-section birth section includes information, research & tips on things like increasing the likelihood of a vaginal birth, having a safer cesarean delivery and having a satisfying cesarean birth experience.
ICAN – International Cesarean Awareness Network – this highly informative and well-respected organization offers support groups and information on recovery, advocacy and VBAC, Vaginal Birth After Cesarean.
Labor, Interrupted – Cesareans, “cascading interventions,” and finding a sense of balanceHarvard Magazine on the rise of cesarean births in recent decades.
Cesarean Delivery on Maternal Request – The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

POST DATES

When your Pregnancy Goes Past Your Due Date – Association of Ontario Midwives

VBAC – VAGINAL BIRTH AFTER CESAREAN

Power to Push Campaign – BC Women’s Best Birth Clinic
Power to Push Campaign – VBAC Patient Info Booklet – BC Women’s Best Birth Clinic
VBAC.com – A woman-centred, evidence-based resource
VBAC – HealthLink BC
Policy Statement on VBAC’s – College of Midwives BC
Thinking about VBAC – Deciding What’s Right For Me – Association of Ontario Midwives
An Unnecessary Cut – This is a short video on VBAC that was originally posted on The New Yorker website. It is worth the 16 minutes it takes to watch it.

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