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

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
One World Birth – FREE online videos about birth, maternal/child health
Penny Simpkin’s website – Nurturing Positive Birth Memories Since 1968
Penny Simpkin’s You Tube Channel

PREPARTION FOR LABOUR AND BIRTH

Hints to help You With Labour & Birth – From BC Women’s Hospital
10 Tips for Dads or Partners for Birth

CORD CLAMPING

Delayed Cord Clamping & Resuscitation – Mercer and Erickson-Owens 2014 study (pdf)
Cord around the neck – What parents & practitioners should know
Penny Simkin on Delayed Cord Clamping – video demonstration

CORD BLOOD BANKING

Cord Blood Collection – from Canadian Blood Services
Cord Blood Banking Information – from the Cord Blood Center
Cord Blood Guide – from the Cord Blood Center

GROUP B STREP (GBS)

Group B Strep (GBS)
Group B Strep (GBS) – Evidence Based Birth
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
Jaundice
Circumcision Information – Caring For Kids: The Canadian Paediatrics Society
Circumcision Position Statement – The Canadian Paediatrics Society
Child Circumcision: An Elephant in the Hospital – a tutorial of the social and medical history of circumcision by Ryan McAllister, PhD

PERINEAL MASSAGE

Perineal Massage– from American College of Nurse-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
Journal of Perinatology – Effect of early skin-to-skin contact following normal delivery on incidence of hypothermia

TENS MACHINE RENTAL

TENS Machine Rental – Will ship Canada-wide

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
A Retrospective Cohort Study – Outcome of Planned Home and Hospital Births among Low-Risk Women in Iceland in 2005–2009
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

WATERBIRTH

Waterbirth International
Passage Midwifery – Single-use birth pools
All About Birth Boutique – Birth pools and supplies
Midwifery Supplies – Birth pools and supplies

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
BREECH POSITION

Breech baby options – BC Women’s Best Birth Clinic
Breech position, external cephalic version – healthlink BC
Spinning Babies – Optimal fetal positioning
The Lost Art of Breech Birth – Breech Birth Photo Series

CESAREAN BIRTH

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 – Cesarean 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 – (pdf) The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

POST DATES

Post-dates Pregnancy – pdf

VBAC – VAGINAL BIRTH AFTER CESAREAN

VBAC – Power to Push Campaign
VBAC – BC Women’s Best Birth Clinic
VBAC Patient Info Booklet – BC Women’s Best Birth Clinic (pdf)
VBAC.com – A woman-centred, evidence-based resource
VBAC – healthlink BC
VBAC Guidelines – College of Midwives BC
Thinking about VBAC – Deciding What’s Right For Me – pdf
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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