Resources for Pregnancy
When you’re pregnant, your baby’s wellbeing is the most important consideration in any choices you make. But with new research and information published each week, it can be hard to keep up with current guidelines. I have compiled a list of national and online resources for pregnancy to help you find the information you need to have a happy, healthy pregnancy and make the best choices for you and your baby. Though there is some overlap, broadly speaking, pregnancy-related is at the top and postnatal is towards the bottom of the list.
Hundreds of positive birth stories to enjoy and you can add your own.
More positive birth stories, because you can’t have too many!
Information and resources for homebirth
Information and support for women suffering from pregnancy sickness and hyperemesis gravidarum
Evidence-based guidance for pregnancy and all other aspects of healthcare too.
Evidence-based practice from the midwives’ professional organisation.
Their FAQ page is particularly good.
International organisation with information about pregnancy.
Interesting blog sharing knowledge, evidence and views on midwifery and birth.
Leading organisation for Doulas in the UK, lots of information and a Doula directory.
Support and information about miscarriage.
Effect of prescription, every day and illegal drugs on mum and baby
Practical exercises for improving your baby’s position, including turning breech babies.
Practical advice for women suffering from Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction and/or pelvic pain.
Information about pregnancy in pregnancy and postnatal period with an international directory.
Preventing life-threatening GBS infection in newborn babies.
A Facebook page which supports and provides info for women 40 weeks+
Sara Wickham’s excellent book on the practicalities of induction and how to make decisions that are right for you and your baby.
Evidence-based articles on everything birth and pregnancy.
A free pdf from Doula Kim James, to explain what risk in childbirth is and a simple protocol to assess it.
On Membrane Sweeps
Your Health Your Choices from the NHS.
Directory and information about independent midwives.
Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (RCOG)
Pregnancy, birth and parenting for thinking men and women
Protecting human rights in childbirth
Placenta encapsulation information
Antenatal groups that celebrate positive birth
Great article on how to check dilation without an internal examination.
Telephone support, 9.30am-9.30pm every day.
Information about drugs, support and local group directory.
Tips and advice for struggling mothers
The yellow pages of the sling wearing world.
If you would like to find pregnancy, birth and postnatal experts in the Watford area (you’d be amazed by how well served we are!) then pop over to the local birth experts page. If there are services that you think are great, please add them in the comments.