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.

 

Positive Birth Stories

Hundreds of positive birth stories to enjoy and you can add your own.

 

Tell me a good birth story

More positive birth stories, because you can’t have too many!

 

Homebirth

Information and resources for homebirth

 

Pregnancy Sickness Support

Information and support for women suffering from pregnancy sickness and hyperemesis gravidarum

 

NICE  – National Institute for Health & Care Excellence

Evidence-based guidance for pregnancy and all other aspects of healthcare too.

 

Royal College of Midwives

Evidence-based practice from the midwives’ professional organisation.

 

AIMS – Association for Improvements in Maternity Services 

Their FAQ page is particularly good.

 

WHO – World Health Organisation

International organisation with information about pregnancy.

 

Midwife thinking

Interesting blog sharing knowledge, evidence and views on midwifery and birth.

 

Doula UK

Leading organisation for Doulas in the UK, lots of information and a Doula directory.

 

Miscarriage Association

Support and information about miscarriage.

 

Spinning Babies

Practical exercises for improving your baby’s position, including turning breech babies.

 

The Pelvic Partnership

Practical advice for women suffering from Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction and/or pelvic pain.

 

WellMother

Information about pregnancy in pregnancy and postnatal period with an international directory.

 

Group B Strep Support 

Preventing life-threatening GBS infection in newborn babies.

 

Ten Month Mamas

A Facebook page which supports and provides info for women 40 weeks+

 

Inducing Labour: Making Informed Decisions

Sara Wickham’s excellent book on the practicalities of induction and how to make decisions that are right for you and your baby.

 

Sara Wickham

Evidence-based articles on everything birth and pregnancy.

 

Understanding Risk

A free pdf from Doula Kim James,  to explain what risk in childbirth is and a simple protocol to assess it.

 

On Membrane Sweeps

Here’s Sara Wickam explaining what a stretch and sweep is and this is Gloria Lemay on the same subject.

 

NHS Choices 

Your Health Your Choices from the NHS.

 

Independent Midwife Association

Directory and information about independent midwives.

 

RCOG

Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (RCOG)

 

BellyBelly

Pregnancy, birth and parenting for thinking men and women

 

Birth Rights

Protecting human rights in childbirth

 

Placenta Network

Placenta encapsulation information

 

Positive Birth Movement

Antenatal groups that celebrate positive birth

 

Birthing Without Fear

Great article on how to check dilation without an internal examination.

 

National breastfeeding helpline

Telephone support, 9.30am-9.30pm every day.

 

The Breastfeeding Network

Information about drugs, support and local group directory.

 

La Leche League

Breastfeeding support

 

Sling Pages

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.

 

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