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Birth and postpartum support

on February 28th, 2011 at 2:55:04 AM

Doulas: A doula provides non-medical support to a woman giving birth, and/or to the woman and family after the birth. Childbirth Connection offers a lot of information about various types of labor support, including the option of having a friend or family member provide this support. Several organizations offer training and certification to doulas, as well as directories for women looking for a doula in their geographic area. See BirthWorks, DONA International, and CAPPA (Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association). There are also some volunteer doula programs for people in special

An overview of best practices for mothers and babies

on February 23rd, 2011 at 5:27:07 PM

CIMS: Coalition for Improving Maternity Services promotes its "10 Steps of Mother-Friendly Care" -- "a wellness model of maternity care that will improve birth outcomes and substantially reduce costs. This evidence-based mother-, baby-, and family-friendly model focuses on prevention and wellness as the alternatives to high-cost screening, diagnosis, and treatment programs." See their free downloads, including "Having a Baby? Ten Questions to Ask."

The International MotherBaby Childbirth Organization works with birth organizations and experts throughout the world to improve maternity care;

Birth - information and caregivers

on February 23rd, 2011 at 5:23:54 PM

Birthing the Future is the nonprofit organization founded by author, photographer and birth educator/activist Suzanne Arms. With a focus on birth and the mother-baby connection, Arms and her colleagues advocate for not only holistic care but also for exploration of feelings, spirituality and ways of supporting women and families. An eloquent advocate and activist, Arms' work has inspired for decades.   

BirthWorks promotes safe and loving birth experiences through education, introspection and confident action.

Science on the life-long effects of fetal experiences

on October 3rd, 2010 at 2:43:41 PM

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof writes about two new books that focus on the importance of the fetal environment and experiences. The message: take care of pregnant women!