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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. Birthworks offers classes for pregnant women and training for doulas and childbirth educators.

CAPPA (Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association) offers "comprehensive, evidence-based education, certification, professional membership and training to childbirth educators, lactation educators, labor doulas, antepartum doulas and postpartum doulas worldwide." Parents can search for local providers in their online directory. 

Childbirth Connection "promotes safe, effective and satisfying evidence-based maternity care for all women and families." It offers "trustworthy up-to-date evidence-based information and resources on planning for pregnancy, labor and birth, and the postpartum period." There are many resources on their site, see their "Choosing a Pregnancy Caregiver" page for information, book recommendations and links to directories of local midwives, physicians, and obstetricians.

The mission of Lamaze International is "to promote, support and protect natural, safe and healthy birth through education and advocacy through the dedicated efforts of professional childbirth educators, providers and parents."

Sidelines is a nonprofit organization that offers support and information to women and families who are experiencing high-risk pregnancies. They host scheduled online chats and a discusison board.