Book Recommendations*

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Ina May's Guide to Childbirth

https://www.amazon.com/Ina-Mays-Guide-Childbirth-Gaskin/dp/0553381156

The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth by Sheila Kitzinger

https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Book-Pregnancy-Childbirth-Revised/dp/0375710477

 

Pushed by Jennifer Block

https://www.amazon.com/Pushed-Painful-Childbirth-Modern-Maternity/dp/0738211664/ref=asc_df_0738211664/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=266076169372&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=10638291360737346229&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9021750&hvtargid=pla-448836445806&psc=1

The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin

https://www.amazon.com/Birth-Partner-Completely-Revised-Updated/dp/1558328807

The Doula Book by Klaus, Kennel & Klaus

https://www.amazon.com/Doula-Book-Companion-Healthier-Lawrence/dp/0738215066/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+doula+book&qid=1563741198&s=books&sr=1-1

Active Birth by Janet Balaskas

https://www.amazon.com/Active-Birth-Approach-Giving-Naturally/dp/1558320385/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=active+birth&qid=1563741303&s=books&sr=1-2

The Vaccine Book by Dr. Sears

https://www.amazon.com/Vaccine-Book-Decision-Parenting-Library/dp/0316180521/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1ZO63BZXYN9&keywords=the+vaccine+book&qid=1563741325&s=books&sprefix=the+vaccine+%2Cstripbooks%2C156&sr=1-1

The Attachment Parenting Book by Dr. Sears

https://www.amazon.com/Attachment-Parenting-Book-Commonsense-Understanding/dp/0316778095/ref=sr_1_3?crid=1ZYBHK8FK1XWZ&keywords=attachment+parenting+book&qid=1563741344&s=books&sprefix=attachement+parent%2Cstripbooks%2C179&sr=1-3

The First Forty Days by Heng Ou

https://www.amazon.com/Attachment-Parenting-Book-Commonsense-Understanding/dp/0316778095/ref=sr_1_3?crid=1ZYBHK8FK1XWZ&keywords=attachment+parenting+book&qid=1563741344&s=books&sprefix=attachement+parent%2Cstripbooks%2C179&sr=1-3


 

Breastfeeding

HIV and Breastfeeding; 11/5/09

http://www.drmomma.org/2009/11/hiv-and-breastfeeding-fear.html

La Leche League

http://www.llli.org/

Cesarean

Hospital Ratings
http://www.consumerreports.org/health/doctors-hospitals/hospital-ratings.htm

 

Co-Sleeping

Cosleeping and Biological Imperatives: Why Human Babies Do Not and Should Not Sleep Alone; 12/2008
http://neuroanthropology.net/2008/12/21/cosleeping-and-biological-imperatives-why-human-babies-do-not-and-should-not-sleep-alone/

Fathers biologically attuned to their children when sleeping nearby, research reveals
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/09/120907165259.htm

Infant bed-sharing practices and associated risk factors among births and infant deaths in Alaska.; 07/2009-
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19618789

Parent-Infant Sleep Lab of Durham University
https://www.dur.ac.uk/sleep.lab/

Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Lab Articles and Essays
http://cosleeping.nd.edu/articles-and-presentations/articles-and-essays/

Scientific Benefits of Co-Sleeping
http://www.askdrsears.com/topics/health-concerns/sleep-problems/scientific-benefits-co-sleeping?doing_wp_cron=1390992300.5489690303802490234375

Why babies should never sleep alone: A review of the co-sleeping controversy in relation to SIDS, bedsharing and breast feeding
http://cosleeping.nd.edu/assets/31970/

Diet and Exercise

Diastasis Recti
http://diastasisrehab.com/

The Brewer Pregnancy Diet
www.drbrewerpregnancydiet.com/
www.blueribbonbaby.org/

 

Family Planning & The Female Body

Beautiful Cervix Project
http://www.beautifulcervix.com/

Fertility Awareness: Natural Family Planning (NFP)
http://americanpregnancy.org/preventingpregnancy/fertilityawarenessNFP.html

The Menstrual Cycle
http://www.womenshealth.gov/pregnancy/before-you-get-pregnant/menstrual-cycle.html

Family Planning Cost Calculators
http://www.mortgagecalculator.org/helpful-advice/family-planning-tools.php

Fear of Labor/Birth

Reducing fear of birth in U.S. culture: Ina May Gaskin
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=S9LO1Vb54yk

 

General Fact Based Websites

 

Cochrane Report

http://www.cochrane.org/

 

Evidence Based Birth

http://evidencebasedbirth.com/

 

ACOG website

http://www.acog.org/

 

Science & Sensibility

https://www.scienceandsensibility.org

 

Spinning Babies

http://spinningbabies.com/

 

NCBI

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/

Gestational Diabetes (Mellitus)

A Multicenter, Randomized Trial of Treatment for Mild Gestational Diabetes; 10/1/09 
http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa0902430

Diabetes in Pregnancy -
http://diabetes-pregnancy.ca/

Diagnosing Gestational Diabetes: The NIH Consensus Conference; 3/4/13 
http://www.evidencebasedbirth.com/diagnosing-gestational-diabetes-the-nih-consensus-conference-day-1/ 

Effect of Treatment of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus on Pregnancy Outcomes; 6/16/05 
http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa042973#t=articleResults 

Gestational Diabetes
http://www.drbrewerpregnancydiet.com/id33.html

Gestational Diabetes ARCHIVE
http://www.gentlebirth.org/archives/gestdiab.html

Gestational Diabetes and the Glucola Test; 6/14/12
http://www.evidencebasedbirth.com/gestational-diabetes-and-the-glucola-test/ 
 
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Screening Recommendations; 1/14/14
http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf13/gdm/gdmfinalrs.htm

Group B Strep

Group B Strep in Pregnancy: Evidence for Antibiotics and Alternatives; 4/2013
http://evidencebasedbirth.com/groupbstrep/

 

Home Birth

Home Births Up By 20 Percent: Is It Something You Should Consider?; 7/5/11
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/05/home-births-up-by-20_n_890547.html 

New Evidence Confirms Birth Centers Provide Top-Notch Care; 1/31/13
http://www.birthcenters.org/research

Hormones

Michel Odent on "love cocktails" in birth
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcEmuUrdMGU&mid=56

Infant Sleep

Cry It Out: The Potential Dangers of Leaving Your Baby to Cry
http://drbenkim.com/articles-attachment-parenting.html

Baby sleep patterns: A guide for the science-minded
http://www.parentingscience.com/baby-sleep-patterns.html

 

Labor Progress

The purple line as a measure of labor progress: a longitudinal study: 5/20/10
http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2393/10/54?mid=55

The Red/Purple Line: An Alternate Method For Assessing Cervical Dilation Using Visual Cues; 10/9/12
http://www.scienceandsensibility.org/?p=5547

Parenting

Birth and it’s Relation to Parenting; 11/4/12
http://sarahockwell-smith.com/2012/11/04/5-reasons-why-your-birth-can-affect-your-baby-and-your-parenting/

Choosing Not to Have More Children
http://sarahbessey.com/learning-live-ache/

Unicef's Early Childhood Documentary

https://www.videocamp.com/en/movies/o-comeco-da-vida/

 

Pitocin in Labor

Study Finds Adverse Effects of Pitocin in Newborns; 5/7/13
http://www.acog.org/About_ACOG/News_Room/News_Releases/2013/Study_Finds_Adverse_Effects_of_Pitocin_in_Newborns

 

Positions for Labor

Mile Circuit-Positioning Baby
http://sharonmuza.com/resources/miles-circuit-positioning-baby/

 

Natural (Normal) Childbirth

Yale researcher finds natural childbirth activates protein related to brain development; 8/31/12
http://www.nhregister.com/general-news/20120831/yale-researcher-finds-natural-childbirth-activates-protein-related-to-brain-development?mobredir=false

Variations

The Anterior Cervical Lip: how to ruin a perfectly good birth; 1/22/11
http://midwifethinking.com/2011/01/22/the-anterior-cervical-lip-how-to-ruin-a-perfectly-good-birth/

Ultrasound

American Institute Of Ultrasound In Medicine Official Statements
http://www.aium.org/resources/statements.aspx

Clinical and patient estimation of fetal weight vs. ultrasound estimation; 03/2009
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11933683

Issues in Pregnancy Dating: Revisiting the Evidence; 2009
http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/703501_3

Routine doppler ultrasound in pregnancy; 2007
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10796262

Sensitivity of routine ultrasound screening of pregnancies in the Eurofetus database; 06/1998
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9668704

Safety Assurance in Obstetrical Ultrasound; 4/1/09
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2390856/

Ultrasound for fetal assessment in early pregnancy; 2000
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10796174

Ultrasound Scans: Cause for Concern; 11/2002
http://www.motherandchildhealth.com/Prenatal/sarah/ultrasound.html

WHO Ultrasound for fetal assessment in early pregnancy; 09/2011
http://apps.who.int/rhl/pregnancy_childbirth/fetal_disorders/prenatal_diagnosis/cd007058_belizanjm_com/en/

 

VBAC (and HBAC)

Homebirth after Cesarean: The Myth and the Reality; 2008
http://www.midwiferytoday.com/articles/homebirthaftercesarean.asp

International Cesarean Awareness Network
http://www.ican-online.org/

VBAC or Repeat C-Section
http://www.childbirthconnection.org/article.asp?ck=10210

VBAC: What ACOG Really Says
http://birthwithoutfearblog.com/2014/01/02/vbac-what-acog-really-says/

Videos Homebirth after Cesarean
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9v7JcSb8tk

 

Waterbirth

http://www.waterbirthsolutions.com/

http://www.waterbirth.org

Here is a list of helpful resources that are considered current & evidence based.  Please feel free to reach out to us if there is specific information you would like on these topics or if there is anything else we can help you navigate by finding good fact & data based  websites or materials.

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