“The moment a child is born,
the mother is also born.
She never existed before.
The woman existed, but the mother, never.
A mother is something absolutely new.”
Produced by actress Rikki Lake and filmmaker Abby Epstein “The film interlaces intimate birth stories with surprising historical, political and scientific insights and shocking statistics about the current maternity care system. When director Epstein discovers she is pregnant during the making of the film, the journey becomes even more personal.” A must see film for all expecting parents.
Listed as “ Ricki Lake’s community for people to share experiences and options about pregnancy, natural birth and holistic parenting.” Features webisodes and video.
Excellent resource for information on natural childbirth.
“gentlebirth.org is dedicated to providing information that will help families have the best birth possible – a safe, gentle, positive birth experience that supports happy, healthy families. The site was created and is maintained by Ronnie Falcao, LM MS, a homebirth midwife in Mountain View, California.” The site also includes an archive of midwife anecdotes.
Article from Midwifery Today about labor drugs.
From Time Magazine, an article about giving birth at home.
From the Journal of Perinatal Education, a discussion on natural childbirth.
Dona International – An association of doulas. Find a doula near you and read about current topics in doula care.
Classic Keepsake Kit
Here’s a fun way to put a personal spin on Baby’s First Ornament. Commemorate your child’s first holiday (not to mention how tiny they once were) with this special ornament bearing their hand or foot print. Click on image to order.
American College of Nurse-Midwives explains the role of a midwife and has a search service.
“Joyous, sensuous and revolutionary, Orgasmic Birth brings the ultimate challenge to our cultural myths by inviting viewers to see the emotional, spiritual, and physical heights attainable through birth. Witness the passion as birth is revealed as an integral part of woman’s sexuality and a neglected human right.”
Things to consider when choosing a medical facility.
Website dedicated to c-section recovery – physical and emotional.
A site that “provides childbearing women and maternity care professionals access to research-based information, resources, continuing education and support for VBAC* (vaginal birth after cesarean). “
A discussion on c-sections by Michael and Pascal Odent.
Sample birth plans to help you compose the birth you desire.
From the Birthing from Within approach.
Interesting discussion on birth shock.
“Solace for Mothers is an organization designed for the sole purpose of providing and creating support for women who have experienced childbirth as traumatic.”
A beautiful excerpt from The Mind of Your Newborn baby by David B. Chamberlain, Ph.D.
Lot’s of interesting information.