Lamaze International http://www.lamaze.org/
The Lamaze Healthy Birth Practices help simplify your birth process with a
natural approach that helps alleviate your fears and manage pain. Regardless of
your baby’s size, your labor’s length and complexity, or your confidence level,
these care practices will help keep labor and your baby’s birth as safe and
healthy as possible.
The Bradley Method http://www.bradleybirth.com/
The Bradley Method® series is designed for small classes with lots of individual
attention. The standard length is 12 weeks covering 12 units of instruction. The
Student Workbook is included with classes. It has over 130 pages with over 75
pictures and illustrations. Your local teacher of The Bradley Method® is an
independent affiliated instructor.
HypnoBirthing® is a simple, straightforward program, thoughtfully developed over
the years to remind mothers of the simplicity of birth itself. Just as the
majority of birthing women do not need interventions and procedures for safe and
healthy birth, they do not need a complex set of exercises and scripts to
prepare themselves for peaceful, calm and comfortable birthing. The birthing
body and the baby know just what to do. Mongan Method HypnoBirthing® is designed
to teach women to trust in Nature’s way of birth and to relax and let their
bodies do what is needed.
Hypnobabies is a very successful 6 week, 3-hours per week, complete childbirth
education course that was adapted with permission from Gerald Kein’s “Painless
Childbirth Program” techniques rather than using simple relaxation, breathing or
guided imagery. This allows our Hypno-Moms to enjoy “eyes-open childbirth
hypnosis”, easily remaining deeply in hypnosis while walking, talking and
changing positions; being as mobile as they would like to be during childbirth.
The Alexander Technique in Natural Childbirth http://www.alexandertechnique.com/articles/childbirth/
Childbirth is a very finely-tuned involuntary process. It is regulated by a
series of signals exchanged between the mother’s brain and the rest of her body.
The contractions of the uterus are controlled by the secretion of appropriate
hormones during each of the three phases of labour: dilation of the cervix,
birth, and birth of the placenta. This physiological-chemical process (which
also has important psychological aspects) can easily be disrupted by any outside
interference. It is frequently observed and well documented that labour may halt
altogether when a woman gets emotionally disturbed.
Mothers Naturally http://www.mothersnaturally.org/naturalPregnancy/index.php
Natural pregnancy includes creating an internal and external environment of
healthy, positive elements: healthy eating, appropriate exercise, listening to
positive birth stories, gathering knowledge, planning the ideal care, and
partnering with a caregiver who can lead you through each step safely and
confidently. This caregiver can be a midwife.
The Mother Magazine http://www.themothermagazine.co.uk/
Every aspect of natural parenting is explored; fertility awareness, conception,
peaceful pregnancy, gentle childbirth, full term breastfeeding, co-sleeping,
natural immunity, attachment parenting, education, parenting teenagers, and
finally, nurturing one’s self on the path of motherhood.
Mothering Magazine http://www.mothering.com
Natural family living magazine
Sacred Pregnancy Magazine http://www.sacredpregnancy.com/magazine/
Sacred Pregnancy is an independently published quarterly magazine packed with
cutting edge soulful information on pregnancy, birth, mothering, and everything
Mothers Naturally http://mothersnaturally.org/
Celebrate the journey of pregnancy.
Cherish a woman’s natural ability to nourish a healthy pregnancy and birth.
Create your ideal birth environment and be supported physically and emotionally.
Discover the safe personal care of a midwife.
Home Sweet Homebirth http://www.midwives.net/hsh/video.html
A Video about Midwives and Homebirth in America. Great video!
Waterbirth International www.waterbirth.org
Find up to date information at Waterbirth International’s site and register your
By registering you can help provide data that will be extremely valuable in
promoting the safety and efficacy of waterbirth!
In His Hands www.InHisHands.com
Birth supplies for the midwife and homebirthing family. This is where you can
purchase your birth kit. Just enter the name BioBirth to find a birth kit
specially put together for our practice.
La Leche League International http://www.llli.org/
International support for breastfeeding mothers.
VBAC Facts! http://vbacfacts.com/13-myths-about-vbac/
Jen Kamel brings together the latest information and research in an easy to read
format for any mother considering a vaginal birth after a previous
cesarean. Many women believe that the only safe choice after a cesarean is
another cesarean. Social pressure plays a huge role in a woman’s decision making
process and the prevailing American conventional wisdom is greatly influenced by
persistent and pervasive myths about vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). The
result is a 92% repeat cesarean rate in America (1) despite the fact that most
women are candidates for VBAC and most VBACs are successful. Let’s draw a
clear line between myth and fact.
The International Cesarean Awareness Network, Inc (ICAN) was
formed over 25 years ago in order to support women in their journey towards
understanding the risks of cesarean section and with the purpose of helping them
have healthy births and healthy lives after undergoing the surgery that changed
Breech Birth http://www.breechbabies.com/
Heads Up! All about Breech Babies! This site was developed so that families
expecting a breech baby have a place to come to get a great deal of information
regarding the dynamics of birthing breech.
March of Dimes http://www.marchofdimes.com/
Non-profit dedicated to improving the health of babies by preventing birth
defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
Homebirth Dads http://homebirthdads.com/about.htm
This innovative video production presents unique insights about homebirthing
from the point of view of dads who have already experienced it. In this video a
cross section of dads candidly answer questions about their concerns and
considerations. Men considering home birth rarely have the opportunity to ask
other men about their experiences, this video bridges that gap and allows you to
get the answers that you are seeking from the comfort of your home. The perfect
video for anyone considering a home birth.
The Business of Being Born http://www.thebusinessofbeingborn.com/
A documentary film from executive producer Ricki Lake and director Abbey
Texans for Midwifery http://www.tfmidwifery.org/
Non-profit consumer group supporting midwifery in Texas.
Citizens for Midwifery http://cfmidwifery.org/index.aspx
Citizens for Midwifery – the only national consumer-based group promoting
the Midwives Model of Care! CfM works to provide information and resources that
promote the local midwife, as well as midwives and midwifery care across the
Foundation for the Advancement of Midwifery http://www.formidwifery.org/
To improve the health status of women, babies and families by increasing
awareness of and access to the midwifery model of care. This mission is
accomplished through the funding of education, research and public policy
The Association of Texas Midwives http://texasmidwives.com/
ATM works hard to represent the interests of midwives all across the state of
Texas. We keep a close eye on legislation, and attend meetings of the Texas
Department of Health Midwifery Board to be sure the needs of Texas midwives are
communicated. Through the help of their Regional Directors, ATM members are able
to keep informed of current issues. Every member is encouraged to express
her/his concerns to the ATM Board of Directors and to the Midwifery Program.
Please consider joining ATM today!
Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) http://www.mana.org/
MANA is a professional organization for all midwives recognizing the diversity
of educational backgrounds and practice styles within the profession. MANA’s
goal is to unify and strengthen the profession of midwifery, thereby improving
the quality of health care for women, babies, and communities. MANA also
welcomes student and midwifery advocate members as another valuable part of the
North American Registry of Midwives http://www.narm.org/
The North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) is an international certification
agency whose mission is to establish and administer certification for the
credential “Certified Professional Midwife” (CPM). CPM certification validates
entry-level knowledge, skills, and experience vital to responsible midwifery
practice. This international certification process encompasses multiple
educational routes of entry including apprenticeship, self-study, private
midwifery schools, college- and university- based midwifery programs, and
nurse-midwifery. Created in 1987 by the Midwives’ Alliance of North America
(MANA), NARM is committed to identifying standards and practices that reflect
the excellence and diversity of the independent midwifery community in order to
set the standard for North American midwifery.
Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC) http://www.meacschools.org/
The Midwifery Education Accreditation Council’s mission is to promote excellence
in midwifery education through accreditation. It creates standards and criteria
for the education of midwives. MEAC standards incorporate the nationally
recognized core competencies and guiding principles set by the Midwives Alliance
of North America and the requirements for national certification of the North
American Registry of Midwives.