Resources  

Here you will find links to organizations, information, books, documentaries and DVDs that can be helpful to you during pregnancy, as you are planning the type of birth you want, and as you are navigating being a newly-postpartum parent.

Pregnancy

  • Infant Risk Center undergoes research, and provides education and public service through a hotline and publications pertaining to over-the-counter and prescription medication safety for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.

  • Spinning Babies is an approach to optimize the physical relationship between the bodies of the mother and the baby to ease the discomforts of pregnancy and enhance the birth experience. The Doula Experience offers Spinning Babies parent classes.

  • Webster Chiropractic Technique – find information about, and a chiropractor certified in, the Webster Technique at ICPA, which proactively assists in optimal fetal positioning and can help to resolve a breech. The Doula Experience can also give personal referrals.

Childbirth Organizations

  • Childbirth Connection is a trustworthy resource for up-to-date evidence-based information on planning for pregnancy, labor and birth, and the postpartum period. Read the Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing report.

  • Evidence Based Birth has a mission to improve birth outcomes worldwide by promoting evidence based birth practices among consumers and clinicians. Highest-quality research is written as short practice bulletins, which can be used by consumers, childbirth educators and doulas. The Doula Experience offers workshops for parents and professionals.

  • Lamaze for Parents provides a wealth of information and resources for parents during pregnancy, as they are preparing for birth, and for after baby arrives. Sign up for their Giving Birth with Confidence blog, access their video library and take advantage of multiple other resources.

Cesarean and VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean)

  • ICAN of Greater Cleveland is a local chapter of the International Cesarean Awareness Network that provides monthly meetings, information and support to families healing from cesarean surgery, planning a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) or preparing for their first or subsequent birth experience.

  • VBAC.com provides childbearing people and maternity care professionals access to evidence-based resources, educational materials, and support for VBAC and cesarean prevention.

  • VBACfacts.com provides education on VBAC.

Midwifery

  • American College of Nurse Midwives is a professional organization for certified nurse midwives and certified midwives. Their companion website, Our Moment of Truth provides information and resources about midwifery care to consumers.

  • Midwives Alliance of North America has the goal to unify and strengthen the profession of midwifery, thereby improving the quality of health care for women, babies, and communities. Find information and resources about midwifery and homebirth here.

  • Ohio Midwives Alliance is a professional organization of Ohio midwives and their advocates who recognize and support the practice of midwifery in all settings. Referrals to homebirth midwives can be found here.

Breastfeeding

Postpartum


Recommended Books

Many of these titles are available from The Doula Experience lending library.

Natural Childbirth / Informed Consumerism

  • Birth Book (Sears)

  • The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Partners, Doulas and Other Labor Companions (Simkin)

  • Birth Your Way (Kitzinger)

  • Birthing From Within (England)

  • Born in the Bed You Were Made (James)

  • Born in the USA (Wagner)

  • Creating a Joyful Birth Experience (Cappachione & Bardsley)

  • Creating Your Birth Plan (Wagner)

  • The Doula Book (Klaus, et al.)

  • Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom is Wrong—And What You Really Need to Know, updated 2019 (Oster)

  • Gentle Birth Choices (Harper) (also DVD)

  • Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering (Buckley)

  • Having a Baby Naturally (O'Mara)

  • Homebirth (Kitzinger)

  • HypnoBirthing: The Mongan Method (Mongan)

  • Ina May's Guide to Childbirth (Gaskin)

  • Journey Into Motherhood (Menelli)

  • Natural Hospital Birth (Gabriel)

  • The New Pregnancy & Childbirth: Choices and Challenges (Kitzinger)

  • The Official Lamaze Guide (Lothian & DeVries)

  • Optimal Care in Childbirth (Goer & Romano)

  • Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn: The Complete Guide (Simkin, et al.)

  • Pushed (Block)

VBAC / Cesarean Prevention

  • Cut, Stapled, & Mended (Rosewood)

  • Open Season (Cohen)

  • Silent Knife (Cohen & Estner)

  • The Caesarean (Odent)

  • The VBAC Companion (Korte)

  • Understanding the Dangers of Cesarean Birth (Jukelevics)

Breastfeeding

  • Balancing Breast & Bottle: Reaching Your Breastfeeding Goals (Peterson & Harmer)

  • Bestfeeding (Renfrew, et al.)

  • Breastfeeding Made Simple (Kendall-Tackett & Mohrbacher)

  • The Breastfeeding Mother's Guide to Making More Milk (West & Marasco)

  • The Nursing Mother's Companion (Huggins)

  • The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding (West & Pitman)

  • Working and Breastfeeding Made Simple (Mohrbacher)

Baby:

  • Bonding (Kennell & Klaus)

  • Happiest Baby on the Block (Karp) (also DVD)

  • The Baby Book (Sears)

  • The Wonder Weeks (deRijt & Plooij)

  • Your Amazing Newborn (Klaus & Klaus)

Postpartum:

  • Down Came the Rain (My Journey Through Postpartum Depression) (Shields)

  • How to Heal a Bad Birth (Bruijn & Gould)

  • Overcoming Postpartum Depression and Anxiety (Sebastian)

  • Rebounding from Childbirth (Madsen)

  • The Hidden Feelings of Motherhood (Kendall-Tackett)

  • How to Heal a Bad Birth: Making Sense, Making Peace & Moving On (Bruijn & Gould)

  • The Year After Childbirth (Kitzinger)

  • This Isn't What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression (Kleiman & Davis Raskin)

  • Transformed by Postpartum Depression (Karraa)

  • Traumatic Childbirth (Tatano Beck, Watson Driscoll & Watson)


Recommended DVDs and Documentaries

Natural Childbirth / Informed Consumerism

  • Comfort Measures for Childbirth (DVD)

  • The Face of Birth (documentary)

  • The Business of Being Born (DVD)

  • The Essential Ingredient: Doula (documentary)

  • Gentle Birth Choices (Harper) (DVD—also book)

  • Giving Birth in America (documentary)

  • It's My Body, My Baby, My Birth (DVD)

  • Laboring Under an Illusion (DVD)

  • More Business of Being Born(DVDs)

  • Orgasmic Birth: The Best Kept Secret (DVD)

  • Pregnant in America (documentary)

  • Spinning Babies Parent Class (DVD — also taught by The Doula Experience)

  • These Are My Hours (documentary)

  • What Babies Want (DVD)

  • Why Not Home? (documentary)

VBAC / Cesarean Prevention

  • The VBAC Dilemma (More Business of Being Born DVD 4)

Baby / Breastfeeding

  • BabyBabyOhBaby (DVD)

  • The First Hour of Life (Klaus) (DVD)

  • The Happiest Baby on the Block (Karp) (DVD—also book)

  • Latch 1, 2, 3: Troubleshooting Breastfeeding (DVD)

  • Microbirth (documentary)

Postpartum

  • Dark Side of the Full Moon (documentary)

  • When the Bough Breaks (documentary)