Links and Tips
A doula or birth buddy can make a huge difference in your birth experience.
www.doula.org.uk This is the Doula UK network with lots of helpful info and advice on choosing a doula etc.
www.apni.org Association for Post-Natal Illness (APNI), Post Natal Depression, Baby blues with a free Helpline.
www.cry-sis.org.uk Cry-sis charity for parents who are struggling to cope with crying babies.
http://www.lullabytrust.org.uk/ provides specialist support for bereaved families and promotes expert advice on safer baby sleep.
www.handsonbabies.co.uk/benefits information on baby massage and its benefits.
www.livingwithreflux.org great source of information and has checklists to help you understand if your baby’s reflux is an issue.
www.capt.org.uk The CAPT (Child Accident Prevention Trust) how to prevent accidents and safety in the home.
www.bliss.org.uk Bliss the special care baby charity, provides vital support and care to premature and sick babies across the UK.
www.oneworldbirth.net An online global video resource and documentary featuring the world’s biggest birth experts dedicated to making birth better around the world.
www.hipdysplasia.org The International Hip Dysplasia Insitutue has lots of information on adult and infant dysplasia and a particularly good information leaflet on swaddling babies safely.
If you are planning a caesarean or wanting to go for a vaginal birth after a caesarean (VBAC) then here are some useful links for you.
http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/caesarean-section/Pages/Introduction.aspx the NHS no nonsense pages explaining what a c-section is.
http://blog.ican-online.org/ the official blog of the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) – a vibrant and growing network of mother-to-mother volunteers, passionate advocates and women who care deeply about the state of birth today.
http://www.theunnecesarean.com provides information about preventing an unnecessary cesarean and resources for making fully-informed decisions about childbirth.
www.abm.me.uk a breastfeeding charity supporting nursing mothers site has lots of great info.
www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk Great breastfeeding site with really useful downloads and info
www.breastfeeding.com good breastfeeding site.
www.realbabymilk.org good feeding site with great hand expressing information.
www.laleche.org.uk A brilliant site positioned as friendly mother-to-mother breastfeeding support from pregnancy through to weaning.
www.bestbeginnings.org.uk/watch-fbtb Great DVD From Bump to Breastfeeding which can be watched in chapters or in its entirety. Chapter 4 has some very clear diagrams/footage of a baby latching on.
http://www.thebirthiwant.org.uk/ The campaign by mums to ensure the Government makes midwifery care and birth the best experience it can be, for every mum.
http://www.aims.org.uk/ Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services.
http://www.midwifery.org.uk/ Primarily a support group for people having difficulty in getting or giving good sympathetic, personalised midwifery care.
http://www.independentmidwives.org.uk/ lobbying for the traditional role of the midwife and for insurance for independent midwives.
http://neighbourhoodmidwives.org.uk/ a dynamic new organisation whose ultimate goal is to make a real difference to maternity care in England.
http://www.positivebirthmovement.org/ a place for ALL pregnant women – regardless of their background, experience or choices – to come together and share experiences, thoughts, feelings and insight about childbirth.
http://tellmeagoodbirthstory.com/ spreading positive birth experiences and offering free birth buddys.
http://www.m4m.org.uk/ We want every woman to have a midwife that she can get to know and trust.
http://pndandme.co.uk Wonderful website by a Mum to support others mums and raise awareness of PND runs #PNDHour and #PNDChat
http://apni.org The association for post-natal illness offering support and advice 0207 386 0868
http://www.pni.org.uk Website and Forum run by sufferers and past sufferers (survivors) of Post Natal Illness (PNI)
http://www.pandasfoundation.org.uk Pre and post natal depression advice and support 0843 28 98 401
http://www.samaritans.org You can call the Samaritans any time for any problem on their helpline 08457 909090