Association for Pre- & Perinatal Psychology and Health In the last 25 years, the APPPAH community has fundamentally redefined the nature of the human prenate as an aware, communicative and vulnerable being; re-set the starting time for parenthood from after birth to before conception; and revealed the hidden connections between the quality of conception, pregnancy and birth and the quality of individual wellness, public health and a compassionate society. birthpsychology.com
Birthing the Future An inspiration behind the Birth Movement, Suzanne Arms’ second book, Immaculate Deception, was named a New York Times Best Book of the Year and has inspired thousands of midwives, nurses and physicians, as well as parents-tobe. birthingthefuture.org
Birthworks A nonprofit organization with certification programs for childbirth educators and doulas. The programs have an innovative and experiential design embodying a philosophy that develops a woman’s self-confidence, trust and faith in her innate ability to give birth and nurture her child. birthworks.org
Childbirth Solutions This organization informs women worldwide about all of their childbirth options so that they may make choices for the most empowering birth experience possible. childbirthsolutions.com
The Coalition for Improving Maternity Services CIMS promotes a wellness model of maternity care that improves birth outcomes and substantially reduces costs. The evidence-based Mother- Friendly Childbirth Initiative (MFCI) evolved from the collaborative effort of many individuals and more than 26 organizations focused on pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding during meetings spanning nearly three years in the 1990s. motherfriendly.org
International Cesarean Awareness Network Women’s rights, legal advice and advocacy for VBACs (vaginal births after cesareans) are found here. The site also includes a tool to find a local support group or ICAN professional. ican-online.org
International Childbirth Education Association Family-centered maternity care is ICEA’s primary goal and the basis of ICEA philosophy. The birth of a baby represents the birth of a family. Family- centered reproductive care recognizes the importance of these new relationships and responsibilities, and has as its goal the best possible health outcome for all members of the family. icea.org
Doulas of North America DONA is the oldest, largest and most respected doula association in the world. DONA International certification is a widely respected measure of quality and professionalism. DONA is an international, non-profit organization of doulas that strives to have every doula trained to provide the highest standards for birth and postpartum support to birthing women and their families. To that end, we promote continuing education for doulas and provide a strong communication link among doulas and between doulas, expectant families and the medical birthing community. dona.org
International Chiropractic Pediatric Association Articles, organizational resources and videos on the importance of chiropractic care in pregnancy. Members of the ICPA respect and encourage parents to make informed health care decisions throughout pregnancy, birth and childhood. Find an ICPA trained and certified chiropractor here. icpa4kids.org
Great Reads and Websites
Spinning Babies Stories, pictures of poses and articles on yoga for fetal positioning. Spinning Babies is a unique, step-by-step approach to Optimal Fetal Positioning. Certain positions of the baby make labor easier than others. spinningbabies.com
Kellymom Developed to provide evidence based information on breastfeeding, sleep and parenting, at Kellymom you can find forums for interacting with other parents, printable handouts and other valuable resources. kellymom.com
Midwifery Today Born of the need for a unifying force in the midwifery movement, Midwifery Today magazine has been supporting, encouraging and educating midwives and other birth practitioners since 1987. midwiferytoday.com
This article appeared in Pathways to Family Wellness magazine, Issue #23.
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