These books, apps and websites might be useful to have a look at in preparation of the birth and postpartum period. We like them a lot! Our Empowered Birthing Blog and FAQs also contain useful pregnancy, birthing and postpartum information. A good preparation is half the work!
Our Favorite Books
Below you find a collection of our favorite pregnancy, birth and newborn care books. One of the books we in particular recommend is "Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn" by Penny Simkin. Unlike other guides that can overwhelm and alarm by telling everything that can go wrong, this book starts off with describing the normal and healthy processes, their typical variations and the usual care practices for monitoring them. Penny Simkin is one of the founders of DONA International; the world's first and leading doula certifying organization.
For your ease we included the links to these books on Amazon (just hover over them) if you are interested in buying some.
Whether your due date is fast approaching, or you just welcomed your newborn, it can be difficult to keep track of everything - and that is Ok. The good news is that there are many pregnancy, birth and baby apps for new parents. These apps can help you record, track and remember important milestones; for example, help you remember which side you last fed on. Below you find some of the apps we really think are useful.
From left to right: Wonder weeks, Baby Connect, Contraction Timer, Baby Tracker, Huckleberry, Baby Shhh, Expectful, GentleBirth, Headspace
Just hover over the logos and you'll find the links to more information about each of these apps!
Useful Childbirth Websites
If you want to get your facts right, the Evidence Based Birth website provides a lot of useful information. For example, did you know that women that have continuous labor support have a 25 percent lower chance of a cesarean, and for those that rely on a qualified Doula even 39 percent? In some other studies this rate even goes up to 50 percent. We love it when we make a difference!
Online childbirth resource that informs, empowers and inspires expecting parents and birth practitioners to understand the latest, proven evidence-based care practices: Home - Evidence Based Birth®