A well-prepared foundation is the catalyst that propels you towards an empowered childbirth and postpartum journey! A father of a couple we supported described the importance of preparation perfectly:
"In cases of natural birth, the father's involvement is crucial. Techniques and positions that help ease the mother's pain and facilitate the birthing process require the father to be healthy and fit. Our doula recognized the significance of my well-being and preparedness, providing valuable resources and personalized support. Her extensive expertise allowed me to participate actively, offering much-needed comfort and assistance to my partner. The doula's guidance and encouragement transformed me into a capable and confident birth partner, empowering me to actively contribute to our child's birth." - Omeed -
When pregnant, it's important to get trustworthy info to make informed choices about your health and your baby's well-being. It is natural to have questions and concerns during this remarkable process. Our resources offer valuable information on giving birth, various options, pain management, and strategies for a smooth delivery. But our support doesn't end there. We recognize that the time after giving birth can be both joyous and challenging.
By offering trustworthy and comprehensive information, we aim to alleviate any anxieties or uncertainties you may have. We believe that being well-informed is essential for making the best choices for yourself and your baby's well-being.
Therefore, we carefully curated a collection of recommended books, apps, and websites that are trusted sources of knowledge. These resources cover a wide range of topics, including prenatal care, nutrition, exercise, and emotional well-being. Whether you prefer to read a book, use an app, or browse through a website, we have something for everyone.
Enjoy exploring the childbirth and newborn care resources below!
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. This book is different from others because it doesn't focus on what can go wrong. Instead, it explains the normal and healthy processes, their variations, and how to monitor them. Her other excellent book is "The Birth Partner" - a must-read for partners who want to be truly helpful during childbirth. Penny Simkin is one of the founders of DONA International; the world's first and leading doula certifying organization.
"Welcome to Fatherhood" is book that takes the interesting father's perspective. It discusses the difficulties that modern expectant fathers encounter when they try to support their pregnant partners. In addition it also makes sure there is some fun along the way :-)
We added links to these pregnancy, birth and newborn care books on Amazon for your convenience. Hover over them if you want to buy some.
If your due date is approaching or you recently had a baby, it can be difficult to remember everything. And that's perfectly fine. The good news is that there are many pregnancy, birth and baby apps for new parents. These apps can assist in recording and tracking important milestones, such as remembering 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
Each of these apps have their own purpose and features.
With Wonder Weeks, you can track your baby's development. Baby Connect helps you record and monitor everything your child does, like their nap duration, food intake, and first steps.
Headspace is an app for meditation and sleep. It helps you relax and get the rest you need. People use the Contraction Timer app to track contractions during childbirth. You can find more information about these apps by hovering over their logos.
Useful Childbirth Websites
If you want to get your facts right, the Evidence Based Birth website provides a lot of useful information. Did you know that women with continuous labor support have a 25% lower chance of a cesarean? And for those who have a qualified Doula, the chance is even lower at 39%. Overall, research indicates that people who received continuous Doula support were more likely to have spontaneous vaginal births. They may not have pain medication, epidurals, negative feelings about childbirth, vacuum or forceps-assisted births, or Cesareans. We love it when we make a difference!
This website caters to pregnant individuals and birth professionals. Its purpose is to provide information and help them feel confident in using the most current and effective care methods: Home - Evidence Based Birth®
We also encourage you to explore our Empowered Birthing Blog and take advantage of the wealth of information it offers. Just to give some examples, one specific topic that our blog covers is TOLAC, which stands for Trial of Labor After Cesarean. Another blog offers practical tips on how to keep your baby warm, which is crucial for their comfort and well-being.
Our goal is to provide trustworthy information. This information will assist women in making informed decisions and feeling confident during this crucial period in their lives.
Explore these useful childbirth websites and make a difference in your pregnancy journey!
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