Resources

Movies 

The Business of Being Born 

In this classic 2007 documentary, Rikki Lake explores the business of birth in the United States.

Microbirth 

This 2014 documentary takes a look at the microscopic events of childbirth and how these are influenced by current care standards in the United States.

Why Not Home?

This documentary from 2016 explores why so many doctors, nurses, and other hospital-based providers are choosing to deliver their own babies at home. 

The Milky Way

This is a documentary exposé about breastfeeding in the US. The stated goal of the filmmakers is to “empower [breast/chest-feeding parents] to trust their body, their baby, and themselves in their unique journey.”

Books on Pregnancy

 

Mama Natural's Week by Week Guide to Pregnancy and Birth

by Genevieve Howland
 

The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth

by Sheila Kitzinger

Books on Breastfeeding

 

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding

by Diane Wiessinger, Diana West, and Teresa Pitman (La Leche League)

 

The Breastfeeding Answer Book

by Nancy Mohrbacher, and Julie Stock (La Leche League)

Books on Postpartum Care

 

The First Forty Days

by Heng Ou

 

The Fourth Trimester

by Kimberly Ann Johnson

Websites and Organizations 

Mama Natural: 

A "fun and functional" resource page for all things natural pregnancy, birth, baby, and toddler.​

The Midwives Alliance of North America:

Useful website with information about midwifery generally as well as Certified Professional Midwives. Click through or search for information about the use of this credential in Maryland and other states.

Safe Home Birth:

Hospitals in Portland Oregon are working to make home birth safer and hospital birth more acceptable, unlike most hospitals in the US. Learn more about the practice at this website.

Evidence Based Birth:

​A good resource for discussion of the evidence used to justify current practices.  ​

Spinning Babies: 

Everything you want to know about your baby’s position, how it affects your birth, and what can you do to move your baby prior to birth.

Kelly Mom:

A great resource about breast/chestfeeding and general parenting. Answering all your questions about infant feeding that you didn't think to ask.

 

Waterbirth International:

A website devoted to educating providers, parents, and other birth support personnel about the use of water in labor and birth.

Aviva Romm, MD on Natural Pregnancy:

Herbal remedies for optimal health during pregnancy from an MD, midwife, and herbalist.

Cesarean Rates: 

A state by state compilation of hospital C-section rates to help you use informed consent to choose your hospital.​

Books on Labor and Birth

 

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth

by Ina May Gaskin

 

The Birth Partner

by Penny Simkin

 

Birthing from Within

by Pam England

 

The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth

by Henci Goer

 

Mindful Birthing

by Nancy Bardacke

 

Active Birth

by Janet Balaskas

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