someone searching for info. but not knowing where to find it! Everyone else please feel free to add any websites you may have also!
Finding a Doula or Midwife:
www.ACNM.org - Nurse Midwives
www.cfmidwifery.org - Citizens For Midwifery
http://www.childbirthprofessional.com/ - CAPPA
http://ca.geocities.com/volunteerdoulas/ - International Volunteer Doulas
www.DONA.org - Doulas of North America
http://www.birthlove.com/anti-vbac.html - VBAC Hostile and Friendly Hospitals & Midwives
http://www.socalbirth.org/resource/question.htm - Questions to Ask Possible Birth Attendant
Websites on the Safety of VBAC:
http://www.parentsplace.com/expert/b...0547-1,00.html - A closer look at the 2002 JAMA study
http://www.storknet.com/cubbies/vbac/4studies.htm - Summary of the 4 largest VBAC/Cesarean Studies
http://www.vbac.com/uterine.html - Info on uterine rupture
Finding Your Own Studies:
After the Cesarean:
http://www.plus-size-pregnancy.org/C...ercesarean.htm - Nursing after a cesarean
http://www.plus-size-pregnancy.org/C...h%20Experience - Emotional Recovery from a Cesarean
http://birthrites.edsite.com.au/ - Birthrites - Healing After A Cesarean
http://www.ican-online.org/about/chapters.php - ICAN chapters around the USA
General Info. About Cesareans and VBACs:
http://www.gentlebirth.org/archives/icanvbac.html - Midwives Archives (ICAN/VBAC/CSEC)
www.ican-online.org - Int'l Cesarean Awareness Network
www.birthlove.com/free/safe.html - Birthlove - VBAC is Safe!
http://www.plus-size-pregnancy.org/C...after_2_cs.htm - VBAC after 2 or more cesareans
Planning Your VBAC:
http://www.motherstuff.com/html/midwife-cesarean.html - cesarean info in the interest of prevention
http://www.naturalchildbirth.org/nat...exercise01.htm - uterine exercise for a thin uterus
http://members.aol.com/MthrluvOK/labortim.html - Pain in Labor Doesnt Have to be Intolerable
http://www.midwifeinfo.com/topic-epidurals.php - Risks of Epidurals
www.unhinderedliving.com/childbirth.html - Online Childbirth Class
http://www.vbac.com/benefits/whyconsider.html - Why Consider A VBAC?
www.childbirth.org/section/VBAC.html - VBAC checklist
http://www.ican-online.org/resources..._checklist.htm - another checklist from ICAN
http://www.ican-online.org/resources..._checklist.htm - Things You Can Do to Avoid an Unnecessary Cesarean
http://www.ican-online.org/resources.../wp_pharma.htm - VBAC and Induction: Help or Hindrance?
http://www.plus-size-pregnancy.org/C...vbacindex.html - Cesarean and VBAC FAQ
http://www.naturalchildbirth.org/nat...prebirth09.htm - Preventing A Herpes Flareup
http://www.gentlebirth.org/archives/herpes.html - more about herpes and birth
http://www.naturalchildbirth.org/nat...or/labor03.htm - Perineal Tear Prevention
http://www.gentlebirth.org/archives/...rotection.html - Avoiding Tears
http://midwifeinfo.com/topic-episiotomy.php - Get through Childbirth In One Piece!
http://www.ican-online.org/resources...wp_pushing.htm - Pushing positions
http://www.homebirth.org.uk/ofp.htm - Optimal Fetal Positioning
www.spinningbabies.com - Correcting your babies position
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HBAC/ - email support list for homebirth after cesarean
http://www.mothering.com/11-0-0/html...tality89.shtml - Infant Mortality, VBAC and Cesarean Rates
http://www.mothering.com/11-0-0/html...4-vbac89.shtml - VBAC: Primer For Success
http://www.maternitywise.org/listeningtomothers/ - Listening to Mothers Survey
http://www.aimsusa.org/CareInNormalBirth.htm - Care In Normal Birth
http://www.midwiferytoday.com/articl...er.asp?q=herb* - A VBAC Primer: Technical Issues For Midwives
http://www.radmid.demon.co.uk/csgood.htm - Planning A Good Cesarean
http://www.aafp.org/afp/990501ap/2487.html - Interpretation of the Electronic Fetal Heart Rate During Labor
http://www.midwiferytoday.com/articl...nformation.asp - Assault on Normal Birth-the OB Disinformation Campaign
http://www.ican-online.org/resources...lectivecs2.htm - Elective Cesarean is Riskier than VBAC for Moms and Babies
The Pink Kit - vital to VBACers!
Explains using a birth ball during pg and labour. Great info.
John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle, Australia – an example of typical protocols and procedures for labouring women in a hospital setting. A good introduction into exactly what various procedures in the hospital system entail. These are instructions for staff on how to perform vaginal examinations, amniotomy etc. Includes how consent is sought from the woman.
This site is a collection of the thoughts, research, experiences, and opinions of the owner of this domain. It is not especially "radical" or "alternative", but it does definitely tend toward the belief that childbirth is a natural, normal physiological process and that medical interventions, while sometimes necessary, should be kept to a minimum where childbirth is concerned.
The Active Birth Centre, UK, the body knows best how to birth.
An excellent discussion of Optimal Foetal Positioning. More absolutely vital information.
Research tools – be a truly informed consumer
Choices for Childbirth link. An independent information group supporting women & their partners to make informed choices about the birth of their babies. Contact Di for more information or for bookings email email@example.com Melbourne, Australia
European Midwives site. Stories, research and links from all over the world.. They advocate a woman-centred, evidence-based approach to birth.
Homebirth web site UK – written by an Australian woman. Very good practical info plus references.
Information on choosing a birth setting. US but internationally applicable information and studies.
Maggie Banks on reclaiming midwifery.
Provides support and resources for midwives, childbirth educators and expectant parents.
Information, resources and support for empowering child birth. A site for parents and alternative birth professionals. Links to Ina May Gaskin’s work.
If we want to create a less violent world, we must begin with the "primal period"
Professional journal – the heart and science of midwifery. International links to articles, conferences, education. Unmissable!
Community midwifery programme Fremantle, Western Australia.
Midwifery research database. United Kingdom but applicable internationally.
Cochrane database of research. The Centre aims to promote the equitable provision of effective health care in Australasia by facilitating the preparation and maintenance of systematic reviews and their dissemination and application to influence service provision and clinical practice.
British medical journal. Free electronic subscription to your choice of articles.
Books for parents, midwives, doulas, birth attendants on health, birth and related topics. Also an online forum.
Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services... at the forefront of the childbirth movement for more than forty years. Working towards normal birth, providing independent support and information about maternity choices and raising awareness of current research on childbirth and related issues. Database of articles on all aspects of pregnancy and birth.
Maternity Wise is the US Maternity Centre Association's long-term national program to promote evidence-based maternity care. "Evidence-based maternity care" means using the best research about the safety and effectiveness of specific tests, treatments, and other interventions to help guide maternity care decisions.
International Cesarean Awareness Network & VBAC Information This is a collection of fact sheets and information put out by the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) and other sources. Information includes how to prevent an unnecessary cesarean, Vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), how to find resources in your community, information about ICAN, and how to become a part of ICAN.
Birth educators and activists and midwives
Melbourne home birth network for parents, doulas, birth attendants and midwives. Lots of links to all over the world as well as within Australia.
Jeannine Parvati Baker and Family invites you to know conscious and healthy parenting as a spiritual path. This web site explores and affirms the value of Conscious Conception, Prenatal Yoga, Free Birth, Gentle Parenting, Home Education, Lotus Birth, Home Business, Herbal Health, Gender Balance, Eco-Activism, EarthBirth and much more.
Childbirth educator and activist.
Ina May Gaskin – writer, activist, innovator, midwife.
International links to training for doulas and birth educators.
Pioneering and influential birth information.
Lina's Clerke’s site – Melbourne birth educator.
Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond web site run by independent midwife, Jane Palmer. Loads of great pregnancy info and links.
Essays by Sarah Buckley, pro-natural birth and parenting doctor in Brisbane.
Michel Odent’s site.
Natural Pg and Birth site
Gentle birth information.
Midwives in Private Practice – Melbourne, Australia
Exploring the sacred feminine with Elizabeth Davis.
Rhea Dempsey, birth educator and attendant. Melbourne, Australia
Janet Balaska’s active birth site.
ACE – Associates in Childbirth Education.
International waterbirth site
Videos and information on water birth in home, hospital and birth centres.
Support and Advocacy and Recovery
Melbourne’s home birth support network for families, women, midwives, doulas and birth attendants past and present. Includes Accessing Artemis for women recovering from birth trauma.
Australian information and advocacy for mums and babies in the health care system plus links to groups all over Australia.
Australian. Loads of useful links. Includes info on recovering from traumatic birth. Very empowering. Encouraging of a consumer-type attitude to your health care.
A US community site organised around improving women’s access to midwifery.
Cesarean and Traumatic Birth Support ~A site for women who want to truly heal spiritually and emotionally after a difficult birth experience
A site by, for and about those born by c-sec.
International site on postnatal depression also known as postpartum depression.
New Zealand site on traumatic birth and recovery – PTSD and PND.
Online support for home birth after caeserean birth
Kitzinger on birth trauma.
Petition and declaration on the rights of birthing women.
A US site devoted to improving women’s experience in birth. Excellent for birth trauma.
Healing the Temple Door – a guided meditation on healing from rape which can also be excellently employed in recovering from birth trauma.
We are starting a campaign to change the paradigm for birth in NJ, (then the world!)We will be offering many, many free classes throughout NJ!
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Some people have asked about using ultrasound to measure the thickness of the part of the uterus around the c/s scar before attempting VBAC. I have amassed a list of links to abstracts from several studies on the subject. You might want to use the list when talking with your dr./midwife about doing this measurement. The list is in this thread (5th post down) ...
Wow, thank you so much for the list! Couple of corrections you might want to make: childbirthprofessionals.com is no longer a working site; the ICAN Chapter link is now http://www.ican-online.org/community/chapters.php
http://www.ican-online.org/resources...rs/wp_uncs.pdf Things you can do to avoid an unnecessary c/s
http://www.ican-online.org/resources.../wp_pharma.pdf Induction and VBAC
http://www.ican-online.org/resources...lectivecs2.pdf Elective c/s riskier to mom and baby
http://www.ican-online.org/resources...wp_pushing.pdf Pushing info
Im having a really hard time finding info, it seems everybody wants to deliver twins by cs.
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