Links and Resources

It is important to follow the advice of your medical provider… and with the rise in the U.S. Infant Mortality Rate and the rise in unwanted and often unnecessary intervention rates… it is equally important to be informed so that you can advocate for what you want with your provider to make the best decision for you and your baby.  Here are some links to help you navigate your choices as you create your birth experience and communicate with your health care provider.

General Birth Info:

Ecstatic Birth – Nature’s Hormonal Blueprint for Labor” by Sarah J. Buckley, MD.  Exceptional article about how perfect your body works to birth your baby when birthing is uninterrupted.

6 Reasons to Delay Baby’s First Bath” – This article was found on Ina May Gaskin’s (Legendary U.S. Midwife) FB page about why it’s important to delay a baby’s first bath.

General Hypnosis for Birth Info:

Dateline Video on Hypnosis for Birth – Overly dramatic 1990’s Dateline video about Dr. Larry Goldman who uses his own form of hypnosis.  Despite the dramatics it is definitely worth the watch.  When you are done with the first video – then you can watch the second video.

Intervention Information:

Top 10 Signs Your Doctor is Planning to Perform an Unnecessary C-Section” – Dr. Jonathon Weinstein who is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists explains how to tell if your doctor is planning to perform an unnecessary C-Section.

What is the Evidence for Induction for Low Amniotic Fluid in a Healthy Pregnancy” – Rebecca Decker, PhD, RN, APRN, who is an Assistant Professor of Nursing and author of www.EvidenceBasedBirth.com, discusses evidence based care for induction in uncomplicated pregnancy at term for low amniotic fluid (oligohydraminos) and outcomes for mom and baby.

Home Birth Info:

“Choosing Home Birth” – A piece written by a Yale educated OB who birthed all of her babies at home, attended her grandbaby’s home birth, and who has been a home birth midwife and or OB for more than 3 decades.

After Baby Comes:

“Postpartum: 4th Trimester” – Written by the founder of Mothering.com.  This article touches the things to consider planning for after baby is born and the traditions of different cultures around the world.