Pregnancy and Birth


Prenatal Life

The Visible Embryo
A comprehensive educational resource on human development from conception to birth providing visual references for changes in fetal development throughout pregnancy.

Dr Thomas Verny
Psychiatrist, writer and academic. One of the world’s leading authorities on the effect of the prenatal and early postnatal environment on personality development.

Womb Ecology – Michel Odent 
Essays and resources concerning the interaction between womb environment and human fetal development including implications for pregnancy.

The Primal Health Research Database
Primal Health Research explores correlations between the ‘primal period’ (fetal life, perinatal period and year following birth) and health and personality traits in later life.

Birth Psychology
Website of the Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health (APPPAH).
The research of the APPPAH illuminates the life-long impact of conception, pregnancy and birth on babies, families and society.



Consumer Advocacy Organisations

Homebirth Australia
Homebirth Australia is a group of consumers and midwives committed to ensuring the survival of homebirth as a birth option for Australian women, with the overall aim of public funded homebirth across the country.

Maternity Coalition
Maternity Coalition is a national umbrella organisation committed to the advancement of best-practice maternity care for all Australian women and their families.

Childbirth Connection
A source for trustworthy up-to-date evidence-based information and resources on planning for pregnancy, labor, and birth and the postpartum period, promoting safe, effective, and satisfying evidence-based maternity care for women and families. (USA)



Birth Education

Sacred Birthing – Sunni Karll
Sacred Birthing is an exploration of the spiritual, emotional and physical principles behind birth in order to retain the essence of the soul expression of a baby.

Birthing from Within
Holistic Birth Education and DoulaTraining with Pam England, Author of Birthing from Within.

Beer and Bubs
Childbirth Education for Aussie Dads at the Pub

Birthing Sense
Prenatal and Birth Education video series, containing the wisdom of 26 different experts on pregnancy and birth from around Australia

Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond
An up to date and extensive source of information on pregnancy, birth, parenting and breastfeeding. Providing a rich resource for families, midwives and other health professionals to explore options and make informed choices.

Website of Birthworker, Childbirth Educator and Author Jenny Blyth and home of The Big Stretch film.

One World Birth
An online video resource aimed at birth professionals, campaigners and parents who want to place their finger right on the pulse of what is happening in birth today. Our huge hope is that this site will help inspire individuals all around the world to connect, share and shout for change where it is needed. We want to empower parents with knowledge and wisdom imparted from birth experts who are at the front line of research so that they can make the choices that are right for them and have the birth that they deserve.



Bodywork for Birth

Belly Dance for Birth
Gorgeous website of Bellydancer, Author and Filmaker Maha Al Musa.
Home of Dance of The Womb Book and DVD.

The Pink Kit
Highly acclaimed DVD / Book teaching series offering expectant couples birth preparation information and skills relating to pelvic mapping, internal anatomy, breath awareness, touch and more.

Cinnamon Twist School of Bellydance
Cinnamon Twist offers pre- and postnatal belly dance classes taught by experienced dancer Virginia Keft-Kennedy. Belly dance is a unique and enjoyable way to keep fit during pregnancy and a wonderful way in which to connect and bond with your baby through dance. Apart from the important physical benefits of exercise during pregnancy, belly dancing also promotes a feeling of well being and offers our mums-to-be a fun and social way in which to experience their changing bodies. We also offer classes just for mum, and mums with babies and toddlers as well as kids classes. View a clip of Virginia performing at 6 months.




Homebirth Access Sydney
We are a non-profit, community-based organization focused on supporting homebirth families and increasing the access to birthing choices – especially homebirth – for women in NSW.

Homebirth Network South Australia
A community group which supports and encourages women in their quest for a safe, fulfilling and empowering birth experience. The group also works for changes in the health care system in order to better accommodate the needs of women who choose to birth at home.

Home Midwifery Association (QLD)
We are a group of mothers, midwives and their families working towards real choice in childbirth. Offering homebirth support groups, referrals to midwives and doulas. Home of Down to Birth Magazine.

Illawarra Birth Choices
A consumer advocacy group, based in the Illawarra region of NSW, Australia. We are a group of families providing support and sharing information about issues surrounding pregnancy, birth and maternity care
Offering ante natal education, midwife referrals, local community support group.

Joyous Birth
Website and forums of the Australian homebirth network.

Community Midwifery Western Australia
Today CMWA offers pregnancy and childbirth information and referral services; community-based pre and postnatal workshops; a current and comprehensive library on childbirth related topics; as well as the day to day administration and coordination of the Community Midwifery Program which includes a homebirth service.





Waterbirth International
Waterbirth articles, information, photo gallery, stories and more.

The Waterbirth Website
In-depth information on the use of water for labor, childbirth, and early childhood development.

Sheila Kitzinger’s Waterbirth Page
Research, articles, books, videos and more.




Vaginal Birth After Caesarean (VBAC)

Birthrites – Healing after Caesarean
We provide a support network for women who’ve had a previous c/section(s) and aim to increase the awareness of these women’s needs to their health-carers within the medical profession. Website contains links to VBAC discussion forum, Caesarean Information Booklet, Information, Support Resources and much more.

Caesarean Awareness Network Australia (CANA)
On this website you will be able to access up-to-date and evidence-based information and resources about caesareans and birth after caesareans, links to support groups around the country, information on workshops and antenatal courses relevant to caesareans or vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC), and information on issues related to maternity services for women who are planning a caesarean, or planning to VBAC.

CARES SA – Caesarean Awareness Recovery Education Support
South Australian support group providing information to women about caesarean and VBAC birth.

VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Caesarean)
Provides access to information from scientific studies, professional guidelines, government reports, successful and safe established VBAC programs, and the midwifery model of care with the goal of helping women make informed decisions about how they will give birth and to encourage an honest and respectful dialog with their caregivers.

ICAN – International Cesarean Awareness Network
ICAN is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve maternal-child health by preventing unnecessary cesareans through education, providing support for cesarean recovery and promoting vaginal birth after cesarean.

A blog pulling back the curtain on the unnecessary caesarian epidemic.



Breech Birth

Wonderful New Zealand midwife Maggie Banks, Author of Breech Birth Woman-Wise
Home of Birthspirit Midwifery workshops & Birthspirit Midwifery Journal.

Lisa Barrett
Blog of South Australian Independent Midwife containing articles, discussion, stories and videos on a range of topics related to midwifery and homebirth including breech and twin birth.

Breech Birth in Australia
A list of midwives and obstetricians who will attend vaginal breech births around Australia.



Freebirth/Unassisted Birth

Born Free
Laura Shanley’s unassisted birth site.

Jeannine Parvati Baker
Website legacy of the late great Shamanic Midwife, Yogini, Astrologer, Herbalist, Mother of 6, Author, Intactivist, Freebirth Pioneer. Jeannine’s books and articles can be purchased at


Postpartum Support

TABS – Trauma and Birth Support
A fabulous New Zealand group who are doing some ground breaking research on post traumatic stress related to traumatic birth experiences

Birth Trauma Association
UK-based group offers emotional and practical support to women who have had a traumatic birth experience and their families.

PANDA – Post and Ante Natal Depression Association Inc
Education, Resources, Information.
PANDA’s helpline is available in Australia from 9am to 7pm (AEST) Monday to Friday.  1300 726 306



Pregnancy Loss

SANDS Australia
Support for families who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death




Australian Multiple Birth Association
Information and support for parents of twins, triplets and more!




Breastcrawl – Initiation of Breastfeeding
Every newborn, when placed on the mother’s abdomen, soon after birth, has the ability
to find its mother’s breast all on its own and to decide when to take the first breastfeed.
This is called the ‘Breast Crawl’.

Australian Breastfeeding Association
The Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) is an organisation of people interested in the promotion and protection of breastfeeding. Amongst these are breastfeeding women and their partners and health professionals such as doctors, lactation consultants and midwives.

La Leche League
Internationally recognised authority on breastfeeding, contacted by mothers, fathers, doctors, nurses, lactation consultants and other professionals throughout the world. Offering mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information and education to promote a better understanding, of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and the mother.

World Alliance for Breastfeeding
A global network of individuals & organisations concerned with the protection, promotion & support of breastfeeding worldwide.

International Breastfeeding Journal
Breastfeeding research site with free access to lots of useful articles.



Newborn Care

Kangaroo Mother Care
A universally available and biologically sound method of care for all newborns, but in particular for premature babies with three components: skin-to-skin contact, exclusive breastfeeding and support to the mother infant dyad.




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