Resources for birth and motherhood

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Here are some of my favourite go to links and books...

Go to links

For positive birth stories

www.tellmeagoodbirthstory.com

For free positive birth groups in your area

www.thepositivebirthmovement.com

For a free visual birth plan

http://www.pinterandmartin.com/the-positive-birth-book-visual-birth-plan-free-download.html

For evidence based articles

www.sarawickham.com

www.evidencebasedbirth.com

www.bellybelly.com.au

www.midwifethinking.com

Hospital guidelines

https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance

Breastfeeding troubleshooting

www.kellymom.com

Breastfeeding support

https://www.laleche.org.uk/

La Leche Helpline - 0345 120 2918

https://abm.me.uk/

ABM helpline - 0300 330 5453

Breastfeeding videos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56YzjsZr4hQ

Homebirth 

http://www.homebirth.org.uk/

If you need to find out what your rights are

https://www.aims.org.uk/

http://www.birthrights.org.uk/

Birth trauma healing

http://www.birthtraumaassociation.org.uk/

https://www.makebirthbetter.org/

 

Articles

For a gentle caesarean birth

Info

https://newburydoula.co.uk/2013/08/20/the-natural-caesarean/

Birth plan

https://newburydoula.co.uk/2014/05/25/gentle-caesarean-birth-planpreferences/

For when you are waiting for baby...

https://www.mothering.com/articles/the-last-days-of-pregnancy-a-place-of-in-between/

For induction

http://www.sarawickham.com/articles-2/ten-things-i-wish-every-woman-knew-about-induction-of-labour-the-article/

For a positive induction story

https://www.thecalmbirthschool.com/beautiful-positive-induction-story/

http://www.tellmeagoodbirthstory.com/birth-stories/ruth-s-story-an-unexpected-induction

Useful facebook groups

breathe mama - for creating space for motherhood

the positively birthing space - for evidence based articles, positive birth stories and community

induction of labour - for support with questions and decision making for induction

Birth Books

For a one stop shop about everything birth

The Positive Birth Book by Milli Hill

For a common sense, down to earth, mother to mother guide to birth with lots of practical ideas

How to Have a Baby by Natalie Meddings

For Home Birth

Why Home Birth Matters by Natalie Meddings

For a debate about medicine vs mother intuition and how to learn to trust yourself

The Heart in the Womb by Dr Amali Lokugamage

For going on an emotional journey to prepare for your birth.  Pam England says that there is one question every woman needs answered to birth with ease...

Birthing From Within by Pam England

For lovely stories and information around water birth

Water Birth, stories to inspire and inform by Milli Hill

For practical ideas on how to manage pain in labour (I also have a one page cheat sheet on this, please email me if you would like it)

Birth Skills by Ju Ju Sundin

For Hypnobirthing

More involved

The Hypnobirthing book by Katherine Graves

More relaxed

The Calm Birth School by Suzy Ashworth

For preparing your mind and body in pregnancy, these meditations and simple yoga poses are lovely

Bountiful, Beautful, Blissful by Gurmukh

For learning about the microbiome

The Microbiome Effect by Toni Harman

For learning about doulas

Why Doulas Matter by Maddie McMahon

For knowing what your options are

Am I Allowed? by Beverley A Lawrence Beech

This book is from AIMS and they also have downloadable e books on lots of topics

https://www.aims.org.uk/shop

 

Postnatal books

For understanding your baby's development and knowing when they are fussy it's just a leap...a helpful one page guide is inside so you can see when the next leap is coming.  Basically everything is a growth spurt ;) (There is also an App which some women prefer)

The Wonder Weeks

For looking after yourself after baby, a new mindset and lots of nourishing recipes

The First Forty Days by Heng Ou (I also have a short summarised word doc on this, please email me if you would like it)

For understanding baby's sleep patterns and what's normal

The Gentle Sleep Book by Sarah Ockwell-Smith

For gentle, practical tips to support your baby to sleep better

The No Cry Sleep Solution by Elizabeth Pantley

For relaxed parenting

Do Not Disturb; The Benefits of Relaxed Parenting for you and your child by Deborah Jackson

For Co Sleeping

Three in a Bed by Deborah Jackson

 

Most of the books mentioned are in my own personal library so please do ask if you would like to borrow any

Birth Videos

A positive hypnobirth waterbirth homebirth

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNhVLKU6zF8

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My recommended local practitioners...

Hypnobirthing

Laura at Affinity Birthing

Breastfeeding support

Anna Page, lactation consultant

Anna also runs a free drop in through the NCT Kingston Facebook page at her home on Wednesdays

And at Ace Osteopaths in Surbiton on Thursdays

Acupuncture for fertility, pregnancy and postnatally

Sam Patel

Placenta encapsulation

Grant Fletcher

Amanda at Placenta Practice

Cranial Osteopathy

The Osteopathic Centre for Children in Putney

Ace Osteopaths in Surbiton

Women's Health Physio for Mummy MOTs and pelvic floor health

Lisa Few