Below is a list of websites which you may find useful on your journey into parenthood:
NCT, the UK's largest charity for parents
NHS Information service for parents:
Royal College of Midwives Campaign for Normal Birth a short video showing positions for labour and use of equipment in birthing rooms.
Which? Birth Choice: help for you to decide where you want to give birth. Understand your birth options, learn about how you can shape your birth experience, and find the best place for your needs.
The Birthplace in England Study - Research on outcomes by planned place of birth, published in the BMJ
Home Birth Reference Site - evidence based information about home birth.
The Positive Birth Movement - Grassroots movement with the aim of spreading positivity about birth.
Labour Pains - information for the public on pain management for labour and birth from the Obstetric Anaesthetists' Association
Spinning Babies - tips for getting your baby into the best position for birth
Breech Birthing - useful website if your baby is in the breech (bottom down) position
The Third Stage of Labour - information about your options for delivery of the placenta
Birth Trauma Association - helping people who have been traumatised by childbirth
Words for Life, information on communicating with your baby
Early Interactions - getting to know your baby
Baby States - understanding your baby
Growing an Emotional Brain - NSPCC video on brain development in babies
The Infant Sleep Information Source, information about normal infant sleep based on the latest UK and worldwide research
Cry-sis,support for families with excessively crying, sleepless and demanding babies
Pandas Foundation, Pre and Post natal depression advice & support
The Couple Connection, relationship help for new parents
Gov.UK, information on parental responsibilities. Parental leave, benefits and entitlements
Useful Breastfeeding Websites:
The following websites all provide good evidence based information on breastfeeding. You should be able to find links to most breastfeeding related issues from these sites.
NCT breastfeeding leaflets
UNICEF Baby Friendly A large amount of information, including a helping video demonstrating how to hand express
The Breastfeeding Network (BfN) aims to be an independent source of support and information for breastfeeding women and those involved in their care. They have a drugs helpline for queries regarding medication and breastfeeding and excellent leaflets on expressing and storing breastmilk and thrush
Kellymom is a US website which provides evidence based information on breastfeeding, sleep and parenting
La Leche League is an International organisation whose mission is to help mothers to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and the mother
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. ABA was founded in Melbourne,Victoria in 1964 (as the Nursing Mothers' Association), with the primary aim of giving mother-to-mother support to breastfeeding women
The Association of Breastfeeding Mothers (ABM) is a voluntary organisation founded in 1979 by a group of mothers experienced in breastfeeding counselling. Charity status was awarded to the organisation in 1980 and the Association continues to grow steadily throughout the UK
The Real Baby Milk website is an excellent source of local support groups and other breastfeeding related information.
Dr Jack Newman is a Canadian paediatrician specialising inlactation. When you search under “breastfeeding help” on his site you will find a range of information leaflets and video clips of babies latching on and feeding. Dr Newman’s style is very hands on.
Biological Nurturing - Midwife Suzanne Colson has studied the position that babies feed and this research has led her to believe that babies latch on more readily when the mother is reclined. This site is still being developed but there are pictures of how to attach a baby in the biological nurturing position and some history to her research.