Resources to empower expectant parents
Here, you’ll find a selection of great resources beyond the useful but standard NHS and NCT websites to enrich your understanding of pregnancy and childbirth. These resources have been chosen for their reliability, relevance, and ability to support, empower and inspire expecting parents. Whether you’re seeking additional guidance or exploring new topics, I hope these materials help you feel better prepared for the amazing experience of welcoming a new life into your family.
The series of Aims Guides cover the serious business of accepting medical care in pregnancy and birth: Your Rights in Pregnancy and Birth, Giving Birth to Your Baby, Induction of Labour, Safety in Childbirth, Resolution After Birth.
Spiritual Midwifery, fourth ed, by Ina May Gaskin (Book Publishing Company, 2002)
Controversial by modern standards, but still a fascinating insight into the power of women’s bodies to birth well when relaxed, loved and believed. If nothing else, read the birth stories to learn how to create your own birth space.
Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering, second ed, by Dr Sarah Buckley (Celestial Arts, 2009)
A marriage of science, spiritual practice and alternative therapies to promote a peaceful birth and initial attachment period.
Websites & Apps
Dr Sara Wickham’s website is a mine of evidence-based blogs on all aspects of pregnancy and birth, from induction to the language used to describe risk in childbirth. Emphasis on birth in the UK, covering just about every decision you could possibly have to make.
Information on what doulas do, why having a doula is a great idea and how to choose a doula who is right for you.
Includes free meditations and affirmations to prepare for a positive birth experience (search for a playlist called Doula support).