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

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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.

Birth and Breastfeeding by Michel Odent (Clairview, 2003)

Learn why human nature means we should create privacy and intimacy for a peaceful birth.

Bump and The Food of Love by Kate Evans (Myriad Editions, 2014 and 2008)

Two irreverent and no-nonsense guides to making, growing, birthing and feeding a baby.

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.

Find this app in the store for your device. Includes free meditations and affirmations to prepare for a positive birth experience (search for a playlist called Doula support) and lovely mother and child meditations to strengthen bonding.

A synthesis of up-to-date international research to enable you to take decisions about issues such as screening and induction.

Lots of simple and gentle exercises to get your body ready for labour and your baby into the best position for a physiological birth.

The public-facing area of the Obstetric Anaesthetists’ Association's website has information in lots of languages about the different pain relief options you could be offered in labour, including risks, side effects and benefits.

A great resource for all things pregnancy and birth, not just for support with loss. The section on sleep is especially good, and relevant to all parents.


Great video from the Global Health Media Project showing an ideal latch. 

Tremendous video from Global Health Media Project on different breastfeeding positions to try.

Babies can appear very restless when sleeping, as shown here. This is completely normal.

Classes and Personal Support

Antenatal classes, pregnancy exercise and postnatal groups with Sarah and Nic in Stirling.


Call: 07815 516528


Caroline Harrower is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) who offers feeding support in your home, or at her home.

Run by the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers and the Breastfeeding Network, this is a free 24/7 phone support line for breastfeeding parents on 0300 100 0212

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