Lots of information is available to pregnant women and new parents. It can be quite overwhelming to navigate and to know what is valid and what is not. No doubt you will find conflicting information.
As you explore your options and look for information, remember that you are the one in charge. No one knows you like you do and no one cares for your baby as much as you. Take what makes sense to you and leave the rest. If you come across information that is confusing or bothers you, please bring it up at your visits.
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While much of the information on these websites is very good, we do not officially endorse them nor agree with everything they have to say. If you have questions, or wish to explore the conflicting information that you find, please discuss it with your midwife.
Birth Certificates can be ordered online through the Utah Department of Health Website. Please give us at least 5 business days to file your birth certificate before ordering. If you need a "proof of birth" letter, please contact our office.
Standford University Breastfeeding Educational Videos: These next three videos are some of the best demonstrations we have found for helping baby establish breastfeeding, establishing a good milk supply and assisting with a good latch. Allowing baby to latch at birth and prioritizing undisturbed skin to skin time in the hour after birth is vital. The other techniques are used on a more individualized basis.
A Perfect Latch
Although this video is targeted at providers, it is a great demonstration of getting a good latch. The important part starts about 6 minutes into the video.
Self-Attachment After Birth
This video is also directed at providers but shows beautiful examples of babies self-attaching in the first hour after birth. It is easy to see the normal process that a baby follows as it explores and develops this new skill.
Excellent instructions and demonstration for hand expression of milk.
Low Milk Supply Information and Solutions
Indepth information on the causes and solutions to low milk supply. A companion site is available for breastfeeding after breast or nipple surgery.
KellyMom: Evidence-Based Breastfeeding and Parenting
A great collection of breastfeeding, sleep and parenting written by Kelly Bonyata, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).
This site is run by Dr. Jack Newman, a Canadian pediatrician who is recognized as one of the foremost experts in breastfeeding. His site is a wealth of information including articles and videos. From the home page click on online information. You will then need to choose English videos or English information.
La Leche League International
Founded over 50 years ago, this mother-to-mother support group provides information and support to breastfeeding women world-wide. Active support groups are located along the Wasatch Front. Current contact information for groups and leaders can be found through their site. They also provide support forums, podcasts and answer pages.
Breastfeeding Made Simple
Great site including the 7 natural laws of breastfeeding. Animated video of the asymmetric latch. Some information on laid-back breastfeeding as well as a video.
Great site for details on wraps and babywearing. Has a comprehensive list of different makers as well as DIY instructions. They have great sizing information, details on which types of materials are available and best of all, video tutorials for the different wraps.
Nice introductory site about babywearing. Explores all of the different types of carriers and has a great safety page.
Collection of articles about Postpartum Depression, including information about drug and non-drug treatments. Also has great resources on breastfeeding and bedsharing.
Postpartum Support International
Comprehensive site about postpartum mood disorders. Includes information about depression during pregnancy and birth-related post traumatic stress disorder.
Fertility Information for Conception or Prevention
Great resource for accurate and complete information on fertility. They provide a wide variety of free and low cost apps and services for tracking fertility. They offer free tutorials and community forums.
Fair and accurate information about all contraception methods including non-drug methods.
General Pregnancy and Birth
This is a large collection of evidence-based materials to guide you through all aspects of exploring your options during pregnancy. Because it is evidence-based, you will find fair and accurate information regarding midwives, home birth, birth centers, natural birth, cesarean section and VBAC. The bias is in favor of fewer interventions and greater participation in decision-making by pregnant women because these are evidence-based.
They also have a nice, free book available that guides you through the basic information about pregnancy and birth. Journey Into Parenthood
International Cesarean Awareness Network
An information and support center dedicated to cesarean prevention, support during cesarean recovery and supporting VBAC.
Giving Birth With Confidence
If you want something a little different than What to Expect When You are Expecting or BabyCenter.com, this is the site for you. Developed by Lamaze International, this site provides pregnancy, birth and parenting information from an evidence-based and mother-friendly perspective. They have a fun app that will keep you up to date on your pregnancy. You can watch a short video introducing this app here. They also have an excellent section on VBAC.
Although not comprehensive, this is an excellent collection of articles written by an Advanced Practice Nurse with a research background. In an effort to "give back", she has used her considerable talents to make the evidence and research on a variety of childbirth topics accessible to the general public. You can subscribe to a free newsletter with her well-researched and well-written articles on a variety of topics.
Journey into Motherhood
This is a wonderful free collection of positive, natural birth stories. The best part is that they are all different. It doesn't matter how you birth as long as it is your way and for many women, reading about other women's experiences is a good way to learn this. Thank you so much to the author Sheri Menelli for making this book available.
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