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Birth, and Parenting Page

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PRECONCEPTION PREGNANCY & CHILDBIRTH BIRTH ALTERNATIVES
SPECIAL SITUATIONS CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION BREASTFEEDING
PARENTING MIDWIFERY POLITICS
MAGAZINES BOOKS & BIRTH SUPPLIES HEALTHCARE ALTERNATIVES
NUTRITION EDUCATION & HOMESCHOOLING MISCELLANEOUS
NEWS E-MAIL



PRECONCEPTION PRECONCEPTION:

Fertility Plus
Lots of info on fertility issues, including "Low-Tech Ways to Help You Conceive FAQ"

FutureMoms
A great local source for home pregnancy tests and ovulation predictor test kits at very reasonable prices. Free shipping and handling to the U.S. and Canada.


PREGNANCY & CHILDBIRTH PREGNANCY & CHILDBIRTH:

Childbirth.org
This page has a great section loaded with birth stories, including many homebirths.

Online Birthing Center
Links to every alternative birth related topic imaginable.

Pregnancy & Baby Page
Info on many topics, plus reviews of many baby-related items.

BabyCenter.com
A commercial site with too many ads, but some fun features including a week by week fetal development calender, baby names, interactive birth planner, and more.

Online Childbirth Class
A free online Childbirth Class. Assumes you will have a hospital birth, but good content overall.

Cleveland Department of Public Health
Bureau of Vital Statistics. Info on obtaining birth certificates.


BIRTH ALTERNATIVES BIRTH ALTERNATIVES:

Homebirth
A nice homebirth web page with lots of info.

The Homebirth WebRing
Lists over 30 homebirth related web sites.

Sheila Kitzinger's Home Page
British author, childbirth educator, and homebirth advocate.

Waterbirth
All about birthing in water.

Waterbirth International
A waterbirth web site by Barbara Harper, author of "Gentle Birth Choices".

Doula World
Everything you ever wanted to know about doulas.



SPECIAL SITUATIONS SPECIAL SITUATIONS

Breech Babies
Having a breech baby, or getting the baby to turn.

Heads Up!
Another good web site on breech babies.

Spinning Babies
Babies in the posterior position are much more common than breech babies, and can make labor longer and more painful. This web site discusses how to help baby into the correct position before or during labor.

Perinatology.com
A good resource on genetics and risks of various exposures during pregnancy or breastfeeding (drugs, chemicals, infections, etc.)

Twins List
Lots of info and links for parents of twins and other multiple pregnancies.

Twins Magazine
More good stuff on twins.

VBAC.com
Information and resources for parents seeking VBAC- vaginal birth after cesarean.

ICAN of Greater Cleveland
International Cesarean Awareness Network of Greater Cleveland. Meets monthly and is open to the public, free of charge.

Cesarean Voices
Personal, social and metaphysical implications of being born cesarean.

Choosing Epidural Anesthesia
Sane info on epidurals and how to best utilize them.

Postpartum Depression
Many resources for those experiencing depression after delivery.

Solace- after challenging childbirth
If you have had a traumatic birth experience, this web site has some resources for you, including a toll free "warm line."

Healthy Start Ohio
Healthy Start offers children and pregnant women with limited income access to free and low cost health coverage.

Womankind Clinic
Free maternal and prenatal care center, located in Garfield Hts.



CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION

Birth Works
Birth Works embodies the philosophy of developing a woman's self confidence, trust and faith in her ability to give birth.

HypnoBirthing
Using self-hypnosis for an easier childbirth.

Birthing From Within
Birthing From Within mentors believe that childbirth is a profound rite of passage, not a medical event. Teaches parents the power of birthing-in-awareness, even when their birth experience is not what they had anticipated.

The Bradley Method
Also called Husband-Coached Childbirth.

Lamaze
Lamaze emphasizes pain management through relaxation and breathing exercises.



BREASTFEEDING BREASTFEEDING

La Leche League
Helping mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education.

La Leche League Cleveland
La Leche League Groups in the Greater Cleveland area and in neighboring communities in Northeastern Ohio.

Breastfeeding.com
Another good web site for breastfeeding information and support.

Dr. Newman's Breastfeeding Articles
A nice collection of printable patient handouts on breastfeeding concerns. I also recommend his book, The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers.

Breastfeeding Pharmacology
Find out about which drugs are safe for use during breastfeeding.


PARENTING PARENTING

Parents Place
Parenting issues from conception to age 2.

Parent Soup
"Sister site" to Parent Place, but geared to parenting from age 2, up.

The Center for Effective Discipline
Discipline your child without spanking or hitting.

Cleveland Family
Resources and events calender for the Cleveland area from the publishers of Cleveland/Akron Family magazine.

Heights Parent Center
The Heights Parent Center offers a variety of programs and resources for parents.

Sylvia Rimm, Family Talk
Dr. Sylvia Rimm is an author and child psychologist who directs the Family Achievement Clinic in Cleveland. Site has many good parenting articles.

Fathering Magazine
An online magazine especially for fathers.

Boot Camp for New Dads
A website for first-time dads.



MIDWIFERY MIDWIFERY

Midwives Alliance of North America
The mission of MANA is to provide a nurturing forum for support and cooperation among midwives. Web page includes Direct-Entry Midwifery State-by-State Legal Status, 80 references on the safety of homebirth, and more.

Ohio Midwives Alliance
OMA is a professional organization of midwives and others who recognize and support the practice of Direct-Entry Midwifery and the homebirth choice in the State of Ohio.

Gentle Birth: Archives from a midwives' e-mail list
Loads of info and opinions on every midwifery topic from midwives of all types across the country.

Seattle Midwifery School
My Alma Mater

Midwifery Today
A midwifery magazine.

Ohio Nurse-Midwife Practices
For hospital based midwives, look here.



POLITICS POLITICS

Citizens for Midwifery
Get involved! Save the Midwives!

Ohio Friends of Midwives
OFOM is a non-profit, grassroots, consumer-based organization dedicated to supporting and promoting midwifery, particularly direct-entry midwifery as a quality health care option for Ohio women and their families. Please join!

Ohio Families for Safe Birth
Ohio Families for Safe Birth is a consumer-driven effort to create a statewide coalition of families and professionals promoting legislation and policies grounded in the Midwives Model of Care which support families' access to safe, appropriate, evidence-based care during pregnancy, labor, delivery and postpartum.

Ohio General Assembly
Looking for current legislation? Need information on your Senator or Representative? Here's where to look!

Ohio Legislative Process
This link will take you to a 15 page printable document in PDF format that will give you a clear idea of how a bill becomes a law in Ohio.



MAGAZINES MAGAZINES

Mothering Magazine
The classic alternative parenting magazine. Web site has some great discussion boards.

The Compleat Mother
Even more alternative parenting.

Brainchild
The magazine for thinking mothers.

Hip Mama
Started as a forum for young mothers, single parents, and marginalized voices, but has grown to represent progressive families of all varieties.



BOOKS, BIRTH & BABY SUPPLIES BOOKS, BIRTH & BABY SUPPLIES

Everything Birth
Birth and natural baby supplies
My Everything Birth custom birth kit

Cascade HealthCare Products
Also includes the Birth & Life Bookstore and Moonflower Natural Products.
My Cascade custom birth kit

Birth With Love Midwifery Supplies
Also carries herbs, homeopathics, vitamins, and inflatable pools.
My Birth With Love custom birth kit

AquaDoula
Rent or purchase tubs for labor and waterbirth.

Sevylor Inflatable Pool
A nice inflatable pool for about $42. Good size for a birth pool.

La Bassine Birthing Pool
An inflatable designed specifically for waterbirth.

Diaper-Eze
Northeast Ohio's only remaining cloth diaper service.

Car-Safety.org
A car seat buying guide.



HEALTHCARE ALTERNATIVES HEALTHCARE ALTERNATIVES

Applied Kinesiology
Provides referrals to qualified chiropractors.

Holistic Pediatric Association
Great resource on holistic healthcare for children. Lots of good articles.

Cleveland-Youngstown Acupuncture
Anne M.Kinchen, R.Ac., is a Licensed Acupuncturist and has a Master's degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine. She specializes women's health and fertility issues. Recommended!

National Vaccine Information Center
NVIC is a national, non-profit educational organization advocating reformation of the mass vaccination system.

Vaccine Information & Awareness
VIA empowers parents to question, challenge, investigate, research and become more informed and aware about vaccine risks and dangers that exist.

American Academy of Pediatrics Immunization Page.
Pro-vaccine info from the AAP.

NOCIRC
National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers.

Homeopathy for Women's and Children's Health
An informative website run by two homeopaths, one of whom is also a midwife.

Homeopathy Overnight
Order homeopathic remedies on the phone or on the internet.

Medicinal Herbs Online
Good source of info on many healing herbs.

Herbs to Avoid in Pregnancy
I searched the web and found many different "herbs to avoid" lists, all slightly different. Here is one list, but please consult your care provider or herbalist if you have any doubts about the safety of any herb.

Flouride Action Network
Don't give your babies flouride!


NUTRITION NUTRITION

Blue Ribbon Baby: Prenatal Nutrition
By Thomas Brewer, M.D, author of What Every Pregnant Woman Should Know and The Brewer Medical Diet. (My personal opinion is that he overemphasizes dairy products, but good info otherwise.)

Food Count
Use this web site to track the nutritional content of the foods that you eat.

Ohio WIC Program
Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, popularly known as WIC. How to apply & eligibility requirements. WIC provides supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education.


EDUCATION & HOMESCHOOLING EDUCATION & HOMESCHOOLING

O-HEN
Ohio Home Educators Network, for Northeast Ohio. Includes Ohio's legal requirements & regulations.

Northeast Ohio Home School Connection
NEOHSC is a secular home schooling support group that welcomes all home schoolers including traditional, on-line, eclectic, and unschoolers.

The American Montessori Society

National Coalition of Alternative Community Schools

Free Worksheets
Over 5000 printable worksheets on many subjects for kids of all ages. Also free downloadable educational software.



MISCELLANEOUS LINKS MISCELLANEOUS LINKS

Beautiful Belly Masks
Examples of some very artistic belly masks.

Belly Casting
Directions for making your own belly mask, and more pictures of decorated belly masks.

The Blessingway
The blessingway is a Native American tradition, a spiritual/emotional alternative to the usual baby shower. Here are some ideas for a blessingway ceremony.

Flylady
Overwhelmed? Disorganized? Living in Chaos? The Flylady's simple FLYing lessons will show you how to get your home and your life in order. If you don't want to get your lessons by e-mail, go to your local library or book store and get a copy of the book Sink Reflections.




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This page created March 27, 2000. Last updated 8/27/08.

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