Birthy Social Media
I like social media. But there’s just so many pages, groups, people to follow… where do you start? I’ve listed my favourite social media links here. The following links are the main birthy pages/groups/accounts that I find interesting, entertaining and/or useful.
Facebook: Local Groups
► Pregnancy & Birth South West
I visit this group often. This is a group is for families in the South West of Western Australia (south of Mandurah), who are wanting information about pregnancy, birth and the first six months after bub is born. The main purpose of this group is to assist South West women to understand their birth options and to have a safe place to get information for them to make an informed birth choice.
► VBAC and Caesarean Mums of the South West – Support Group
This is a group for mothers from the South West of WA who have had a c-sec or VBAC and would like to share with other mothers who have been through or are going through the same kind of situation. It’s also a place where you can ask for information regarding your birth choices in the South West for your next birth after caesarean. (I am admin of this group).
► HypnoBirthing® Couples of the South West
This group is for anyone who lives in the South West of WA, who is interested in learning HypnoBirthing® for their upcoming birth. Or those who have learnt HypnoBirthing® for a previous birth and would like to share their experience and/or wisdom. (I am admin of this group).
► Bunbury Babywearing Community
Just as the title states. It’s a the Facebook group for Bunbury’s Babywearing Community. They have Monthly/two-monthly social meetups in Bunbury for those interested in babywearing. The group also offers tips on babywearing, members can sell their wraps and carriers to other local babywearers, or you can get more information about the BWWA Southwest Sling Library.
► Wellness Mummas Bunbury
This group is a great place to pass on information on holistic living in the South West. Members can ask questions about how to achieve a healthy, natural lifestyle in Bunbury and the surrounds or pass on information which may interest it’s members. Such a great group.
► Babies and Beyond South West
Following on from the Pregnancy and Birth South West group (link above), Babies and Beyond South West is for information, sharing, connections for mums and families of babies, infants and children in the South West of Western Australia.
Facebook: Other Groups
► Homebirth and Waterbirth
This group is for anyone who is interested in natural childbirth, homebirth and/or water birth. It is a worldwide group with lots of discussion, photos, questions, tips and advice.
► Homebirth Group Australia
This is a group for homebirth parents and birth workers in Australia, those thinking about homebirth, and international compatriots.
► My Unhindered Birth
My favourite naturally minded birthy Facebook group. This group is for mothers who are planning an unhindered birth in any setting. Their primary goal is to help women make wise use of the available medical technology, finding the balance between nature, and obstetrics.
► VBAC Australia Support Group
This group is for any form of VBAC support. You’re welcome to join if you have been through it yourself and can offer valuable advice, or if you need advice leading up to a VBAC.
► VBAC Support Group- Vaginal Birth After C-Section
An international group for VBAC support. Always lots of interesting conversation happening on this page, although as it is an international group, the information provided isn’t always relevant to your area.
► HBAC, HBAMC, VBAC, VBAMC, UBAC, FBAC Support Group
This group is specifically for Mums wanting to learn about VBAC for their current or future pregnancies. Also includes homebirth after caesarean, freebirth after caesarean, VBAC after multiple caesareans etc. This particular group is not a good fit if you are planning a repeat caesarean.
► Unassisted Childbirth / Freebirth – ALL are Welcome!
This group is not a good fit for everybody. This group is for those who are interested in learning more about Unassisted Childbirth and Unassisted Pregnancy. These titles refer to the process of self pregnancy care and intentionally giving birth without the assistance or presence of a medical or professional birth attendant. If you are unsure about your interest in UC/UP please research prior to joining this group. This group is not for those who are unfamiliar or uncomfortable with UC/UP. There is strictly *NO* assistance talk of any kind allowed.
► Baby Wearing Buy Sell Swap Group
I’m always window shopping the carriers for sale in this group. This is where I bought my much loved Beetlebums carrier from. I love this Australian based Babywearing trading group. If you’re looking for a baby carrier, this would be my first stop.
► Breastfeeders in Australia
A place for breastfeeders in Australia to come together to share stories and ask questions without fear of discrimination. Breastfeeding is a wonderful thing, but it can be extraordinarily difficult. Sick of being given unhelpful, impractical advice? Post a question on the wall and have it answered by real, experienced, breastfeeding mums.
Facebook: Birthy People/Pages I follow
► January Harshe
January is the founder of Birth Without Fear. She’s also a Mum of 6, fellow VBAC & caesarean Mum, Blogger, Speaker… and her posts are awesomely entertaining!
► Apple Blossom Families
If you want to see some absolutely beautiful birth photos in your newsfeed, follow this birth photographer. Their photos are absolutely amazing!
Yes, it’s me. You’re more than welcome to follow me on Facebook. I’m cool. You won’t regret it.
Instagram: Birthy People I follow
Anjuli is a birth doula and HypnoBirthing® Practitioner in Perth, WA and she shares the most beautiful, inspirational, birthy things on Instagram. Definitely one of my favourites.
► Kimberly Van Der Beek
Kimberly shares such gorgeous photos from her life of being a Mum to her kids, eating healthily and living as cleanly as possible. I started following her after reading how passionately she wrote about her third birth. It was gorgeous!
Yes, it’s me again. I’m on Instagram too, where I post not only about birth, but also about my life of being a doula and also homeschooling my four kids.
I just can’t get into Twitter. I don’t understand it, so I just don’t have any tips on who to follow there sorry!