When I’m online and not replying to emails or (let’s be honest) procrastinating on Facebook, I spend my time on various websites. I’ve listed a few of my favourites here, along with some links to some other local “birthy” businesses that I like. Enjoy!
Local birth related services
► Naturaliste Midwifery
Loralee is a wonderful Independent Midwife in the South West of Western Australia. She focuses on providing continuity of care for pregnant women, which in turn is known to build trust, respect and a feeling of security during the birth process. She can guide you in either a home birth, water birth or hospital setting.
► Spring Photography
Talitha is a natural light, documentary style photographer specialising in birth photography. She is located in the small town of Capel in South West, Western Australia and services the local south west region including Bunbury, Busselton, Dunsborough, Margaret River, Donnybrook, Harvey, Bridgetown and surrounding towns.
► Go With The Flow Parenting
Debbie Garbin is a lactation consultant (IBCLC), child health nurse and baby massage instructor. She can help with initiating lactation, settling your baby, child development and can provide help for babies with tongue and lip ties. She offers home visits in the south west as well as clinic visits at Eaton Family Centre and is also available for home visits in the Mandurah area.
► Belly Power Birth Pool Hire and Placenta Encapsulation
Tamara is a friend of mine and provides a wonderful service to birthing mothers in the South West. She hires out birth pools and also does placenta encapsulation for women who are interested in birthing in water and/or encapsulating their placenta. Check out her website for prices.
Birthrites: Healing After Caesarean aims to provide a support network for women who’ve had a previous c/section(s), and to increase the awareness of these women’s needs to their health-carers within the medical profession by providing telephone support with someone who knows what you’ve experienced, as they’ve had a c/section themselves), monthly “Get-Togethers” (women can be around other like-minded women), increasing women’s awareness of birth choices, increase public and medical awareness of the increasing c/section rate and inform them of the safety of Vaginal Birth After Caesarean (VBAC) in most cases, and so much more.
► Australian Doulas
An organisation of certified doulas, trained to support women on an emotional and practical basis and to interact sensitively with all those involved with pregnancy and birth. (This is a wonderful organisation that completed my training through and am now honoured to be a part of).
Helpful birth related websites
► Spinning Babies
Spinning Babies offers a low tech way to reduce birth complications due to fetal malposition. The website shows many techniques and positions which you can do yourself to help your baby rotate itself into a good position for an easier birth. I recommend this website to many of the Mums I support as a doula… I find it one of the most helpful pages I’ve come across.
This is a wonderful resource for VBAC Mums! Over the years, Jennifer Kamel slowly and meticulously collected information. And after her son’s VBAC birth in 2007, she created VBACFACTS.com in order to make the information she had compiled easily accessible to others. It’s filled with lots of fascinating information, studies and statistics for women interested in having a VBAC.
► Australian Breastfeeding Association
If you have any questions at all about breastfeeding, this is the place to go. And if you can’t find it on the website, they have a hotline too!
My favourite birth related blogs
► Mama Birth
I love reading the birth stories on this blog. If you’re wanting to read some great birth stories in a variety of different situations, I always recommend this blog. And “Mama Birth” has an awesome sense of humour… I totally recommend reading her posts on all things birthy too 😉
► Birth Without Fear
January Harshe is a wife and a mother to 6 children. With each of her birth experiences being different, she wanted to inform women of their birth options and then support them in their own individual choices. Since starting her blog, she now has what I’m assuming is one of the biggest followings of readers in the birthy blog world. If you read her posts, you’ll see why. There’s lots of wonderful birth stories on this blog too.
► Midwife Thinking
Rachel Reed is an independent midwife, lecturer and self confessed birth nerd. Her posts are fascinating if you’re interested in the medical, scientific and statistical information to do with birth. I find her posts really informative and interesting to read.
BellyBelly is such a great blog if you’re interested in anything related to pregnancy, birth & parenting. Their writing team consists of professionals who work with pregnant and birthing women and they have so much knowledge on so many different topics, and their posts are all so easy to read.
Shop online for birthy/pregnancy/baby items
► Book Depository
I love reading about birth. Ina May Gaskin, Marie Mongan… there’s so many amazing authors to choose from. I buy lots of books from the Book Depository. Their prices are fantastic and it’s free delivery worldwide! I don’t think there’s been a book I haven’t been able to find on there yet!
► Simply Birth
Buy birth pools, birth balls and belly casts! They sell to Australia, New Zealand and Asia and their items can be used at home or in hospitals. I’ve seen many of their items in action (as well as used some myself!) and they are fantastic quality.
► Scarlet Eve
Cloth pads, menstrual cups, breast pads… Scarlet Eve is a gorgeous online store which is owned by Jo, who sells handmade luxury for everyone who leaks bodily fluids on a regular basis. Along with her gorgeous rage of pads, I also love the soothing products which she has available. The fantastic cooling gel pads can be used after a vaginal birth, or during pregnancy if everything is feeling a bit swollen down there. And the cooling gel pads fit perfectly into her range of handmade cloth pads, just in case you needed another reason to love them.
► BodyWise BirthWise
Kristin is a Naturopath, Childbirth Educator and Doula, who formulates and sells her very own range of quality naturopathic supplements and various organic herbal products (including teas, capsules and bath products). Great for pregnancy, birth and postpartum!