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Nurturing Beginnings
Nurturing Beginnings
Nurturing Beginnings
Nurturing Beginnings


There's a lot of information out there these days (especially online!), so I've gathered some of it to help you find the resources you need. If there's a fantastic local resource or website, group, book or any useful information that you know about (but isn't listed here), please let me know and I will be happy to share it!

Fantastic Sites

Here are some that I enjoy. Please understand that I do not necessarily always agree with the content of these sites, and I always recommend that you consult your care provider before trying anything you might find!

Childbirth Connection


Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS)


DONA International
888.788.DONA |


Dr. Sear’s The Vaccine Book


Evidence Based Birth (Evidence regarding different birth-related policies/interventions)


ICAN (International Cesarean Awareness Network)


Giving Birth with Confidence


Kellymom Breastfeeding & Parenting


La Leche League International


Lamaze International


Postpartum Support International


Spinning Babies
Optimal Fetal Positioning – Great resource for breech babies!


Sunshine Diapers
Modern Cloth Diapering – Great resource to learn all about today’s options!


VBAC Facts
Fantastic collection and explanation of VBAC research

Online Videos

These are some great videos that can be viewed online free of cost.



“Everyday Miracles”
A fast, fantastic video portraying the Lamaze Healthy Care Practices without being graphic


Lamaze Video Library
A collection of short videos portraying the Healthy Birth Practices



Cesarean Birth


St. Mary’s Hospital – OR Live – Cesarean Birth
**Warning! This is a very graphic, It’s an awesome tool for learning about exactly what happens, but do be aware that you will see EVERYTHING!**



Prenatal Yoga


Prenatal Yoga Center
Online Class Videos

Recommended Books & DVDs

During my first pregnancy I picked up the old standard “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” I have since found many more accurate books containing up to date information. These are a few of my favorites.

Pregnancy & Birth


Natural Hospital Birth: The Best of Both Worlds
By Cynthia Gabriel
**Highly recommend **


The Official Lamaze Guide: Giving Birth with Confidence
By Judith Lothian & Charlotte DeVries
** LOVE IT**


Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn
By Penny Simkin
** Highly recommend **


The Birth Partner
By Penny Simkin
** Highly recommend **


Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
By Ina May Gaskin


The Healthy Pregnancy Book
By Dr. Sears


The Labor Progress Handbook
By Penny Simkin


Birthing from Within
By Pam England & Rob Horowitz


HypnoBirthing – The Mongan Method
By Marie F. Mongan


Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth
By Boston Women’s Health Book Collective


The Birth Book
By Dr. William and Martha Sears





Working and Breastfeeding Made Simple
By Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA


Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers
By Kathleen A. Kendall-Tackett & Nancy Mohrbacher
** LOVE IT**


Breastfeeding Solutions: Quick Tips for the Most Common Nursing Challenges
By Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA
** LOVE IT **


The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers
By Dr. Jack Newman & Teresa Pitman


Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers
By Kathleen A. Kendall-Tackett & Nancy Mohrbacher
** LOVE IT**





The Portable Pediatrician
By Dr. William Sears.
** LOVE IT**


The Baby Book
By Dr. William Sears.


The Vaccine Book
By Dr. Bob Sears





From Conception to Birth
By Alexander Tsiaras


Placenta: The Gift of Life
By Cornelia Enning


In the Womb
By Peter Tallack





Penny Simkin’s Comfort Measures for Childbirth
with Penny Simkin
** LOVE IT…Perfect for preparing for your birth!**


The Happiest baby on the Block
with Dr. Harvey Karp
** One of my favorites **


Orgasmic Birth
** Please don’t be put off by the title, the birth scenes are phenomenal! ** The Business of Being Born
with Ricki Lake & Abby Epstein.
** There is a push towards homebirth with this one**

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