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Books:

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin

The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth by Sheila Kitzinger

Birthing from Within by Pam England

The Birth Book by William Sears

The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer

Real Food for Mother and Baby by Nina Planck

The Natural Pregnancy Book by Aviva Romm

Videos:

The Business of Being Born  available on Netflix.  Probably one of the biggest influences in bringing homebirth to the attention of mainstream America.

Freedom For Birth  This documentary explores Childbirth as a human rights issue around the world.

Birth Story  The story of Ina May Gaskin, a pioneer in modern midwifery, and The Farm, where she works.

Breast Crawl  A fantastic video showing that infants are absolutely born knowing how to find the breast and latch on properly.

The Greater Good  A great place to start when researching vaccines.  This documentary is fair, balanced, and lets all points of view speak for themselves.

Blogs/Websites:

Midwife Thinking  Rachel Reed explores many aspects of childbirth and presents well-researched thoughts and explanations.

Evidence Based Birth  Rebbecca Dekker presents spectacular summaries of the latest research in childbirth so that parents can be informed and hold their providers to the standard of evidence-based care.

Delayed Cord Clamping  The place to go to find articles,  testimonials, research, and support for physiological cord closure.

Lakeshore Medical Breastfeeding Medicine Clinic  These Facebook notes provide parents with clear explanations of all aspects of the breastfeeding relationship.

Gianelloni Family  This “Mom Blog” explores many common vaccines in depth.  She is most definitely anti-vaccine, but unlike some other sites, expresses her opinions very cohesively and avoids hysteria.  She cites her sources and points you to them.

 Studies/Policies on Homebirth:

JointStatmentHomeBirths2007RCOG

CMAJ Outcomes Study

British Medical Journal Homebirth Study

Midwives Alliance of North America Planned Homebirth Study