Online resources

Online resources

Websites of Birth Experts in the Film

Click on each name or group to visit the website of a birth expert featured in Orgasmic Birth.

Sarah J Buckley, MD

Carrie Conte, PhD

Maureen Corry, MPH

Elizabeth Davis, BA, CPM

Robbie Davis-Floyd, PhD

Ina May Gaskin, MA, CPM

Ina May’s Safe Motherhood Quilt Project

Anne Margolis, CNM, NP, RNC, MSN

Lonnie C. Morris, CNM, ND

Christiane Northrup, MD

Valeriana Pasqua-Masback, CNM

Lawrence Rosen, MD

Penny Simkin, PT

Marsden Wagner, MD

Organizations

Advocacy

Childbirth Connection www.childbirthconnection.com
A source for trustworthy up-to-date evidence-based information and resources on planning for pregnancy, labor, and birth and the postpartum period, promoting safe,effective, and satisfying evidence-based maternity care for women and families.

Coalition for Improving Maternity Services www.motherfriendly.org
The Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative provides guidelines for identifying “mother-friendly” birth sites, including hospitals, birth centers, and homebirth services.

International MotherBaby Childbirth Initiative www.imbci.org
The purpose of the IMBCI 10 Steps is to improve care throughout the childbearing continuum in order to save lives, prevent illness and harm from the overuse of obstetric technologies, and promote health for mothers and babies around the world.

Mothers Naturally www.mothersnaturally.org
Goal: to increase the number of safe and positive births by educating and informing the public about natural birth options and empowering women to make pregnancy and birth choices appropriate for their lives. A public education program from the Midwives Alliance of North America (see under Midwifery).

Breastfeeding

La Leche League International www.llli.org
Gives information and encouragement to mothers who want to breastfeed their babies, recognizing the unique importance of one mother helping another to perceive the needs of her child and to learn the best means of fulfilling those needs.

World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action www.waba.org.my
A global network of individuals and organizations concerned with the protection, promotion, and support of breastfeeding worldwide.

Cesarean birth

International Cesarean Awareness Network www.ican-online.org
Formed more than 25 years ago to support women in their journey toward understanding the risks of cesarean section and to help them have healthy births and healthy lives after undergoing the surgery that changed them.

VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) www.vbac.com
Provides access to information from scientific studies, professional guidelines, government reports, successful and safe established VBAC programs, and the midwifery model of care with the goal of helping women make informed decisions about how they will give birth and to encourage an honest and respectful dialog with their caregivers.

Childbirth education

Birthing From Within www.birthingfromwithin.com
Birthing From Within gives us a chance to deeply and authentically explore our pre-conceived notions, fears, hopes, and dreams about birth and new parenthood.

Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth www.bradleybirth.com
Bradley classes stress the importance of healthy baby, healthy mother, and healthy families, attracting families who are willing to take the responsibility needed for preparation and birth.

Childbirth International www.childbirthinternational.com
A worldwide community of doulas, childbirth educators, and breastfeeding counselors.

HypnoBirthing® www.hypnobirthing.com
HypnoBirthing® – The Mongan Method – is a unique method of relaxed, natural childbirth education, enhanced by self-hypnosis techniques. HypnoBirthing® provides the missing link that allows women to use their natural instincts to bring about a safer, easier, more comfortable birthing. Emphasis is placed on pregnancy and childbirth, as well as on pre-birth parenting and the consciousness of the pre-born baby.

International Childbirth Education Association www.icea.org
Freedom of choice based on knowledge of alternatives in family-centered maternity and newborn care.

Lamaze International www.lamaze.org
Promotes, supports, and protects normal birth through education and advocacy.

National Childbirth Trust www.nctpregnancyandbabycare.com
British charity informs and supports parents through pregnancy, birth, and the early days of parenthood.

Consumer groups

BOLD http://www.boldaction.org/
BOLD is a global arts-based movement inspiring communities to create childbirth choices that work for mothers through performances of the play Birth and BOLD Red Tents around the world.

Birth Networks http://www.lamazeinternational.org/BirthNetworkConnections
Birth Networks have formed independently in at least nine states as well as in Canada and Australia. These grassroots community organizations promote normal birth; endorse the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative; provide support, education, and evidenced-based information about normal birth for parents; and serve as a resource for caregivers who support normal birth.

The Birth Survey www.thebirthsurvey.com
A mechanism for women to share information about maternity care practices in their communities and a source of feedback to practitioners and institutions toward improving quality of care.

Citizens for Midwifery www.cfmidwifery.org
Works to provide information and resources that promote the local midwife as well as midwives and midwifery care nationwide. The only national consumer-based group in the United States promoting the Midwives Model of Care.

Doulas

DONA International www.dona.org
The oldest and largest doula association in the world serves mothers and families by providing access to information and research about doulas, childbirth, and the postpartum experience.

Midwifery

American College of Nurse-Midwives www.acnm.org
Mission: to promote the health and well-being of women and infants within their families and communities through the development and support of the profession of midwifery as practiced by certified nurse-midwives and certified midwives.

Foundation for the Advancement of Midwifery www.formidwifery.org
Fulfills its mission—to improve the health status of women, babies, and families by increasing awareness of and access to the midwifery model of care—by funding education, research, and public policy initiatives.

International Confederation of Midwives www.internationalmidwives.org
Supports, represents, and works to strengthen professional associations of midwives; works with midwives and midwifery associations globally to secure women’s right and access to midwifery care before, during, and after childbirth.

Midwifery Today www.midwiferytoday.com
Quarterly journal written mostly by midwives, doctors, doulas, childbirth educators, academics, and other specialists; sponsors worldwide midwifery conferences.

Midwives Alliance of North America www.mana.org
A professional organization for all midwives with the goal of unifying and strengthening the profession of midwifery.

Parenting

Fathers-To-Be www.fatherstobe.org
UK-based group focuses on the transition to fatherhood.

Mindful Mama www.mindful-mama.com
A community of moms and the people who love them. Visit often to read up on mindful approaches to pregnancy, adoption, birth, and parenting.

Mothering Magazine www.mothering.com
Includes both evidence-based clinical articles and articles written by parents, all supporting simple and natural parenting and living.

Postpartum resources

Birth Trauma Association www.birthtraumaassociation.org.uk
UK-based group offers emotional and practical support to women who have had a traumatic birth experience and their families.

Postpartum Support International www.postpartum.net
Coordinators worldwide provide information and support to women experiencing symptoms of prenatal or postpartum mood or anxiety disorder and their families.

Robyn’s Nest Post Traumatic Stress Disorder After Childbirth www.robynsnest.com/postpart2.htm
Provides educational information and support for women who have experienced PTSD after childbirth or related disorders.

Trauma and Birth Stress www.tabs.org.nz
New Zealand–based organization focuses on posttraumatic stress disorder as a result of a traumatic birth experience.

Waterbirth

Active Birth Centre http://www.activebirthcentre.com
London-based group promoting waterbirth as a natural, safe, and effective method of pain relief in labor and a gentler, easier way to give birth.

Birth Balance www.BirthBalance.com
Equipment, protocols, books, DVDs, photos, birth stories. The East Coast USA waterbirth resource center since 1987.

Sheila Kitzinger’s waterbirth page www.sheilakitzinger.com/WaterBirth.htm
A collection of resources and information about waterbirth from the well-known British birth activist.

Waterbirth International www.waterbirth.org
A not-for-profit organization of childbirth professionals and consumer advocates dedicated to making waterbirth an available option for all women in all birth settings.

Related Films

Birth As We Know It
Produced and directed by Elena Tonetti-Vladimirova, a pioneer of waterbirth in Russia since 1982. In English.

Born in Brazil/Nascendo no Brasil
A film about the reasons behind the astonishingly high cesarean rate in private Brazilian hospitals. Produced and directed by Cara Biasucci.