Local friends of BodyWise BirthWise
Pregnancy & Birth (Australia)
Pregnancy & Birth (International)
Homebirth (Australia)
Informed Choice
Fetal Positioning
Cord Clamping, Lotus Birth & Placenta Benefits
Caesarean Birth / VBAC
Postnatal Depression

Local Friends of BodyWise BirthWise

Fremantle Family Chiropractic – Whole body health and vitality; including pregnancy, newborns and children. South Terrace, Fremantle

Nervana Chiropractic, Palmyra – Whole body health and vitality; including pregnancy, newborns and children. Various clinics also around Perth

Shiatsu Massage Perth – Shiatsu can assist women through their entire cycle of pregnancy and the postnatal period. Located in Fremantle area.

Pregnancy & Birth Information – Australia – An excellent and comprehensive website for pregnancy, labour and birth, founded by a childbirth educator and a midwife. – A unique Australian family website, offering real-life, gentle solutions for conception, pregnancy, birth and baby, all in the one place. Forums with friendly, supportive members and fantastic professional support panel. – Beer and Bubs is a one–night session at the pub where expectant dads learn how to support their partner through the birth of their baby. The program helps men gain the practical knowledge they need to be involved in the births of their children in a positive way and to get the fatherhood adventure started with a memorable and empowering experience. – Dr Sarah Buckley brings together her medical training and her mothering wisdom in her wonderful new book Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering. She writes engaging, compassionate, and superbly researched material that will help you to make the most gentle, loving and best possible choices for your families. – Birth International online store; books, DVD’s, products for pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and parenting – An up to date and extensive source of information on pregnancy, birth and parenting. Information on midwifery care, pre-conception care, pregnancy, birth, waterbirth, homebirth, vaginal birth after caesarean, postnatal care and breastfeeding. Providing a rich resource for families, midwives and other health professionals to explore options and make informed choices. Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond provides private midwifery services, quality childbirth education and lactation consultations. – Capers bookstore; books, DVD’s, products for pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and parenting.

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Pregnancy & Birth Information – International – Medical writer and birth activist Henci Goer gives clear, concise information based on the latest medical studies. Check out the info about labour interventions, including episiotomy, under ‘birth guru’. – Explores aspects of birth, drawing on things that Sheila has learned from women around the world and her research as a social anthropologist into women’s experiences of pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding.

Waterbirth – Informative articles about the advantages of birthing in water. – The La Bassine Birth Pool is a must for any woman wanting to experience labour or birth in water, because every woman has the right to a fabulous birthing experience. Comprehensive information re waterbirth.

Homebirth – Australia – A group of consumers and midwives committed to ensuring the survival of homebirth as a birth option for Australian women, with the overall aim of public funded homebirth across the country.

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Informed Choice

What does evidence-based maternity care mean?
“Evidence-based maternity care” means using the best research about the safety and effectiveness of specific tests, treatments, and other interventions to help guide maternity care decisions. – Childbirth Connection is a national not-for-profit organization founded in 1918 as Maternity Center Association. “Our mission is to improve the quality and value of maternity care through consumer engagement and health system transformation. Childbirth Connection promotes safe, effective and satisfying evidence-based maternity care and is a voice for the needs and interests of childbearing families.” – A comprehensive set of 21 leaflets providing information about key decisions facing parents during pregnancy, birth and afterwards.

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Cord clamping, Lotus Birth & Placenta Benefits – Lotus birth is the practice of leaving the umbilical cord uncut so that the baby remains attached to the placenta until the cord naturally separates at the navel, exactly as a cut cord does 3-10 days after birth. – Raising awareness and campaigning for the birthrights of newborn babies and the worldwide human rights violation of routine immediate umbilical cord clamping.

Fetal positioning – Information about baby’s positions in utero (including breech) the affect on labour/birth for mother and baby, with techniques for pregnancy and labour to encourage the optimal position.

Caesarean Birth / VBAC – provides childbearing women and maternity care professionals access to evidence-based resources, educational materials, and support for VBAC and caesarean prevention – Resources and support for women planning a vaginal birth after a caesarean.

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Breastfeeding – The website of the Australian Breastfeeding Association. A great Australian resource site. – The website of the La Leche League, who provide mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education. – Evidence based breastfeeding and parenting resources

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Postnatal Depression – Postnatal and Antenatal Depression Association Inc. PANDA’s telephone information, support and referral service is staffed by trained volunteers, professional counsellors and supervising staff. In keeping with PANDA’s Mutual Support Self Help principles most of these volunteers on the helpline have experienced perinatal depression and anxiety. – A national, independent, not-for-profit organisation working to address issues associated with depression, anxiety and related disorders in Australia. It aims to raise community awareness about depression and anxiety, and reducing stigma associated with the illness. Works in partnership with health services, schools, workplaces, universities, media and community organisations, as well as people living with depression, to bring together their expertise around depression.

Vaccination – Australian Vaccination-Skeptics Network urges you to investigate before you vaccinate. The AVN is working to help parents take back the right to free and informed choice by allowing them to see both sides of this issue before making a decision. – The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) is the oldest and largest national organisation advocating reformation of the mass vaccination system. NVIC is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to preventing vaccine injuries and deaths through public education and defending the right to informed consent to vaccination.

Circumcision – Australian site that provides up to date and accurate information about the medical, legal, ethical, cultural and historical aspects of male and female circumcision.

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