Local friends of BodyWise BirthWise
Pregnancy & Birth (Australia)
Pregnancy & Birth (International)
Homebirth (Australia)
Homebirth (International)
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

Birth Dancing – gentle movements from ancient wisdom for pregnancy, birth and beyond.

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

The Bump WA – Mother Nurture Groups – Mother Nurture Groups are run as a closed therapeutic group for mothers and their babies in the first months of parenthood. Each group has 2 facilitators, women with special expertise in Infant-Parent relationships. Topics covered include self nurturing activities, “tool box” of coping techniques, early parenting skills including understanding baby’s communication, dealing with ambivalent emotions, challenges in partner and family of origin relationships, debriefing birth trauma, sharing stories and developing support networks.

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. – A national non-profit, non-political and non-sectarian consumer advocacy organisation. MC acts as an umbrella organisation to bring together support groups and individuals for effective lobbying, information sharing, networking and support in maternity services. Mothers and midwives working together for better maternity care in Australia. Please join! – 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. – (SA) A network of people in the community who consider homebirth a safe and natural way of birthing. They insist on the rights of women to choose how and where they birth their babies, and believe this is a fundamental right for all women, especially in a time when birth is becoming increasingly medically managed, and women’s birthing power is diminished. – (WA) Previously known as Community Midwifery, Western Australia. Their vision is that woman-centred, community-based midwifery services, including homebirth, be available to all women across Western Australia. Provides homebirth program, a resource centre, antenatal workshops, postnatal support services, birth pool hire and much more.

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Homebirth – International – A UK based reference site. Research based evidence about the safety of homebirth, information and support. – The Unassisted Childbirth Page, a site dedicated to the belief that women are the true experts of birth. Birth is sexual and spiritual, magical and miraculous – articles and stories on this site to help women to cast off their fears and begin to believe in their own abilities. Especially inspiring part of the site: Childbirth Ecstasy by Laura Shanley.

Hypnobirthing – Perth based, Hypnobirthing classes (or private sessions)

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.” – Infosheets are designed to assist women to question and communicate with their caregivers, and make informed decisions about their maternity care. This will help to ensure that the care offered is appropriate for the woman, her pregnancy, her goals and her individual circumstances – 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

http://www.Cord-Clamping.Com – Shares evidence and information about the benefits of physiological cord closure or delayed cord clamping during childbirth. Aims to raise awareness of placental transfusion, normal fetal-to-neonatal transition and safe strategies for parents and practitioners to preserve the integrity of the umbilical cord at birth. – 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. – Placental history, rituals and placentophagy; placental encapsulation.

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 – Birthrites 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. A great Australian resource site. – 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

Parenting – An Australia wide network of families and professionals aiming to support, educate and celebrate the diversity of natural choices available to families as they journey their way through pregnancy, birth and ongoing parenthood. – Pinky McKay’s website, with information, resources and great links for new parents. – An Australian Natural parenting magazine created to provide thought-provoking, evidence-based articles on the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual elements of child-rearing from a natural parenting perspective. Breastfeeding, birthing, organic gardening, parent/child activities, baby led weaning recipes, eco travel and lots more… – Attachment Parenting International (API). The mission of API is to promote parenting practices that create strong, healthy emotional bonds between children and their parents. API believes these practices nurture and fulfill a child’s need for trust, empathy and affection, providing a lifelong foundation for healthy, enduring relationships. – The Natural Child project vision is a world in which all children are treated with dignity, respect, understanding, and compassion. In such a world, every child can grow into adulthood with a generous capacity for love and trust. Our society has no more urgent task. – Kindred is the worlds first and only sustainable family living and natural parenting magazine. Founded in 2002, and formerly known as ‘byronchild’, Kindred is committed to supporting parents create a more sustainable, just and child-friendly world. – Support for parents opting to continue a pregnancy when their baby has a terminal prenatal diagnosis.

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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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