Here you will find information on recommended links, books, birth videos, and breastfeeding resources. Scroll down for the extensive list!

Web Based Resources

Birth Net– a capital region birth advocacy and education network.

International Cesarean Awareness Network: – ICAN Chapter meetings are open to the public but we encourage you to join and support your ICAN chapter at the local level so that all women in your area will have access to the resources and support of the ICAN organization.

Postpartum Resource Center of NY – You are not alone. You are not to blame. You will feel better and get well. A self help organization established to provide emotional support, educational information, and healthcare and support group referrals to mothers suffering from prenatal and postpartum depression (PPD). Also for mothers experiencing PP anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive disorder, and postpartum psychosis.

Capital Region Slingbabies – Local group of volunteers that helps parents learn about slings and how to use them for wearing your baby.

Shades of Light – Local affiliate of Postpartum Resource Center of NY. Local meetings for mothers suffering from PP depression and anxiety, and other perinatal mood disorders.

Postpartum Progress – website and blog with articles and information about postpartum depression and recovery.

Local website listing birth and postpartum doulas



Green Mountain Birth Connections – Based in Bennington Vt, this organization of doulas and birth workers provide information, doula support, placenta encapsulation, childbirth classes, and so much more!

Compleat Mother– the magazine of pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding.

Having a Baby Today– a site for those interested in natural birth and midwifery care

Spinning Babies to tips on having an easier birth through optimal fetal positioning; including exercises and tips for getting your baby into the best possible position for labor and birth

Kelly Mom Breastfeeding Information – Extensive website with information about breastfeeding children of all ages, troubleshooting problems, and

Birthing the Future
The mission of Birthing The Future, the non-profit, is: to gather, synthesize, and disseminate the finest world wisdom that inspires people about the significance of birthing in each of our lives. Provides insights from a global perspective.

Black Women’s Health Imperative
Black Women’s Health Imperative, the new name of the National Black Women’s Health Project, is a leading African American health education, research, advocacy and leadership development institution. Promoting optimum health for Black women across the life span– physically, mentally and spiritually.

Childbirth Solutions
Online resource with articles, links, and tools.

Choices in Childbirth
Online resource, extensive listings of articles and links.

Maternity Wise
Online resource, tools and resources for evidence-based care.

Midwifery Today
Site for professionals, with articles and resources for those interested in midwifery and birth.

Mothering Magazine
Site for parents with articles and resources about pregnancy, birth, and parenting.

Our Bodies Ourselves Companion Website
Following the chapters in the book, this site offers book excerpts along with “Companion Content” with web links and other information.
This website provides childbearing women and maternity care professionals access to research based information, resources, continuing education and support for VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean).

Citizens for Midwifery – Grassroots organization supporting midwives and the Midwife Model of Care. Information on state-by-state rules and regulations about midwifery practice, how to find a midwife, etc.


The Business of Being Born, Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein
Orgasmic Birth, by Debra Pascali-Bonaro
What Babies Want by Debby Takikawa
Gentle Birth Choices, by Barbara Harper
Giving Birth: Challenges and Choices, by Suzanne Arms
Born in the USA by Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider
Birth Day by Naoli Vinaver Lopez
Birth in Water: A Sacred Journey

Recommended Books

Birthing from Within: An Extraordinary Guide to ChildbirthPreparation by, Pam England and Rob Horowitz. Partera Press, 1998

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, by Ina May Gaskin. Bantam Books, 2003

The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth, by Henci Goer. Perigee, 1999.

Gentle Birth Choices, by Barbara Harper & Suzanne Arms. Healing Arts Press, Revised 2005.

Your Best Birth:Know all your options, Discover the Natural Choices, and Take Back the Birth Experience, by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein.

Hey! Who’s Having This Baby Anyway? : How to take charge and create a safe environment for your baby’s birth, including essential information about medications and interventions, by Breck Hawk.

Having a Baby Naturally by Peggy O’Mara. Atria Books, 2003

Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn, Revised and Updated : The Complete Guide by Penny Simkin, Janet Whalley & Ann Keppler. Meadowbrook, 2001

The Birth Partner: Everything You Need to Know to Help a Woman Through Childbirth by Penny Simkin. Harvard Common Press, 2nd Edition, 2001

Having Twins, by Elizabeth Noble

Prenatal Parenting:The Complete Psychological and Spiritual Guide to Loving Your Unborn Child, by Frederick Wirth

Your Baby, Your Way, by Sheila Kitzinger

Birthing Normally: A Personal Growth Approach to Childbirth, by Gayle Peterson

A Good Birth, a Safe Birth: Choosing and Having the Childbirth Experience You Want, Third Revised Edition, by Diane Korte

Waterbirth, by Janet Balaskas

Waterbirth:A Midwife’s Perspective, by Susanna Napierala

Creating a Joyful Birth Experience: Developing a Partnership with Your Unborn Child for Healthy Pregnancy, Labor, and Early Parenting, by Lucia  Capaccione and Sandra Bardsley

Herbal for the Childbearing Year- Susun Weed


Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding – Ina May Gaskin

The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers-Jack Newman, M.D.

Bestfeeding- Renfrew/Fisher/Arms

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding- La Leche League

Breastfeeding Cafe: Mothers Share the Joys, Challenges and Secrets of Nursing – Barbara Behrmann.