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Websites, Podcasts and Videos

Resources for informed decision making

Websites, Podcasts and Videos

 

Birth websites, podcasts and videos are numerous, and sometimes it can be hard to find ones that resonate with you! Take a look below at some high quality, beautiful resources below. As always, if you think there are some missing, let me know!

Websites on pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and parenting

With technology today, information is at the click of a button! But sometimes it can be hard to filter through all of the many thousands (millions!) of birth websites, podcasts and videos. When we’re looking for specific, good-quality, evidence-based information, it can help to have a starting point! Below are some websites I have found really helpful on my own journey, I hope you find them helpful too.

  • ABA

    Australian Breastfeeding Association provides support, education and advocacy. 24/7 helpline – 1800 mum2mum

  • Belly Belly

    A fantastic Australian website providing up to date information about pregnancy, birth and parenting.

  • BWF

    A fantastic website sharing birth stories of all denominations, a great resource for normalising different modes of birth.

  • EBB

    An American website providing current, unbiased evidence for families to make educated and informed decisions.

  • HBNSW

    A Sydney based, non-profit organisation dedicated to improving access to homebirth for Australian women.

  • HBA

    A homebirth advocacy organisation connecting you with midwives and resources.

  • MCA

    A maternity consumer advocacy organisation providing support, information and advocacy.

  • MCN

    A Maternity Consumer Advocacy organisation providing information, lobbying and advocacy in Australia.

  • Midwife Info

    Dr Rachael Reed, midwife and researcher, explores current birth and midwifery research and policy.

  • Infant Sleep

    Dr James McKenna explores how sleep environment affects mothers, breastfeeding and baby's physiological and psychologic well-being.

  • Mothersafe

    A free telephone service for the women of NSW providing drug, radiation and infectious disease information – (02) 9382 6539

  • PB&B

    A government supported website supporting parents from pregnancy to preschool. They also have a phone line – 1800 882 436

  • RIE

    Resources for Infant Educarers provide gentle but firm parenting strategies for encouraging authenticity and independence in children.

  • Sara Wickham

    A website providing hundreds of free research articles and blog posts as provided by Dr Sara Wickham, midwife and researcher.

  • Positioning

    A useful resources for obtaining optimal positioning for your baby throughout pregnancy, labour and birth.

  • Beyond Blue

    Addressing issues associated with depression, suicide, anxiety disorders and other related mental illnesses.

  • Lifeline

    A NFP providing free, 24-hour Telephone Crisis Support service in Australia for those experiencing mental health crises

  • Panda

    Australia's only free, national helpline service for women, men and their families affected by perinatal anxiety and depression.

Websites on pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and parenting

With technology today, information is at the click of a button! But sometimes it can be hard to filter through all of the many thousands (millions!) of birth websites, podcasts and videos. When we’re looking for specific, good-quality, evidence-based information, it can help to have a starting point! Below are some websites I have found really helpful on my own journey, I hope you find them helpful too.

  • ABA

    Australian Breastfeeding Association provides support, education and advocacy. 24/7 helpline – 1800 mum2mum

  • Belly Belly

    A fantastic Australian website providing up to date information about pregnancy, birth and parenting.

  • BWF

    A fantastic website sharing birth stories of all denominations, a great resource for normalising different modes of birth.

  • EBB

    An American website providing current, unbiased evidence for families to make educated and informed decisions.

  • HBNSW

    A Sydney based, non-profit organisation dedicated to improving access to homebirth for Australian women.

  • HBA

    A homebirth advocacy organisation connecting you with midwives and resources.

  • MCA

    A maternity consumer advocacy organisation providing support, information and advocacy.

  • MCN

    A Maternity Consumer Advocacy organisation providing information, lobbying and advocacy in Australia.

  • Midwife Info

    Dr Rachael Reed, midwife and researcher, explores current birth and midwifery research and policy.

  • Infant Sleep

    Dr James McKenna explores how sleep environment affects mothers, breastfeeding and baby's physiological and psychologic well-being.

  • Mothersafe

    A free telephone service for the women of NSW providing drug, radiation and infectious disease information – (02) 9382 6539

  • PB&B

    A government supported website supporting parents from pregnancy to preschool. They also have a phone line – 1800 882 436

  • RIE

    Resources for Infant Educarers provide gentle but firm parenting strategies for encouraging authenticity and independence in children.

  • Sara Wickham

    A website providing hundreds of free research articles and blog posts as provided by Dr Sara Wickham, midwife and researcher.

  • Positioning

    A useful resources for obtaining optimal positioning for your baby throughout pregnancy, labour and birth.

  • Beyond Blue

    Addressing issues associated with depression, suicide, anxiety disorders and other related mental illnesses.

  • Lifeline

    A NFP providing free, 24-hour Telephone Crisis Support service in Australia for those experiencing mental health crises

  • Panda

    Australia's only free, national helpline service for women, men and their families affected by perinatal anxiety and depression.

Podcasts and Videos on pregnancy, birth and parenting

Podcasts can be fantastic resources for sharing birth and parenting stories. Furthermore, the information within helps to normalise birth and life with children. These can be great for women feeling anxious or nervous about birth and parenting, and also for those just interested in listening! Birth videos can be an empowering way to ease yourself into what to expect during birth. Additionally, they can be a wonderful way of familiarising children that you want to be in the birth space with what birth looks and sounds like.

Podcast links

Birth podcasts

  • Birthful – Interviews with women and birth professionals to educate and empower.
  • Evidence Based Birth – An exploration of the evidence surrounding different interventions and tests in pregnancy and birth.
  • Fear Free Childbirth – Stories and information shared to take the fear out of birth.
  • Freebirth Society – A number of beautiful birth stories, discussion around different topics and information about unassisted birth options
  • Indie Birth – A gorgeous exploration of various topics surrounding birth as led by two hands-off midwives.
  • Keeping Birth Wild – Conversations with mothers who chose to birth their babies at home.
  • Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond – A podcast exploring from pregnancy to parenting
  • Rockstar Birth Radio – A podcast for women seeking a fabulous birth experience, away from fear.
  • The Birth Hour – Beautiful birth stories of all kinds; hospital, home, freebirth, inductions, caesareans, ecstatic/orgasmic births.
  • The Circle of Birth – Birth stories told from the women’s perspective. This is a great podcast as it is Australia based.
  • The Cord – A mixture of birth stories and informative podcasts with interviews of practitioners from differing modalities.
  • VBAC Birth Stories – Sharing of VBAC birth stories, in hospital and at home, and an exploration of the feelings and thoughts of the women who had them.

Parenting podcasts

  • Beyond Babyhood – Information about breastfeeding and babywearing
  • Doctor Erin’s Podcast – Coaching and help to deal with birth trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder and an analysis of different techniques you can use throughout your life and parenting journey.
  • Mothering the Mother – A podcast with mums and health professionals talking about the transformative effect, and importance of the right of passage, of becoming a mother.
  • The Authentic Parenting Podcast – Talking around the importance of healing from our traumas, breaking away from patterns/triggers, finding our authentic voice in parenting and becoming more mindful in order to show up for our children.
  • The Australian Breastfeeding Podcast – A registered midwife and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) interviews new mothers about their experiences with breastfeeding.
  • The Cord – A mixture of birth stories and informative podcasts with interviews of practitioners from differing modalities.
  • The Longest Shortest Time – Informative interviews and down to earth stories about what it’s like to raise little humans.
  • The Gentle Parenting Podcast – A podcast exploring different gentle parenting techniques and how parents deal with various different situations.
  • Unruffled – Discussion around ways to best support your child in a respectful, nurturing way, even in those ‘ruffling’ situations.
  • Your Parenting Mojo – A podcast exploring the science supporting your child’s developmental and learning needs.

Videos and Documentaries

Birth Documentaries

 

  • The Business of Being Born – 1 and 2, looks at issues with maternity system
  • The Face of Birth – Australian documentary outlining the importance of choice
  • These Are My Hours – A documentary that explores labour and birth from the woman’s perspective
  • Why Not Home – Documentary exploring the birth choices of nurses and doctors
  • Orgasmic Birth – An exploration into how love and intimacy can create pleasure in birth
  • The Big Stretch – 2 separate documentaries exploring birth from interviews with women and birthworkers

 

TED Talks and Birth Information

Birth Videos

Homebirths

Hospital Births

Breastfeeding Support

  • Global Health Media Videos – A fantastic video series providing information about various different aspects of birth, newborn life and breastfeeding. The breastfeeding videos are particularly useful for positioning and attachment and dealing with common complications.
  • The Thompson Method – An alternative method for breastfeeding to those provided in the above videos. Dr Thompson developed this method after watching and researching anatomy of the infant mouth and mother’s breasts.