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Some useful websites





There are so many good and informative websites out there that it's hard to choose among them.  Many of the links listed below will be of interest to pregnant women and families everywhere.   There are also many links with information specifically for residents of British Columbia, Canada, and even more specifically to the Fraser Valley area.

Remember to read all information on 'popular' websites critically!  

One of the best websites for researched, evidence-based information is:





Baby's Best Chance, a downloadable PDF booklet containing all the information you need for your pregnancy, birth and baby:  http://www.health.gov.bc.ca/library/publications/year/2015/babys-best-chance-2015.pdf

A good B.C. government website with a new (August 2013) section on Pregnancy and Parenting: http://www.healthyfamiliesbc.ca/parenting

Another good website by the Fraser Health Authority, with information on everything to do with pregnancy, labour, birth, baby, breastfeeding:  http://www.fraserhealth.ca/health-info/pregnancy-and-babies/

If you would like to know more about fertility and the decision about whether to have a baby now, or later, or never, check out the new UBC website:  http://myfertilitychoices.com/  


Videos
There are lots of great videos of births - home births,water births, Caesarean sections - and a few of other aspects of pregnancy and baby care.  Here are a few fun and interesting ones:

How your baby grows and develops, from egg and sperm to newborn in your arms, all in six minutes!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_22CFCxDUy0 

How babies move through their mother's birth canals - they are definitely active during labour! www.youtube.com/watch?v=lo6BexVICQo&NR=1


Pregnancy
Choices in Childbirth - a good all round site  https://choicesinchildbirth.org/expecting-moms/newly-pregnant/
Canadian Pediatric Society - 'caring for kids'   www.caringforkids.cps.ca
Lamaze International - another good all round site  www.lamaze.org
Childbirth Connection - a good site with current research information http://www.childbirthconnection.org/maternity-care/
Maternity at Home - a good site with interesting and informative articles - http://maternityathome.com/ 
Women's Health - has a section on pregnancy  https://www.womenshealth.gov/pregnancy/
Best Start - a site with information in French and English  www.beststart.org
World Health Organization - an international site with excellent information  www.who.int/topics/pregnancy/en
iVillage Pregnancy and Parenting - lots of info here!   www.ivillage.com/pregnancy-parenting
BC Womens Hosptial information on pregnancy  http://www.bcwomens.ca/health-info/pregnancy-parenting/pregnancy
Maternity Wise, a British site with good information  http://www.maternitywise.org/
Some of the most popular sites are also good sources of information, including:
 http://kellymom.com/           www.pregnancy.com               www.pregnancy.org             www.pregnancy.about.com            www.babycenter.com


Nutrition 
Health Link BC information on nutrition in pregnancy, breastfeeding and for babies and children   http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/search/index.asp?filter=ht&searchterm=nutrition&search-button.x=0&search-button.y=0&search-button=search
Canadian Dietitians - information for everyone   www.dietitians.ca
Canada Food Guide - for information about calcium, iron, folic acid, vitamins, etc.  www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/food-guide-aliment/index-eng.php
A new (2012) guide from Health Canada on infant nutrition  http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/nutrition/infant-nourisson/index-eng.php?utm_source=email-infant-vanity&utm_medium=email-vanity&utm_campaign=email-blast


Fit to Deliver   www.fittodeliver.com
Yoga online    www.myyogaonline.com

Sleep
Here's a site that's all about sleep - and how you can get more of it:  https://www.tuck.com/pregnancy-and-sleep/ 

Nausea and vomiting ('morning sickness')
Mother Risk (Toronto Sick Kids Hospital) - excellent information, particularly on medications and on nausea and vomiting in pregnancy  www.motherisk.org/women/index.jsp
Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC) - for information on nausea and vomiting (and other aspects of pregnancy - check the index)    www.sogc.org/health/pregnancy-nausea_e.asp


Genetic screening
BC Prenatal Genetic Screening Program - the screens and tests you will be offered in pregnancy   www.bcprenatalscreening.ca
Canadian Down Syndrome Society   www.cdss.ca


LABOUR AND BIRTH
Prenatal education/classes in the Lower Mainland (B.C.C)   www.childbearing.org
About.com Pregnancy and Childbirth - an American site with good information, well organized; includes everything you might want to know  www.pregnancy.about.com/od/laborbirth/p/laborbasics.htm
Baby Centre - a British site with good information on a variety of subjects to do with labour and birth, mostly consistent with the Canadian system, although you will find some differences    www.babycentre.co.uk/pregnancy/labourandbirth
BC Women's Cesarean Task Force - a site about childbirth choices in BC, including VBAC and vaginal birth with a breech baby.  Includes video clips of women talking about their birth experiences  www.powertopush.ca
Optimal Fetal Positioning - a site about how to make sure your baby's in a good position before labour   www.homebirth.org.uk/ofp.htm  
Hypnobabies - a new approach to labour and birth, using self-hypnosis for relaxation   www.hypnobabies.com

Doulas
(women who provide individualized support in labour and postpartum)
DONA International - for information about doulas and to find a doula   www.dona.org
BC doula organization   www.bcdoulas.org

Water birth
Water birth international - comprehensive information on water birth    www.waterbirth.org
Water birth information - general information   www.waterbirthinfo.com

Home birth
College of Midwives of BC - statement on home birth; the College is the licensing body for all B.C. midwives  http://cmbc.bc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/13.01-Statement-on-Home-Birth.pdf
BC Homebirth Demonstration Project - a review of safety and effectiveness  www.cmaj.ca/cgi/content/full/166/3/315
Homebirth - a British site with good basic information     www.homebirth.org.uk

Cesarean Section and Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Section (VBAC)
BC Women's Cesarean Task Force - a site about childbirth choices in BC, with video clips of women talking about their birth experiences  www.powertopush.ca
BC Perinatal Health Program - a 2008 report on C-sections and ways of promoting a natural labour; a very detailed report with facts and statistics about C-sections, why they are on the rise, and what can be done to reduce their numbers 
International Cesarean Awareness Network - for information about Cesarean section and VBAC  www.ican-online.org
Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)   www.vbac.com
Skin-to-Skin Care:  http://www.kangaroomothercare.com/birth-kmc.aspx

Depression and Anxiety (may occur in pregnancy or after the baby is born)
Bounce Back - an online program with videos and worksheets that you can access any time, for free!  http://www.bouncebackonline.ca/ 
Pacific Postpartum Support - a local organization for support for postpartum depression  www.postpartum.org
Anxiety - a great site  www.anxietybc.com/


BABIES!
Canadian Pediatric Society - information on everything to do with babies and kids  www.caringforkids.cps.ca
Canadian Pediatric Society - 2015 guideline on eye medications for babies  http://www.cps.ca/en/documents/position/ophthalmia-neonatorum
World Health Organization  www.who.int/topics/infant_newborn/en/
Dr. Sears - two pediatricians who give good information   www.askdrsears.com
Skin-to-Skin Care:  http://www.kangaroomothercare.com/birth-kmc.aspx
Baby Wearing International - safe ways to 'wear' your baby (slings etc.)   www.babywearinginternational.org
Under Cover Mother - safe ways to 'wear' your baby  www.undercovermother.net
Health Canada recommendations on infant nutrition - an excellent source of information on when and what to feed your baby!   http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/nutrition/infant-nourisson/index-eng.php?utm_source=email-infant-vanity&utm_medium=email-vanity&utm_campaign=email-blast
Sleep - how to help your baby (and you) get more of it   https://www.tuck.com/parents-guide-healthy-sleep/

Baby and Child Safety information
www.healthycanadians.gc.ca/kids  - covers all subjects from nutrition to crib and car seat safety
www.cw.bc.ca/safestart - from BC Childrens Hospital; see in particular the home safety checklist, available in many languages
http://www.parachutecanada.org/safekidscanada - this is a site where you can search issues and questions by topic
http://www.icbc.com/road-safety/safer-drivers/Pages/Child-car-seats.aspx - ICBC site information on child car seat safety in several languages

Co-sleeping with your baby
- 30 years of research supporting co-sleeping and how to co-sleep safely with your baby
http://www.naturalchild.org/james_mckenna/    and   http://cosleeping.nd.edu/frequently-asked-questions/


BREASTFEEDING
Jack Newman - absolutely the best site on breast feeding!   http://www.nbci.ca/
La Leche League International - another good all round site   www.llli.org
Breastfeeding basics   www.breastfeedingbasics.com
Mass Breastfeeding - checklists and information   www.massbreastfeeding.org
INFACT Canada - site about the benefits of breast feeding   www.infactcanada.ca
Kelly Mom - breastfeeding and parenting   www.kellymom.com
Breastfeeding online   www.breastfeedingonline.com

Safety of drugs and medications in pregnancy and breast feeding:
Motherisk (Toronto Sick Kids Hospital) - one of the best sites (also a 1-800 number you can call)  www.motherisk.org
Drug Alert - a good site from the USA  www.drugalert.org/safety/pregnancy-and-medication-safety    
Safe Fetus - a good but basic site  www.safefetus.com
Drug information sites -   www.drugs.com     and    www.rxlist.com  and  www.drugwatch.com

WOMENS' HEALTH
Women's College Hospital   www.womenshealthmatters.ca

Sexuality and contraception
Sexuality and U - an excellent Canadian site   www.sexualityandu.ca
Options for health   www.optionsforsexualhealth.org


Information on specific diseases
Canadian Centre for Disease Control - excellent information on communicable diseases (measles, Fifth Disease) and  STDs   www.cdc.gov


BC MIDWIVES AND MIDWIFERY
Midwives Association of BC (MABC) - directory of all midwives and practices in the province (find a midwife)  www.bcmidwives.com
College of Midwives of BC  (CMBC) - regulations for BC midwives  www.cmbc.bc.ca
BC Perinatal Health Providers  (BCPHP) - guidelines for all perinatal health providers  http://www.perinatalservicesbc.ca/
Canadian Association of Midwives - midwifery in Canada     www.canadianmidwives.org
UBC Midwifery Program - for those interested in becoming midwives   http://midwifery.ubc.ca/
The Big Push - a site for and about midwifery  www.thebigpushformidwives.org
Midwifery Today - online magazine  www.midwiferytoday.com

Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC)
Guidelines that all Canadian maternity care providers (nurses, doctors, midwives, obstetricians) are meant to follow when providing care for pregnant, birthing and post-partum women  www.sogc.org/guidelines


BLOGS
http://givingbirthwithconfidence.org  Blogs on a variety of pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding issues by well-informed writers from organizations such as La Leche League and Lamaze
www.scienceandsensibility.org  A research blog about healthy pregnancy, birth and beyond; good information by a qualified academic






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