Professional Organizations



APPPAH (Association for Pre- and Perinatal Psychology and Health)

CIMS (Coalition for Improvement of Maternity Services)

Lamaze International:

AIMS (Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services): –


Other authoritative resources


EBB (Evidence Based Birth):

Childbirth Connection:

Spinning Babies (for breech babies):




Sarah Wickham (Midwife)

Sarah Buckley (MD)

Research Sites


The Cochrane Library (subscription):

Pubmed (free):



La Leche League (mom to mom support):

ILCA (International Lactation Consultant Association):




Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin

Spiritual midwifery by Ina May Gaskin

Primal Health by Michel Odent

The Hypnobirthing Book by Katharine Graves

The Basic Needs of a Woman in Labour by Ruth Ehrhardt



Booklets available from AIMS


  • Home Birth
  • Breech Birth
  • Birth after Cesarean
  • Induction-Intervention
  • Am I Allowed?
  • Vitamin K and the Newborn
  • Group Strep B
  • What’s Right for Me?
  • Ultrasound? Unsound!
  • Birthing Your Baby: The Second Stage
  • Delivering Your Placenta
  • Choosing a Water Birth






Fundamental articles


“But what if…”

“Safer birth in a barn?” by Beth Barbeau

“Out of the laboratory: Back to the darkened room” by Tricia Anderson