Resources for Childbirth And Parenting Educators

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Places where learning activities and teaching aids may be viewed or purchased:

These are listed where no preference is implied:

Birth International - Australia  formerly owned and operated by Andrea Robertson, operated since 2016 by Jane Palmer from Pregnancy, birth and beyond; for DVDs, charts, learning activities, teaching aids, books

Capers Bookstore - Australia Sarah Cornfoot; for DVDs, charts, learning activities, teaching aids, books

Plumtree Baby - USA Julie Olson; for DVDs, charts, learning activities, teaching aids, books; also blogs with articles on a range of topics

Birthwell birthright - Melbourne, is the Australian distributer for Plumtree Baby (USA) teaching & learning resources

Passion for Birth  Teri Shilling (USA)

Spinning Babies  Gail Tully with links to a range of you-tube videos demonstrating gentle movements to assist optimal birthing positions (USA)

Birthing From Within  Pam England (USA)

Birthing Sense Leanne Cummins provides a DVD Series that compliments or substitutes your antenatal class information and makes sense of your pregnancy, birth and early parenting experience (Australia).

Family Planning NSW- Australia - for family planning resources

Healthy Start Parents with learning difficulties can parent well, but it is important that they receive the right support and education matched to their learning needs. Healthy Start is a national Australian capacity building strategy which aims to improve health and wellbeing for children whose Children have learning difficulties. The website contains practical resources to support practitioners and parents.

Raising Children Network  Australian resource for parenting newborns to teens, including caring for the parent relationship and birth choices; has many short and practical you-tube videos, podcasts, fact sheets and articles on a wide range of topics.

St Luke's Innovative Resources Strengths-based training resources (Victoria, Australia)

Breastfeeding Conferences Australian Lactation Management Consultants provide e-learning modules and conferences relating to breastfeeding

Journals and Publications related to Childbirth and Parenting Education

The International Journal of Birth and Parenting Education is published in the United Kingdom and aims to provide all practitioners working with mothers, fathers and families across the transition to parenthood (from pregnancy to when the baby is two years old) with the following:

  1. Up-to-date information about: 
    1. The multiplicity of factors affecting the development of the unborn baby
    2. Factors affecting the mother's, father's and baby's wellbeing during labour and birthow the relationship between mother and father changes across the transition to parenthood
    3. How the infant (and child) develop intellectually, socially and emotionally
  2. Brief, accessible summaries of research in all of the above areas
  3. Best practice ideas for educating and communicating effectively with new families from all backgrounds, regardless of faith, race, ethnicity, culture and family constitution, in the antenatal and postnatal periods, either in one-to-one sessions or in groups
  4. Best practice ideas for setting up and running support networks for mothers, fathers and young families

The Journal also aims to provide information about:

  1. Well-established parent education programmes: content, delivery and evidence-base
  2. Third sector organisations active in the field of parent education and support

The Journal seeks to ensure that there is no gulf between theory and practice. It seeks to help all practitioners acquire an accurate, up-to-date knowledge-base, and learn about proven strategies for helping new mothers and fathers be the best possible parents for their children.

The International Journal of Childbirth Education is published in the USA and is a peer-reviewed journal and accepts submissions from practitioners, prenatal educators, researchers, and scholars. IJCE welcomes submissions of narratives, commentaries, original research, evidence-based application papers and descriptions of best clinical practices.

The Journal of Perinatal Education (JPE) is a peer-reviewed journal specifically for childbirth educators published by Lamaze International, USA. Through evidence-based articles, the JPE advances the knowledge of aspiring and seasoned educators in any setting—independent or private practice, community, hospital, nursing or midwifery school—and informs educators and other health-care professionals on research that will improve their practice and their efforts to support natural, safe, and healthy birth.

Birth choices:

Birth Choices is your essential guide to pregnancy and birth care, proudly developed and presented by Raising Children Network.

Maternity Choices is a national (Australian) consumer advocacy organisation made up of individuals and groups who share a commitment to improving the care of women in pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period. It is non-profit, non-political and non-sectarian.

Better Health Victoria summarises choices for care during pregnancy, labour and postnatal period.

My Birth Birth can be beautiful. Learn here how to have the kind of birth you wish for. Know your rights in labour. Protect your baby and protect your body. Give yourself choices by learning about the alternatives.

Raising Children Network  Australian resource for parenting newborns to teens, including caring for the parent relationship and birth choices; has many short and practical you-tube videos, podcasts, factsheets and articles on a wide range of topics

My baby is breech For mothers whose baby is in the breech position during the last 1-2 months of pregnancy

Cell Care and Cord Blood Foundation for information about cord blood banking and stem cell storage in Australia

Choosing Wisely Australia  Choosing Wisely Australia® is an initiative that brings the medical community together to improve the quality of healthcare through considering tests, treatments, and procedures where evidence shows they provide no benefit or, in some cases, lead to harm. Led by Australia’s medical colleges and professional societies and facilitated by NPS MedicineWise, Choosing Wisely Australia challenges the way we think about health care, questioning the notion 'more is always better'. It aims to help health consumers ask their doctor 5 key questions while considering tests, procedures and treatment

Pregnancy, Birth and Labour: 

Dr Sarah J Buckley, Australian trained family physician/GP, mother of four, and author of Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering ‘gives you the best medical information in easy to understand language, so that you can be informed, supported, nourished and inspired as you embark on your extraordinary journey, bringing new life into the world.' Her articles explain the exquisite symphony of hormones involved during labour, birth and for breastfeeding.

Childbirth Connection, a USA program of the national partnership for women & families, has many excellent researched articles on a range of topics related to labour and birth written especially for women, their families, and health professionals; includes Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing: Evidence and Implications for Women, Babies, and Maternity Care 

Author/lecturer, doula, childbirth educator, Penny Simkin, PT, has been ‘nurturing positive birth memories since 1968'. She includes talks about pain in labor and the concept ‘when pain becomes suffering', offers many practical strategies and has a special interest in helping midwives around the world understand and help to heal the effects of early sexual abuse on the childbearing woman. 

Ina May Gaskin is founder of the remarkable Farm Midwifery Center in Tennessee, USA, author and lectures widely to midwives and doctors. Her books, articles and talks aim to reduce fear of birth in US culture, offering ideas for Australians to ponder. 

Spinning Babies with Gail Tull:  "Gentle techniques and movements can and do improve birth outcomes. Many of these techniques involve postures and activities a thoughtful pregnant woman will feel comfortable doing at home.This is the website where we talk about fetal positioning. That means baby's position in the womb."

Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond Australian extensive source of information on pregnancy, birth and parenting

Better Health Victoria Factual information for pregnancy to labour and birth

Having a baby in Queensland.

Having a baby - 160-page book published by NSW health for expectant parents.

NSW Health for expectant parents Another resource from Health Direct

NSW Kids and Families Fact sheets for parents, policies and guidelines

Women want to know Pregnancy and alcohol resources from Australian Dept of Health

Calmbirth® teaches pregnant mothers, fathers or birthing companions the skills to accomplish a birth which should be experienced fearlessly, calmly and with confidence. Calmbirth® encourages mothers to surrender to the process of their labour and birth no matter how it unfolds. If, for some reason intervention is needed couples can use the skills learnt in the Calmbirth® classes to meet any challenge they encounter calmly and without fear.  Courses for trainers as well as expectant parents.

Lamaze internationally certified educator training from Tanya Strusberg; Lamaze certified educators provide courses for expectant programs across Australia.

HypnoBirthing Australia™  program offers a modern, uniquely Australian hypnobirthing experience to parents and childbirth professionals.  Courses for trainers and expectant parents.

Core of Life (COL) is an Australian innovative, 'hands on' pregnancy and parenting program for teens. This research is based on information about pregnancy birth, breastfeeding and early parenting to youth and the wider community.

Doulas, courses for people wishing to become doulas, as well as programs for expectant parents, google ‘doulas in Australia'
http://findadoula.com.au    http://www.australiandoulacollege.com.au    http://www.australiandoulas.com.au

Doula Network Australia is unique in that it is not a directory or a training organisation; simply creating a space where doulas can connect.  

Yoga practitioners skilled in pregnancy – google ‘pregnancy yoga in Australia' for practitioners near you

Popular sites for parents to collect information on a range of topics, blog, etc:

Birth.com.au Australian site for expectant and new parents, ‘from bellies to babies and beyond'.

http://www.kidspot.com.au 

http://www.bubhub.com.au 

http://www.huggies.com.au 

Online Birth and Parenting programs

Pelvic floor and continence:

Pelvic Floor First aims to encourage pelvic floor safe exercises, so that people don't experience unwanted side effects such as bladder and bowel problems. Put your pelvic floor first and stay in control for life.

Includes access to a great app for phone/tablet for safe exercise for pelvic floor.

Birth after a Caesarean:

Birth Rites  Australian support group and information

Raising Children Network VBAC information from Royal Women's Hospital, Melbourne

Breastfeeding:

The Australian Breastfeeding Association with lots of resources for mothers as well as health professionals.

Raising Children Network, the Australian government has a series of short film clips related to getting started with breastfeeding, and dealing with common challenges, and practical caring for newborns.  These short film clips have also been translated into many other languages.

From Stanford School of Medicine, USA: Jane Morton demonstrates several helpful ways to support breastfeeding through You-tube videos accessed through this site, particularly for hand expressing and maximising milk production.  Lots of other useful newborn topics too. 

Dr Jack Newman's International Breastfeeding Centre (Canada) for factsheets and short breastfeeding film clips

More breastfeeding and pumping videos at The Pump Station and Nurtury (USA)

Breastfeeding and You: A Handbook for Antenatal Educators (2nd edition, 2015) by Dr Jane Svensson (Health Department, Australia). The handbook aims to contribute to breastfeeding promotion and support in the key antenatal stage, by providing information and resources on breastfeeding and adult learning to antenatal educators, program managers and health professionals who inform and support expectant women, their partners and families.

Lactation Consultants of Australia and New Zealand (LCANZ) is the professional organisation for International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC), health professionals and members of the public who have an interest in  lactation and breastfeeding.

The Baby Friendly Health Initiative has been protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding in Australia since 1993. This international program aims to give every baby the best start in life.

Global Health Media Project - Videos on breastfeeding and other matters relating to birth and parenting, with an international flavour

Breastfeedinginc in Canada has several short breastfeeding films in English, French and Spanish

Healthtalk Australia links with Healthtalk UK where parents share a range of experiences relating to breastfeeding

Plumtree Baby - USA Julie Olson;  blogs with articles on a range of topics including breastfeeding support

Parenting:

Raising Children Network is an Australian resource for parenting newborns to teens, including caring for the parent relationship; has many short and practical you-tube videos, podcasts, factsheets and articles on a wide range of topics, from the Raising Children Network.

Parent Support online  Parent support online is a not for profit website that runs on encouragement and cups of tea. It was created in 2003 by Elly Taylor, a relationship counsellor and mum of three, from Sydney

Sexology Australia Many helpful articles for men, women and couples presented by Elaine George.

Children's Hospital, Westmead, NSW, has fact sheets are for educational purposes only. Please consult with your doctor or other health professional to make sure this information is right for your child.

Betterhealth Victoria has many factsheets on a range of topics.

Dr Sarah J Buckley, Australian trained family physician/GP, mother of four, and author of Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering. Also publishes e-books.

The Wonder Weeks. Studies by van de Rijt and Plooij demonstrated clearly that human babies go through difficult age-linked regression periods ... With each difficult period, babies make a leap in their mental development.  Awareness of the wonder weeks will help you see the world the way an infant sees it. As the child grows, displays of emotion (such as crying) tell us the child is summoning reserves of energy and is calling out for help in finding new ways to perceive the changing world. Because van de Rijt and Plooij have discovered predictable stages in the widening of the infant's perceptions and skills, they can enable you, with their superb examples, to recognize the onset of these stressful episodes and to join your child in coping with them.

Professor James J. McKenna's Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory studies how sleeping environments reflect and respond to family needs—in particular how they affect mothers, breastfeeding, and infants' physiological and psychological well-being and development.

Elizabeth Pantley, author of No Cry Sleep Solution (2016) offers free downloadable articles and infographics for new parents.

Sheila Kitzinger explores aspects of birth, drawing on things that she has learned from women around the world and her research as a social anthropologist into women's experiences of pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding.

Playgroups Australia may be essential more for the parent than for the newborn child during early weeks, as they provide another source of networking between new parents in your area. 

Core of Life (COL) is an Australian innovative, 'hands on' pregnancy and parenting program for teens. This research is based on information about pregnancy birth, breastfeeding and early parenting to youth and the wider community.

Triple–P programs, for parents with toddlers, pre-school and primary-school aged children. 

Circle of Security and google 'Circle of Security Australia' for state-based Circle of security™ programs.  See also links to short animations that explain the Circle of Security theory, appropriate for all parenting groups.

Safe Sleep Space  Supporting families to offer responsive, cue based care to babies and toddlers struggling with sleep. 

Bringing Baby Home™ programs, based on over 20 years' work by John & Julie Gottmann, especially for expectant and new parents. Google ‘Bringing baby home Australia' to find a course for parents and trainers in Australia.

Relationships Australia facilitates Family Parenting programs.

beyondblue is working to reduce the impact of depression and anxiety in the community by raising awareness and understanding, empowering people to seek help, and supporting recovery, management and resilience; includes areas for CALD (with translated factsheets)  LGBTI parents.

Healthtalk Australia is funded by Health Direct and has links with Healthtalk UK; provides links to stories shared by new parents about their emotional experiences 

Infant Massage training courses to teach infant massage to parents: Infant Massage AustraliaInternational Association of Infant Massage Australia, Australian Association of Massage Therapists for Infant massage Information Services (IMIS)

Safety for children: 

Mothersafe is staffed by a group of counsellors with expertise in the use of medications in pregnancy and breastfeeding, has factsheets in several languages

Red Nose Saving Little Lives (formerly SIDSandKids) Safe sleeping guides and related information from the Australian SIDS and Kids 

Safe Sleep resources collated on Kids and Families NSW Health

Safe swaddling information and films from International Hip Displasia Institute (USA)

Immunization by Australian Government Department of Health 

Kidsafe Child Accident Prevention Foundation of Australia, with links to state sites.

Car safety for children

Raising Children Network child car restraints and booster seats

Kidsafe NSW includes National Child restraint Guidelines   

Pet safety with children

We Are Family Program is a Responsible Pet Ownership education program. It is a guide for nurturing the child and pet relationship from pregnancy to preschool; includes DVD and printed booklets for parents with dogs and cats

We Are Family Victoria

We Are Family New South Wales

We Are Family South Australia

Parents with more than one baby:

The Australian Multiple Birth Association (AMBA) is a not-for-profit organisation comprising of multiple birth families. Through a tiered membership structure, our organisation provides support, resources and education to multiple birth families. 

Parents with a learning disability:

Healthy Start Parents with learning difficulties can parent well, but it is important that they receive the right support and education matched to their learning needs (University of Sydney).

CALD (culturally and linguisticly diverse, including deaf) parents:

Multicultural Health Communication Service Publications and fact sheets in a large number of languages on a range of health topics.  Search under language or topic, eg: breastfeeding, children safety, continence, early childhood, fertility, genetics, hearing, immunisation, infant and child feeding, infant health, maternity, pregnancy and postnatal

Health Translations enables health practitioners and those working with CALD communities to easily find translated health information sourced from state & national government departments, peak health bodies, hospitals, community health centres and welfare agencies.

Raising Children Network has several short films relating to getting started with breastfeeding and common challenges, and early practical care of the newborn, translated into many other languages. This Australian government-funded website also has several articles in other languages.

The Royal Womens Hospital, Melbourne - (fact sheets in other languages in lower right corner)

The Sydney Children's Hospital Network factsheets in other languages

Western Sydney Local Health District factsheets in several languages

CALD Resources for Maternity CALD factsheets relating to pregnancy, labour & birth, postnatal, breastfeeding and neonate; compilation from many Australian sources all located in one place; site also includes links to other resources including generic lesson plans for CALD groups, notes on languages and more!

Mothersafe has some common factsheets in other languages, and provides a counselling service accessed via an interpreter through TIS National by phoning 131 450. Clients should tell the operator the language spoken, as well as the name and phone number of the organisation you wish to contact. There is no charge for interpreter costs when contacting a government-funded service or agency (such as MotherSafe or the Royal Hospital for Women). 

Having a baby 160-page book published by NSW health for expectant parents in some other languages

Red Nose Saving Little Lives (formerly SIDSandKids) pictorial safe sleeping, safe environment guides

beyondblue information about mental health, anxiety & depression in other languages

Family planning

Continence Foundation

BreastScreen NSW

Cervical Screening NSW

RTA

NSW Refugee Health Service's on-line Translated Appointment Reminder Translation Tool allows you to translate appointment details into 17 languages. Just type in the details, then either print or save the PDF. Your form is generated immediately so you can give it to your client at the time you make the appointment. It can also be emailed. The subject headings will be translated but not the details that you fill in. For best results, print it on your organisation's letterhead. 

Healthy Start: Hope4Health, M.A.D. & TIME work with newly arrived refugees in order to increase their health literacy.

No FGM in Australia articles and resources for midwives and other doctors concerning female genital mutilation, emphasising that the practice should be condemned, not the people.

Fathers of the baby:

SMS4dads provides new fathers with information and connections to online services through their mobile phones. The text messages with tips, information and links to other services help fathers understand and connect with their baby and support their partner. The expected date of delivery or date of birth, which is entered at enrolment, ensure that the texts are linked to the developmental stage of the baby (from week 12 of the pregnancy until 24 weeks post birth). Many texts use the ‘voice’ of the baby, for example, ‘Talk to me about anything dad. Your words will help my brain development’ others suggest actions ‘Find ways to tell your partner she is doing an amazing job. This could be really important to her’.

beyondblue  information for fathers

Raising Children Network has many articles and short films for dads

LGBTI, adoptive and single parents:

beyondblue information for LGBTI families

Raising Children Network has some articles and other links for LGBTI, adoptive families and single parents

Teen parents:

Raising Children Network has some articles for teenage parents and their families with links to further sites

Core of Life antenatal programs especially for vulnerable teenage groups

Sexual health and family planning: 

Family Planning NSW

Family Planning Victoria

Family Planning Queensland

Family Planning Western Australia

Family Planning Tasmania

Family Planning Northern Territory

Sexual health and Family Planning ACT 

Marie Stopes International Australia 

Australian Council of Natural Family Planning

Professional organisations:

The Maternal Child and Family Health Nurses Australia is the peak professional body in Australia for nurses working with parents of children from birth to five years of age.

Child and Family Health Nurses in NSW

MotherSafe provides a comprehensive counselling service and factsheets for women and their healthcare providers concerned about exposures during pregnancy and breastfeeding (Australia)

Lactation Consultants of Australia and New Zealand (LCANZ) is the professional organisation for International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC), health professionals and members of the public who have an interest in  lactation and breastfeeding.

The Baby Friendly Health Initiative has been protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding in Australia since 1993. This international program aims to give every baby the best start in life.

beyondblue is working to reduce the impact of depression and anxiety in the community by raising awareness and understanding, empowering people to seek help, and supporting recovery, management and resilience (Australia).

Australian College of Midwives

Australian Society of Independent Midwives

Australian Physiotherapy Association

Home Birth Australia is the peak national body for Homebirth in Australia. We are consumers, midwives and related health professionals committed to ensuring the survival of homebirth as a birth option for Australian women.

Maternity Choices is a national (Australian) consumer advocacy organisation made up of individuals and groups who share a commitment to improving the care of women in pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period. It is non-profit, non-political and non-sectarian.

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia

National Childbirth Trust (NCT) is UK's largest charity for parents, known for many years for antenatal parenting education programs.

International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) is a professional organisation that supports educators and health care professionals who believe in freedom to make decisions based on knowledge of alternatives in family-centered maternity and newborn care.

Midwives Australia guides and connects with private practice Medicare midwives and continuity of care midwives transitioning to private practice.

Australian Association for Infant Mental Health

Immunise Australia 

National Association Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect 

Post and Antenatal Depression Association Inc. (PANDA)   

The Marcé Society - Australasian Chapter is a branch of the international society for the understanding, prevention and treatment of mental illness related to childbearing; it is multi-disciplinary and provides a forum for exchange of information and ideas between professionals concerned with the welfare of women and their families around the time of childbirth.

Inspired Birth Pro Darlene MacAuley - helping birth professionals start and grow their businesses, blogs and links, birth business tips for doulas, childbirth educators and other birth professionals (USA)

Useful documents:

National Maternity Services Plan 2010 (Australian Department of Health)

Towards Normal Birth in NSW (2010) (NSW Health Policy Directive)

Preparation for birth and beyond: (2011) a resource pack for leaders of community groups and activities.

Large input into this excellent resource for all parenting educators by Prof. Mary Nolan.

Clinical Practice Guidelines: Antenatal Care - Module 1 (2012)  Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council, Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, Canberra.

Clinical Practice Guidelines: Antenatal Care - Module II (2015) Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council, Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, Canberra. Relevance to antenatal parenting education includes: Sessions early in pregnancy; The importance of social networking; Parenting be included; Practical skills to learn.

Breastfeeding and You: A Handbook for Antenatal Educators (2015)  Principal author: Dr Jane Svensson for Australian Department of Health

Australian College of Midwives National Midwifery Guidelines for Consultation and Referral (2015)

‘Safe Prevention of the Primary Caesarean Delivery' March (2014) American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists/Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine  paper.

Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing: Evidence and implications for women, babies and maternity care (2015) by Dr Sarah Buckley, for Childbirth Connection & National Partnership for Women and Families (2.5MB, 226 pages)

Australia's mothers and babies 2014, published December 2016, from Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Canberra

NSW Mothers and Babies Report 2015 published January 2017 from NSW Centre for Epidemiology & Evidence, Sydney

NHMRC report on the Evidence: Promoting Social and emotional development and well-being of infants in pregnancy and the first year of life (May 2017)