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 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.

Paediatrics Research Review

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.

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 including translations in several languages

Breech Pregnancy 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

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.

Popular sites for parents to collect information on a range of topics, blog, etc: Australian site for expectant and new parents, ‘from bellies to babies and beyond'. 

National Cildbirth Trust 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 report 2017, published  2019, 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 of promoting Social and emotional wellbeing in infants  Australian Government 2017

Expectant parents online courses

Breastfeeding documents and reports

For Fathers

Telephone/Text Services

  • SMS4Dads (receive regular sms message to support, guide and educate you through the pregnancy to parenting time).
  • COPE: (providing support for the emotional challenges of becoming a parent. receive regular sms message to support, guide and educate you through the pregnancy to parenting time).
  • Mensline: 1300 78 99 78 or website (counselling)
  • Parentline: 132 289 (Parenting information, advice and referral)
  • Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Australia (PANDA) 1300 726 306 (counselling and mental help)
  • BeyondBlue: 1300 726 306 (counselling)
  • Kidsline: 1800 55 1800 (counselling for children and teens) 
  • Lifeline: 131 114 or website

Meeting dads

Stories, information, support and guidance

Books & Audio-Visuals

Family and Relationship Services

  • Relationships Australia: (Support services committed to social justice and inclusion, and respect the rights of all people, in all their diversity, to live with dignity and safety and to enjoy healthy relationships).
  • The Gottman Institute: (Relationship support, guidance and education for couples - online programs)
  • Berry Street: 9450 4700 (provides a range of services for children and families.)
  • Bouverie Centre: 9385 5100, (Counselling & Family Therapy)
  • Victorian Aboriginal Health Service: 8459 0995 (
  • Drummond Street Services: – 9663 6733 (Counselling, group programs, Step-families Australia)

Other Services

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