Pregnancy and Birth
Birth Hub A greater Melbourne natural birth resource
Begin Before Birth – We all need to support and look after pregnant women, both for their sake and that of future generations. This begins ‘Before Birth’. This site aims to provide information that may be useful to a wide range of people who are interested in understanding more about the importance of the environment in the womb.
Leading the way in area of infant sleep, breastfeeding and sudden infant death syndrome. He has both a research and teaching laboratory at the University of Notre Dame Mother-Baby Sleep Lab involved in research on the safety of different sleep environments and the physiological and/or psychological consequences of different choices of sleeping arrangements parents make.
Rachel Reed ‘blogspot’ – Great information on a range of topics for labour and birth.
Penny Simkin – “Pain vs Suffering in Labour”
“Why not clamp and cut the baby’s umbilical cord immediately after birth?” – A demonstration by Penny Simkin
Fetal positioning for easier childbirth – baby positions, belly mapping, breech
Family physician/GP, writer and mother of four combines the best medical evidence on pregnancy, birth and parenting with her gentle mothering wisdom. On these two sites you will find information and stories that will inform, inspire, nourish and support you in your vital role as parents and parents to be.
A national umbrella organisation committed to the advancement of best-practice maternity care for all Australian women and their families.
Breastfeeding Information, classes, products and services and health professionals.
Access up-to-date and evidence-based information and resources about caesareans and birth after caesareans, links to support groups around the country, information on workshops and antenatal courses relevant to caesareans or vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC), and information on issues related to maternity services for women who are planning a caesarean, or planning to VBAC.
Birthrites – Healing After Caesarean
Aims to encourage and give support and information to women who wish to give birth vaginally after one or more caesarean.
Debra Betts – Guide to Acupressure & Acupuncture in Birth and Pregnancy
APPPAH is a public-benefited educational and scientific organization offering information, inspiration, and support to medical professionals, expecting parents and all persons interested in expanding horizons of birth psychology. Come explore, and learn!
Ina May Gaskin
Drawing upon her thirty-plus years of experience, Ina May Gaskin, shares her wisdom about the benefits and joys of natural childbirth
Information, Research and stories around waterbirth
Read women and their families’ stories and find out about the benefits of home birth and why it can be a safer option than hospital birth.
My Midwives Melbourne North grew from a desire to provide quality maternity care based in the community. Providing antenatal and postnatal care, birth support in hospital and home birth services.
Find a Doula
For support throughout pregnancy, birth and beyond.
Gill Merzvinskis is a Melbourne-based calmbirth® practitioner and experienced midwife offering classes in Fairfield.
Bodies in Motion (Hawthorn East)
Osteopathy and Massage Therapy offering a diverse range of treatments both cranial and structural.
Hatch Therapies (Clifton Hill)
Complementary healthcare clinic dedicated to the special needs of those who are planning pregnancy, are pregnant or have a family
Kundalini House (Fitzroy)
The Health and Wellbeing Studio (Camberwell)
Building Health, Happy and Resilient Families. The Health and Wellbeing Studio specialises in family health and supporting families through each life stage. Their mission to help guide, educate and support you whilst encouraging you to be proactive in your own health health care with the uptime goal of creating positive and long lasting changes for you and your family.
My Midwives Melbourne North (Brunswick)
My Midwives Melbourne North grew from a desire to provide quality maternity care based in the community. Providing antenatal and postnatal care, birth support in hospital and home birth services. Other services are also provided by practitioners in counselling, birth debrief, birth education, homeopathy, acupuncture, massage and classes in prenatal pilates and yoga.
Babies, Children, Parenting
Our emotional health and parenting.
Pinky McKay is a Melbourne based writer and editor, & lactation consultant specialising in health, education and family issues. She also works ‘hands on’ with parents, teaching infant massage and solving breastfeeding problems, as well as conducting sleep seminars and toddler tactics seminars across the country.
A vision of a world in which all children are treated with dignity, respect, understanding, and compassion. In such a world, every child can grow into adulthood with a generous capacity for love and trust.
Connection Parenting education and parenting advice, optimal child development consulting, parenting workshops and classes.
“Connection parenting is parenting through connection instead of coercion, through love instead of fear.”
ATLC is dedicated to supporting parents, caregivers, professionals and policymakers in practising the art and science of nurturing children.
The Effectiveness Training Institute of Australia (ETIA) Ltd is a not-for-profit, community based organisation that is dedicated to making courses in communication and conflict resolution skills available and accessible to all people in Australia.
“When people are accepted, when they are free to express themselves and can participate in making decisions that affect them, they enjoy greater self-esteem, are more self-confident, and lose a sense of powerlessness that’s always present in autocratic families.” Dr Thomas Gordon, 2000