A list of resources that we have personally used and have found helpful
We will endeavour to update this page as we find, read and learn more.
AIMS (Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services)
An amazing source of information, guidance and help. We had questions about immunisations and they were amazing, they also directed us to clear unbiased information and resources. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
This email will go to a group of AIMS volunteers and someone will respond as soon as possible.
telephone: +44 (0) 300 365 0663
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From their website:
At the forefront of the childbirth movement for more than fifty years.
- Working towards normal birth
- Providing independent support and information about maternity choices
- Raising awareness of current research on childbirth and related issues
- Protecting women’s human rights in childbirth
La Leche League
(pronounced la lay-chay)
A great place for research based information. We used their website on many occasions and have purchased two of their books. A one stop shop for everything breastfeeding
Helpline 0845 120 2918
From their website:
An international charitable organisation founded to give information and encouragement, mainly through mother-to-mother support, to all women who want to breastfeed their babies.
Our Mission is to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother …… If you are a mother or are going to become a mother who wants to breastfeed, whatever situation you find yourself in, we are prepared to support you. We provide research-based information and guidance as well as a warm and caring listening ear.
A good resource for the legalities and rights mothers have in England and Wales. We have used the fact sheets they provide and found them extremely useful.
From their website:
Birthrights is the UK’s only organisation dedicated to improving women’s experience of pregnancy and childbirth by promoting respect for human rights. We believe that all women are entitled to respectful maternity care that protects their fundamental rights to dignity, autonomy, privacy and equality.
The Wonder Weeks: How to Stimulate Your Baby’s Mental Development and Help Him Turn His 10 Predictable, Great, Fussy Phases Into Magical leaps forward by Hetty van de Rijt PH.D. & Frans X. Plooij PH.D.
We absolutely love this book and cannot recommend it more highly, it has completely changed the way we view our little one. It has helped us see the world through their eyes and enabled us to empathise far better than we thought possible. It’s highly acclaimed and helps you discover the 10 major developmental leaps or fussy periods that every child encounters in their first 18 months. There is also an App that we also love. Get it, if not the book as well, you wont regret it!
BabyCalm: A Guide for Calmer Babies and Happier Parents by Sarah Ockwell-Smith
This book is not your typical “parenting book”. Many books set out “rules” to use and follow, with little evidence or understanding of the effects. This book seeks to cite evidence based research and teach the parents to trust their instincts. It provides tools, not prescriptions and has been a real help in understanding our little one. We only wished we’d read this from cover to cover before the birth of our first as it could have help us avoid a very difficult beginning. A great tool in our arsenal, highly recommended.
The Hypnobirthing Book: An Inspirational Guide for a Calm, Confident, Natural Birth by Katherine Graves
Before you go “Oooooh Hypnobirting” and dismiss this book, read this. Hypnobirthing involves teaching the mother to relax, breath and meditate down into a type of self-hypnosis; her only job during labour, is labour. Timing surges (Hypnobirthing name for contractions, we used both), communicating with midwives and any other things that would normally divert the attention of the mother, become the responsibility of the birth partner. Hypnobirthing can also reduce the need for pain relief and shorten labour.
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League
A great book if you are planning to breastfeed. Devoid of myths and fairy tales surrounding breastfeeding, this book explains and supports the mother with guidance and strategies that will help those planning on breastfeeding for any period. Packed full of facts, information and scientific data. Whilst we haven’t read this from cover to cover, as it is thorough to say the least, it has been used as a tool for understanding and between the two of us we have covered most of it. Breastfeeding isn’t an easy task and can be fraught with doubt and uncertainty, exacerbated by lack of understanding from others; this book helps dispel those and gives a far greater understanding to this womanly art.
Sweet Sleep: Nighttime and Naptime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family by La Leche League
Another great book if you are planning to breastfeed. Again, packed full of facts, information and scientific data. It is a great tool to understanding sleep and the ways in which to implement good practice. Explains the benefits of co-sleeping and bedsharing and dispels the myths and fears surrounding them. Another great book highly recommended.
On our coffee table awaiting us
A Baby Wants to be Carried by Evelin Kirkilionis
The Continuum Concept by Jean Liedloff
How Not To F**k Them Up by Oliver James
Just a few of our more frequented/favourite sites without being exhaustive:
Full of amazing articles, generally aimed at correcting the misinformation that surrounds parenting. Our favourite of the bunch. One of the articles spurred this post.
Founder of www.milkmatters.org.uk (another great site) and again full of insightful articles.
Another great site aimed at evidence based parenting. Full of awesome articles and info.
Independent publishers, who have published many books on parenting including some of the one mentioned above. Get those from them direct.
We love Melissa and Nicola, who run Kent hypnobirthing. Melissa Wadey was our teacher, she was amazing! Her colleague Nicola Snoad is also brilliant and has helped us immensely since the birth. Cannot recommend these two more highly.
The app for Dunstan Baby Language. We have covered this in more detail in this post. This is great practice in helping to tune your ears, we found ourselves quizzing each other when hearing cries, even before we were parents!
Awesome app to accompany an awesome book (see above). We loved the simplicity of referencing our little ones progress using this app, type in the due date (not birth date) and it will tell you how many days remain until the beginning of the next leap or end of current leap. If you like the book, this will provide a quick look/guide to always have in your pocket.
We really loved this app and it became a part of our weekly routine throughout our pregnancy. It shows the progress of throughout the pregnancy, including the amazing illustrations. The app appears to have added a lot more to it since we used it which can only be a good thing, based upon the info we gained, Awesome! There’s is also a free version.
There are plenty more that we have probably forgotten, we will add them as soon as we realise!
Hope these help you as they have us