A weekly roundup of helpful and thought-provoking links for mothers and mothers-to-be!
- What We Don’t Know: Critical Gaps in Evidence and How to Make Informed Choices in Spite of Them. Excerpted from A Woman’s Guide to VBAC, this is a must-read for any woman considering vaginal birth after a previous C-section! (Amy Romano, CNM)
- Postpartum Support International is a wonderful non-profit organization aiding women with postpartum depression. Two great blog posts about the group: an overview of postpartum depression and information on PSI over at Science and Sensibility, and an interview with the founder of PSI — Understanding Postpartum Disorders: An Interview with Jane Honikman — at Giving Birth With Confidence. (Walker Karraa, MFA, MA, CD(DONA))
- Choosing Your Birth Team: Yes, You Have a Choice! A short little essay in which Ricki Lake, co-author of Your Best Birth, reminds us that we DO have a choice in who attends our birth! And it matters — oh, how it matters! (Ricki Lake, Babycenter.com)
- A Baby. A Book. A Lifetime of Benefits. A nice post on the ways that reading is important to the cognitive and social development of babies, how babies experience storytime, and what characteristics to look for in books for babies. Related post: favorite books to read to baby. (Taryn Barrette, Secrets of Baby Behavior)
- The Anterior Cervical Lip: How to Ruin a Perfectly Good Birth. An intriguing case for allowing women who have an urge to push but are not fully dilated (with an anterior cervical lip) to just go ahead, trust their bodies, and push! (Rachel Reed, ACM Midwife, PhD candidate, Midwife Thinking)