Your human rights and Birth Choices - The Association for Improvements in Maternity Services providing independent support and information about maternity choices for prospective and new parents. A 50-year-old mother-led organisation. - Promoting and protecting women's rights in childbirth. In particular for useful fact sheets for parents click here - Information on home birth in the UK - Loads of useful information about  UK maternity choices and statistics - find out what the caesarean rate is at your local unit! - A wealth of information on every birth centre / labour ward / info on home birth. You can also find out from this website when tours of the labour wards etc are due to take place or this is something you could check with your midwife. - NICE Guidelines for induction of labour. 

The heart in the womb by Amali Lokugamage. Human RIghts in Childbirth 

Positive Birth Support The most beautiful description of the stages of birth Positive birth stories - in particular the Birth Stories - Hollie de Cruz and her Hypnobirthing company



Dispelling Breastfeeding Myths - How a baby latches on. - Nils Bergman video / skin-to-skin - The Natural Caesarean video - Nourishing recipes for breastfeeding mums - Non-profit organisation aiming to save lives and to end the avoidable suffering caused by inappropriate infant feeding. Baby Milk Action works within a global network to strengthen effective controls in the marketing of the baby feeding industry. - An independent source of support and information for breastfeeding women. - Fantastic detailed breastfeeding support and help with video clips

HM4HB - Human Milk for Human Babies. Informed Milk Sharing Network (Informal - a woman who needs milk can be paired with a woman who has milk to donate, facilitated by social media).

UKAMB - UK Association for Milk Banking (Formal)

The 4 Main Breastfeeding Charities in the UK, where you can seek the help of a Breastfeeding Counsellor, are: - Breastfeeding support from La Leche League

NCT - National Childbirth Trust

ABM - Association of Breastfeeding Mothers

BFN - The Breastfeeding Network


Your body

(Royal College of Midwives website with short videos on positions and birthing aids.) has a wealth of useful info on monitoring your baby's movements. - Easier childbirth with foetal positioning. Breech and back to back babies. - Perineal pain relief after episiotomy or tearing of perineum. - Support for women with Pelvic Girdle Pain (formerly Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction or SPD


Antenatal Classes - The Group, East Dulwich. 

NCT National Childbirth Trust - (NCT) for courses and info - Bump and Baby Club - Daisy Birthing


Support for Dads - Fathers-To-Be offers men effective preparation for fatherhood through practical education.

Men, love and birth, by Mark Harris, Midwife.


New baby practicalities - Exciting information that you need to know about registering the birth of your newborn and getting that birth certificate. - Safe sleeping information


The Fourth Trimester



Post Natal Depression (PND)

It’s very important to recognise the symptoms of postnatal depression in both men and women and to seek professional help should either of the couple think that they may be suffering.  The following organisations have lots of further information on PND and what can be done to treat it:


Here's the helpline. 0300 123 3393.


NCT - Postnatal Depression Support



Birthing from Within, by Pam England

Mother's Breath, by Uma Dinsmore-Tuli

The Positive Birth Book, by Milli Hill

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, by Ina May Gaskin


The Birth Hour


The Business of Being Born:

The Beginning of Life: Netflix



Yoga Related

Womb Yoga - Womb Yoga is an evolving therapeutic approach to yoga specially developed to support women’s health and healing over the past fifteen years by Uma Dinsmore-Tuli. For everything to do with yoga and women’s health: classes, retreats and teacher trainings (including pregnancy yoga, postnatal recovery yoga, yoga for mums and babies, yoga for birth, fertility, menstrual health etc.

Yoga Nidra Network - For everything to do with yoga nidra, including FREE downloads, yoga nidra teacher trainings, retreats and foundation days.

Yoni Shakti - For details and resources relating to my Pregnancy Yoga Guru, Uma Dinsmore-Tuli’s latest book.

Yoga Nidra Network - For everything to do with yoga nidra, including FREE downloads, yoga nidra teacher trainings, retreats and foundation days.



- Yoni Shakti, by Uma Dinsmore-Tuli

Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering, Sarah Buckley

Spiritual Midwifery, By Ina May Gaskin

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, Ina May Gaskin

Ina May's Guide to Breastfeeding, Ina May Gaskin

The New Experience to Childbirth, Sheila Kitzinger

Birth and Breastfeeding, Michel Odent

Why Love Matters: How affection shapes a baby's brain, Sue Gerhardt

The heart in the womb by Amali Lokugamage. Human RIghts in Childbirth


Other bits and bobs - Creative Inspiration for amazing mums

Smallish Magazine - A Magazine for Childhood

Mothers Meeting - for creative mums who want to keep hold of their cool An article and studies on birth and the lunar calendar


Useful Apps


Additional optional information sheets (just ask me)

  • Birth plan decisions regarding caesarean birth

  • Pelvic floor

  • Vitamin K

  • Dad’s labour timeline!

  • C-section - who’s in the room?

  • C-section - Q&A

  • Baby feeding cues

  • Breathing and massage techniques for different stages of labour

  • Reasons to be proud of breastfeeding

  • Breastfeeding step by step

  • Bottle feeding for breastfed babies

  • Breastfeeding - how long?

  • Fathers and breastfeeding

  • Bottle-feeding

  • Bath-time tips

  • Safe baby-wearing

  • Biological nurturing.


Research supporting Doulas

Cochrane review of the effects of continuous emotional support in labour. 

Also included in this article is research on the effects of early and prolonged skin to skin contact after birth.

Rosen, P. Supporting women in labor: analysis of different types of caregivers Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health Jan-Feb 2004, Vol 49(1), pp.24-31 Paper available from:


Believe it or not, this is my essential resources page to share with you all. If you have a specific question about pregnancy, your upcoming birth or life with your newborn baby and you'd like to delve into something that's not here, feel free to get in touch and chances are I'll be able to help point you in the right direction.