(This list is a work in progress and I will be glad to discuss further resources for particular concerns that may not be included among the below.)
The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin was one of books required for my doula certification. The book provides a wealth of high-quality information oriented specifically to the mother’s primary support person. I appreciate that the information is organized in an easily findable format. The careful layout of the information in chapters that make logical sense of the birth progression. This book could be a great resource for a couple to talk through their hopes and plans for birth.
Ina May's Guide to Natural Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin is an enjoyable read that encourages women to believe in their own competency to give birth. I found this book helpful for understanding the enormous variation in birth from a mother’s perspective. In writing about the book for my training, I said, "I think a couple who is comfortable with a decent dosage of 'crunchy' and who is feeling somewhat fearful about labor would find this book particularly beneficial. Gaskin’s results are unrivaled; by trusting her intuition and adding knowledge along the way, she demonstrates just what is possible for the body to do. Being immersed in these stories can help nervous parents to embrace the birthing process."
Pinterest is my account for finding articles and resources on the internet that may be helpful. Material is included from a breadth of perspectives that I hope will be helpful to you.
Birth Without Fear is a blog that shares all kinds of stories about birth and the early post-partum period for the purpose of helping women understand the choices they have about giving birth. The stories cover all kinds of births without judgement. I personally found this website helpful in resolving my anxiety about the unknown as I prepared for my own babies' arrivals.
Evidence Based Birth provides evidence-based literature reviews about topics related to birth choices. Founder Rebecca Dekker is a Ph-D-prepared nurse who gathers together the results of published research to help mothers consider their options around topics such as continuous fetal monitoring, induction, suspected big babies, and eating and drinking during labor among others.
Spinning Babies is a resource for learning about fetal and maternal positioning so that mothers and babies can work together to find the best options for helping labor start and progress effectively. The site includes information to help you identify how your baby is positioned in utero and exercises that can encourage your baby to adopt an optimal position prior to or during labor.
Kelly Mom is run by a international board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) and is a terrific site for information related to breastfeeding. From knowing if your baby is getting enough milk to managing oversupply to milk storage guidelines, Kelly Mom can help answer your questions.
You are a Birth Goddess is a blog written by local mom Julia Barcalow. She writes about various aspects of parenting, and I found the website especially helpful for vegan parents who are trying to figure out how to integrate their diet with pregnancy and also child-led weaning.
La Leche League International is an especially helpful group if you are determined to breastfeed. With regular recurring meetings of like-minded individuals, you can benefit from the expertise of the group leader as well as the experience and community of the other attending parents. I was able to choose a baby carrier for my family by attending a meeting that allowed moms to try on different options to see what would work for them. Multiple local groups offer morning or evening meeting options to accommodate different family needs.
The International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) aims to improve maternal-child health by preventing unnecessary cesareans through education, providing support for cesarean recovery, and promoting Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC). Local groups meet in Pottstown and Philadelphia.