There is so much information available out there that it is hard to know which is reliable and which is best to leave alone. This page will be constantly updated to provide you with a handy reference guide of high quality, evidence based information and tools to help guide you through your pregnancy, birth and beyond.
Local Support and Businesses
Lumiere Photography – Birth photographer covering Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicester. She is also available for pregnancy, family and newborn photoshoots. The cover photo for this website is one of hers.
Notts Cloth Nappies – Local group with regular meets to discuss cloth nappies with mums who are already using them. A great way to meet other mums. If you aren’t sure if cloth nappies are right for you, there are kits you can borrow to try before you buy!
Derby and Nottingham Sling Library – A great resource for those considering baby wearing. There are SO many different types of slings to borrow to see what is right for you.
Nottingham Home Birth Group – Facebook group for those considering or interested in home birth. They have monthly meetings and are always on hand to answer any of your questions!
Home Birth Derby – Home birth group for those living in Derbyshire. They have monthly meets in Belper.
Evidence Based Blogs
Sara Wickham – an experienced midwife, researcher and author, Sara has a great online presence via her blog and facebook page. Her articles are evidence based and thoughtful, putting women and their needs first. She also has an impressive publication list which I can’t recommend enough.
Health Care Information
AIMs – An amazing organisation that campaigns for safe, evidence based birth. Their website is FULL of articles and resources on every birth topic you can think of and then some!
NHS Choices – Taking you form trying to conceive through to caring for your baby, this is a great stop for basic information and signposting. It also includes a birth plan template, which is the same one utilised in the handheld maternity notes of many Trusts.
Tools and Resources
Positive Birth Movement – A global network of antenatal meet ups that discuss birth in a positive way. Each month covers a different topic/question. Visit the website to find your local group, but if there isn’t one established in your area why not consider setting one up yourself?
Visual Birth Plan – From the Positive Birth Book, this is a link to the free to download visual birth plan. The images are nice and the use of pictures over words can make it more concise for anyone who looks at your notes. If the images aren’t you thing you can always use it as a starting point instead.
Labour Pains – This site certainly won’t be for everyone, but it has proven to me an invaluable resource during my time working on labour wards. It has information on labour scenarios and the most common types of pain relief translated into TWENTY different languages. If English is your second language or you are a birth worker, I highly recommend bookmarking this website.
UNICEF Baby Friendly – *THE* site for infant feeding information. BFI is the gold standard of feeding support so you know that you can trust what you read on here. There are loads of diagrams, videos and leaflets on all aspects of feeding including the correct breastfeeding latch, overcoming challenges and safe formula feeding.
Birth Workers and Organisations to Follow
Birthrights UK – Organisation dedicated to improving and maintaining women’s human rights in pregnancy and childbirth.
The Lullaby Trust – Supporting safer sleep for babies to reduce cot death. Includes information on how to safely co sleep. Also has a great social media presence.
Kicks Count – formerly known as Count The Kicks, this is an amazing charity which raises awareness of baby’s movements during pregnancy. Any change in movement should be investigated by midwives! Great advice and resources on this site.
PANDAS – support for anyone living with a perinatal mental health condition. Lots of informative blogs on here. PANDAs also offer a free phone line service and run support groups across the country.
Doula UK – the organisation for Doulas. This site has a searchable list of doulas across the country. It also has information on what doulas are, how they can help, and the code of conduct a member of doula UK is expected to follow.
Royal College of Midwives – Aimed at professionals, but accessible to all, the RCM regularly posts blogs and the latest maternity research. It’s a great way to find out what’s going on in the NHS birth world.
NICE – The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence publish the guidelines that health professionals follow. It’s a great place to research the care that you are likely to receive, particularly if you have a medical condition alongside your pregnancy.
RCOG – Aimed at obstetricians and gynaecologists. Like RCM you will find regular blogs and research updates. You can also search the RCOG guidelines which are used alongside NICE.