Natural birthing support groups and organisations

The Face of Birth is not affiliated with any of these groups and we do not specifically endorse the positions or actions of any the organisations listed here.


International

  • Coalition for Breech BirthOpen or Close

    The Coalition for Breech Birth is a consumer-driven, grassroots organization advocating for the re-normalization of vaginal breech birth. Founded in Ottawa, Canada in 2006, we have chapters and sister organizations in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Visit CordBloodGuide.com for more information

  • The International Cesarean Awareness Network, Inc. (ICAN)Open or Close

    ICAN is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve maternal-child health by preventing unnecessary cesareans through education, providing support for cesarean recovery, and promoting Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC).

  • Consumer DangersOpen or Close

    Consumer Dangers is dedicated to keeping the public informed about consumer dangers and safety issues associated with products that can cause the public harm. Our website is continually updated with breaking news from Government agencies, Watchdog Groups, and concerned citizens about Recalls & Safety affecting consumers. Our team strives to provide a comprehensive free resource for the public to learn more about every day products that can potentially cause harm. Visit Consumerdangers.com for more information

Australia

  • Homebirth AustraliaOpen or Close

    HBA is the peak national body for Homebirth in Australia. We are consumers, midwives and related health professionals committed to ensuring the survival of homebirth as a birth option for Australian women.

  • Childbirth AustraliaOpen or Close

    Childbirth Australia is a not-for-profit organisation focused on improving maternity services through research, knowledge-dissemination and advocacy of woman-centred care.

  • Maternity CoalitionOpen or Close

    Maternity Coalition (MC) is a national consumer advocacy organisation committed to the advancement of best-practice maternity care for all Australian women and their families. We bring together groups and individuals for effective lobbying, information sharing, networking and support.

  • Breech Birth Australia and New ZealandOpen or Close

    A group of mothers and midwives (and an ob!) who offer social support and information to women with babies presenting by the breech or who have given birth to breech babies (vaginally or surgically).

  • Australian College of MidwiferyOpen or Close

    http://www.midwives.org.au

  • Australian Doula CollegeOpen or Close

    An independent childbirth and parenting education centre providing support, education, and continuity of care for women and their families during pregnancy, childbirth and beyond. We operate a fully integrated health care centre with practitioners who have a passion for natural fertility management, pregnancy, birth and post natal care.

  • Pregnancy, Birth and BeyondOpen or Close

    An extensive source of information on pregnancy, birth and parenting. Information on midwifery care, pre-conception care, pregnancy, birth, waterbirth, homebirth, vaginal birth after caesarean, postnatal care and breastfeeding. Providing a rich resource for families, midwives and other health professionals to explore options and make informed choices. Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond provides private midwifery services, quality childbirth education and lactation consultations.

  • BirthritesOpen or Close

    Birthrites: Healing After Caesarean aims to provide a support network for women who've had a previous c/section(s), and to increase the awareness of these women's needs to their health-carers within the medical profession.

  • Hunter Home and Natural Birth SupportOpen or Close

    Hunter Home and Natural Birth Support is a volunteer non profit community group. Email hhnbs@gmail.com with your questions or to request a meeting calendar.

  • Darwin Home birth groupOpen or Close

    The Darwin Home Birth Group supports families in the Top End who choose to birth their babies at home.

  • MAMAOpen or Close

    MAMA has been established by midwives Kelly Langford and Jan Ireland to provide the benefit of generations of midwife wisdom and experience to the community. Kelly has been a practicing midwife for 4 years, and Jan for 35 years. They are joined by a passionate team of practitioners, support staff and a network of volunteers - many of them past clients who have become part of the family!

  • Bendigo birth supportOpen or Close

    Birth Support Bendigo Inc. is a network of people who believe that birth can be a positive, powerful and joyous event in the life of a woman and her family.

  • Midwives naturallyOpen or Close

    Midwives Naturally is a Melbourne based midwifery group practice offering a range of services such as pregnancy care, birth attendance, birth education, post baby care and lactation consultancy.

  • SANDSOpen or Close

    Sands is a self-help support group comprised of parents who have experienced the death of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth or shortly after birth.

  • Birthing WisdomOpen or Close

    Preparing for birth these days requires an understanding of the birth process, deepening your trust in your body and reframing your attitude to functional pain. It also needs an understanding of the birth culture and the necessity for wise choices in regard to birth place, care-givers and birth support.

    Rhea Dempsey’s Birthing Wisdom, with its emphasis on supporting normal physiological birth, explores all this and more.

  • Midwyf ServicesOpen or Close

    Midwyf Services is committed to supporting:

    • Continuity of care & carer
    • Sensitive Midwifery Practice
    • Women’s Birth Choices
    • The Protection & promotion of Breastfeeding
  • Birth Goddess blogOpen or Close

    We truly believe that underneath the cloud of fear, misconceptions and self doubt is a powerful birth goddess waiting to be revealed….

    So join us for the most exciting and life changing ride of your life – we are passionate about helping you to reclaim your birth power! We invite you to explore our empowering community, birth resources, products and events to enable you to have a positive birth experience – fear free, drug free (if that is what you choose) and even pain free!!!

  • Empowering birth communityOpen or Close

    Natural & Conscious Parenting begins right here! Empowering Women for a Positive Birth: Fear free, Drug free, Pain free!

  • Robyn Thompson - Breastfeeding consultantOpen or Close

    As a privately practising midwife have I have experienced the ultimate honour of being with women in their homes. My focus on breastfeeding is synonymous with birthing, a natural follow on event yet, hundreds of women have been referred for breastfeeding difficulties. My PhD by research involves a cohort of 806 wonderful women referred for breastfeeding difficulties during eight years of part-time service with Darebin Maternal & Child Health, Melbourne.

  • Birthwell BirthrightOpen or Close

    Birthwell Birthright offers Lamaze Childbirth Education classes in Melbourne.

  • Artemisia Natural TherapiesOpen or Close

    Artemisia Natural Therapies is a naturopathic clinic in Brunswick specialising in women’s and family health, preconception care, fertility awareness, pregnancy and birth care, postnatal support, and infant and child wellbeing. We are located at 1/499 Victoria St, Brunswick, Victoria. For more details visit our website or email us.

Canada

  • CHOICE! Film Festival (Ottawa)Open or close

    The Informed Choice Coalition (ICC) is a grassroots organization working towards improvement in the informed choice process for interventions offered before, during, and after a birth, from pre-pregnancy to post-partum.

  • Consumers Supporting Midwifery Care (Ottawa)Open or close

    CSMC is an Ottawa area grassroots group of consumers advocating for increased access to midwifery care.

    CSMC is a volunteer-driven organization that meets monthly. It is made up of consumers (persons who have experienced midwifery care), midwives, doulas, and others who support our work. We welcome new people to the organization who would like to contribute.

  • Mothers of ChangeOpen or close

    We are a non-profit, Canadian consumer advocacy group for maternity care. We were founded in May 2010, and include mothers from across Canada, maternity care practitioners who support physiological birth, and other supportive members of the public.

  • Doula Association of EdmontonOpen or close

    The Doula Association of Edmonton (DAE) was formed in 1994 for the purpose of advancing and promoting labour support as an option of childbearing families in Alberta. The Doula Association of Edmonton purpose is to advance and promote labour support as an option for childbearing families in Alberta. The Association firmly believes every family deserves a doula for emotional, physical and informational support regardless of their childbirth choices. DAE is dedicated to providing educational opportunities for doulas, as well as increasing awareness to the public and healthcare community about the positive effects a doula brings to the childbirth experience. We strive to make the presence of a doula during labour, birth and the postpartum period a common occurrence. We also provide a referral service for individuals seeking the services of a doula (volunteer and for fee) and organize a continuing education lecture series for members.

New Zealand

  • Maternity Manifesto; Better BeginningsOpen or close

    This manifesto was created by representatives of several maternity consumer groups to gain public support for more effective, women-centred and evidence based options of maternity care and policy which are presently not available to support the best beginnings for all New Zealand families.

UK

  • Heart of England MidwivesOpen or close

    Aiming to give you the Midwifery support you want and deserve; Supporting you to take control of your body and your baby's birth; Care which respects your individual needs and preferences.

  • Sheila Kitzinger official websiteOpen or close

    Here you can explore aspects of birth, drawing on things that Sheila has learned from women around the world and her research as a social anthropologist into women's experiences of pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding.

  • Primal Health Research CentreOpen or close

    "Primal Health Research" explores correlations between the 'primal period' (fetal life, perinatal period and year following birth) and health and personality traits in later life. In the book "Primal Health" (first edition 1986)1 we predicted a new generation of research confirming that our health is shaped during the primal period. In order to prepare for a renewed understanding of health and diseases, a simplified vocabulary was proposed (see glossary). Today the point is not to anticipate a phenomenon, but to observe its development and to draw preliminary conclusions. From 1993 onwards, our quarterly newsletter did just that. Since 1998 a computerised database is a necessity.

  • Wonderful birthOpen or close

    Web site of Lina Clerke & Marie Treloar Childbirth Educators and Midwives. Working in Australia and UK (Sussex)

  • Cordblood GuideOpen or close

    ur goal at CordBloodGuide.com is to offer the simplest, most easy-to-read resource for expecting parents on cord blood banking and the benefits of donating your child’s umbilical cord blood. Donating cord blood is non-invasive and it can save the lives of children suffering from leukemia, sickle cell lymphoma, and other cancers and blood-related disorders.

USA

Other Links - Australia

Face of Birth Co-director / Producer / Cinematographer, Gavin Banks's video production company - Good Eye Deer

http://wattleparkhouse.com/

http://hillsidehealth.com.au/

Our graphic designer's website http://treehousecreative.com/

Our editor's website: http://pixelcreative.tv/

Other Links - International

Cord Blood Cell Banking