Childbirth Connection was founded in 1918 as the Maternity Center Association; its mission is to improve the quality and value of maternity care through consumer engagement and health system transformation. The organization has pioneered strategies to promote evidence-based maternity care, improvement of maternity care policy and quality, and maternity care shared decision making in the United States.
Choices in Childbirth
Choices in Childbirth is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing expectant parents with a full range of information and education so they can experience the birth they want and choose. We educate, advocate and shape policy to help families make informed decisions about where, how, and with whom to birth and to increase access to childbirth services that support healthy birth outcomes.
Coalition for Improving Maternity Services:
A coalition of individuals and national organizations with a mutual concern for the care and well-being of mothers, babies, and families. Our members consist of the broader community of childbirth organizations, birth professionals, stakeholders, birth advocates and consumers. CIMS’ mission is to work with the birth and breastfeeding community and our members by encouraging and promoting evidence-based, Mother-and-Baby-Friendly maternity care, as outlined in the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative (MFCI), the first and only consensus document on U.S. maternity care.
International cesarean awareness network
The international Cesarean Awareness Network, Inc. is a non-profit 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).
tHE bIRTH sURVEY
Women need accurate, objective data in order to make fully informed choices about birth settings and providers. Practitioners and hospital administrators also need data to evaluate whether they are delivering quality care. We hope this project will fill a void by providing much needed information that benefits all parties engaged in maternity care.
KELLY MOM: Parenting and breastfeeding
The most updates, evidenced- based information on breastfeeding. It is also reader- friendly, and quickly available, especially when others opinions' are creating doubt in your choices and abilities.
Ask dr. sears
Intended to help parents become better informed consumers of healthcare. The information on this website provides up-to-date general information about parenting and health, about topics such as attachment parenting, vaccines and beyond.
THE ALPHA PARENT: THE TIMELINE OF A BREASTFED BABY
All babies reach milestones on their own developmental timeline. A multitude of factors influence the rate of each baby’s individual growth such as genetics, form of delivery, gestation at delivery, medical issues, effectiveness of the placenta prior to delivery, and so on.
However there is a persistent and understandable demand from first-time mothers for information on what is considered ‘the norm’. This is particularly so with breastfeeding, as understanding breastmilk intake is more complex than looking at the oz mark on a bottle. This is a topic rife with large-scale confusion, especially as breastfeeding mothers are in the minority and can often find themselves, and their health workers, comparing their baby with formula-fed babies.