Resources (a work in progress)

General Research or Food For Thought – A Document in Process

Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS). 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

Tear-Sheet Toolkit, The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding 8th edition, Chapter 20. Sometimes you don’t want a whole book.

And sometimes you want to be able to tear something from a book! Here’s your chance. Each page in this section is complete on its own two sides, ready to be removed. You can put these sheets on your refrigerator or by your computer, or hand them to your family or day care provider— whatever you need.



Umbilical Cord Clamping


Visual demonstration:  Penny Simkin

Penny Simkin demonstrates why the baby’s umbilical cord should not be routinely clamped and cut immediately following birth



90 Seconds to Change the World: Alan Greene at TEDxBrussels

Natural c-section:


Perennial massage:


First bath:



LLLI | How do I position my baby to breastfeed?

Walker, Marsha, “Supplementation of the Breastfed Baby: Just One Bottle Won’t Hurt — Or Will It?” available online at


Great videos – – latch on

Postpartum depression support groups: Support Groups Online

The following are websites that may be helpful if you have a client who experiences a postpartum mood disorder.


Postpartum Support International


Trauma and Birth Stress After Childbirth (TABS)


Depression After Delivery Inc.



The World Health Organization points out that while phototherapy is an effective treatment for moderately severe jaundice it may have negative consequences for breastfeeding and the relationship between the mother and her baby. In their paper on postpartum care of the mother and newborn, they emphasize that interventions aimed at lowering serum bilirubin values are performed too often in term infants. They state “It has never been proven that bilirubin values <340 µmol/l are harmful for term infants not suffering from hemolytic disease.” They emphasize that the use of phototherapy for neonatal jaundice in healthy term babies on the third or later days after birth, for bilirubin values <300 µmol/L is a practice which is clearly harmful or ineffective and should be eliminated.


Medication safety list:


Child Circumcision: An Elephant in the Hospital

Caring for Your Intact Child


Intact child:


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