We have compiled some of our favorite links here for you to explore–great resources for families of all types! Please drop us a line to include some of your favorites, as well! We will be happy to look at them and share them as soon as we can.
What to eat, what to not eat, what to use or not use?
- What to Eat Organic During Pregnancy, by National Geographic.
- Organic Baby Universe, with classes, webinars, coupons, and products for expecting parents.
- Green Pregnancy Set from PBS. If the price isn’t right, check your local library!
- EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database, which challenges our beliefs, even about brands we think of as “natural” and equate with “safe.” (No, really. Take a look at those baby bubble baths. Check out what scores a 3 or higher!)
- SafeFetus, a guide to medications and how they may affect your fetus or breastfed child.
- MGH Center for Women’s Mental Health’s excellent coverage of psychiatric medications and an analysis of the research about how they impact mother and fetus.
- Mayo Clinic’s exhaustive exploration of medical issues women face during pregnancy.
- Bootcamp for New Dads gets dads ready for what’s about to come. Don’t wait, daddy!
- Rainbow Conceptions, a site for GLBT people starting or growing their families.
Whether you have decide for or against natural childbirth is a choice each woman must make for herself and her family. Here are a few resources in case you want to know more about it.
- DONA International, the oldest and most respected organization for Doulas, women who assist women before, during, and after labor and delivery.
- Citizens for Midwifery, an organization whose core values honor the beauty and natural, healthy processes of labor and delivery.
- Hypnobirthing, a series of experiences to help you prepare mentally and physically for labor and delivery.
- Gabrielle Targett’s MP3 downloads for hypnosis to prepare you for labor and delivery. One of the only hypnosis programs that has ever worked for us! And for $1.98 for two LONG sessions you can play again and again, you can’t go wrong!
Choices, choices! There are so many ways to raise a child, and while there are decidedly some very unhealthy decisions that can be made, there are multiple possible healthy decisions, as well. Here are a few resources to stimulate your thinking about honoring the new life (lives?) that has/have joined your family.
- Postpartum Men, a site dedicated to an under-reported phenomenon that all families need to watch for.
- Mayo Clinic’s Postpartum Depression page for mothers.
- International Breastfeeding Centre and KellyMom for a truly outstanding range of breastfeeding support resources. And Medications and Mother’s Milk if momma needs any sort of pharmaceuticals.
- Routes of Exposure: Breast Milk for a guide to thinking about how toxins mother encounters can affect baby. And, to balance…
- Routes of Exposure: Infant Formula.
- Green Baby Guide, a site that explores all aspects of responsible stewardship of the earth while parenting.
- Inhabitots, a top-notch exploration on green living with small children.
- EWG’s Kid-Safe Chemicals blog, and Health/Toxics: Children’s Health site.
- Baby-led weaning, a very different approach to introducing solid foods.
- Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child and Weissbluth Method for amazing insights into your growing child’s sleep needs at each stage of development.
- CafeMom, a gathering place for women of all shapes, sizes, colors, and philosophies.
- BrandNewDad, a gathering place for men of all shapes, sizes, colors, and philosophies.
- Mombian, a resource for moms and their same-sex partners.
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