“There is no other organ quite like the uterus. If men had such an organ they would brag about it, so should we”
~ Ina May Gaskin
Links & Resources
Birthing Options in Brisbane and Gold Coast
Queensland Centre for Mothers and Babies ~ The Having a Baby in Queensland website was developed by the Queensland Centre for Mothers & Babies, an independent research centre based at The University of Queensland and funded by the Queensland Government. The Centre’s role is to work towards consumer-focused maternity care that is integrated, evidence-based and provides optimal choices for women in Queensland.
Birthing Centres & Midwives ~ Queensland Government site listing your birthing options
Home Birth Queensland ~ Find a Midwife or Birth Support for a Home Birth
Friends of the Birth Centre ~ Friends of the Birth Centre promotes and supports birth centres, continuity of midwifery care and birth choices for women.
Independent Midwifery groups
My Midwives – My Midwives provide private continuity of care through a midwifery model of care for a home birth or birthing centre.
It Takes a Village Midwifery – Private midwifery care through pregnancy, birth and postpartum for a home birth.
Midwife / Obstetric practice with rights into the Mater Mothers as a private patient.
Kindred – A unique collective of midwives and obstetricians providing holistic, high quality collaborative health care to women and families.
Hatch – Obstetric practice with midwifery care for pregnancy, birth and postnatal care.
Local Recommendations Brisbane
Thrive Health Co. – Chiropractic care for pregnancy (Jemima Nelson / Georgia Lowe)
YogaBaby – Prenatal Yoga Classes
Ginseng Acupuncture – Prenatal Acupuncture
Mother Earth Massage – Pregnancy and Postnatal Massage
Mama Massage – Pregnancy and Postnatal Massage (Home Visits)
Andie and Ollie Photography – Maternity, Newborn, Family and Birth Photography
Olive Juice Creations – Maternity, Family, Newborn and Birth Photography
Photography by Kristy Lee – Maternity, Family, Newborn and Birth Photography
Local Recommendations Gold Coast
Yoga for 2 ~ Prenatal and mums and bubs Yoga
Feather Touch Photography ~ Family, Birth & Maternity Photography
Minna Burgess Photography ~ Minna Burgess is an award-winning, professional birth, newborn & family photographer based 35 minutes South West of Brisbane
Rana Rankin Photography ~ Birth, Maternity, Postnatal Photography – Gold Coast
Jade Read Photography ~ Portrait Photography – Maternity | Newborn | Milestones | Children – Gold Coast
Ingrid Pullen Photography ~ Maternity, Birth and Family Natural Photography – Gold Coast and Byron NSW
Studio Qi Acupuncture – Gold Coast
Peter Crook Acupuncture – Gold Coast
Pregnancy & Birth
Belly Belly ~ BellyBelly is The Thinking Woman’s Website For Pregnancy, Birth & Parenting
Dr Sarah J. Buckley ~ Dr Buckley’s work critiques current practices in pregnancy, birth, and parenting from the widest possible perspectives, including scientific, anthropological, cross-cultural, psychological, and personal. She encourages us to be fully informed in our decision-making; to listen to our hearts and our intuition; and to claim our rightful role as the real experts in our bodies and our children.
Maternity Choices Australia ~ Maternity Choices Australia, formally 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. They bring together groups and individuals for effective lobbying, information sharing, networking and support.
Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond ~ Up to date and extensive source of information on pregnancy, birth and parenting. You’ll be able to find lots of information on midwifery care, pre-conception care, pregnancy, birth, waterbirth, homebirth, vaginal birth after caesarean, postnatal care and breastfeeding.
Kidspot ~ A great resource for pregnancy, birth and post partum
Spinning Babies ~ A great resource for baby’s positioning
Waterbirth International ~ Waterbirth International was begun in 1988, in Santa Barbara, California, by a concerned group of women and men who wanted to “ensure that waterbirth is an available option for all women
Childbirth Connection ~ Childbirth Connection is a national not-for-profit organisation founded in 1918 as Maternity Center Association. “Our mission is to improve the quality and value of maternity care through consumer engagement and health system transformation. Childbirth Connection promotes safe, effective and satisfying evidence-based maternity care and is a voice for the needs and interests of childbearing families.”
Evidenced Based Birth ~ Non-biased source for the most current, evidence-based information on pregnancy and childbirth. This project came to be known as Evidence Based Birth®.
Birth Without Fear ~ Birth Without Fear began as a simple passion to let women know they have choices in childbirth. It then evolved to become an inspiration and support to women and their families through their trying to conceive, pregnancy, birth and post partum journeys.
VBAC (Vaginal Birth After a Cesarean)
Birthrites ~ 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.
VBAC.COM ~ The VBAC Education Project, endorsed by Intl Childbirth Education Association and the Intl Cesarean Awareness Network, was developed to empower women to make their own decisions about how they want to give birth after a cesarean and to provide VBAC friendly birth professionals and caregivers with the tools and resources to support them.
ICAN (Intl Cesarean Awareness Network) ~ The International Cesarean Awareness Network, Inc. (ICAN) is a nonprofit organisation 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).
Australian Breastfeeding Association ~ Provide mothers with practical mother-to-mother support and information, enabling them to establish and continue breastfeeding.
La Leche League Association ~ Help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.
Baby Center ~ Informative website for pregnancy, birth, postpartum and breast feeding
Natural Parenting.com.au ~ Provides you with new and informative articles about anything and everything related to making informed and sustainable parenting choices. We have extensive libraries covering your journey from preconception to adolescents and include topics such as breast feeding, sleep, birth, discipline, schooling and health.
Pinky Mckay ~ Pinky McKay is a best-selling author with four titles published by Penguin including Sleeping Like a baby, 100 Ways to Calm the Crying, Toddler Tactics and Parenting By Heart. The Australian Breastfeeding Association, La Leche League International and The Australian Association of Infant Mental Health endorse her books.
Australia’s Natural Parenting Nurture Magazine ~ Nurture ~ Australia’s Natural Parenting Magazine is your destination for thought-provoking, evidence-based articles on the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual elements of child-rearing from a natural parenting perspective.
Attachment Parenting International ~ API promotes parenting practices that create strong, healthy emotional bonds between children and their parents. For life. So they can take those bonds with them into their adult lives and share them with their children. And their children can do the same. A life cycle of compassion and connection.
Kindred ~ Kindred Media and Community is an alternative media and nonprofit educational project of the American nonprofit, Families for Conscious Living. Kindred serves as a gathering place for families to explore and share their experiences of writing a new story of childhood, motherhood, fatherhood and the ever changing and evolving adventure of being fully human.
Post Natal Depression & Anxiety
Panda ~ As experts in perinatal anxiety and depression, PANDA supports a positive transition into parenthood
Beyond Blue ~ Support through post natal depression and anxiety
Centre of Perinatal Excellence ~ If you are experiencing postnatal depression, practical and emotional support can be very helpful, to help give you some time, space and energy to devote to yourself. But often this is not enough to help you to recover, so accessing effective treatment for postnatal depression early, is an important step towards recovery.
Peach Tree Perinatal Wellness ~ Peach Tree Perinatal Wellness is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 2011 by two mums with personal experience of perinatal mental illness. Their mission is to minimise the impact of perinatal mental health issues through understanding, acceptance and education, whilst enhancing self-worth.
Birth Trauma Healing
Birth Talk ~ Healing from birth trauma, grief and disappointment
The Birth Whisperer ~Birth trauma therapist and birth skills specialist
Birth Trauma Australia ~ Birth trauma support