In the right hand sidebar, or at the bottom of the page on mobile devices, click on the links to find my blog on childbirth education topics, activities for childbirth classes, and handouts for students / clients. Or click on the podcast link at the top to find the Transition to Parenthood podcast, a series of 10 twenty-minute episodes that cover all the key information I want to share with expectant parents.
All content on this site was written by Janelle Durham, MSW, LCCE, ICCE. I am a childbirth educator, doula, mom, and co-author of Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide. Learn more about me here.
I also train childbirth educators through the Great Starts program of Parent Trust, in Seattle, WA. Our training helps prepare you for certification by ICEA – the International Childbirth Education Association. My co-trainers are Penny Simkin, Kim James, and Tracy McPhillips.
Other great resources on the web for childbirth educators:
- Science and Sensibility – a Lamaze blog for birth educators, offers “Brilliant Activities for Birth Educators”, reviews of current research, the Welcoming All Families series about serving diverse people, and more. Edited by my colleague, Sharon Muza.
- Penny Simkin’s website – from my colleague and co-author. Includes some helpful articles and handouts, including her comfort in labor booklet and the win-win birth plan.
- Lamaze for Parents website. Includes 6 Healthy Birth Practices – these flyers and videos share evidence-based advice on ways to have a safe, healthy birth, using only the interventions that are necessary. Also encourage students to sign up for their weekly e-newsletter or download the Pregnancy to Parenting app.
- Childbirth Connection website. Be sure to read the Listening to Mothers surveys, and their amazing links to resources for advocates and professionals.
- Evidence Based Birth – a blog by Rebecca Dekker, RN, PhD. Great summaries of the research evidence on a wide variety of topics related to birth. Offers links to the original studies so you can learn more.
- There are free handouts for childbirth ed students and doula clients at these three sites, but I haven’t had a chance to review them in detail: Birth Arts, Best Doulas, and Childbirth Professionals International.
- For class materials, the single best source for videos is Injoy, and the best for A/V props is Childbirth Graphics.
- You can also check out my other sites: For information on breastfeeding and newborn care, go to http://gooddayswithbabies.wordpress.com/. For info on parenting a child from birth to age 5, check out www.GoodDaysWithKids.com. For info on teaching STEM topics to 3 – 7 year olds, www.InventorsOfTomorrow.com.