Links and Resources

Chapter 1 Choose your birth location/birth team wisely

Chapter 2 Childbirth education

Birth Methods

Short Paragraph about what these methods are

Recommended Books

Short Paragraph about these authors

  • Penny Simpkin
  • Sheila Kitzenger
  • Ina May Gaskin
  • ICEA
  • Elizabeth Davis
  • Debra Pascali-Bonaro

Chapter 3 Optimal fetal positions during pregnancy

Chapter 4 Yoga

Yoga during pregnancy: effects on maternal comfort, labor pain and birth outcomes.


  • This study examined the effects of a yoga program during pregnancy on maternal comfort, labor pain and birth outcomes. A randomized trial was conducted using 74 primigravida (first time pregnant) Thai women who were equally divided into two groups (experimental and control).
  • The yoga program involved six, 1-hour sessions at prescribed weeks of gestation. A variety of instruments were used to assess maternal comfort, labor pain and birth outcomes. The experimental group was found to have higher levels of maternal comfort during labor and 2 hours post-labor and experienced less subject evaluated labor pain than the control group.
  • In each group, pain increased and maternal comfort decreased as labor progressed. No differences were found between the groups regarding Pethidine usage, labor augmentation or newborn Apgar scores at 1 and 5 min.
  • The experimental group was found to have a shorter duration of the first stage of labor, as well as the total time of labor.

Chapter 5 Avoid induction

Chapter 6 Create your environment

Chapter 9 Pelvic Opening: Movements Specific to Labor

Chapter 10 Sensation Control: Believe in your body

Ocean Relaxation
This relaxation brings the listener to a beautiful beach and allows her to float in a pool of water. This relaxation is a perfect accompaniment to a midday nap as it takes the place of a couple of hours of sleep. It is best not to do this or other relaxations first thing in the morning or right before bed, instead use it to recharge after a long day at work or home, or a midday nap.

Sensation Control
Most women believe that childbirth will be the most excruciating experience of their lives. This belief comes from a lifetime of conditioning through media and stories passed down from generations of women. This belief creates an assumption that childbirth is something to be feared and treated as a negative necessity to producing a beautiful new life. This recording was developed to assist in creating positive birth experiences by redefining the sensations felt during labor. It is best used in the months prior to delivering your baby.

These recordings SHOULD NOT be listened to while driving or participating in any activity that requires your full attention.

Glossary of Terms

Bikini-Cut Cesareans



Foley Catheter

Gestational Diabetes

Gut Microbiota



Kick Test

Maternal transfusion





Placenta Previa

Placental Abruption


Prodromal Labor





Water breaking


  12. Depending on the country, situation and specific doctor protocols, the timing of induction can vary. In the US, it is recommended to allow women to wait until 42 weeks to deliver if there are no other complications; in some countries it is common to induce much earlier.
  13. Possible negative side effects of ingesting castor oil include diarrhea, abdominal cramping, nausea and vomiting.
  14., The effect of late pregnancy consumption of date fruit on labour and delivery. Al-Kuran O, Al-Mehaisen L, Bawadi H, Beitawi S, Amarin Z.
  15. Morphine will likely only be given to women when they are experiencing prolonged periods of contractions that are not resulting in dilation or labor progression (prodromal labor) because the effects last much longer than other narcotics (five hours in mom, eight hours in baby).
  16. Epidurals have been known to slow down labor as well as speed it up, depending on the circumstances.
  17. INSERT STUDY about c-sec/epidural