Useful website links for pregnancy and life with your baby
This page has been especially developed by users of Kingston Maternity Services, with the support of the Maternity Liaision Group (MSLC). You will find here some websites recommended by real-life users for more tips and advice on this challenging but so rewarding time of your and your partner's life!
Please be aware that despite being useful some of those website are not representative of the NHS recommendations and opinions.
- Baby's movements and trusting your instincts
This website just reinforces the fact that if you have any concerns whatsoever in terms of baby's movements or just 'not feeling right' in the last few week of pregnancy, contact your midwife straight
Count the kicks
Big lottery funded project. The baby buddy app has been downloaded by over 10,000 people and received lots of positive feedback.
This association helps pregnant women around the world quit smoking
Quit smoking community
- Substance abuse and addiction
A US website providing helpful and verifiable information available on substance abuse and addiction
They have accepted to share their positive birth story with us... Well if they did it, why not you?
Tell me a good birth story
Positive birth movement
Fabulous on birth (and constantly updated) with experts on birth from around the world talking
One world birth
And the great 60 second doula clips with 3 doulas talking you through all the questions about birth you have not yet asked...60 secs per question!
For birth and postnatal support
For info on getting familiar with baby's position and encouraging them into a helpful position for birth
Useful information which will support you on your home birth journey and the opportunity to connect with others
Homebirthers and Hopefuls
Homebirth Reference Site
For local monthly meetings and pool lending
Homebirth Kingston on Facebook
- Vaginal Birth After Caesarean Section (VBAC) and Caesarean
A nonprofit organization 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).
The International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN)
The 'natural', family centred caesarean
- Safer sleep for your baby
Unicef has made a leaflet on how to create the right environment (safe and comfortable) for you to get as much rest as possible at night
Care for your baby at night
A collaboration between Durham University Parent-Infant Sleep Lab, La Leche League, NCT, and UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative, providing information about normal infant sleep based upon the latest UK and world-wide research
The Infant Sleep Information Source
The Durham Uni Parent-Infant Sleep Lab website with interesting, balanced research on bedsharing etc
This website promotes expert advice on safer baby sleep, raises awareness on sudden infant death and provides specialist support for bereaved families
- Connecting with your baby
A UNICEF leaflet offering advice and information on getting to know your baby and setting up the foundations for that strong relationship
Building a happy baby, UNICEF
A clip on 'bonding' and having a 'babymoon' with your baby
Save money, better for the environment, easier to use than you think, find out the reasons why people opt for reusable nappies and how to get started
Specifically for Dads!
Some short and practical ‘how to’ videos on essential skills such as holding, nappy changing, bathing and burping your baby
More about fatherhood, support for both mothers and fathers as earners and carers; and preparation for your future shared role in caring for children
La Leche League UK provides support and information to mothers who want to breastfeed their babies
La Leche league UK
A voluntary organisation of a group of mothers experienced in breastfeeding counselling.
The Association of Breatfeeding Mothers
An initiation of breastfeeding by breast crawl
The website of an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant developed to provide evidence-based information on breastfeeding and parenting
A collection of videos, articles and documents to help mothers having challenges with breastfeeding available in many languages
Learn more about biological nurturing or laid back breastfeeding
Once baby is born
For both mums and dads (noticing changes in each other), and remembering that 10-15% of women and 5-10% of men report experiencing symptoms of postnatal depression, the best resource to understand what is happening in postnatal depression is
Another great resource in seeking help
Association of Postnatal Illness
- Postnatal recovery physically - parents tips and stories
A timeline of what to expect
The alpha parent
A look at the emotional side alongside the physical - how to give yourself time and space to heal
The leaky boob
- Relationships after birth
Some tips on how to strengthen relationships
One plus one
The couple connection