American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM)
Nurse-midwifery and CM (certified midwife) training; working to bring midwifery
care into hospitals; referrals to certified midwives and certified nurse-midwives in the U.S
The Association for the Improvement of Maternity Services (AIMS)
Information and research on birth-related issues
The Association of Labor Assistants and Childbirth Educators (ALACE)
Childbirth educator and doula training; and referrals to birth educators.
The Alliance for Transforming the Lives of Children
Information and research on the physical, intellectual, psychological and spiritual
needs of children, from pre-conception on and a blueprint for meeting the needs of children.
The Association for Treatment and Training in the Attachment of Children
Information on maternal-infant bonding and attachment and attachment disorders.
Attachment Parenting International
Information about attachment parenting; and referrals to parent support groups in
U.S., Canada and Europe.
The Association for Pre- and Perinatal Psychology and Health (APPPAH)
Information and research on the psychological and spiritual dimensions of
conception, pregnancy, birth and postpartum from the perspective of the pre-nate
and baby as well as the mother, father and family; the primary
information site regarding birth trauma; conferences
Devoted to restoring the earth through visionary and practical solutions to ecological problems, with an emphasis on indigenous practices and modern scientific
Birthing Project USA
The only national African-American maternal and child health organization, focusing
on pregnancy and the first year after birth; links pregnant women with
Childbirth educator and doula training; and referrals to birth educators; linked with
the work of Dr Michel
Odent and his Primal Health Newsletter, which contains
current research on the epidemiological aspects of birth.
Boston Women Health Book Collective
Women’s health information, support and advocacy
Bradley Birth Education
Childbirth educator training focusing on husband-coached childbirth; referrals to birth educators.
Childrens Defense Fund
Advocacy for the rights of children, focusing on the prevention of child abuse.
Publication about natural childbirth, breastfeeding and bonding, with a focus on
home birth and midwife.
The Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS)
An information and advocacy group comprised of individuals and national
organizations focusing on improving hospital birth and obstetric care, with
emphasis on using practices
that are supported by scientific evidence designates
mother-friendly birth sites.
Citizens for Midwifery (CFM)
Information, support and advocacy for the midwife model of care for childbirth
referrals to midwives around the U.S.
Doulas of North America (DONA)
Doula training; referrals to doulas in the U.S.
Elizabeth Davis, CPM midwife
Website on midwifery, women’s sexuality and spirituality, women’s intuition, and
the blood mysteries; also women’s circles, courses and training for midwives.
Faith Gibson, CPM midwife
A website that includes much current research and information on political issues
related to birth and midwifery. Also read about Faith's most current
research, politic, etc. at http://www.collegeofmidwives.org
Ina May Gaskin, CPM midwife
A website related to the work of the long-standing intentional community in
Tennessee known as The Farm, and its history of home birth.
Institute of HeartMath
Research and information regarding bonding and its relationship to learning and approaches for stress
reduction and trauma healing for babies, children and parents.
International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA)
Training breastfeeding (lactation) consultants worldwide.
International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN)
Information, support and advocacy for prevention of unnecessary cesarean births, healing from birth trauma and support for vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC).
International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA)
Childbirth educator and doula training
La Leche League International
Mother-to-mother information and support for breastfeeding; referrals to local
La Leche support groups.
Childbirth educator training; and referrals to birth educators
Midwives of North America (MANA)
Information, support and advocacy for midwives practicing in all settings
(home, birth center and hospitals) and for the training of midwives without
nursing training; promoting the midwife model of care.
Publication providing information, support and practical ideas for aspiring and
with a focus on home Birth; has an international network and
an on-line newsletter.
Information and practical advice on family life, covering issues from conception
through teen years; emphasis
on natural health and leading-edge research on controversial issues such as circumcision, vaccination, cesarean,
discipline of children.
National Association of Childbearing Centers (NAAC)
An organization helping individuals and communities create accredited out-of-hospital birth centers in the U.S.; referrals to local birth centers.
National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers (NOCIRC)
Information and research on male and female circumcision worldwide, promoting
genital integrity and provoding practical suggestions for parents; referral to
and advocates who are working to end circumcision; hold international conferences.
National Women's Health Network
Information, support, advocacy and lobbying group for broad range of issues related
to the health of women.
National Vaccine Information Center
Information and research on the safety and risks of vaccines; advocacy for reforming current
vaccination policies; support for parents choosing not to immunize their
children; holds international scientific conferences.
Natural Child Project
Information promoting attachment parenting; and referrals to parents practicing attachment parenting.
Touch the Future
Information on childrearing and educating children, beginning with conception; the
focus is addressing psychological
and spiritual as well as physical aspects of children
and providing practical suggestions for parents; incorporates
the work of
Joseph Chilton Pearce.
Water Birth International
Information, support and advocacy for the use of water in labor and for water birth; referrals to local
practitioners and rental and sale of birthing tubs.