Accurate birth information..How to find it.
How sure are you that what you are reading online is accurate, safe and giving you the best information and advice?
It’s difficult to resist the urge to just ‘Google it’, I know I’ve done this many times. I rememeber asking Google ‘when will she sleep’ in those early days. When looking for information about pregnancy, birth and parenthood though, we want to ensure it is coming from resources we can trust. Resources built on evidence based knowledge. Rather than bias opinion.
Our online birth resource, The Mama’s Hub and our Facebook Group, The Mama’s Hub Positive Birth Space, was designed entirely for this reason. I wanted to ensure that our clients had a safe space online where they could look up information and be secure in the knowledge that it was informative, but most importantly, accurate.
In order to make the best decision for your care and your baby’s care, you need to be informed. Using your B.R.A.I.N to confidently make a decision, once you have all of the facts.
Here are a couple of the go to sites that feature on The Mama’s Hub and offer valuable information for parents and parents-to-be.
Evidence Based Birth – A really informative website that collates evidence and displays it in a number of great web series, blogs and articles. They recently ran a pain management series. Looking at a wide range of pain management methods (medical and natural) to then deliver an unbiased summary of what could help reduce pain sensations in labour and birth.
AIMS AIMS was founded in 1960 by Sally Willington to support women and families to achieve the birth that they wanted.
Since the 1960s they have campaigned tirelessly for improvements to the UK's maternity services, as well as supporting women and families directly through their helpline, and sharing information to pregnant people and health carers with their hugely informative books, Journal and website resources.
AIMS works towards better births for all by campaigning and information sharing, protecting human rights in childbirth and helping women to know their rights, whatever birth they want, and wherever they want it.
NICE Guidelines - NICE's role is to improve outcomes for people using the NHS and other public health and social care services. Hospital policies can vary but this site is great tool for understanding what to expect form your care providers when you are pregnant.
Dr Sara Wickham is a midwife and published author who discusses topics such as Induction of labour, Vitamin K and the newborn, birthing the placenta, oxytocin and many more. She breaks down research, data and trial to give you informative and easy to read information helping you make better decisions for your care.
It’s not just informative research you need to trust. If you’re concerned about something, we often search the internet for advice and reassurance. Make sure you are getting it from the right places when it comes to your health and your babies. Here are a couple of sites that can be useful if you’re concerned but remember, your first call should always be to your midwife. Trust your instincts.
Kicks Count - if you are worried about your babies movements, don’t Google what is right. Trust your instincts and don’t feel silly calling you midwife. If you want to know more though about what to expect and look out for when it comes to your babies movements look at Kicks Count.
If you have any questions about the techniques, or want to know more about other relaxation techniques for pregnancy & birth you could book a BIRTH HOUR appointment with us, for a short, effective and informative hour of birth coaching. Details can be found here.