Web It – Prepared Childbirth – The Family Way

Welcome to Web It! - where we feature links to websites with reliable information and further details on the topics discussed on pages in our handbook, Prepared Childbirth – The Family Way. Helpful graphics, photos, videos, research articles, games, or quizzes may be found on these sites, so have fun surfing in our Web It! pond.The Internet is a great source of information, but much of it is inaccurate, misleading, or just wrong. The links below will take you to trusted sources of information on the Web. You may feel confident these sites contain information that is scientifically accurate, are based upon recent research, and represent the most respected sources of information for the childbearing year.

Communicate, Communicate, Communicate (page 3)

“Do Men and Women Talk?”


What’s Going On During Pregnancy (page 4)

Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy (videos for each month of pregnancy-preceded by advertising)

Fetal Development (photographs with information for each month of pregnancy)

Life’s Greatest Miracle (videos of how a baby develops from conception to birth)

Singing to The Baby (in utero) video


Anatomy of Pregnancy (page 7)

Your Growing Body & Baby: Pictures


Precautions (page 8 ) – Topics from alcohol to stress, and much more

March of Dimes

Staying Healthy

Stress and Pregnancy

Listeria and Pregnancy

Nutrition (page 9)

Guidelines from the US Government

Guidelines from the Canadian Government


Kegel Exercise (page 16)

Preventing Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Do the Kegel – the pelvic squeeze


ACOG Guidelines for Exercise (page 17)

ACOG Exercise in Pregnancy Pamphlet

Exercise in Pregnancy (support from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists)


Comfort Positions for Pregnancy and Labor (page 20)

Comfort in Labor – How You Can Help Yourself to a Normal Satisfying Childbirth

Labor ”On the Ball”


Active Relaxation Techniques (page 22-23)

Audio files from UNC

10 Tracks to Help Keep You On Track! (relaxation mp3 files)

Video of Various Massage Techniques

Music for Labor and Birth


Womb Mates (page 25)

Labor and Birth with Twins

Breastfeeding Multiples

Natural Birth of Twins and Triplets (video)


Labor Support (page 31)

The Essential Ingredient: Doula (video)

A Birth Partner Cheat Sheet

Locate a Doula


How Painful Will Labor Be (page 34)

Tips and Tools: Labor Pain


You Will Be Better Able to Deal With pain If You … (page 35)

Nonpharmacological (non-drug) Pain Management Strategies

6 Healthy Birth Practices

Birth Video – Everyday Miracles: A Celebration of Birth

A Lamaze Class and Birth Video

The 3 R’s in Childbirth Preparation


Birth Videos

Open Minds to Birth

(Click on YouTube logo in the upper right corner of the home page. This will take you to all the videos that Vida has uploaded to YouTube.)

Hello Family

(Click on YouTube logo in the upper right corner of the home page. This will take you to all the videos that Vida has uploaded to YouTube.)

Movements for Labor (page 45)

Comfort in Labor


Childbirth Choices (page 47)

Medical Interventions

Risk: Consequences of a Near-Term Birth (video by the Northern New England Perinatal Quality Improvement Network)

Is It Worth It? Risks of Early Elective Delivery

March of Dimes Pregnancy Time Lapse Video (only one minute!)

Delayed Cord Clamping (article)

Delayed Cord Clamping (video)

Push for Your Baby (video)

Lamaze Six Healthy Birth Practices

Videos and PDF pamphlets


Epidural Analgesia (page 49)

Video: What Happens During an Epidural

Epidural Analgesia (from the American College of Nurse-Midwives)


Cesarean Birth (page 53)

What Every Pregnant Woman Needs to Know about Cesarean Section

Ideas for the Best Cesarean Possible


Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (page 57)

VBAC or Repeat C-section?


Breastfeeding (pages 61-67)

Why Breastfeeding is Important

Q & A About Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding Information by Baby Gooroo (series of videos)

Breastfeeding Video: How to Latch


Postpartum Depression (page 73)

Depression During and After Pregnancy

Postpartum Support International – You Are Not Alone


Life with Baby (pages 76-82)

The First Hour After Birth: A Baby’s 9 Instinctive Stages

Amazing Bath of a Newborn (video)

Important Information about Co-Sleeping from Dr. McKenna at the University of Notre Dame  (video)

Zero to Three (Brain Development of the Baby)

Baby Massage

Playing With Your Newborn

Swaddling: Is it Safe? (American Academy of Pediatrics)