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finding a physician
  • American Medical Association
  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

    finding a specialist
  • Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine

    finding a midwife
  • American College of Nurse Midwives
  • Certified Professional Midwives

    finding a birth center
  • National Association of Childbearing Centers

    finding a genetic counselor
  • National Society for Genetic Counselors

    food safety in pregnancy
  • The Panic-Free Pregnancy by Michael S. Broder
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Foodborne Illness Line (24 hr recorded information) 1-888/232-3228
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • U. S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition

    drugs and pregnancy
  • National Drug Help Hotline 1-800-662-435
  • Substance Abuse treatment Facility Locator
  • Help for Quitting Smoking When Pregnant

    herbs and pregnancy
  • Herbs for a Healthy Pregnancy by Penelope Ody
  • Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year by Susun S. Weed

    toxins and pregnancy: environmental information and action resources
  • Environmental Working Group
  • Collaborative on Health and The Environment
  • The Sierra Club
  • National Resources Defense Council
  • Having Faith: An Ecologist’s Journey To Motherhood by Sandra Steingraber

    general pregnancy safety
  • March of Dimes Pregnancy and Newborn Health Education Center
  • Organization of Teratology Information Services
  • MotherRisk
  • The Complete Guide to Everyday Risks in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding by Gideon Koren

    artists’ safety
  • The Artist's Complete Health and Safety Guide

    beauty products
  • The Safe Shopper's Bible by David Steinman, Samuel S. Epstein
  • A Consumer's Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients by Ruth Winter
  • Household Products Database

    eating disorders and pregnancy
  • National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Related Disorders hotline 847-831-3438
  • Eating Disorder Referral and Information Center or hotline 1 800 843 7274

    plus-size pregnancy
  • Big, Beautiful, and Pregnant by Cornelia van der Ziel, Jacqueline Tourville
  • Your Plus-size Pregnancy by Brette McWhorter Sember, Dr. Bruce D. Rodgers
  • Plus Size Pregnancy

    general medical resources
  • Mayo Clinic Guide to Healthy Pregnancy
  • 1000 Questions About Your Pregnancy: Everything Every Expecting Woman Needs to Know by Jeffrey Thurston, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.
  • The Whole Pregnancy Handbook by Joel Evans and Robin Aronson

    high risk pregnancy
  • National High Risk Pregnancy Support Network
  • The High-Risk Pregnancy Sourcebook by Denise M. Chism
  • When Pregnancy Isn't Perfect: A Layperson's Guide To Complications In Pregnancy by Laurie A. Rich

    asthma and pregnancy
  • American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
  • Pregnancy and Asthma Info

    breech babies
  • Breech Babies Information and Resources
  • Turning a Breech Baby
  • American Association of Oriental Medicine

  • American Diabetes Association
  • Gestational Diabetes: What to Expect by American Diabetes Association

    group b strep
  • Group B Strep Association
  • Centers for Disease Control B Strep Info

  • Preeclampsia Info

    bed rest
  • Days in Waiting: A Guide to Surviving Pregnancy Bedrest by Mary Ann McCann
  • The Pregnancy Bed Rest Book: A Survival Guide for Expectant Mothers and Their Families by Amy E. Tracy
  • Case Western Reserve University Bed Rest

    pregnancy loss
  • The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust
  • The Miscarriage Association (UK)
  • Helping After Neonatal Death
  • comprehensive fertility resource
  • Share: Pregnancy and Infancy Loss Support, Inc.
  • Pregnancy After Miscarriage
  • Information about recurrent miscarriages
  • Information about depression after loss
  • International Council of Infertility Information Dissemination
  • stillbirth information and support
  • Center for Loss in Multiple Birth
  • A Little Pregnant: Blog about IVF, miscarriage and pregnancy
  • Babyfruit: Blog about miscarriage, fertility and pregnancy
  • 40 Mournings and Nights: Blog about loss
  • “How to be Good Friends with an Infertile”


    pregnancy memoirs
  • Pregnancy Stories by Cecelia A. Cancellaro
  • Waiting for Birdy by Catherine Newman
  • Knocked Up : Confessions of a Hip Mother-to-be by Rebecca Eckler
  • Navel-Gazing: The Days and Nights of a Mother in the Making by Jennifer Matesa
  • Love Works Like This: Moving from One Kind of Life to Another by Lauren Slater
  • Increase by Lia Purpura
  • Misconceptions: Truth, Lies, and the Unexpected on the Journey to Motherhood by Naomi Wolf

    support and guidance
  • The Spirit of Pregnancy: An Interactive Anthology for Your Journey to Motherhood by Bonni Goldberg
  • The Pregnant Woman's Comfort Book by Jennifer Louden
  • Magical Beginnings, Enchanted Lives: A Holistic Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth by Deepak Chopra, M.D., David Simon, M.D, and Vicki Abrams, C.C.E., I.B.C.L.C.

  • Pregnant Man : How Nature Makes Fathers Out of Men by Gordon Churchwell
  • Be Prepared: A Practical Handbook for New Dads by Gary Greenberg, Jeannie Hayden
  • The Father's Almanac
  • The Expectant Father: Facts, Tips and Advice for Dads-To-Be by Armin A. Brott, Armin A. Brott
  • Daddytypes Weblog for Dads
  • Confessions of the Other Mother: Non-Biological Lesbian Mothers Tell All by Harlyn Aizley

  • Beyond the Blues
  • Pregnancy Blues

    domestic violence during pregnancy
  • national domestic violence hotline
  • Breaking the Cycle of Abuse: How to Move Beyond Your Past to Create an Abuse-Free Future by Beverly Engel
  • Spare the Rod: Breaking the Cycle of Child Abuse by Phil E. Quinn
  • Prevent Child Abuse
  • Controlling Parents
  • American Institute on Domestic Violence


    working through pregnancy
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • pregnancy discrimination

    baby gear
  • Baby Bargains
  • Alan Fields Consumer Reports Best Baby Products

    baby names
  • The Baby Name Wizard

  • Pro-Circumcision Info
  • Medical info, history, statistics, and links
  • Mothers Against Circumcision

  • The National Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs, Inc.
  • Author and mother of twins, Elizabeth Lyons'
  • Multiple birth prenatal education and support
  • The Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome Foundation
  • The Multiple Pregnancy Sourcebook: Pregnancy and the First Days with Twins, Triplets, and More by Nancy Bowers
  • Twinspiration: Real-Life Advice From Pregnancy Through the First Year for Parents of Twins and Multiples by Cheryl Lage
  • Expecting Twins, Triplets, and More : A Doctor's Guide to a Healthy and Happy Multiple Pregnancy by Rachel Franklin


    birthing techniques
  • The Official Lamaze Guide: Giving Birth with Confidence by Judith Lothian, Charlotte DeVries
  • Preparation for Birth: The Complete Guide to the Lamaze Method by Beverly Savage, Diana Simkin
  • Lamaze® International
  • Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way: Revised Edition  by Susan McCutcheon-Rosegg
  • Husband-Coached Childbirth : The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth by Robert A. Bradley
  • The Bradley Method®

    birth gurus
  • The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth by Sheila Kitzinger 
  • Sheila Kitzinger
  • Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
  • Ina May Gaskin
  • Birthing from Within: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation by Pam England, Rob Horowitz
  • Birthing From Within
  • The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin thinking about birth & birth choices
  • Birth: The Surprising History of How We Were Born by Tina Cassidy
  • Deliver This! Making The Childbirth Choice That’s Right for You… No Matter What Everyone Else Thinks by Marissa Cohen
  • The Birth That's Right For You by Amen Ness, Lisa Gould Rubin, Jackie Frederick Berner home birth
  • College of Midwives: Midwife-assisted home birth information
  • Midwifery Today Magazine
  • UK homebirth Website
  • Gentle Birth Choices: A Guide to Making Informed Decisions about Birthing Centers, Birth Attendants, Water Birth, Home Birth, and Hospital Birth by Barbara Harper, Suzanne Arms
  • Baby Catcher: Chronicles of a Modern Midwife by Peggy Vincent

    water birth
  • Birth Balance: A water birth and labor support resource

  • Doulas of North America 

    cord blood banking
  • A Parent’s Guide to Cord Blood Banks

  • The Essential C-Section Guide  by Maureen Connolly, Dana Sullivan
  • What if I Have a C-section? by Mark Landon and Rita Rubin
  • Cesarean Section: Understanding and Celebrating Your Baby's Birth by Michele C. Moore and Caroline M. de Costa

    c-section risks
  • The Coalition for Improving Maternity Services
  • A Balanced View of Caesareans

    postpartum healing and support
  • Mothering the New Mother: Women’s Feelings and Needs After Childbirth, A Support and Resource Guide by Sally Placksin
  • The Post-Pregnancy Handbook by Sylvia Brown with Mary Dowd Struck, R.N., M.S., C.N.M.
  • After the Baby’s Birth: A Complete Guide for Postpartum Women by Robin Lim


    emotional resource rescue: memoirs, fiction, humor
  • Getting a Life by Helen Simpson
  • The Mother Knot by Jane Lazarre
  • Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year Anne Lamott
  • The Bitch In the House Ed. Cathi Hanauer
  • Mother Shock Andrea Buchanan
  • Anything by Erma Bombeck
  • Any issue of Brain, Child magazine
  • A Life's Work by Rachel Cusk
  • Inconsolable by Marrit Ingram
  • Rise Up Singing: Black Women Writers on Motherhood by Cecelie Barry
  • Down Came the Rain by Brooke Shields
  • Child of Mine edited by Christina Baker Kline

    the state of modern mother/parenthood
  • Perfect Madness by Judith Warner
  • Representations of Motherhood by Donna Bassin, Margaret Honey, and Meryle Mahrer Kaplan, editors
  • Mother Reader: Essential Writings on Motherhood by Moyra Davey, ed.
  • A Potent Spell by Janna Malamud Smith
  • Of Woman Born by Adrienne Rich
  • The Mother Trip by Ariel Gore
  • The Mommy Myth Susan J. Douglas, Meredith W. Michaels
  • Mothers Who Think by Camille Peri and Kate Moses, ed.
  • Mother Nature by Sarah Hrdy

    parenting support/guidance
  • Becoming the Parent You Want To Be Laura Davis, Janis Keyser
  • Parenting From the Inside Out Daniel Siegel, Mary Hartzell
  • Everyday Blessings Jon Kabat-Zinn, Myla Kabat-Zinn

    postpartum depression and anxiety
  • This Isn't What I Expected by Karen R. Kleiman, MSW and Valerie Raskin M.D.
  • The Postpartum Husband by Karen R. Kleiman, MSW
  • The Mother-to-Mother Postpartum Depression Support Book by Sandra Poulin
  • Beyond the Blues by Shoshana S. Bennett, Ph.D., Pec Indman
  • Postpartum Support International
  • Depression After Delivery
  • The Center for Postpartum Health
  • Postpartum Progress Website
  • A Potent Spell: Mother Love and the Power of Fear by Janna Malamud Smith

    the balancing act
  • Moms Rising: activism for a better balance
  • Mothers and More: support, education and advocacy for all mothers
  • Mommy Wars by Leslie Morgan Steiner
  • The Truth Behind the Mommy Wars by Miriam Peskowitz
  • The Price of Motherhood by Ann Crittenden

    going back to work
  • blue suit mom
  • working mother
  • mom's refuge

    maternity and paternity leave
  • U.S. Department of Labor
  • National Partnership for Women & Families
  • Families and Work Institute

    staying home
  • Club Mom
  • Mocha Moms
  • Home With the Kids
  • Dooce

    shared parenting/beyond mr. mom

  • Rebeldad
  • Daddytypes
  • Slowlane
  • Fatherneed by Kyle Pruit

    finding daycare
  • childcare inc.
  • daycare trust

    assessing daycare
  • National Resource Center for Health and Safety
  • "13 Indicators of Quality Child Care"

    household employment tax ("the nanny tax")
  • The Household Employer's Tax Guide
  • Nanny Tax USA
  • The International Nanny Association
  • state tax information
  • household employment tax calculator
  • Info about state subsidized childcare at Child Care Aware

    single parenthood
  • Parents Without Partners
  • Single Mothers by Choice by Jane Mattes
  • Unsung Heroines: Single Mothers and the American Dream by Ruth Sidel
  • Raising Boys Without Men by Peggy Drexler
  • Operating Instructions by Anne Lamott
  • The Complete Single Mother by Andrea Engber, Leah Klungness
  • The Single Parent Resource by Brook Noel, Arthur C. Klein

  • The Adoption Guide
  • Adoptive Families: Information and Resources
  • The Adoption Institute
  • Adoption Links from an Adoptive Parent
  • The AAP directory for pediatricians specializing in adoption and foster care
  • Secret Thoughts of an Adoptive Mother by Jana Wolff
  • The Post-Adoption Blues by Karen J. Foli, John R. Thompson
  • A Love Like No Other Ed. by Pamela Kruger, Jill Smolowe
  • The Kid: What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Go Get Pregnant by Dan Savage
  • Raising Adopted Children by Lois Ruskai Melina Collins
  • Real Parents, Real Children by Holly Van Gulden

    multicultural families and cross-cultural adoption
  • Dim Sum, Bagels, and Grits: A Sourcebook for Multicultural Families by Myra Alperson
  • Cross Cultural Adoption by Amy Coughlin, Caryn Abramowitz
  • Does Anybody Else Look Like Me?: A Parent's Guide to Raising Multiracial Children by Donna Jackson Nakazawa
  • Tripping on the Color Line: Blackwhite Multiracial Families in a Racially Divided World by Heather M. Dalmage
  • I'm Chocolate, You're Vanilla by Marguerite Wright
  • Black Baby White Hands: A View from the Crib by Jaiya John, Charlene Maxwell (Ed)
  • Raising Biracial Children by Rockquemore Kerry Ann

  • The American Surrogacy Center
  • Surrogate Moms Online
  • Everything Surrogacy
  • Assisted Reproduction by Theresa Marie Erickson, MaryAnn Lathus.
  • Surrogacy Was the Way by Zara Griswold.
  • Beyond Infertility by Susan L. Cooper and Ellen S. Glazer
  • A Matter of Trust by Gail Dutton
  • Mommies, Daddies, Donors, Surrogates by Diane Ehrensaft

    pregnancy/parenting after infertility
  • The Long-Awaited Stork by Ellen Sarasohn Glazer
  • Adopting After Infertility by Patricia Irwin Johnston
  • A Little Pregnant: Our Memoir of Fertility, Infertility, and a Marriage by Linda Carbone, Ed
  • Waiting for Daisy by Peggy Orenstein

    infant development
  • What's Going On In There by Lise Eliot
  • Diary of a Baby by Daniel N. Stern


    general baby care
  • The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp
  • Naturally Healthy Babies and Children by Aviva Jill Romm
  • What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Children's Vaccinations by Stephanie Cave, Deborah Mitchell
  • The Vaccine Guide: Risks and Benefits for Children and Adults by Randall Neustaedter
  • Mothers & Others for a Livable Planet Guide to Natural Baby Care by Mindy Pennybacker, Aisha Ikramuddin

    infant development
  • Touchpoints by T. Berry Brazelton
  • Your Amazing Newborn by Marshall Klaus

  • Raising Twins by Eileen M. Pearlman, Jill Alison Ganon
  • Double Duty by Christina Baglivi Tinglov
  • Raising Twins After the First Year by Karen Gottesman
  • The Art of Parenting Twins by Patricia Malmstrom, Janet Poland
  • Ready or Not... Here We Come! by Elizabeth Lyons
  • Mothering Multiples: Breastfeeding & Caring for Twins or More by Karen Kerkhoff Gromada

    premature babies
  • March of Dimes
  • preemie baby/child/parent support
  • parents of premature babies inc.
  • preemie parents support
  • neonatology on the web
  • Preemies by Dana Wechsler Linden, Emma Trenti Paroli, Mia Wechsler Doron, M.D.
  • Parenting Your Premature Baby and Child by Deborah L. Davis, Ph.D., and Mara Tesler Stein, Psych.D.
  • The Preemie Parents. Companion by Susan L. Madden, William Sears, M.D., and Jane E. Stewart, M.D.
  • The Early Birds : A Mother's Story for Our Times by Jenny Minton
  • Preemies by Dana Wechsler Linden, Emma Trenti Paroli, Mia Wechsler Doron M.D.
  • The Premature Baby Book by William Sears, et al.
  • Parenting Your Premature Baby and Child by Deborah L. Davis, Mara Tesler Stein
  • Kangaroo Care by Susan Ludington-Hoe

    special needs babies and children
  • More Than a Mom by Heather Fawcett, Amy Baskin
  • Breakthrough Parenting for Children with Special Needs by Judy Winter
  • Parenting Your Complex Child by Peggy Lou Morgan
  • Reflections from a Different Journey by Stanley Klein, John Kemp
  • You Will Dream New Dreams by Kim Schive (Ed), Stanley D. Klein (Ed)
  • Nobody's Perfect by Nancy B. Miller
  • Voices from the Spectrum by Cindy N. Ariel (Ed), Robert A. Naseef (Ed)

  • safe from toxics: a project of the state PIRGS and state environment groups
  • environmental working group

    getting out with your baby
  • go city kids
  • urban baby
  • American Association of Pediatrics car seat guide
  • car seat info
  • air travel info

    breastfeeding history and context
  • At The Breast by Linda M. Blum
  • Mother's Milk by Bernice L. Hausman
  • Milk Money and Madness by Naomi Baumslag, M.D. and Dia L. Michels

    general breastfeeding resources
  • Kellymom
  • La Leche League International
  • International Lactation Consultants Association
  • The Nursing Mother's Companion by Kathleen Huggins
  • Bestfeeding: How to Breastfeed Your Baby by Mary Renfrew, Chloe Fisher, Suzanne Arms
  • So That's What For! by Janet Tamaro
  • Spilled Milk by Andy Steiner
  • The Real Deal Breastfeeding DVD

    resources for specific breastfeeding problems
  • Breastfeeding the Hospitalized Baby by Cyndi Egbert
  • The Cleft Palate Foundation
  • Dr. Sears: Breastfeeding Expert and parent of child with Down Syndrome
  • breastfeeding after a breast reduction

    find a doctor supportive of breastfeeding
  • ILCA
  • La Leche League

    find a lactation consultant
  • ILCA
  • International Board of Lactation Consultant Consultant Examiners
  • La Leche League

    eating, drinking, medications and milk
  • Complete Guide to Everyday Risks in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding by Dr. Gideon Koren
  • Medications and Mothers' Milk by Thomas W. Hale
  • Dr. Hale's Breastfeeding Pharmacology Page
  • motherrisk
  • The Nursing Mother's Herbal by Sheila Humphrey
  • Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year by Susun Weed
  • moms: making our milk safe
  • Dr. Hale's Breatfeeding and Medications Forum

    tandem and extended nursing
  • Mothering your Nursing Toddler by Norma Jane Bumgarner
  • Adventures in Tandem Nursing by Hillary Flower

  • Mothering Your Nursing Toddler by Norma Jane Bumgartner
  • How Weaning Happens by Diane Bengson
  • So That's What They're For by Janet Tamaro

    sleep safety/SIDS
  • SIDS safety

    co-sleeping resources
  • The Baby Sleep Book and all other books by William and Martha Sears
  • Dr. Sears
  • Good Nights by Dr. Jay Gordon and Maria Goodavage
  • Our Babies Our Selves by Meredith Small
  • Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory