In Class 12, we generally cover newborn care and postpartum care. We usually have couples from past classes come share their birth stories. We can talk about cloth diapering, baby wearing and safe co-sleeping if there is interest. 

Below is a link round-up of resources and information that others have found helpful. I do not validate information or necessarily recommend the sites below, but as always, encourage you to do your own research and make informed decisions. 


Link Round-up

 

Evidence Based Information

http://evidencebasedbirth.com

http://www.cochrane.org/cochrane-reviews

 

Information on Breastfeeding

http://kellymom.com/

http://unlatched.wordpress.com/

www.theleakyboob.com

http://www.womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding/

http://www.breastfeedingonline.com/newman.shtml#sthash.zondAPDh.aMIFdGBE.dpbs

http://www.normalfed.com/Starting.html

 

Laid Back Nursing 

http://biologicalnurturing.com/

Medicine Database and Nursing – there is also a free app for this

http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/htmlgen?LACT

Videos about latching and hand expression

http://ameda.com/healthcare-professionals/videos/your-baby-knows-how-to-latch-on

http://newborns.stanford.edu/Breastfeeding/

http://newborns.stanford.edu/Breastfeeding/FifteenMinuteHelper.html 

http://www.normalfed.com/Starting.html

http://www.nbci.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=6&Itemid=13

Funny Breastfeeding Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9KptD3t110&feature=youtu.be

Baby Friendly Hospitals

http://www.babyfriendlyusa.org/find-facilities/designated-facilities--by-state

Fun graphic about breastfeeding

http://www.lucieslist.com/breastfeeding-in-america/

La Leche League Meetings

http://lllvawv.org/breastfeeding-help/nova/

Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington (free and low-cost classes)

http://breastfeedingcenter.org/

Northern Virginia Lactation Consultants

http://nvlcbaby.com

“Boys and girls get different breastmilk”

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=boys-and-girls-may-get-different-breast-milk&WT.mc_id=SA_Facebook

 

Articles on TongueTies

http://www2.aap.org/breastfeeding/files/pdf/BBM-8-27%20Newsletter.pdf

http://brianpalmerdds.com/

Frenectomy

http://erinmidwife.com/2012/08/25/on-the-lookout-for-lip-and-tongue-ties-in-the-newborn/

Local Doctors who can help:

The Ashburn Pediatric Dentist: click on Infant Frenectomy

http://www.kidzsmile.com/dental-information/info/treatments

Dr. Earl Harley at Georgetown ENT

 

Gestation & Biology

Video of Fetal Circulation, placenta, etc: https://www.khanacademy.org/science/healthcare-and-medicine/fetal-circulation/v/meet-the-placenta

From Conception to Birth: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvanNDQhlYI

Endowment for Human Development: http://www.ehd.org/movies-index.php

Life’s Greatest Miracle: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/body/life-greatest-miracle.html

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/2012/09/05/how-to-apply-an-evolutionary-hypothesis-about-gestation-to-your-pregnancy/

 

Multiples

http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2393/6/3

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/779418?nlid=28464_1049&src=wnl_edit_dail

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22229063

 

Natural Parenting Resources

http://www.askdrsears.com/

http://drjaygordon.com/

 

Co-Sleeping

FAQs on Co-sleeping: http://www.platypusmedia.com/files/SleepingWithYourBabyFAQs.pdf

A few words on self-soothing: http://www.janetlansbury.com/2011/10/the-truth-about-infant-self-soothing/

 

Breech

Pulsatilla: http://www.parenting-with-love.com/a-painless-way-to-turn-a-breech-baby/

http://www.spinningbabies.com/

http://www.acupuncturetoday.com/abc/moxibustion.php

 

Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction

http://www.plus-size-pregnancy.org/pubicpain.htm

 

Vaccines

AAP Vaccine Schedule

http://aapredbook.aappublications.org/site/resources/IZSchedule.pdf

Statistics on vaccine injury claims: 

http://www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecompensation/statisticsreports.html

Alternative Vaccine Information Websites 

http://vaxtruth.org/  

 http://vran.org/

 http://www.truthaboutvaccines.org/articles.html

http://www.naturalnews.com/035871_vaccination_immunization_myths.html

http://www.nvic.org/

http://www.naturalnews.com/036806_vaccination_studies_side_effects_immune_system.html

http://thinktwice.com/

https://docs.google.com/document/pub?id=1Y2hS7WxS2gU4yXCjuYx84AY60tQc2rGXnTPPWqogOfk

 

Vitamin K

http://evidencebasedbirth.com/evidence-for-the-vitamin-k-shot-in-newborns/

http://www.naturalnews.com/036954_vitamin_K_newborns_injections.html

http://drbenkim.com/vitamin-K-shot-baby.html

http://newborns.stanford.edu/VitaminK.html

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11220402

http://www.wholisticpeds.com/uploads/Vitamin%20K.pdf

 

Optimal Cord Clamping

Ted Talks - Optimal Cord Clamping - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cw53X98EvLQ

 

Low Platelets

http://www.medicinenet.com/thrombocytopenia_low_platelet_count/article.htm

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health//dci/Diseases/thcp/thcp_treatments.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thrombocytopenia

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/thrombocytopenia/DS00691/DSECTION=treatments-and-drugs

 

B12 Sources

http://www.healthaliciousness.com/articles/foods-high-in-vitamin-B12.php

Folate Sources

http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Folate-HealthProfessional/

 

Circumcision

History of circumcision

http://www.historyofcircumcision.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=54

Websites about why one wouldn’t circumcise: 

http://www.drmomma.org/

http://www.circumcision.org/

Video on circumcision

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hi6A7wP7dKw&feature=youtu.be

AAP 2012 statement on circumcision

http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2012/08/22/peds.2012-1989

annotated version of the AAP August 2012 report

http://www.circumstitions.com/Docs/aap-12-anno.pdf

Peggy O Mara on the new AAP statement

http://mothering.com/peggyomara/circumcision/aap-and-circumcision-whats-a-parent-to-think

 

Cloth Diapers

This is a great link on FAQs.

http://community.thebump.com/cs/ks/forums/ShowThread.aspx?PostID=48640290#48640290

This is another great basic how to list of questions.

http://www.pinstripesandpolkadots.com/basics.htm

I LOVE these prefolds. They are incredibly economical and durable. I went with the organic ones.

http://www.greenmountaindiapers.com/diapers.htm

There are four sizes, and some people just start with the small instead of the XS. Depends on how big baby is when born. You need 24-36 diapers at least. If you plan on line drying, you definitely want 36 (or more). You will need 3-4 covers to go over the prefolds. I personally use Flip covers. Their inserts are okay, but they are hard to use with the snappi (what people use instead of pins.)

http://www.cottonbabies.com/index.php?cPath=139

http://www.cottonbabies.com/product_info.php?products_id=100

Most people use a combination of diapers. Some prefolds, some AIOs (All in Ones), some pockets, or some flats.

Pockets have an insert that pulls out, so they dry much quicker. Flats are just a big square. They take a little bit more practice in folding than a prefold, but are less bulky than prefolds

Fitteds are great for bedtime. They are incredibly absorbent. There are tons of independent moms who make fitted diapers from home and sell them on the internet. They can get a little pricey (since they are made here in the US, but the resale value is pretty good).

Fitteds require a cover to be waterproof, but most moms let their kiddos go around the house without a cover for better breathability. At night, I have always used a fitted and a wool cover for better breathability. With a newborn, you will still be changing the diaper all night long, though, because they poop all night long. Once they stop pooping in the middle of the night, you can make the decision if you want to keep changing the diaper.

There are generally two sizes of diapers: newborn and one-size. The newborn diapers will fit until about 12lbs, and the one-size will fit until they use the potty. Some people choose to wait until the child is old enough to fit into one-size diapers. We bought a lot of out newborn diapers used, and sold them for what we bought them for, though, so it wasn't a big deal.

You will need to investigate detergents. Most detergents will cause residue to build up on the diapers that makes them not absorbent for urine. If you order anything from Green Mountain Diapers, definitely ask for a first time packet

Where to buy used CDs (and clothes and carriers): http://hyenacart.com/stores/Spots_corner/

Saving Money with Cloth Diapers Article: http://www.cottonbabies.com/clothdiapers.php#savingmoneywithclothdiapers

Cloth Diaper Basics: http://www.pinstripesandpolkadots.com/basics.htm

Cloth Diaper FAQs: http://community.thebump.com/cs/ks/forums/ShowThread.aspx?PostID=48640290#48640290

http://babybirdsfarm.com/everything-you-need-to-set-up-a-cloth-diaper-changing-station/

 

Babywearing

DC Babywearing Meetings: http://beltwaybabywearers.blogspot.com/

http://www.hipdysplasia.org/developmental-dysplasia-of-the-hip/prevention/baby-carriers-seats-and-other-equipment/

http://babywearinginternational.org/

http://www.thebabywearer.com/

Place to buy (or rent): http://paxbaby.com/

 

Personal Care Products

http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/

http://www.earthmamaangelbaby.com/

 

Perineal Massage

http://www.nurturingheartsbirthservices.com/blog/?p=1362

 

PROM

http://midwifethinking.com/2010/09/10/pre-labour-rupture-of-membranes-impatience-and-risk/

 

Diet

http://www.bradleybirth.com/diet.aspx

http://www.drbrewerpregnancydiet.com/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mark-hyman/dairy-free-dairy-6 reason_b_558876.html?ref=fb&src=sp&comm_ref=false

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/#axzz2LkQAspsJ

http://www.thechinastudy.com/

 

Infant CPR Classes

www.momease.com

 

http://www.savealifedc.com

 

Pediatricians

Dr. Ioana Razi (202)-333-1774 in DC (doesn’t do insurance), BF friendly, alt. vax schedule okay

Dr. Staats and of Murphy and Staats: 703-503-9100 (breastfeeding friendly and alternative vax schedule okay)

 

Cesarean

Natural Cesarean Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5RIcaK98Yg

International Cesarean Awareness Network of NOVA

http://www.icanofnova.org/

 

Attachment Parenting

http://www.attachmentparenting.org/

Easy to read book on AP: Beyond The Sling: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1451662181

 

One of my favorite parenting blogs:

http://www.janetlansbury.com/

 

Pushing Videos

Upright positions in the hospital

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjtM4EtSs34&feature=player_embedded

 

Facebook

Anonymous Questions on ALL sorts of topics with answers from followers

https://www.facebook.com/NaturallyBorn