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Natural Pregnancy Questions & Midwifery Questions

Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about midwifery and natural home childbirth.

Review Date: October 30, 2012

Midwives Alliance of North America

What Is a Birth Center?

Birth centers invite you to receive personalized, family-centered care from holistic, professional, health care providers. Birth center care is covered by most major health insurance plans.

Review Date: October 30, 2012

American Association of Birth Centers

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Physician Directory

Search this directory to find an obstetrician-gynecologist in your area.

Review Date: January 24, 2013

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Birth Weight Calculator

This site provides a database to calculate birth weight for newborns and for multiple births.

Review Date: October 30, 2012

MOST (Mothers of Supertwins)

Chapters - International Cesarean Awareness Network

ICAN chapters seek to improve maternal-child health by preventing unnecessary cesareans through education, providing support for cesarean recovery, and promoting Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC).

Review Date: January 22, 2013

International Cesarean Awareness Network

Choosing a Childbirth Class

Here is a list of factors you should consider when choosing a childbirth class.

Review Date: May 22, 2014

Lamaze International

Cord Blood Banking – Information for Consumers

One choice prospective parents often face is whether to donate, bank or discard their baby's cord blood. Learn about cord blood donation and how cord blood is regulated.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER)

Episiotomy: When It's Needed, When It's Not

An episiotomy is an incision made in the perineum during childbirth. Although an episiotomy was once a routine part of childbirth, that's no longer the case. Count on your health care provider to respect your wishes about episiotomy, and to let you know when it's the safest option for you or your baby.

Review Date: March 18, 2013

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Exploring Birth Options

Watch these videos to explore your birth options.

Review Date: October 30, 2012

Midwives Alliance of North America

Find a Childbirth Educator or Doula

Search for childbirth educators, postnatal educators, certified doulas, and certified perinatal fitness educators by location or name.

Review Date: November 21, 2012

International Childbirth Education Association

Find a Lamaze Class

Search this web site to locate a Lamaze certified childbirth educator and class in your area.

Review Date: October 30, 2012

Lamaze International

Find the Midwifery Practice Nearest You

If you are seeking a midwife for delivery, search this database of nearly 900 nurse-midwifery practices for a nurse-midwife in your geographic area. You can also search by type of birth site.

Review Date: April 18, 2014

American College of Nurse-Midwives

Labor Induction

Inducing labor is when the birth process is given an artificial start through medical interventions or other methods. This document discusses reasons for, the process of, and expectations for induced labor.

Review Date: October 30, 2012

American Academy of Family Physicians

Our Moment of Truth

The American College of Nurse-Midwifes' consumer site offers information and resources on midwifery, pregnancy, and women's health.

Review Date: October 07, 2014

American College of Nurse-Midwives

Pregnancy and Diabetes: Why Lifestyle Counts

Pregnancy and diabetes presents unique challenges. Consider the goal, tight blood sugar control, and what you can do to achieve it.

Review Date: October 30, 2014

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Vaginal Birth After C-Section

Vaginal birth after C-section (VBAC) is possible in many cases but it isn’t right for everyone. Explore your options in this guide and you’ll be better prepared to make a decision about whether VBAC is right for you.

Review Date: October 30, 2014

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Where to Write for Vital Records

Need a birth, death, marriage, or divorce certificate? This page provides links to state and territory specific information that can tell you where to write.

Review Date: December 04, 2012

National Center for Health Statistics - NCHS
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention