Birth & Postpartum Handouts

The handouts and resources on this website are for general information only, are supplemental to the classes I teach, and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual. Your caregiver should be consulted for advice with regard to your individual situation.

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Six Steps to Safer Birth videos

Healthy Birth Your Way- Introduction (video 1)

Let Labor Begin On Its Own (video 2)

Walk, Move and Change Positions (video 3)

Have Continuous Support (video 4)

Avoid Unnecessary Interventions (video 5)

Get Upright and Follow Urges to Push (video 6)

Keep Your Baby with You After Birth (video 7)

Stages of Labor

Understanding ‘Pain’ in Childbirth

Coping Techniques

Variations in Labor and Birth

Delayed Cord Clamping videos

Grand Rounds on Delayed Cord Clamping, includes research (total of 60 minutes)
Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four

Delayed Cord Blood Clamping
Simple explanation by Penny Simpkin (5 minutes)

Delayed Cord Clamping and Anemia, Dr Alan Greene (18 minutes long)

Pain Medications



External/ Internal Monitoring

Forceps and Vacuum Extractor

Group B Strep

IV Fluids in Labor

Induction/ Augmentation

Acupressure for Augmentation videos

Acupressure Points in Feet and Legs

Acupressure Points in Back and Shoulders

Acupressure Points in Hands


Bed Rest/ Preterm Labor/ NICU



Book Recommendations

You may be able to find these books at your local library.

Childbirth Preparation
Pregnancy Childbirth and The Newborn, by Simkin, Whalley, Keppler

Love to read? Want more?
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
Mindful Birthing by Nancy Bardacke CNM
Birthing From Within by Pam England CNM, MA and Rob Horowitz PhD
The Birth Book by Dr William Sears and Martha Sears RN
Hypnobabies Home Study Course by Hypnobabies.

For Partners
The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin

Mothering the Mother, by Sally Placksin
Overcoming Postpartum Depression and Anxiety, by Sebastian

Freedom From Anxiety by Marcey Shapiro MD
(This book explores solutions from western medicine perspective to the outer ends of very holistic.)