Some of our favourite websites and organizations

AIMS (Association for the improvement in maternity services)
Publications of booklets and books on some controversial aspects of childbirth

Active Birth Centre
Information, inspiration and empowerment for pregnancy and childbirth.

Birth Rights
Excellent current information on every woman’s rights in childbirth.

Good Birth Company
Good Birth Company for water birth information and excellent pool hire.

MIDIRS (Midwives Information and Resource Service)
The Informed Choice Leaflets on-line

NCT (National Childbirth Trust)
Publish and supply a very good range of books and leaflets covering pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and parenthood.

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
To be able to read and understand the current NICE guidelines for yourself.


Association of Radical Midwives
The archives give you a lot of information about pregnancy and birth.

Fathers To Be
Today’s fathers are participating more personally than ever before in the birth and upbringing of their children. This can have a strong impact on the family.

Doula UK
“Doula” (pronounced “doola”) is a Greek word meaning “woman servant or caregiver”. It now refers to an experienced woman who offers emotional and practical support to a woman (or couple) before, during and after childbirth.

Craniosacral Therapy
This therapy is attracting increasing interest for its gentle yet effective approach, working directly with the body’s natural capacity for self-repair to treat a wide range of conditions.

Nurturing Birth
This organisation has been training doulas since 2005. The course is Recognised/Accredited with Doula UK. The trainers are all working doulas with many years of experience supporting hundreds of families between them.

Yoga Scotland
Now recognised by sportscotland as the Governing Body for Yoga in Scotland. It has a network of around 300 qualified, registered and insured teachers.

Independent Yoga
A national database of like-minded teachers who have been influenced by the work of the late Vanda Scaravelli.

Positive birth stories
For positive birth stories, information and inspiration.

Spinning babies

Information for helping breech and posterior babies move into an optimal position for birth.

Sarah Buckley

Dr Sarah Buckley, medical doctor and mother of 4 babies born at home, tells the facts and the story of birth and of women’s bodies- the best information for women.

Debra Pascali Bonaro

Find your power, joy and pleasure in birthing. Not to be missed!

Sarah Wickham

One of our favourite midwives and advocates. Sara Wickham writes excellent, thoughtful and well-researched articles on so many interesting subjects for birth and motherhood.

Books we like on Yoga during pregnancy

  • The Yoga of Pregnancy by Mel Campbell
  • Preparing for Birth with Yoga by Janet Balaskas
  • Yoga and Breathing for Pregnancy and Birth by Susannah Dean
  • Yoga for Pregnancy by Wendy Teasdill
  • Awakening the Spine by Vanda Scaravelli
  • Breath: the essence of Yoga by Sandra Sabatini

Books we like on Birth

  • Am I allowed?, Association for Improvements in Maternity Services (AIMS),
  • Birthing your Placenta: the Third Stage, AIMS,
  • Inducing Labour, AIMS,
  • Vitamin K and the Newborn, AIMS,
  • Group B Strep Explained, AIMS,
  • Birth & Beyond by Dr. Yehudi Gordon
  • New Active Birth by Janet Balaskas
  • Stand and Deliver by Emma Mahoney
  • Complete Book of Pregnancy by NCT & Daphne Maitland
  • Birth Without Violence by Frederick Leboyer
  • The Encyclopaedia of Pregnancy & Birth by Janet Balaskas & Yehudi Gordon
  • Alternative Therapies for Pregnancy & Birth by Pat Thomas
  • The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin
  • Easy Exercises for Pregnancy by Janet Balaskas
  • Birthing from Within by Pam England and Rob Horowitz
  • Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
  • Birth Reborn by Michel Odent
  • Gentle birth, Gentle mothering by Sarah J. Buckley
  • The Oxytocin Factor by Kerstin Uvnas Moberg
  • Orgasmic Birth by Deborah Pascali Bonaro
  • Placenta the Forgotten Chakra by Robin Lim
  • Seven Secrets of a Joyful Birth by Dominique Sakoilsky
  • Birth Stories for the Soul by Denis Walsh and Sheena Byrom

Books we like on the postnatal period

  • The Food of Love by Kate Evans
  • Nightime Parenting and The Fussy Baby: How to Bring Out the Best in Your High-Need Child by William Sears
  • Birth Crisis by Sheila Kitzinger
  • Bestfeeding by Mary Renfrew, Chloe Fisher and Suzanne Arms
  • The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League
  • What Mothers Do –especially when it looks like nothing by Naomi Stadlen
  • Baby Yoga by Francoise Barbira Freedman
  • No Cry Sleep Solution by Elisabeth Pantely
  • The Social Baby by Lynne Murray and Liz Andrews
  • Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding by Ina May

Books we like on Parenting

  • Connected Parenting by Jennifer Kolar
  • Three in a Bed, and Do Not Disturb, both by Deborah Jackson
  • Your Child Your Way by Tanya Byron
  • Tears and Tantrums by Aletha J. Solter
  • Saying No, Why its important for you and your child by Asha Philips.
  • How to talk so kids will listen and listen so kids will talk by Adele Faber, Elaine Mazlish.
  • Raising Boys: Why boys are different – and how to help them to become happy and well balanced men by Steve Biddulph