Information Resources

Childbirth and Parenting Resources

  • American Academy of Pediatrics: Information and recommendations about breastfeeding, advocacy materials, and more.
  • American College of Nurse-Midwives: The professional association which represents certified midwives and nurse-midwives in the United States.
  • American Pregnancy Association: Information on becoming pregnant, common questions surrounding pregnancy, labor and delivery, childbirth education, infertility, and more.
  • Association for Safe Alternatives in Childbirth (ASAC): created to encourage alternatives to the technological approach in the hospital, at home, in a birthing centre and with professional care givers of their choice. 
  • Breastfeeding Bill of Rights: Available for print in several languages through the New York State Department of Health
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: The CDC breastfeeding recommendations site has information on the optimal temperature for storing breast milk, travel guides, and nutrition/vaccination information. 
  • "Childbirth." JAMA Patient Page: Definitions of common terms relating to pregnancy, delivery and anesthesia.
  • Childbirth and Post-partum Professional Association (CAPPA): comprehensive pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum organization of those caring for women before, during, and after birth through education and support.
  • Childbirth Connection: a not-for-profit organization that has worked to improve maternity care for mothers, babies and families since 1918. Promotes "safe, effective, and satisfying evidence-based maternity care" to help you maintain the health of you and your baby.
  • Childbirth Education Association of Metropolitan New York: a nonprofit organization of childbirth professionals and consumer advocates committed to family-centered maternity care.
  • Choices in Childbirth: A New York City-based consumer advocacy group that educates the public about women's rights and options in childbirth. Explore The Guide to a Healthy Birth online, national, fully searchable database of mother-friendly providers.
  • DONA International: an international doula associatio which offers certification programs, workshops, and informational resources.
  • Long Island Doula Association: Local association of women who provide emotional support, physical comfort, and advocacy during labor.
  • Medline Plus "Childbirth": definition of terms and explanation of the process.
  • United Health Care Healthy Pregnancy ProgramThe United Health Care Healthy Pregnancy Program (HPP) is a maternity wellness program available to Columbia employees enrolled in a UHC insurance plan. Providing members with personalized support and education throughout pregnancy, UHC HPP benefits include 24-hour access to obstetrics nurses, clinical assessment of individual needs and maternal risks, and pregnancy and childbirth educational materials and resources.  To enroll, call a nurse advocate at 1-800-232-9357 or for more information visit
  • Your Guide to Breastfeeding: This publication is published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Women's Health.  It offers breastfeeding iinformation, advice, tips and more.
  • Lisa Belkin writes about everything parenting-related, including homework, sex, baby sitters and the work-family balance on the NY Times blog, The Motherlode