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Childbirth Connection
A national non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of maternity care, and promoting research-based, effective, satisfying care. Includes articles on choosing a care provider and a birthplace, evidence based information on pregnancy, labor support, pain medication, medical interventions (including booklet “What Every Pregnant Woman Needs to Know About Cesarean”) and the “Listening to Mothers” nationwide survey about women’s experiences giving birth in the US.

Lamaze International
The international childbirth education organization offers resources for expectant parents, including articles on a wide variety of topics related to pregnancy, birth and babies. You can also subscribe to a weekly pregnancy e-newsletter.

Loving Care
Loving Care is a series of four books for parents of children from birth to age three developed by Nova Scotia’s Department of Health and Wellness. Includes comprehensive guide to baby care; infant cues, developmental milestones, games to play with baby, breastfeeding basics, how to cope with crying, sleep issues, bathing and cord care, health and safety. http://www.gov.ns.ca/hpp/lovingcare/

March of Dimes Pregnancy and Newborn Health Education Center
The March of Dimes provides information for pregnant and new mothers AND fathers about prenatal care, medical testing, healthy lifestyle choices to prevent birth defects and preterm birth. They provide email question and answer services with information specialists, as well as daily tips for a healthy pregnancy sent to your mobile phone or IM

National Women’s Health Network
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Provides lots of basic information on prenatal care, healthy pregnancy, labor and birth, breastfeeding, finding childcare, and more.

Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS)
PEPS offers support groups for parents of newborns, older babies, and toddlers. Groups are offered throughout King and Snohomish Counties. Meetings include opportunities for sharing the joys and challenges of parenting, giving and getting support, and learning songs to sing to your baby. www.pepsgroup.org

Post Partum Depression Campaign
The Washington State Postpartum Depression (PPD) Awareness Campaign is committed to addressing PPD in ways that will inform, inspire and impact the future health of women, children and their families in Washington. This website contains basic information about PPD, support group contact information, brochures, internet links, a research section, and more. http://www.del.wa.gov/development/strengthening/speakup.aspx

Transition to Parenthood
A website developed by Great Starts trainer, Janelle Durham. Includes: articles for expectant parents on pregnancy, birth, and babies; resources for childbirth educators such as class lesson plans and handouts; and lists of parenting resources in the Seattle area.