Reading Books

Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Knowledge is the antidote to fear"

RESOURCES FOR YOU

We know that knowing more about something makes us feel better about it. Pregnancy, birth and postpartum are no exception.

The internet is saturated with reputable information, as well as rubbish that can mislead, misinform and instill fear in Mamas. That's why I've decided to collate resources I feel are trusted, evidence-based and relevant. Below you'll find articles, websites, professionals and other publications that I have found helpful both professionally as a Physio, and as an expectant Mama myself.

No matter where you get your information from, even if it's from a qualified health professional like myself, always:

  • Question what it's telling you

  • Think about whether you can trust its source (even the most honest and qualified people have biases)

  • Look at more than one resource on a given topic to see if recommendations and information are the same or contradictory - the more varied the better

  • Take what applies to you and your unique situation - this includes knowing when to stop reading up on a topic so you don't go too deep down a rabbit hole!

PREGNANCY

LABOUR & BIRTH

BREASTFEEDING

MENTAL HEALTH

LOCAL PRE/POSTNATAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

OTHER LOCAL PRE/POSTNATAL & BIRTH WORKERS

PODCASTS

PREGNANCY

 

LABOUR & BIRTH

ECSTATIC BIRTH EBOOK - SARAH BUCKLEY

This is by far one of my favourite reads regarding the hormones that help us during birth and breastfeeding. It's a 12-page read and seriously changed how I looked at birth and the power of doing things with as minimal disturbance as possible. You do have to put your email in to get it but it's worth it, and you can simply unsubscribe if you're not interested in receiving her emails.

Also see BIRTHING COURSES

 

BREASTFEEDING

AUSTRALIAN BREASTFEEDING ASSOCIATION

Australia's largest breastfeeding information and support service. The Association also runs the National Breastfeeding Helpline (1800 686 268), which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

 

MENTAL HEALTH

PANDA: PERINATAL ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION AUSTRALIA
Support women and their families who are suffering from perinatal anxiety or depression, with a variety of resources on their website. PANDA also runs the National Perinatal Mental Health Helpline (1300 726 306), available 9am – 7.30pm from Mon – Sat (AEST/AEDT). It's Australia's only free, national helpline for women, men and families affected by perinatal mental illness.

 

LOCAL PRE/POSTNATAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

Suburbs within the City of Knox and surrounding areas

PELVIC FLOOR/LACTATION PHYSIOTHERAPISTS​

CLINICAL MYOTHERAPISTS

INDEPENDENT MIDWIFERY CARE

DIETICIANS

 

LOCAL PRE/POSTNATAL & BIRTH WORKERS

Suburbs within the City of Knox and surrounding areas

BIRTHING COURSES

PHOTOGRAPHERS

  • Bree Downes
    Melbourne Birth Photographer, Doula, Child Birth Educator & Henna artist, also photographing pregnancy and newborns

 

PODCASTS

AUSTRALIAN BIRTH STORIES

A podcast of mothers' stories of childbirth with new episodes each week.

PREGNANCY WITH PHYSIO LAURA

A mix of guest expert interviews and solo episodes with Laura, a Women's Health Physio.

THE EARLY PARENTING PODCAST WITH JEN BUTLER

Talking all things parenting in the early years with midwife, sleep consultant and lactation consultant, Jen Butler.