When surfing the web for information regarding women's health issues, try to stay with reputable sites from respected sources. Try to avoid anecdotal sites where information is likely to be inaccurate or misleading.
Here are some of my favorites:
These sites are fun and informative, covering topics such as conception, fetal development, childbirth methods, breastfeeding, and newborn care.
www.askdrsears.com (Prominent pediatrician supportive of natural birth and attachment parenting)
www.hencigoer.com (Prominent researcher of natural birthing data)
www.motherfriendly.org (Coalition for Improving Maternity Services)
These sites provide information on childbirth techniques, local natural birthing classes, doulas, and birth plans.
Doulas in Austin
Birth Plan Guide
www.babybeebasics.com (Private comprehensive childbirth instruction)
www.childbirth-classes.com (North Austin Medical Center Classes Through "The Childbearing Years" www.summergreenless.com (Somatic Childbirth Preparation Classes)
www.abcaus.org (Any Baby Can – free childbirth classes) www.ican-online.org (I Can of Austin – International Cesarean Awareness Network)
www.handtohold.org/category/parents/ (See the hands reaching toward each other in support - Hand to Hold ) www.kidshealth.org/parent/system/ill/nicu_caring.html (When your baby's in the NICU - Kidshealth) www.storknet.com/cubbies/nicu/index.html (StorkNet's NICU Support Cubby) www.marchofdimes.com/prematurity/index_nicu.asp (Parenting in the NICU - March of Dimes www.nicuparentsupport.org (Parent Support Site)
www.austinbabyonline.com (natural parenting store that specializes in organic products)
www.attachmentparenting.org (details on attachment parenting / cosleeping)
www.sensibleparenting.com (Austin-based parenting classes)
www.earlyparenting.com (Dr. Carrie Conte – Austin expert on the psychology of parenting)
www.abcaus.org (Any Baby Can – free parenting classes)
www.llli.org (La Leche League International with local support groups)
www.maternityandnursing.com (“Special Addition” Austin store that specializes in breastfeeding equipment and education – see Classes)
www.mmbaustin.org (Mother Milk Bank of Austin – one of the nation’s largest banks of human milk for use in neonatal ICU care)
North Austin Medical Center Lactation Service 512-901-6165 (Hospital/ Outpatient lactation consultants and store for purchasing/renting pumps)
Prenatal / Postnatal Exercise
www.strollerstrides.com (see Locations)
Tension-free Vaginal Tape For Stress Incontinence
Birth defects prevention
The March of Dimes website is the best source for information on healthy pregnancies including prevention of birth defects and premature deliveries.
The website of the North American Menopause Society, the leading scientific nonprofit organization devoted to promoting women's health during midlife and beyond through an understanding of menopause.
This site is provided by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals to offer information about hormone therapy and the Women's Health Initiative.
Visit the American Cancer Society website for comprehensive and latest information on all types of cancer.
The Gynecologic Cancer Foundation has a great web site about women's cancers.
Women's health in general
The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology is a great resource for all issues related to women's health. Up-to-date information on medical issues as well as political, legal, and legislative initiatives.
The website for the Harvard Women's Health Watch covers a wide range of topics of particular interest to women including breast cancer, diet and nutrition, exercise, vitamins and supplements, and much more. I always learn a lot from this site.
Consult the Medical resource doctor’s trust! Physicians at major academic medical centers worldwide rely on UpToDate's complete and current medical information to answer their clinical questions. Now patients have access to UpToDate, to learn more about a medical condition, better understand management and treatment options, and have a better dialogue with health care providers.
Food Safety for Moms-to-be