Birth and Baby Resources

by Paul Konrardy

Planning to have a baby or have a little one or two already? These organizations and websites will provide you with useful information and resources.

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP): Healthy is the only parenting website backed by 66,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of more than 66,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of health and well-being for all children.

American Pregnancy Association
This site provides information on health insurance for pregnant women, wellness, birthing choices, prenatal testing, birth defects, labor and much more. The American Pregnancy Association is a national health organization supported by the healthcare industry.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Pregnancy
The CDC Pregnancy section covers information before and after pregnancy, with separate sections on birth defects and vaccinations, including a downloadable Parents’ Guide to Childhood Immunizations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a component of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which is the principal U.S. government agency for protecting the health and safety of all Americans and for providing essential human services.

DONA International
DONA International is the oldest and largest doula association in the world. DONA International is also an international, nonprofit organization of doulas that strives to have every doula trained and educated to provide the highest quality and standards for birth and/or postpartum support to birthing women and their families.

KidsHealth from Nemours
Click on the parent section for good info on parenting tips, growth and development and children’s health. KidsHealth is the largest and most visited site on the Web providing doctor-approved health information about children from before birth through adolescence. Kids’ Health is part of The Nemours Foundation’s Center for Children’s Health Media—part of The Nemours Foundation, a nonprofit organization created by philanthropist Alfred I. duPont in 1936 and devoted to improving the health of children.

Medline Plus: Pregnancy
MedlinePlus’s Pregnancy section covers a wide range of information on all aspects of pregnancy. Medline Plus brings together authoritative information from the National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations, and has extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and latest health news.

Midwives Alliance of North America
The Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) is an organization of North American midwives and their advocates. Visit this site to learn more about midwifery, certification standards and qualifications.

National Newborn Screening and Genetics Resource Center (NNSGRC)
The National Newborn Screening and Global Resource Center (NNSGRC) serves as an independent U.S. national resource center for newborn screening and provides newborn screening information globally. It serves as the only non-federally funded comprehensive source of newborn screening information.

Social Security Card and Benefits
Click on Cards for Children for links to information on getting a Social Security card for your child, and download Social Security Numbers For Children for more information.
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Click on Reproductive Health>Pregnancy to learn what you can do before, during, and after pregnancy to give your baby a healthy start to life. The Office on Women’s Health (OWH) was established in 1991 within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). OWH coordinates women’s health efforts across HHS and addresses critical women’s health issues by informing and advancing policies, educating health care professionals and consumers, and supporting model programs.

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