Parent Resource Centre

Useful Websites


Active Birth - Janet Balaskas

When training as birth educator and beginning her career in Active Birth, Janet was disillusioned by the prevalent culture of medicalised birthing practices, known in the early 1980′s as ‘Active Management of Labour and Birth’. With a strong belief that most women can and should give birth naturally, she began her own research.  What stood out first was the realisation that cross cultural birthing practices throughout history involved the mother’s freedom to move in labour, and to be upright for birth. 


Attachment Parenting Australia

Attachment parenting (also called “natural parenting” or “instinctive parenting”) is an approach to parenting that has been practised widely for thousands of years. There has recently been a renewed interest in this approach to parenting in Western societies. Attachment parenting is based on the principle of understanding a child’s emotional and physical needs and responding sensitively to these needs. The focus of attachment parenting is on building a strong relationship between parents and child.

The APA website provides information about attachment parenting; attachment parenting support groups within Australia; online discussion groups within Australia and beyond; links to useful websites; a list of useful books, publications and research articles.


Australian Breastfeeding Association

The Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) is an organisation of people interested in the promotion and protection of breastfeeding. Amongst these are breastfeeding women and their partners and health professionals such as doctors, lactation consultants and midwives. ABA was founded in Melbourne, Victoria in 1964 (as the Nursing Mothers' Association), with the primary aim of giving mother-to-mother support to breastfeeding women.


Belly Belly

Are you a thinking, switched on woman (or man!) who wants to know more about conception, pregnancy, birth or parenting? Want to feel confident, informed and up-to-date, so you can enjoy your journey to parenthood as much as possible? Then you’re in the right place! BellyBelly is The Thinking Woman’s Website For Pregnancy, Birth & Parenting.


Beyond Blue Post Natal Depression

Around one in seven Australian mothers experiences postnatal depression. Anxiety is even more common and both anxiety and depression can occur during pregnancy. This campaign aims to promote awareness of depression and anxiety, reduce stigma and provide information about where to get help. It’s important to “just speak up” - by doing this, we can all play a vital role in supporting women and families going through a difficult time.


Birth Without Fear

Birth Without Fear began as a simple passion to let women know they have choices in childbirth. It then evolved to become an inspiration and support to women and their families through their trying to conceive, pregnancy, birth and post partum journeys.


Calm Birth

Calm Birth teaches 3 prenatal meditation practices to help partners bond with baby, improve health and prepare from an empowered birth.


Ina May Gaskin

Ina May Gaskin, MA, CPM, PhD(Hon.) is founder and director of the Farm Midwifery Center, located near Summertown, Tennessee. Founded in 1971, by 2011, the Farm Midwifery Center had handled approximately 3000 births, with remarkably good outcomes. Ms. Gaskin herself has attended more than 1200 births. She is author of Spiritual Midwifery.


Kid Spot

Kidspot started as a directory of maternity, baby, and kid related equipment, toys, clothing, travel, fun, activities, sport, and related trappings. Now boasting the most comprehensive directory for parents in Australia - it makes it fast and easy for parents to identify products, services and places of interest leaving more time for all to enjoy. Kidspot includes a rich community for mums to share stories, issues, joys and connect in a moderated, private forum.


Nappy Free

Nappy Free! is a method of baby hygiene also called “elimination communication” (a phrase first coined by Ingrid Bauer, author of Diaper Free, Natural Infant Hygiene) which can reduce or remove the need for nappies (cloth or disposable, and all the potential allergens and environmental costs they carry), depending on how astutely the babies Carers practice it… 


Raising Children Network

With a consortium of three of Australia's leading early-childhood agencies at its core, the Raising Children website was developed with the help of an extensive network including the Australian Government.


Sarah Buckley

Sarah Buckley is a medical doctor/physician and author of the best-selling book 'Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering'.


Spinning Babies

Spinning Babies is a project of Gail Tully’s. Gail is a midwife in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Over 30 years with birth and over 20 years as a homebirth midwife. Gail was a DONA International approved doula trainer and kept busy organizing active community doula program development in hospitals and non-profits in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Gail now devotes her time to developing Spinning Babies, Belly Mapping, and


VBAC provides childbearing women and maternity care professionals access to evidence-based resources, educational materials, and support for VBAC and cesarean prevention.


Water Birth with Sheila Kitzinger

'An important element in using immersion in water for labour and poxibly for the birth og the baby is that it provides an effective way of helping the woman to cope with the pain of labour, and it gives back control of birth to the woman herself....'

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