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BirthWorks International
PO Box 2045 Medford, NJ 08055
888-TO-BIRTH (888-862-4784)

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LifebankUSA is a subsidiary of Celgene Corporation (Nasdaq: CELG), an S&P 500 publicly traded and reputable biopharmaceutical company that develops cancer therapies and has a disclosed market value of more than $20 billion, making it the largest company offering cord blood banking services. LifebankUSA is the only cord blood bank that is also a recognized leader in both placental and cord blood stem cell research. LifebankUSA is also the world’s first bank to offer families the new option to collect and preserve stem cells derived from the placenta as well as the umbilical cord (Placenta Cord banking).

Birth Works International supports stem cell research so long as there is no interference in the birth process. Stem cells obtained from the umbilical cord after it stops pulsing and also from the placenta can be life-giving to those in need.

LifebankUSA is registered with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), accredited by the AABB (formerly known as the American Association of Blood Banks), certified by ISO (International Organization for Standardization), and holds all necessary state licenses.www.lifebankusa.com

The American Association of Birth Centers (a.k.a. the NationalAssociation of Childbearing Centers) is a non-profit organization that is the nation’s most comprehensive resource on birth centers. www.birthcenters.org

Midwifery Today promotes the heart and science of birth and is a wonderful resource for articles, events, and enews. www.midwiferytoday.com

Attachment Parenting International (API) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit member organization, networking with parents, professionals and like-minded organizations around the world. In addition to providing assistance in forming Attachment Parenting support groups, API functions as a clearinghouse providing educational materials, research information, consultative, referral and speaker services to promote Attachment Parenting concepts. www.attachmentparenting.org

We have a secret in our culture and it’s not that birth is painful. It’s that women are strong.” www.birthbabiesandbeyond.net

Our purpose is to offer vision and practical models for the healing and well-being of life on this planet beginning with birth. This site will answer your questions about home birth, water birth, birth centers, hospital birth, safety of midwives, and obstetric routines.www.birthingthefuture.com

The Breast Site has been developed with one purpose in mind – to give users up-to-date information on a wide variety of areas of interest related to breast health. www.thebreastsite.com

The Business of Being Born – Birth is a miracle, a rite of passage, a natural part of life. But birth is also big business. Compelled to explore the subject after the delivery of her first child, actress Ricki Lake recruits filmmaker Abby Epstein to question the way American women have babies. The film interlaces intimate birth stories with surprising historical, political and scientific insights and shocking statistics about the current maternity care system. When director Epstein discovers she is pregnant during the making of the film, the journey becomes even more personal. Should most births be viewed as a natural life process, or should every delivery be treated as a potentially catastrophic medical emergency? www.thebusinessofbeingborn.com

Childbirth Connection, formerly Maternity Center Association, is a not-for-profit organization that has worked to improve maternity care for mothers, babies and families since 1918. We promote safe, effective, and satisfying evidence-based maternity care. Evidence-based maternity care means using the best research about the safety and effectiveness of specific tests, treatments, and interventions to help you make informed decisions. childbirthconnection.org

Childbirth Solutions’ mission is to inform women worldwide about all of their options so that they may make informed choices for the most empowering birth experience that is possible. www.childbirthsolutions.com

Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) is a coalition of individuals and organizations with concern for the care and well-being of mothers, babies, and families. Our mission is to promote a wellness model of maternity care that will improve birth outcomes and substantially reduce costs. The principles underlying the CIMS model of maternity care are normalcy, empowerment, autonomy, do do harm and responsibility. www.motherfriendly.org

The Motherbaby International Film Festival (MIFF) is a showcase of the best and most amazing films about pregnancy, birth and babies. MIFF screens only soul-nourishing, eye-opening, women-empowering films from around the world. This is a mobile Festival sponsored by Sage Femme and the local communities where the Festival takes place. Highlights in a MIFF include celebrated panelists, world premieres, riveting docudramas and full-feature productions. Producers, directors, activists, stars and leaders, as well as interaction with a motivated audience, make each Festival a unique experience. www.motherbabyiff.org

My dream is for Earthy Babes to be a place that mothers can get support, information, encouragement, and inspiration. I hope my site will become a hand to hold for the natural family. www.earthybabes.com

Are you Expecting? Planning on having a baby, but don’t have clue what to do next? Expectant and new parents can use the Expectant Mother’s Guide’s website to find resources. www.expectantmothersguide.com

The Holistic Moms Network is a national non-profit providing support and resources to parents interested in natural health and holistic living.www.holisticmoms.org

(ICAN) is a nonprofit organization founded by Esther Booth Zorn in 1982. ICAN’s mission is to improve maternal-child health by preventing unnecessary cesareans through education, providing support for cesarean recovery, and promoting Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC).www.ican-online.org

Ina May inspires women to take back the fear of childbirth by regaining confidence in their bodies and assuring them – your body still works!www.inamay.com

The La Leche League International mission is to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother. www.lalecheleague.org

Mothering celebrates the experience of parenthood as worthy of one’s best efforts and fosters awareness of the immense
importance and value of parenthood and family life in the development of the full human potential. www.mothering.com

Natural Beginnings is a resource for homebirth families, based in Arlington, VA. Specific information for such resources on choosing a midwife and homebirth are focused on the Northern Virginia and the Metro Washington D.C. area. Check this site out for information on water birth, VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean; mommas are encouraged to attend their local ICAN meeting); and Prenatal Parenting. Explore this site to learn more about midwives, the CPM credential, and midwifery care for your birth. www.naturalbeginnings.org

The innate ability of each woman to give birth guided by her body’s wisdom, with trusted attendants, in soft private spaces, has been largely taken over by the international billion dollar high-tech low-touch obstetrics industry. This ‘active management’ of childbirth alters the mix of hormones that evolution has provided to help ease mother and baby through birth. By hearing true stories filled with wisdom, tips & techniques and positive experiences of birthing you will feel empowered and be reminded that it is possible to give birth gently according to you and your baby’s power, strength and innate wisdom. We would love your story. Please go to ‘share my story’ on the site for further details.www.positivebirthstories.com

Have you recently given birth? Are you feeling exhausted, anxious, zdepressed, or just not yourself? If you are—you are not alone. Many women are not prepared for the wide range of emotions they may experience after the birth of a child. They often feel sadness, anger, anxiety, or a sense of inadequacy. These feelings may vary in frequency and intensity, but are collectively known as postpartum mood disorders. Help and support is an important part of getting back to feeling like yourself again. www.postpartum.net

Sheila Kitzinger campaigns for women to have the information they need to make choices about childbirth. She combines birth activism with research, writing, lecturing and appearing on radio and TV. Her research includes work on women’s experiences of antenatal care, birth plans, induction of labour, epidurals, episiotomy, hospital care in childbirth, children’s experiences of being present at birth, post traumatic stress following childbirth and the many different messages that touch can give during childbirth. www.sheilakitzinger.com

Sidelines is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides support, education, advocacy, and resources for women and their families who are experiencing a high risk, complicated pregnancy or premature birth. They believe that families can cope more successfully with a high-risk pregnancy with appropriate medical intervention, education, and a strong support system. www.sidelines.org

Waterbirth International is one of the projects of the broader organization, Global Maternal/Child Health Association, which is working to alter the current technological dependency, excessive drug use and rising cesarean rate, all of which are predominant in the US, by educating medical professionals and the public on the benefits of family-centered, natural childbirth, midwifery as the model for maternity care, and the use of warm-water immersion during labor and birth. www.waterbirth.org

Welcome Baby is your place for unique and personal gifts to welcome your new little one. www.welcomebaby.com

AIMS Ireland, Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services – Ireland, is a voluntary organisation formed by women, mothers themselves, who felt a need to vocalise their concerns about the present Irish Maternity Services. We offer free, independent, confidential support to women and their families. We also have volunteers in many regions who are fluent in various languages. www.aimsireland.co