By Dana Sullivan
Looking for information about pregnancy and childbirth education? How
about car seat and other child-related product recalls? Odds are you
can find what you're looking for on the Web -- for free. There are
dozens of agencies and organizations whose sole mission is to offer
information, support and answers to your most pressing parenting
questions. Here are some Websites that are worthy of a bookmark: Pregnancy Support and Education
Children's Health and Safety
- American College of Nurse-Midwives
ACNM is a health care organization that both educates nurse-midwives
and provides information about pregnancy and childbirth to pregnant
women. If you're interested in having a certified nurse-midwife act as
your primary health care provider during pregnancy and labor, you can
use the site to find one in your area. You'll also find links to dozens
of pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting sites.
- Doulas of North America
mission is to improve pregnant women's physical and mental health by
helping them find doulas -- lay people trained to support a woman
during childbirth and the postpartum period. A doula may be trained in
massage and relaxation techniques to help with labor, have
breastfeeding expertise, and even be willing to do light housekeeping
and cooking once baby comes home. You can find a referral to a doula in
your area on the site.
- Lamaze International
of this nonprofit organization believe that childbirth is a natural
occurrence and they are devoted to educating women about the process so
they can have the best birth experience possible. On the site you can
locate a Lamaze class in your area, tips for enjoying a healthy
pregnancy, and read about the Lamaze philosophy about pregnancy,
childbirth, and parenting.
- Depression After Delivery, Inc.
nonprofit organization whose mission is to raise awareness about mood
and anxiety disorders surrounding pregnancy and childbirth. On the site
you'll find descriptions of common postpartum depression symptoms and
causes, plus where to find help.
- National Association of Working Women
A nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of working
women, and tackling family and maternity leave issues. Find information
about how to combat sexual harassment and other workplace
discrimination, and learn about your rights as mandated by the Family
and Medical Leave Act.
- American Academy of Pediatrics
AAP offers information about raising babies and children. Topics range
from toy safety and preventing handgun injuries and death to treating
allergies and diaper rash. For a complete listing of topics, click on
"You and Your Family."
- American Red Cross
Red Cross provides comprehensive information about issues ranging from
home fire safety to drowning prevention and basic first aid.
- Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association
is the national trade organization that represents the manufacturers of
products such as cribs, car seat, strollers, etc. The site provides
consumer information about the safety issues related to such products,
including product recalls.
- National Safe Kids Campaign
to the prevention of unintentional childhood injuries, the NSKC site
provides tips about reducing the risk of injury and death from
accidents related to automobiles, swimming pools, and fire.