Lending Library
A list of books available to current and former students.

Web Resources:

Evidence-Based Information

Childbirth Connection - Your source for trustworthy up-to-date evidence-based information and resources on planning for pregnancy, labor and birth, and the postpartum period.

The Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) - A collaborative effort whose mission is to promote a wellness model of maternity care that will improve birth outcomes and substantially reduce costs.

International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) - A nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve maternal-child health by preventing unnecessary cesareans through education, providing support for cesarean recovery, and promoting Vaginal Birth after Cesarean (VBACs).

Florida Friends of Midwives - Check out the Evidence Based Care tab for information from recent studies.

C-Section Rates in Florida Hospitals - Calculate the rate of cesarean section at any Florida hospital

Optimal Fetal Positioning

Spinning Babies - A great website about easier childbirth with fetal positioning.

Posterior Labor: A Pain in the Back - An article on how posterior position can lead to more discomfort for mom and possibly an unnecessary cesarean.


La Leche Leauge International - mother-to-mother breastfeeding support network

Kelly Mom - A great website for breastfeeding information.

Watch Your Language - A great article on how breastfeeding is perceived in the US.

Just One Bottle Won't Hurt - Or Will It? - What affect does supplementing breastfeeding with formula have on the health of your baby?

Pregnancy/Mothering information

Baby Center - Great information about babies’ development from pre-conception to age 8. You can subscribe to get a weekly email with information on your baby's development in utero. After your baby is born the emails describe behaviors your baby may be showing and gives suggestions for activities to do with your baby.

Ask Dr. Sears - From breast-feeding to attacment parenting, from dosing infant Tylenol to getting your baby to nap better - Ask Dr. Sears - he has some great answers!

Kelly Mom - Evidence-based information on breastfeeding, sleep and parenting.

Mothering - An excellent Magazine on natural family living. The website also has a great discussion panel.

Tampa Bay Birth Network - A local resource to connect you with natural birth professionals such as midwives, birth doulas, natural childbirth educators, postpartum doulas and parenting experts.

Infant Health

Circumcision Decision Maker - An online decision-making tool for anyone considering male circumcision. The content has been drawn from and approved by a panel of experts following an extensive review of the literature.

Depolarizing the Vaccine Decision - An unbiased discussion of vaccination

Thimerosal/Mercury content in some US vaccines

Skin Deep - News and database about safety of popular health and beauty brands including baby soaps and lotions.

Starting Solid Foods/Making Baby Food

Starting Solid Foods - An article from Ask Dr. Sears.

Starting Baby on Food - A video and information on how to start baby on solids, which foods to introduce first and how (and why) to make your own food.

Top Ten First Foods for Baby - video and information on which foods to introduce to baby and how to prepare them.

Support Groups

ICAN of Tampa - A local chapter of the International Cesarean Awareness Network, offeres support on C-section prevention, recovery and VBAC.

La Leche Leauge International - Mother-to- mother breastfeeding support network

Marsupial Mamas - A local support group for those interested in babywearing.


The Baby Wearer - Information on benefits of babywearing, products available and product reviews.

Marsupial Mamas - A local support group for those interested in babywearing.

Maya Wrap - Sells double ring slings, pouches, mei tais, and even slings for children to wear their dolls.

Cloth Diapers

DNA Diapers - Provides local support and education about cloth diapering as well as products for sale.

Florida State Laws


Eye Prophylactic

PKU Testing


Why Homebirth? - An article about why women are choosing homebirth and the safety of homebirth

Safe - Provides information on drugs' indications, fetal risk, breastfeeding risk, during pregnancy, according to the FDA.

Contraction Master - One of my students shared this with me. (Thanks Katherine!) Click start timing contractions on the top right and then just press the space bar when a contraction starts and ends.

Parents Guide to Cord Blood Foundation - Information for parents considering storing cord blood.

FDA Warns Avoid Fetal "Keepsake" Images - Interesting page warning parents not to visit "maternity spas" for ultrasound for non-medical purposes.

Questions about Prenatal Ultrasound and the Alarming Increase in Autism - An article by Caroline Rodgers from Midwifery Today

Cookus Interuptus - Wonderful & delicious whole food recipes. Sign up for the weekly email and enjoy a different recipes. Videos are quirky & entertaining.

Popular Baby Names - From the Social Security Administration, look up popular baby names by year, decade or by state. Also look up the popularity of a specific name by year.

Imagination Library - Sign up for one free book a month for any child living in Hillsborough County born after Sept 1, 2006!




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