Expert Recommended: Our Best Pregnancy, Birth and Parenting Resources

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There can be a lot of noise surrounding pregnancy, birth and parenting. So we asked our experts along with 42,000 labor and delivery nurses (and moms!) for their recommendations on resources. Stop relying on search engines and go directly to the sites that the experts trust!

 

BLOGS + WEBSITES

Evidence-Based Birth

Putting current evidence based information into the hands of communities so they can make empowered choices. Offering evidence based and unbiased education in easily digestible formats including articles, blogs, classes, a YouTube channel and podcast.


News Moms Need

March of Dimes created this blog to give moms the information they need to help them have healthy pregnancies. Covering topics from pregnancy and parenting to today’s hot topics.


Le Leche League

La Leche League USA knows that breastfeeding is natural but it doesn’t always come naturally. LLL is committed to helping you meet your breastfeeding goals.


Kelly Mom

Written by the mother of three children, and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), this website provides evidence-based information on breastfeeding and parenting. 


HealthyChildren.org

The official American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) website for parents. Search for topics by age or issue. Healthy Children is committed to the physical, mental and social health and well-being of your child from birth through early adulthood.


Feeding Littles

Pediatric Occupational Therapist and Registered Dietician Nutritionist duo helping parents with feeding babies and kids. Great resources to help your children develop a healthy relationship with food. 


Fortified Fam

Registered Dietician Nutritionist and mom of 7 who is passionate about helping parents safely raise independent eaters who are not picky eaters! If you’re curious about baby-led weaning or how to introduce solids, check out the resources, social media channels or podcast.


First Droplets

Stanford team of obstetricians, pediatricians, and lactation consultants committed to helping parents feel confident about breastfeeding before they leave the hospital. Their website provides written and video education with the most effective breastfeeding techniques to prevent common challenges in the first 5 days, and especially the first few hours after birth. 

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APPS

Glow 

A Family of apps that cover everything from periods to parenting.


Expectful

Meditation and sleep app for fertility, pregnancy, and parenthood. Five minutes a day can change your mental and emotional health and that of your whole family. Be sure to check out the science behind their methods as well as their blog and podcast!


Baby Sparks

Brain development is rapid in your little one! Baby Sparks teaches you how to do the right activities at the right time in the right way.


Baby+ 

Another great baby tracking app. There is a sound machine available through this one!


Tinybeans

Easily capture and share your parenting journey to keep your family connected. Plus, discover helpful advice, hacks and gear tailored to your family.


The Wonder Weeks

This app helps parents track developmental progress week-by-week as young babies develop. Understand the science behind your baby’s normal fussy periods and learn to appreciate and celebrate them as signs of progression!


Huckleberry 

Huckleberry pairs pediatric sleep experts with AI to create a custom sleep plan with

your unique family in mind. They will find your child’s sweet spot so you can focus on other things.


Baby Connect

Track daily information and securely connect with daycare staff, grandparents and other caregivers. Easily share photos and messages directly through the app. You can even use Siri, Google Assistant or Alexa to log information hands free.


Baby Milestones

This app is all about child development. Track your child’s milestones from age 2 months to 5 years with CDC’s easy-to-use illustrated checklists; get tips from CDC for encouraging your child’s development; and find out what to do if you are ever concerned about how your child is developing.


Sprout Baby

On-Demand doctor report generator, developmental milestones tracker and health tracker. Track feedings, sleep, diapers and more. Monitor growth. Capture memories and export them to an eBook!


Gentle Birth

Practical. Evidence Based. Positive. Curated with a focus on positive birth. Authored by GentleBirth founder Tracy Donegan, midwife, author and positive birth expert. In addition to a blog, there is also an app and virtual classes.

 

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PODCASTS + YOUTUBE CHANNELS

Built to Birth

Bridget Teylor, lamaze educator and dona doula, empowers moms through education. She offers online childbirth classes as well as many videos preparing you to not only feel less anxious, but to actually love your birth. Be sure to check out her affirmation meditations before labor begins!


Nurse Zabe

Labor, birth and postpartum nurse and certified childbirth educator, Nurse Zabe is a great source of information through pregnancy, childbirth and even infant care.


Mama Doctor Jones

Gynecology. Pregnancy. Parenting. OB/GYN and mother of four offering edu-tainment.


Sarah Lavonne

Also known as Birth Bundle, Sarah is a registered nurse, certified childbirth educator, certified lactation educator counselor, and is board certified in obstetrics. Her specialty is childbirth education and support for pregnancy, labor, birth and life - Sarah covers it all!


Mom and Mind Podcast

Dr. Kat specializes in perinatal mental health and no topic is taboo. With close to 200 episodes, you are sure to find something that applies to you or your family as you transition to parenthood.


Respectful Parenting

Best-selling author Janet Lansbury’s approach to parenting is acceptance of your little one’s emotions and development while establishing healthy and firm parental limits.

 

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