ACOG – Founded in 1951 in Chicago, Illinois, ACOG has over 52,000 members and is the nation’s leading group of professionals providing health care for women. Now based in Washington, DC, it is a private, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization.
ACNM – With roots dating to 1929, the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) is the oldest women’s health care organization in the U.S. ACNM is the professional association that represents Certified Nurse-Midwives and Certified Midwives in the United States. ACNM provides research, administers and promotes continuing education programs, establishes clinical practice standards, creates liaisons with state and federal agencies and members of Congress.
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AWHONN – The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit membership organization that promotes the health of women and newborns. Their mission is to improve and promote the health of women and newborns and to strengthen the nursing profession through the delivery of superior advocacy, research, education and other professional and clinical resources to nurses and other health care professional.
AIMS – The goal of the alliance for the improvement of maternity services is to bring about a reduction of birth injury and trauma in newborns and their mothers through the sharing of scientific information and public information.
Birth By The Numbers – The goal of Birth by the Numbers is to present accurate, up-to-date information on childbirth practices and outcomes in the United States and internationally. They strive to make timely data accessible and understandable to key audiences including prospective parents, clinicians, childbirth educators, college faculty and students, policymakers and the media. This non-commercial site focuses on translating a wide range of existing data into forms that anyone can use to better understand how childbirth is currently practiced and experienced. The Birth by the Numbers website was conceived by Gene Declercq, PhD (professor of Community Health Sciences and Assistant Dean at Boston university of Public Health, as well as professor on the faculty of OBGYN at Boston University School of Medicine) and has been developed and implemented by a dedicated group of students from the Boston University School of Public Health and is maintained by the Birth by the Numbers team.
The Birth Facts – This website is designed to give readers up-to-date evidence-based childbirth information. Whether you are an expectant parent learning about your options for your birthing experience, OR are a birthing professional seeking to update your educational foundation, The Birth Facts can help.
BirthLink.com – BirthLink® is a resource for families that are seeking optimal health and wellness with regard to childbirth and health care. Offering birth options consultations for parents who want to make informed decisions related to birth and parenting.
Childbirth Connection – Founded in 1918, Childbirth Connection is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of maternity care. We promote safe, effective and satisfying evidence-based maternity care for all women and families.
CIMS – The Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) is a coalition of individuals and national organizations with concern for the care and well-being of mothers, babies, and families. Their mission is to promote a wellness model of maternity care that will improve birth outcomes and substantially reduce costs. This evidence-based mother-, baby-, and family-friendly model focuses on prevention and wellness as the alternatives to high-cost screening, diagnosis, and treatment programs.
Healthy People 2010 – Healthy People provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for promoting health and preventing disease. Since 1979, Healthy People has set and monitored national health objectives to meet a broad range of health needs, encourage collaborations across sectors, guide individuals toward making informed health decisions, and measure the impact of our prevention activity.
Healthy People 2020 – Healthy People provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for promoting health and preventing disease. Healthy People 2020 will be released in two phases. The framework (the vision, mission, goals, focus areas, and criteria for selecting and prioritizing objectives) will be released in 2009. In 2010, the Healthy People 2020 objectives will be released along with guidance for achieving the new 10-year targets.
ICAN – International Cesarean Awareness Network
International MotherBaby Childbirth Organization – The International MotherBaby Childbirth Organization (IMBCO) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization created to develop, regularly update, and promote the International MotherBaby Childbirth Initiative (IMBCI): 10 Steps to Optimal Maternity Services worldwide.
Lamaze International – Lamaze promotes a natural, healthy and safe approach to pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting. Knowing that pregnancy and childbirth can be demanding on a woman’s body and mind, Lamaze serves as a resource for information about what to expect and what choices are available during the childbearing years.
La Leche League International – Our 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.
MedEdPPD – is a professional education, peer-reviewed Web site. The site has two objectives: first, to further the education of primary care providers (pediatricians, family physicians, obstetricians, psychiatrists, nurses, physician’s assistants, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, social workers) who treat women who have or are at risk for postpartum depression; and second, to provide information for women with postpartum depression and their friends and family members.
Midwives Alliance of North America – MANA’s goal is to unify and strengthen the profession of midwifery, thereby improving the quality of health care for women, babies, and communities. MANA also welcomes student and midwifery advocate members as another valuable part of the organization.
Postpartum Support International (PSI) – Postpartum Support International is dedicated to helping women suffering from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, including postpartum depression, the most common complication of childbirth. We also work to educate family, friends and healthcare providers so that moms and moms-to-be can get the support they need and recover. You are not alone. You are not to blame. With help, you will be well.
World Alliance for Breastfeeding – The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) is a global network of individuals & organisations concerned with the protection, promotion & support of breastfeeding worldwide.
World Health Organization – WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.