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OrganizationAmerican College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
http://www.acog.org/PatientsThis link will open in a new window.
This site offers information on numerous health issues. The women's health section includes readings on pregnancy, labor, delivery, postpartum care, breast health, menopause, contraception, and more.

OrganizationMidwives Alliance of North America (MANA)
http://www.mana.orgThis link will open in a new window.
MANA promotes midwifery as a quality health care option for families.

OrganizationAmerican Academy of Husband-Coached Birth
http://www.bradleybirth.comThis link will open in a new window.
This website describes the goals of the Bradley method of childbirth and can help expectant parents find an instructor in their area.

OrganizationLamaze International
http://www.lamaze.orgThis link will open in a new window.
The mission of Lamaze International is to promote a birth experience that is "awake, aware, and supported by family and friends" through education and advocacy.

OrganizationInternational Childbirth Education Association (ICEA)
http://www.icea.orgThis link will open in a new window.
ICEA offers professional certification programs for childbirth educators and includes a list of ICEA-certified educators for expectant parents wishing to attend prepared childbirth classes.

OrganizationMaternal and Child Health Bureau
http://www.mchb.hrsa.govThis link will open in a new window.
This U.S. government agency is charged with promoting and improving the health of mothers and children.

OrganizationAmerican College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM)
http://www.acnm.orgThis link will open in a new window.
The ACNM supports the practice of midwifery through research, accreditation of midwife education programs, and establishment of clinical practice standards.

OrganizationNational Association of Childbearing Centers
http://www.birthcenters.orgThis link will open in a new window.
The National Association of Childbearing Centers is an organization that supports the midwifery model of care for expectant parents, birth center professionals, and health policy advocates.