Some educational video on childbirth from Lamaze International include clips called "Let Labor Begin On Its Own," "Walk, Move Around and Change Positions Throughout Labor," "Bring A Loved One, Friend or Doula For Support," and "Avoid Interventions That Are Not Medically Necessary." Expectant mothers can also learn what labor and delivery is like, with a series of actual births captured on film by Baby Center.
Letting your body go into labor spontaneously is usually the best way to know that your baby is ready to be born and that your body is ready for labor, explains Lamaze International in the educational childbirth video called "Let Labor Begin On Its Own." Another video explains how moving helps the mother cope with increasingly strong and painful contractions and gently positions the baby into the pelvis and birth canal. The video "Bring A Loved One, Friend or Doula For Support" discusses the importance of loving support during childbirth.
In the video "Avoid Interventions That Are Not Medically Necessary," Lamaze International cautions against intervention-intensive births and the potential harm they could cause. An educational video called "Avoid Giving Birth On Your Back And Follow Your Body's Urges To Push" encourages the mother to assume whatever position she finds most comfortable. A healthy newborn should be placed skin-to-skin on the mother’s abdomen or chest, suggests the video "Keep Mother and Baby Together" from Lamaze International.
Educational videos of actual childbirths, including natural, twin, epidural, induction and C-section births, can help prepare the expectant mother, notes Baby Center.
Educational videos about childbirth are available through Mother's Advocate, according to Childbirth Professionals International. Mother's Advocate hosts videos about topics such as letting labor begin on its own, avoiding unnecessary interventions and keeping babies with the mother. The organization's website also provides videos about the history of birth from ancient to modern times and a video about celebrating birth.
Childbirth Professionals International offers handouts and worksheets that are helpful to individuals teaching childbirth classes, according to the organization's website. The site includes resources about birthing topics such as labor positions, water births and use of birth balls.
On post childbirth-related topics, Medela and Ameda provide breastfeeding resources such as videos and handouts on their websites, according to Childbirth Professionals International. Lansinoh provides breastfeeding handouts on its website and also offers lanolin samples.
Halo Innovations offers a complimentary safe sleep resource kit for childbirth educators, according its Halo Sleep website. The kit includes a Halo SleepSack swaddle for classroom demonstrations and informational door hangers and brochures.
The Real Diaper Industry Association provides cloth diapering demonstration kits to childbirth educators, doulas, midwives and other health professionals who work with expectant parents, explains the association's website. The kit includes diaper samples, a cloth diaper resource guide and informational brochures.