The professional staff at Fair Ridge Ob/Gyn Associates carefully reviewed these links as sources to promote women’s health. Please note: we cannot always guarantee their validity, nor do we always agree with their content.
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
www.acog.com This official Web site of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists provides a physician directory, health columns, post-graduate courses and much more.
National Women’s Health Resource Center
www.healthywomen.org NWHRC’s mission is to educate women about health issues that concern them the most, and to help women make more informed decisions about their health.
National Osteoporosis Foundation
www.nof.org The National Osteoporosis Foundation is a leading resource for up-to-date, medically sound information on the causes, prevention, detection and treatment of osteoporosis.
National Ovarian Cancer Coalition
www.ovarian.org The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition seeks to raise awareness and promote education about ovarian cancer.
www.babycenter.com BabyCenter.com provides expectant and new parents with trusted, high-quality information on pregnancy and baby, a supportive online community, and a baby store featuring thousands of products.
March of Dimes
www.marchofdimes.com The March of Dimes provides a broad range of information for the expectant mother.
Umbilical Cord Banking
www.cordblood.com Your online resource for information on umbilical cord blood and the services available through the Cord Blood Registry, the largest family bank of cord blood stem cells in the United States.
www.viacord.com We encourage our expecting mom’s to visit www.Viacord.com and learn why preserving your baby’s umbilical cord blood at the time of birth may be one of the most important decisions you can make for your baby’s and your family’s future.
www.girlshealth.gov This site was created to help girls (ages 10-16) learn about health, growing up, and issues they may face. It focuses on health topics that girls are concerned about and helps motivate them to choose healthy behaviors by using positive, supportive, and non-threatening messages. The site gives girls reliable, useful information on the health issues they will face as they become young women and tips on handling relationships with family and friends, at school and at home.
The North American Menopause Society
www.menopause.org The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) is a nonprofit organization that provides a forum for a multitude of scientific disciplines with an interest in the human female menopause.
Women’s Health Initiative
www.nhlbi.nih.gov The Women’s Health Initiative – a 15-year multi-million dollar endeavor sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) – has collected valuable information about the risks and benefits of long-term menopausal hormone therapy.
American Heart Association
women.americanheart.org The American Heart Association Women’s Web site gives women of all ages the facts on women’s heart disease and stroke.
American Medical Association
www.ama-assn.org The official Web site of the American Medical Association.
American Psychological Association
www.apa.org The official Web site of the American Psychological Association.
Centers for Disease Control
www.cdc.gov The latest information from the centers from disease control and prevention.
Mayo Clinic Health Oasis
www.mayohealth.org This online information source has an extensive women’s health section.
National Library of Medicine
www.nlm.nih.gov The National Library of Medicine Web site provides diverse health information.
Prevention Magazine’s Healthy Ideas
healthyideas.com Health-related information from the publishers of Prevention magazine.
www.webmd.com Providing a broad array of general medical information in easy to understand terms.
1. The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth by Sheila Kitzinger. If you’re looking for a woman-centered approach to pregnancy books, this is it. A natural childbirth advocate who campaigns for women’s rights to make their own choices in childbirth, Kitzinger offers the same approach in her books.
2. What to Expect When You’re Expecting by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel. This is the book to pick up for information –we’re talking lots of information. Set up as a step-by-step through the months and trimesters, it covers prenatal to the early days after the baby’s born. It’s one of the best-known pregnancy books, but it’s not for everyone.
3. The Girlfriends’ Guide to Pregnancy by Vicki Iovine. Want to know what to take to the hospital or why you’re feeling randy when you’re four months in? This is the book that takes a “we’re all girls here” approach to pregnancy and puts out information with a touch of spunk.
4. Your Pregnancy Week By Week by Glade Curtis. Written by an OB/GYN, this is a very specific path through pregnancy. As the title suggests, Curtis lets you in on what’s going to be happening week by week for the 40 weeks of gestation, making this the pick for women who want to know what’s going on right now.
5. The Nursing Mother’s Companion by Kathleen Huggins. In-depth details on everything from nursing after a C-section to breastfeeding when you’ve adopted a child makes this a go-to for first-time nursers.
6. The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas and All Other Labor Companions by Penny Simkin. The rare pregnancy book written not for the mother, but for the people who will be present at the birth, this has earned a reputation as the “birth partner’s bible.”
www.inova.org Inova provides a wide range of classes for expectant mothers and sponsors frequent presentations on a variety of medical conditions. You can also fill out your preregistration forms for delivery on the Inova site.
www.lamaze.org This international organization provides a natural healthy approach to pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting. Use the site to find certified instructor in our area.