As a doula, I get asked a LOT of questions about pregnancy, birth, newborn care and parenting. Internet searches can be overwhelming; there are a huge variety of topics, philosophies and books available; *everyone* has an opinion about what you should do and when you should do it. I share this list not because I am an expert, but because I believe that parents are the best and most qualified people to make wellness decisions for their families. You do not need a medical degree to evaluate research, consider risks or benefits of procedures or types of care, question recommendations, or take into account your personal history, family dynamics and belief systems. Informed consent is more than the signing of a piece of paper. Quality care providers are those that welcome this dynamic and families that take the time to gather information and use it to make powerful, fully educated choices about their care, report a much higher degree of satisfaction, regardless of how their births unfold. Since available mainstream resources are plentiful, and it is impossible to include everything, I have chosen more "off-the-beaten-path" information, with a focus on encouraging families to carefully research, compare and contrast both the available science and historical, cultural or personal anecdote. None of these resources (nor anything else on this website) is intended to be nor take the place of medical advice. Open communication and discussion with your chosen birth or baby care provider is both your right and your responsibility, as well as a key piece to owning your health, birth and parenting experiences.