Trying to decide how your baby should be born can be really difficult and confusing. To help you make an informed decision, CANA recommends the Childbirth Connection evidence-based booklet “What every pregnant woman needs to know about caesarean section.” We also recommend that you review other online resources dedicated to caesarean and VBAC which have links to useful books and evidence-based research. If you don’t know where to start, feel free to contact CANA’s research advisor at email@example.com.
Who do we link to?
CANA’s policy on linking is to only link to evidence-based resources. We do not, as a general rule, link to online forums and chat rooms. However, some of the organisations we list do provide links to a wide range of online resources. Please be aware that not everything you read will be based on evidence. It is always best to do your own research so that you can make informed decisions.
Medical Research Literature
Below you will find a few medical research literature search engines to help you find articles of interest. Some of these may be accessible free of charge but many will only be available via a subscription. You may be able to obtain articles through your State’s reference library or through a university library. In many cases, unversities have copies of journals on their library shelves that you can read.
Medical & Midwifery Journals/Publications
These are but a few samples of journals and publications you can access for evidence-based information. Some have free journal articles in them and others do not. You may be able to access content through a local university library free of charge or through a State reference library for a fee. If you have questions about research you have read, feel free to run them by CANA’s Research Advisor by contacting her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- British Medical Journal
- British Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
- Journal of the American Medical Association
- American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
- Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
- The Medical Journal of Australia
- Midwifery Today
- Birth Matters Journal
Below we have listed links to useful information and support organisations. Please be aware that some of the information on some of these sites may not be evidence-based. We encourage you to do your own research and ask questions so that you can make informed decisions. If you have questions about something you have read, feel free to contact CANA’s Research Advisor at email@example.com.
- ICAN (International Caesarean Awareness Network)
- Birthrites: healing from caesarean
- CARES (Caesarean Awareness Recover Education and Support-South Australia).
- Childbirth Connection
- Maternity Coalition
- Australian College of Midwives (ACMI)
- Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA)
- Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (RANZCOG)
- Society of Obstetric Medicine of Australia and New Zealand (SOMANZ)
- TABS NZ
- Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services (AIMS) (international)
- National Childbirth Trust (UK)
- Royal College of Obstetrics & Gynecology (UK)** (useful evidence-based guidance on birth after caesarean)
- National Institute of Clinical Excellence (UK)