The Empowered Mother References and Recommendations

A 42-week guide to the decisions made during pregnancy, birth, and the baby's first few weeks.

A 42-week guide to the decisions made during pregnancy, birth, and the baby’s first few weeks.

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The Empowered Mother’s Baby Registry
Breastfeeding troubleshooting
The Empowered Mother’s Guide to Getting Back to Pre-Pregnancy Weight in 6 months or less
Diaper Rash Troubleshooting
The Empowered Mother’s Guide to Baby’s First Foods
How to Change an Uncircumcised Boy (and why you want to consider keeping your son intact)

Resources by Chapter:


Chapter 1


Fertility Charts

Fish and Pregnancy 

Mercury and Fish

Benefits of omega 3s

Recommended journal

Taking Charge of Your Fertility

Chapter 2


Gluten and Fertility

Organic DIY Beauty Recipes

Natural Beauty e-course

Burt’s Bees Lotion

Salve recipe (can be used as lotion)

Checking your own cervix while trying to conceive

Checking dilation and effacement in pregnancy

Why do your own cervical checks? 

Chapter 3

Chapter 3


Blue Ribbon Baby for Preeclampsia prevention 

Eggs for brain development The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care P 19

DIY Organic Beauty Recipes

Trying to conceive? Infertility and hot tubs

Hot Tubs and Miscarriage Risks

Exercise ball I use

The benefits of an exercise ball in pregnancy

Chapter 4

Chapter 4


Correlation does not mean causation

UK Study of light to moderate drinking in pregnancy

Alcohol and Caffeine

Caffeine and Misscarriage

Caffeine and Problems in Pregnancy

Shampoo Bar Recipe


Maternity photo ideas

Where to Buy Coconut Oil

K2 and normal fetal development

K2 and wide palate/ not having crooked teeth

Folate vs Folic Acid and MTHFR gene

Prenatal vitamin with folate (rather than folic acid)



Chapter 5


Kangaroo Care

Episiotomy evidence

Delayed cord cutting

The Oil Cleansing Method for makeup removing

Natural easy to make makeup remover

Chapter 6

Chapter 6


Overnight Oatmeal

Morning sickness – magnesium

Morning sickness – b vitamins

Toxins in nail polishes

Less toxic nail polish alternative


Chapter 7


Homemade yogurt

Elderberry Syrup Recipe

Where to buy Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry and flu

Overview of ultrasound/doppler technology

Ultrasound/doppler risks

Statistics suggesting that ultrasounds do not actually improve birth outcome

Benefits of a fetoscope

Elderberry syrup for immunity during pregnancy

Chapter 8

Chapter 8

Statistics and Studies of early and late deliveries

Ultrasound dating is not shown to have an impact on infant mortality

A correlation between artificial sweetener and preterm labor

Artificial sweetener pros and cons

Full list of names of artificial sweeteners

Natural sweetener choices

Chapter 9

Chapter 9


Those with a ‘risky lifestyle’ are more likely to have a positive pap test

Chapter 10

Chapter 10

Preeclampsia diagnostic criteria

Preeclampsia prevention pregnancy diet

Brewer Pregnancy Diet Studies

Fluoride recommendations for infants

Fluoride cautions

Toothpaste recipe

Chapter 11

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 12

Essential oils I recommend

Essential oils as a work from home opportunity

Essential Oils to Avoid during Pregnancy

Maternity Clothes:

GAP Maternity (I like their jeans, they run a size big in my experience though – their maternity jeans only go on sale a few times a year)

Zulilly (check daily for new offers – try to shop on a Friday so you can have free shipping all weekend)

Chapter 13

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Chapter 16

Bradley Childbirth Classes

Lamaze Childbirth Classes

The Hypnobabies Method

Soap Nuts Laundry Detergent

7th Generation Laundry Detergent


Chapter 17

Chapter 17

Chapter 18


Studies and more information about food dyes

Why would you want to avoid artificial food coloring? 

Naturally colored sprinkles – fun for kids

Natural food dye for frosting, etc

Red 40 – made from coal tar originally, now comes from petroleum 

Chapter 19

Benefits of a fetoscope

How to use a fetoscope

Chapter 20


How routine use of antibiotics in labor can harm both mom and baby

Natural treatments of GBS

Being GBS + On Mommypotamus

New moms, you need to rest. Everyone else, this is how you can help

Chapter 21

Use  What You Have Soup Formula

Hep B vaccination strategy focusing on vaccination in childhood even though they are not considered to be high risk

HepB vaccine insert including contraindications

Populations at risk for contracting Hepatitis B

Advocating for yourself in a hospital birth setting


Chapter 22


Info on nipple confusion and when to introduce a pacifier

More on nipple confusion, and alternatives to bottles if supplemental feeding is needed

Physical changes to the maternal body and how this affects the ability to exercise

Exercise and gestational diabetes study

Exercise and preeclampsia risk

Exercise lowering labor length and reducing the risk of surgical birth


History and Overview of antibacterial eye ointment in newborns

Antibiotic eye ointment causing blurring of vision

Risks associated with substitute ointment used in case of eythromycin outages

Healthcare practitioners not looking out for OM because they assume it has already been treated

Chapter 23

Importance of skin-to-skin (not wrapped in a blanket)

Interference with 3rd stage not medically indicated (between birth and placenta delivery)

No hats for newborns

Benefits of kangaroo care for the infant

Breastfeeding benefits and skin-to-skin contact


Chapter 24

Rhogam ingredient information

Rh Sensatization



A look at the ingredients in the glucose tolorence test

Chapter 25

Hep B (CDC information)


Chapter 26

Spinning Babies

Why just ‘head down’ isn’t good enough for positioning

Exercise Ball

Chapter 27

Chapter 28

Chapter 29

The gut-brain connection

The GAPS family 


Chapter 30

Placenta encapsulation benefits

How a placenta is encapsulated

Placenta doesn’t work for everyone

Choosing to encapsulate the placenta

Infant carseat – rear faces to 30 lbs, good reviews (check different colors for different prices)

Extra Base for infant seat

Travel system

Narrow convertible carseat for 3 across a narrow back seat, or 2-door car

Rear view mirror to see baby

Benefits of extended rear facing

Common carseat installation mistakes



Chapter 31

History and Study of effectiveness of episiotomies



Pack n play with bassinet attachment

Cloth Diapers:

Grovia covers (I recommend 3-5)

High quality prefolds (I recommend 12 infant size, 12 premium size)

All-in-one diapers (I recommend 3-4 in each size, for babysitters, dads, etc)

Pocket Diapers (I don’t use these, but many people love them)

Fitted diapers (I don’t use these, they’re mostly used under wool)

Wool covers (I recommend one if using cloth for night diapering)

Cloth Diapers for Beginners info

Diaperswappers Forum

Diaper making supplies:

Very Baby and Wazoodle (Wazoodle ships from Canada I believe)

Natural disposable diapers (great for overnights/trips/the first few weeks)

Chapter 32

Fleece baby booties

Soft leather baby shoes

Chapter 33

Safety 1st Window Blind Cord Wind-Ups 2 Count #00222 – 2 Packs

Cardinal Gates Window Warden, Off White

North States Supergate Easy Close Metal Gate, White

National Hardware V804 Door Security Guard in Satin Nickel

Chapter 34

Yeast Cinnamon Rolls (labor project)

Felted wool flowers (labor project)

Fire HD 7, 7″ HD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB – Includes Special Offers, Black

You Are Your Child’s First Teacher, Third Edition: Encouraging Your Child’s Natural Development from Birth to Age Six

The Attachment Parenting Book : A Commonsense Guide to Understanding and Nurturing Your Baby

On Becoming Baby Wise: Giving Your Infant the GIFT of Nighttime Sleep (if you read this book, please read a few others – it’s very convincing, but can be dangerous)

Secrets of the Baby Whisperer: How to Calm, Connect, and Communicate with Your Baby

The Happiest Baby on the Block

The Joyful Child: Montessori, Global Wisdom for Birth to Three


Chapter 35

Chapter 36

Induction nearly doubles the chances of c-section (study)

Pit to Distress (blog post)

Cloth pads on Etsy

Depends for postpartum bleeding (blog post)

Wet bag – where to buy


Chapter 36

Chapter 37

Chapter 38

Chapter 39

Vitamin K Injection Ingredients

Oral vitamin K ingredients

Possible anaphylactic shock reaction to vitamin K injection

A look at Vitamin K by Mommypotamus

Chapter 40

Chapter 41

Cheesecake Peaches (recipe)

10-month mama (blog post)

Symptoms of low fluid (blog post)

A study that shows a 37-day variance in length of pregnancy (study)


Chapter 42

Where to find:


Breastfeeding Troubleshooting:

The sandwich/C method for latching

Encouraging a deep latch

Tongue tie

Elimination diets for breastfeeding mothers

Double breast pump – high quality



The Empowered Mother’s Guide to Losing the Baby Weight – references


My Fitness Pal to track calories

Changing an uncircumcised baby boy – references


Causes of infection in intact boys
Statistics of intact men worldwide

Breastfeeding Troubleshooting – references


Latch is important!

Diaper Rash Troubleshooting – references


Naty Baby Diapers
Grovia Diapers
Yeast and diaper rash – more info

The Empowered Mother’s Baby Registry Checklist – links and recommendations


Printable baby registry checklist





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