Community Midwives of Kingston

Comfort in Labour:

Comfort in Labour: How you can help yourself to a normal, satisfying childbirth (P.Simkin)
Strategies for Specific Triggers of Anxiety During Childbirth (P. Simkin)
The 3R's in Childbirth Preparation (P. Simkin)video
Positions for Labour and Birth (Adapted from Transition to Parenthood)

Pain Relief in Labour with video (NHS)

Pain vs Suffering (P. Simkin) video

TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation)
Clarifying your Feelings about Pain and Medications in Labour (P.Simkin)
Epidural Anesthesia

Monitoring in Labour

Fetal Heart Rate monitoring in labour

Resources for Labour:

Pathways to a Healthy Birth (Childbirth Connection) : Discusses the latest evidence about the hormonal physiology of pregnancy, birth and postpartum for mom and baby

Choices for Labour Video (NHS):  A midwife explains the choices available to women during labour, including pain relief, relaxation and birthing positions.
Make your Birth Plan Online (NHS)
The Win-Win Birth Plan (P. Simkin)
Clinical Challenges in Childbirth Related to Childhood Sexual Abuse
Childbirth Connection



For those planning a homebirth don't forget to ask at the front desk when the next Homebirth Information Night is taking place at our clinic.  Space is limited so remember sign up! 

Homebirth Research: An annotated guide.

The Facts About Homebirth in Ontario (CMO)

Choice of Birthplace (Ass. of Ontario Midwives)


Hospital Birth:

Giving Birth in the Hospital Video (NHS)
Patient Experience Contact at KGH

To book a tour of KGH labour & delivery unit (Connell 5) please call Jane Cook at 613 549-6666 x 7676 Mon-Fri 7am-3pm


Siblings at Birth and Sibling Preparation:

DVDs available in CMK library:
I watched my brother being born 
Birth Day 



Some of the books available in CMK library:
Welcome with Love
What Makes a Baby?

We're Having a Homebirth

My New Baby (picture book)
What Baby Needs

Siblings at Birth (LLL)
Comprehensive list of sibling preparation books at Parentbooks

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Section (VBAC):

Thinking About VBAC: Deciding what is right for me (AOM) (French)

BC Women's Power to Push Campaign
VBAC Pamphlet (Power to Push)

ICAN - International Cesarean Awareness Network
Skin to Skin after a Cesarean Birth

Waterbirth Resources:

CMK Waterbirth at home Kit (if you are planning to sign out a CMK birthpool, please read these documents)

Considering a Waterbirth/Immersion at KGH? Read this

Birthpool Setup Instructions at KGH

Waterbirth outcomes study 2016 MANA

Birth Pool in a Box

Waterbirth International
Immersion in Water for Labour and Birth (RCOG guidelines)

Breech Birth:

Vaginal Birth for Breech Presentation (SOGC)
Five years After the Term Breech Trial
Coalition for Breech Birth
reech Research (Coalition for Breech Birth)
he Webster Technique

Breech Birth Stories
Spinning Babies

Assisted Birth:

Forceps or Vacuum with Video (NHS)

Cesarean Birth:

The Best Cesarean Possible (P. Simkin)
C-Section (SOGC)


Birth of the Placenta (3rd Stage)

The 3rd stage of labour (Pomegranate Midwives BC)

At Birth:

Skin to Skin with Baby

Cord Blood Banking

Resources for survivors of sexual abuse:

When Survivors Give Birth (This book is available in the CMK Library)
When Survivors Give Birth (YouTube Video with Penny Simkin)

Misc. Resources:

Comprehensive list of great Pregnancy and Birth Books and videos





A special thank-you to Lindsay Foster ( for permission to use her photos and to our clients for permission to share such beautiful moments in this space.