Useful Links

Here are some links from the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology:

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

ACOG Patient Education Pamphlets are available full text in the member section and summaries are available from the homepage. Consumers may request online that samples be mailed to them.


American Academy of Pediatrics

The AAP’s website has information for professionals, as well as a parenting corner with information for parents on child and infant care. Parents can browse an alphabetical list of topics or search by age.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Pregnancy

This is the CDC’s website on pregnancy for consumers. The site includes information on how to be healthy before, during, and after pregnancy.


Drugs and Lactation Database (LactMed)

LactMed is drug database, which includes data on maternal and infant levels of drugs, possible effects on breastfed infants and on lactation, and alternate drugs to consider.


Food Safety for Moms-to-Be

This website from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration provides information for pregnant women on food safety and foodborne illnesses.


La Leche League International

La Leche League promotes breastfeeding. The website includes articles for consumers on breastfeeding, professional information, and information on local groups and affiliates.


March of Dimes

The March of Dimes website includes information on pregnancy such as prenatal care, preventing birth defects and premature birth, labor and delivery, and caring for a baby.


MGH Center for Women’s Mental Health

This website from the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Perinatal Psychiatry Program has information on mental illness during pregnancy, as well as information on psychiatric drugs in pregnancy and breastfeeding.


MyPyramid for Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

This website is the pregnancy and and breastfeeding version of the national MyPyramid food guide. The site includes nutrition advice and allows users to create a personal MyPyramid Plan for Moms.


National Diabetes Education Program

NDEP’s Small Steps, Big Rewards program website has resources to help women with a history of gestational diabetes prevent or delay type 2 diabetes and help their children lower their risk.


National Marrow Donor Program

The National Marrow Donor Program has information about donating cord blood after a baby is born. 


United States Breastfeeding Committee

The US BC protects, promotes, and supports breastfeeding. The website includes a list of state breastfeeding coalitions and links to breast feeding information and resources.


What You Need to Know About Mercury in Fish and Shellfish

This site includes advice from the FDA and EPA in several languages about mercury levels in fish and fish consumption during pregnancy.


National Institute of Mental Health 

The NIMH mission is to reduce the burden of mental illness and behavioral disorders through research on mind, brain, and behavior. To download the NIMH publications on depression, go to:


American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

AAMFT represents marriage and family therapists. The site includes information for consumers on sexual problems and other family issues, a database of books and articles, and a therapist locator.


American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT)

AASECT is a professional association for sex educators, counselors, and sex therapists. The site allows users to locate members by state and includes links and other resources on sexuality for consumers and health professionals.


American Urological Association (AUA)

The AUA’s site has professional information on urologic diseases, and links to the website (click “AUA Foundation” at the bottom of the page) for patient information on sexual function, infertility, and other urologic conditions.


MedlinePlus – Sexual Health Issues

From the National Library of Medicine, this site for consumers includes information on topics related to sexual health, and also includes links to other MedlinePlus pages on female sexual dysfunction, sexually transmitted diseases, and more.


National Vulvodynia Association

The NVA is a nonprofit organization for individuals with chronic vulvar pain disorders. The website has an online resource center and information for professionals and patients. Members can request a patient guide, physician referrals, and other information.


American Society for Reproductive Medicine

ASRM’s site includes a “find a doctor” function and full-text publications such as fact sheets and information booklets for patients, and practice guidelines for members.


Bone Health and Osteoporosis: A Report of the Surgeon General

This website has links to a summary and the full text of the report, fact sheets for patients, and the Osteoporosis in the Family online video.


FDA Office of Women’s Health – Menopause and Hormones

This website by the FDA offers informational materials and guidance on menopausal hormone therapies. The site includes a brochure for patients and a purse guide in English and Spanish.


National Institutes of Health: Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases – National Resource Center

This site from NIH has patient information and links on osteoporosis and other bone disorders, some of which are available in Spanish and Asian languages.


National Institute on Aging

This site has health information and publications on menopause, hormone therapy, osteoporosis, and a resource directory for consumers.


Women’s Health Initiative (WHI)

The Women’s Health Initiative is a 15-year study on cardiovascular disease, cancer, and osteoporosis in women. This site provides information on the WHI and study results, including postmenopausal hormone therapy clinical trials. – Menopause and Menopause Treatments

This is an FAQ on menopause and menopause therapies, including hormone therapy, bioidentical hormones, and alternative medicine treatments.


RAINN. Rape Abuse & Incest National Network

The site offers access to counseling centers throughout the country. Call 1-800-656-HOPE 24 hours a day.


Safe Horizon

Safe Horizon provides support, prevents violence, and promotes justice for victims of crime and abuse, their families, and communities. Although based in New York, Safe Horizon provides links to national and local resources.


CDC Violence Prevention: Sexual Violence

This CDC NCIPC Division site provides definitions, data, background information, prevention models, Internet links, and other resources on sexual violence. 


U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)

The OVW site provides a wealth of information on violence against women, primarily from a legal perspective.


American Cancer Society (ACS)

This is the specific ACS site for Food and Fitness, which provides consumer-oriented information, resources, tools, and recipes.


American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM)

Use the search window to locate documents on a specific topic or visit policy and resources sections to find guidelines.


American Council on Exercise Get Fit

The American Council on Exercise sets standards for fitness professionals and fitness products and programs. Get Fit contains a variety of tools to help users plan their road to fitness, including detailed exercises and sample recipes.


Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO)

This is the CDC DNPAO gateway to information on Nutrition & Physical Activity.


MedlinePlus: Exercise and Physical Fitness

President’s Council on Fitness and Sports


US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)

2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans

These new federal guidelines describe the types and amounts of physical activity that offer substantial health benefits to Americans. The website includes a toolkit, activity planning brochure for adults, and links to other federal resources on healthy living.


US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)


Behavioral Counseling to Promote Physical Activity


Women’s Health Initiative Cohort Study(may require login or payment)

Recreational Physical Activity and the Risk of Breast Cancer in Postmenopausal Women


World Health Organization


Physical activity

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