Natural Parenting Websites and Facebook Communities 2011

December 26th, 2011 by Dionna | 28 Comments
Posted in Compassionate Advocacy, Eclectic Learning, natural parenting

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Last year I featured many websites and Facebook communities that focus on natural parenting (in general) and/or breastfeeding (specifically). Because there are always wonderful new sites and communities forming, I wanted to update the list to share even more.

Below are some of the many websites and their Facebook pages available for parents looking for communities that celebrate natural parenting topics. I’ve broken the list down into the subcategories typically recognized in natural parenting/natural family living: Prepare for pregnancy, birth, and parenting; Feed with love and respect; Respond with sensitivity; Use nurturing touch; Ensure safe sleep; Provide consistent and loving care; Practice gentle/positive discipline; Strive for balance in personal and family life; Ecological responsibility and love of nature; Holistic health practices; and Natural learning.

The fact that these pages are on this list does not constitute my personal endorsement, you will have to decide for yourself if each community is a good fit for you.1

Please let me know if I missed a great natural parenting community, and please share this post with friends who are advocates in any one of these areas. Let’s celebrate the communities that share great parenting information.2

The first link is to the main website (if applicable), the Facebook fan page is in parentheses. Descriptions are copied/pasted from either the fan page or the site itself where possible.3

Natural Parenting in General

Natural Parents Network (Facebook fan page): Natural Parents Network is a community of natural-minded parents and parents-to-be where you will be informed, empowered, and inspired.

Ask Dr. Sears (Facebook fan page): Drs. Bill and Martha Sears and family offer many articles, books, and other resources for parents practicing/interested in attachment parenting.

Attachment Parenting (Facebook fan page): A community of parents practicing/interested in attachment parenting.

Attachment Parenting International (Facebook fan page): API’s mission is to educate and support all parents in raising secure, joyful, and empathic children in order to strengthen families and create a more compassionate world.

Code Name: Mama (Facebook fan page): Dionna shares information, resources, and her thoughts on natural parenting and life with a toddler/preschooler. She is passionate about issues regarding attachment parenting, breastfeeding (particularly breastfeeding beyond infancy), RIC, and gentle discipline.

Crunchy Mommas International (Facebook fan page): This page is a location of empowerment for the crunchiest of mommas ~ or those who aspire to be just a bit more granola.

Hobo Mama (Facebook fan page): A natural parenting blog where Lauren advocates for breastfeeding, natural birth, babywearing, cloth diapering, elimination communication, gentle discipline, attachment parenting, and all the usual suspects.

Mothering Magazine (Facebook fan page): Mothering Magazine addresses contemporary health, personal, environmental, medical, and lifestyle issues in an upbeat, intelligent, compassionate, and courageous way.

The Natural Parent Magazine (Facebook fan page): The Natural Parent Facebook page was set up to provide support and advice for parents and carers who wish to follow a respectful and non-violent way of parenting.

Natural Parenting Tips (Facebook fan page): Natural Parenting Tips is a site about raising children in the best way we can. We provide tips and advice on all things parenting. All we hope from this site is to provide a positive presence in parenting and help the children of today live life to their fullest potential, physically and mentally. We also hope that we can provide reassurance and support for you, the parent.

Natural Parenting (Facebook fan page): Parenting the natural way.

The Other Baby Book (Facebook fan page): The Other Baby Book: A Natural Approach to Baby’s First Year offers simple and intuitive ways to care for your baby. The book, a product of our own commitment to be green, gentle, and connected parents, combines information from both current research and time-honored traditions that nurture a close mother-child bond. You’ll also find encouraging stories from new moms as they live out these core parenting practices, and our best “healthy” product recommendations for both parents and babies.

PhD in Parenting (Facebook fan page): Exploring the art and science of parenting.

Prepare for pregnancy, birth, and parenting

Prepare for pregnancy, birth, and parenting: parents and parents-to-be research parenting philosophies; maintain a healthy diet and active lifestyle; educate themselves about healthcare providers, birthing options, and the risks and benefits of medical interventions; research breastfeeding and routine newborn care procedures (circumcision, etc.).

Birth Doula by Kym (Facebook fan page): My philosophy as a doula is simple. It is to help you have the birth experience you want. I want to support you and your family how YOU want to be supported. It doesn’t matter if you want a hospital birth or you want a homebirth, my job is to be there for you, your family and your baby. I will be there as support and encouragement in whatever situation arises, this is my goal.

Birth Sense (Facebook fan page): The mission of Birth Sense is to provide a common-sense contrast to the fear-based childbirth information that is so prevalent today. Birth Sense strives to empower women to believe in their intuitive ability to give birth normally.

Birth Without Fear (Facebook fan page): A safe place for mamas (and papas) to discuss what has worked for them to let go of their fears and for women who want to learn how to do so as well!

Boobie Time Blog (Facebook fan page):
I am mom to a very active boy known as ~B~ who keeps me on my toes. By trade I am Pediatric Dental Hygienist, but I am enjoying this time off to be with my little man. I love breastfeeding and baby-wearing. I feel very strongly that women are each others greatest support when it comes to successful breastfeeding and parenting.

Bring Birth Home (Facebook fan page): Empowering and educating women about the choice to birth at home.

Diary of a First Child (Facebook fan page): Resources and thoughts on natural parenting with a particular emphasis right now on pregnancy, as Luschka is expecting baby #2 soon.

Earthy Motherhood (Facebook fan page): Dedicated to natural pregnancy, birth and labour choices; attachment parenting, vaccination, alternative choices, awareness of social issues and questioning the beliefs we have been indoctrinated with from birth.

Hypnobabies (Facebook fan page): Learn about hypnosis for childbirth and connect with others who are passionate about this complete education program for an easier and safer birth.

I gave birth at home. Not brave. Not Crazy. Just educated. (Facebook fan page): This is a place to share information concerning home birth and related topics, as well as personal experiences, victories and struggles.

Little Lambs Birth Services (Facebook fan page): Gently guiding families through a wonderful birthing experience

Mama Birth (Facebook fan page): A Bradley Method (TM) instructor providing Childbirth education and doula services in Mendocino and Sonoma counties.

Mama Eve – Your Natural Parenting Resource (Facebook fan page): I’m a mama, advocating for informed choice. I blog to share what I discover and how it’s changed me and my parenting.

Mothers of Change (Facebook fan page): We are mothers. We birth the health of future generations. We know the maternity care we are given, and the care we want–care that empowers women and respects birth.We are birthing better maternity care. We are the mothers of change.

Sausage Mama & The Sausagettes (Facebook fan page): Support for those on the quest to fertility, pregnancy, birth and beyond.

Science & Sensibility (Facebook fan page): Lamaze International’s Science & Sensibility Blog provides updates and critical analysis of research related to pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and postpartum mother and baby care.

The Unnecessarean (Facebook fan page): The Unnecesarean is a patient advocacy Web site that pulls back the curtain on the practice of prophylactic cesarean surgery for suspected fetal macrosomia and illuminates the experiences of women who have been harmed by the aggressive practice of defensive medicine. The site provides information about preventing an unnecessary cesarean and resources for making fully-informed decisions about childbirth while offering an irreverent take on the maternity care crisis in the United States and beyond.

Up, Down & Natural (Facebook fan page): A Post Partum Doula’s blog about trying to conceive, eco- friendly living, organic eating, ayurvedic medicine, alternative medicine, natural parenting, AP, yummy kid friendly recipes and more!

Venus Birth (Facebook fan page): Venus Birth currently offers Labor/Birth and Postpartum Doula Services as well as Maternity Photography in the South Bay, Los Angeles area. Gift Certificates are available for all services. Resources and referrals are available for other services in the community such as Child Care, Lactation Support, Car Seat Technician, Chiropractic Care etc.

Feed with love and respect

Feed with love and respect: practice exclusive and full-term breastfeeding if possible, and feed with love and respect regardless of whether it is at the breast or with a bottle; parents continue to nurture when introducing solids, and strive to offer healthy, wholesome foods when babies are ready.

NursingFreedom.org (Facebook fan page): The purpose of NursingFreedom.org is to provide resources for breastfeeding moms, moms-to-be, and others who support natural feeding, and to normalize breastfeeding – anytime, anywhere.

Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (Facebook fan page): The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine is a worldwide organization of physicians dedicated to the promotion, protection and support of breastfeeding and human lactation.

The Adventures of Lactating Girl (Facebook fan page): Lactating Girl is a mommy alter-ego superhero that fights for breastfeeding, babywearing, co-sleeping, attachment parenting, baby-led weaning,natural childbirth, cloth diapers, and much more!

African Babies Don’t Cry (Facebook fan page): Here I share a few things I am passionate about: natural nutrition, natural parenting and living as close to nature as possible with my son and nature conservation husband in South Africa.

Alternative Mama (Facebook fan page): I like babies, writing, piercings, tattoos, rock n’ roll, breastfeeding, instinctual parenting and dancing like nobody’s watching. I am Alternative Mama! Thoughts and resources on attachment parenting.

Analytical Armadillo (Facebook fan page): Breastfeeding, infant health & parenting thoughts.

Anktangle (Facebook fan page): A blog about natural parenting, food, my life and family.

Australian Breastfeeding Association (Facebook fan page): The Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) is an organisation of people interested in the promotion and protection of breastfeeding.

Baby Led Weaning – Let your babies feed themselves (Facebook fan page): A community page for support and sharing the joys of Baby Led Weaning.

Best for Babes (Facebook fan page): To help moms beat the booby traps – the cultural & institutional barriers that prevent moms from achieving their personal breastfeeding goals.

BestMilk Bistro (Facebook fan page): BestMilk Bistro is a Breastfeeding Moms Group which is free and open to nursing moms and babies of any age. We are about creating a culture of breastfeeding in which we celebrate the wonderful choice to give our babies the very Best!

Blacktating Blog (Facebook fan page): Breastfeeding news and views from a mom of color.

Breastfeeding in Combat Boots (Facebook fan page): The mission of Breastfeeding in Combat Boots is to create a community where military mothers can share experiences and find information and support to breastfeed their babies while serving in the military.

Breastfeeding Moms Unite! (Facebook fan page): Welcome to Breastfeeding Moms Unite! where you’ll find articles about breastfeeding (infants and older children), birth and attachment parenting, as well as vegetarian recipes. Come read, muse, be inspired, find support and ask questions.

Breastfeeding Older Children (Facebook fan page): I wrote BOC to defend children, support long-term breastfeeding women AND to educate health professionals about the realities of sustained breastfeeding.

Dispelling Breastfeeding Myths (Facebook fan page): I want to try to dispel some of the myths of breastfeeding which still exist in the popular press today.

Eats on Feets Global (Facebook fan page): This group is the home hub for “Eats On Feets GLOBAL,” the Facebook human milk sharing network now spanning the globe.

The Good Letdown (Facebook fan page): Breastfeeding is the most unnatural natural thing we do as mothers because we don’t SEE it and TALK about it. Here at The Good Letdown, we do…so read, discuss, and share with us!

Hathor the Cow Goddess (Facebook fan page): Heather Cushman-Dowdee is a mother of four and the brains behind the activist comics Hathor the Cow Goddess and Mama-Is. She is a lactivist and wonderful inspiration to many.

Heal Thyself (Facebook fan page): The mission of Heal Thyself is to empower families to use the wisdom of traditional foods and natural healing.

Historic Photos & Prints of Breastfeeding (Facebook fan page): A collection of photos & art prints showing nursing mothers (many in public situations) to educate & inform people about the normalcy of breastfeeding in public. All photos & prints are publicly available through various libraries & repositories.

Holistic Lactation (Breastfeeding) (Facebook fan page): This page is designed to provide holistic lactation support for all breastfeeding mommas, as well as those practitioners interested in incorporating holistic approaches into their practices.

Human Milk 4 Human Babies Global Network (Facebook fan page): HM4HB is a global milksharing network, a virtual village, comprised of thousands of people from over fifty countries. We are mothers, fathers, adoptive families, grandparents, childbirth and breastfeeding professionals, volunteers, supporters, donors, and recipients that have come together to support the simple idea that all babies and children have the right to receive human milk.

Hybrid Rasta Mama (Facebook fan page): I am a voracious reader and researcher and have read an extensive amount of literature about parenting. I consider myself very well informed about the pros and cons of all the different philosophies and approaches out there.

If Breastfeeding Offends You, Put a Blanket Over YOUR Head (Facebook fan page): Babies have a right to eat. Moms don’t need to hear stupid comments about how nursing in public is “gross,” or that they should put a blanket over the baby or go to a bathroom. If you don’t like it, put a blanket on YOUR head since you are the one with the problem.

Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding (Facebook fan page): From leading midwife and the author of Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth comes this deeply compassionate and comprehensive guide to making breastfeeding a joyful experience for both mother and child.

kellymom: (Facebook fan page): The KellyMom Parenting Community supports breastfeeding and gentle, empathic parenting practices. We aim to provide a supportive, caring place for parents to come and interact as well as research based parenting and breastfeeding advice.

La Leche League International (Facebook fan page): LLLI’s mission is to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.

Lakeshore Medical Breastfeeding Medicine Clinic (Facebook fan page): Dr. Jenny Thomas and Dr. Stephanie (Behnke) Slock are Board Certified Lactation Consultants as well as practicing general pediatricians, offering their expertise to healthcare providers, expectant, new and experienced breastfeeding mothers.

The Leaky B@@b (Facebook fan page): A breastfeeding pub where we laugh, cry, share and provide information and support for breastfeeding moms everywhere. With a varied group of contributors, product reviews, anecdotes and hard facts we hope to show the world just how awesome breastfeeding can be.

Low Milk Supply Mamas (Facebook fan page): A community for mamas who struggle to make enough breastmilk for their babies.

Mothering Multiples: Breastfeeding and Caring for Twins or More (Facebook fan page): “Mothering Multiples” provides valuable information with an emphasis on breastfeeding of and attachment-style parenting with twins, triplets or more.

Normal Breastfeeding: Breastfeeding Beyond Infancy (Facebook fan page): “Breastfeeding Beyond Infancy” is an independently produced hour long radio documentary. It features the voices of fourteen mothers and three experts on childhood nutrition.

The Normalizing Nursing in Public League (Facebook fan page): So many women are either unaware of their rights or shamed into feeding their children in unsafe ways because of societies negative views. It is our hope that the more normal we make it, the more accepted it will become by society and that maybe our daughters or granddaughters won’t need to hide.

Primitive Mommy (Facebook fan page): To share ideas on simpler living, parenting and eating with the World. Whether you are a parent, a raw foodist, a mom or dad, there is something here for everyone.

WhiteOut (Facebook fan page): “Let every kids’ first grain be a whole grain. There’s no good reason not to. They won’t mind. They’ll thank you.” Together we can change 50 years of tradition in just one year. Let’s END white rice cereal for babies by Thanksgiving 2011!

Wholesome Baby Food.com (Facebook fan page): Devoted to sharing the joy & love of cooking & preparing fresh wholesome homemade food for babies.

Yes, I will Breastfeed My Baby, and Yes, I Will Do It Right Here (Facebook fan page): This page was created to join together fellow nursing mothers who are not afraid to feed their babies anywhere and everywhere!

Respond with sensitivity and Provide consistent and loving care

Respond with sensitivity: parents understand that babies cry to communicate needs, and that physical contact is healthy and natural. Parents continue to respond with sensitivity into toddlerhood and beyond, embracing big emotions and helping children learn to communicate gently (rather than stifling emotions or punishing “tantrums”).

Provide consistent and loving care: Parents do not attempt to put babies on strict feeding or sleep schedules. When parents must leave children with alternative caregivers, they find caregivers who respect the children’s needs and are supportive of the attachment principles.

Connected Mom (Facebook fan page): The Connected Mom is a pro-AP and natural parenting blog. It’s all about breastfeeding, co-sleeping, babywearing, eco-friendly living and more.

HandinHand Parenting (Facebook fan page): Hand in Hand Parenting works with parents of young children providing resources, training, and lots of support. For over 20 years, our Parenting by Connection approach has given parents practical tools to resolve universal family challenges. Unlike other parenting methods, which rely on systems of rewards and punishment, our philosophy is centered on children’s strong, innate desire to love and be loved. Our fresh and effective framework is consistent with the latest research and results in long-term family success.

Innate Motherhood (Facebook fan page): Innate Motherhood is a comprehensive and informational directory about pregnancy, birthing, best practices in parenting, and family wellness. Our website contains thousands of links to articles, stories, websites, and research based information on topics ranging from natural child-birth, breastfeeding, co-sleeping, healthy eating, attachment parenting, to chiropractic, vaccines and autism.

Instinctual Mamas (Facebook fan page): Instinctual Mamas presents and links to articles of interest, information about breastfeeding, cloth diapering, baby wearing, gentle parenting and all things natural for your child.

Job Description: Mommy (Facebook fan page): Mothering, cooking, arts & crafts, activities, reading, researching, living naturally, adventures, camping, health, yoga, homeopathics, reading, writing, music, homemaking, etc.

The Mahogany Way (Facebook fan page): Sometimes high heel wearing, lipgloss loving, Wannabe Writer. Unschooling, Breastfeeding, Co-sleeping, Babywearing, Birth Junkie, Spicy Food Lover, Mama to three, keeping it honest and real.

The Mom: Informed (Facebook fan page): To provide all the latest information and research for parents. Loads of links and info.

Momma Jorje (Facebook fan page): I am passionate about breastfeeding, co-sleeping, baby signing, elimination communication, general attachment parenting and newly: Down Syndrome. I am currently obsessed with hitting the road full time to unschool with my family.

Mommying My Way (Facebook fan page): I am passionate about all things parenting including, but not limited to, breastfeeding, cosleeping, intactivism, babyled weaning, and cloth diapering. I am a vegetarian. I am a new mom, doing my best to make the right choices for my family by the grace of God and through His guidance. I know that there are many “good” ways of mothering and my ways are not the only ways, but we are doing what works for us.

Positive Parenting: Toddlers and Beyond (Facebook fan page): This page was created for the purpose of providing information about positive parenting, tips and techniques that may be helpful throughout each stage of childhood, and support for all positive parents.

Positive Parenting: Toddlers and Beyond – Reader Advice (Facebook fan page): This page was created as an off-shoot of Positive Parenting: Toddlers and Beyond for our readers to get support and advice from each other. Please keep all comments respectful.

Real Child Development (Facebook fan page): The blog is called “real child development” because I love to take the study of child development and apply it directly to my real, everyday life with kids. I hope in some small way the things I write can be an encouragement to other moms. Far from “having it all together,” I’m just one mom who’s learning all she can!

SPD Blogger Network (Facebook fan page): This group blog is designed for those writing – or those who want to write – about raising a child with Sensory Processing Disorder. This is a place to share stories. All of our stories.

Use nurturing touch

Use nurturing touch: this category includes babywearing and skin-to-skin contact for infants, and hugs and physical play for older children.

Babes in Arms (Facebook fan page): We find joy as parents from holding our baby close and following our instincts. We want to keep our life simple by minimising “baby gadgets” and give our daughter what she most needs – us! The freedom that babywearing offers has had great positive impacts for our family life.

Baby Carrier Industry Alliance (Facebook fan page): Babywearing manufacturers, retailers, and educators around the globe work to ensure safe babywearing products through thoughtful engineering of quality products. BCIA is a group to bring them together in order to better educated the general public about the work they are doing.

TheBabywearer.com (Facebook fan page): An independent resource for all babywearing topics. Find out which carriers are best for you, learn how to use them properly and discuss all aspects of babywearing with people worldwide. We are your one stop for babywearing information: reviews, vendor and product directories, forums, articles and more!

Babywearing International, Inc. (Facebook fan page): Babywearing International, Inc., is a nonprofit organization with the mission of promoting babywearing as a universally accepted practice through education and support.

Babywearing Safety (Facebook fan page): This page provides safety information about correct positioning for newborns and small babies in soft carriers such as pouches, ring slings, mei tais (Asian-style baby carriers), wraps, and buckle carriers.

Ensure safe sleep

Ensure safe sleep: parents take steps to make sleep safe both physically and emotionally; this category includes bed sharing and co-sleeping, responsive nighttime parenting, and no “crying it out.”

Anti Cry It Out Community (Facebook fan page): An educated community against poor and dangerous advice from self titled “baby sleep experts.”

Co-Sleeping Makes Breastfeeding Possible (Facebook fan page): The purpose of this page is to collect resources supporting intentional & safe co-sleeping arrangemnts and make them available to new families struggling with sleep deprivation so that they might feel more relaxed about sleep arrangement options.

Elizabeth Pantley (Facebook fan page): Parenting educator Elizabeth Pantley is president of Better Beginnings, Inc., a family resource and education company. She has written 11 books on sleep, discipline, and more.

Parents Against Babywise (Facebook fan page): Parents against Gary Ezzo’s parenting books (including Babywise, Toddlerwise, Preparation For Parenting, Growing Kids God’s Way, etc.). You do not have to subscribe to any one particular method of parenting to join this group, just be in agreement that Gary Ezzo and his wife have created an unhealthy and unkind method of parenting that has unfortunately spread throughout our culture.

Safe CoSleeping (Facebook fan page): This safe sleep resource page was created in response to the current Milwaukee “safe sleep” campaign. Parents deserve to know all the facts on healthy infant sleep in order to make fully informed decisions for the sake of their baby.

Tizzie Hall Didn’t “Save Our Sleep” (Facebook fan page): A growing number of mothers are concerned that the techniques advocated by Tizzie Hall, The International Babywhisperer in her book “Save Our Sleep”, are not in the best interests of babies.

Practice gentle/positive discipline

Practice gentle/positive discipline: Parents do not discipline to control, manipulate, or put fear into their children, but to teach. Parents strive for communication and mutual respect and avoid harsh/physical punishment.

AhaParenting.com (Facebook fan page): Deepening our connection with our kids and keeping it strong as they grow is the work of parenting. Of course kids need guidance, but that only sticks if the connection is there to support our teaching.

Authentic Parenting (Facebook fan page): A place where like-minded parents can gather to discuss living organically and peacefully with their children, and to swap information for making informed choices.

Dulce de Leche (Facebook fan page): A mom who is passionate about gentle discipline, breastfeeding, and parent-child relationships. Let’s encourage each other!

Gentle Christian Mothers (Facebook fan page): Gentle Christian Mothers was born out a desire to help unite mothers who believe that God has given mamas a mothering instinct and whose hearts’ desire is to nurture our children gently. GCM provides safe place to grow and learn along with other like-minded mothers who love the Lord.

The Hippie Housewife (Facebook fan page): Parenting, natural living, life as a Jesus-follower, and more – all tied together through our journey towards a more intentional life.

Intrepid Murmurings (Facebook fan page): Embracing creativity, urban homesteading, dairy-free cooking, twin-parenthood, and three amazing girls every day.

KellyNaturally.com (Facebook fan page): Vegetarian. Perennial gardener. Book reader. Blog writer. Breastfeeder. Attachment parent. Montessori mom. Peacenik. Opinionated. Green & crunchy.

Little Hearts Books (Gentle Parenting Resources) (Facebook fan page): Sharing gentle parenting ideas, information, and education with anyone who wants to learn how to connect with their little ones instead of just correcting them!

Living Peacefully with Children (Facebook fan page): Consensual Living in a Nonconsensual World

Parenting Gently (Facebook fan page): The site makes it easy to have real time conversations and share struggles and advice AND for others to search and fine advice for perpetuity.

Nonviolent Parenting (Facebook fan page): Learn useful positive parenting tips and skills. Replace threats, bribes and punishments with active listening skills and conflict resolution.

Parent2ParentU (Facebook fan page): Parent2ParentU seeks to inspire, educate and empower parents, teachers and those who can make a difference in the life of a child to know ourselves and make sense of our stories in order to see our kids through an “empathic lens,” nurture healthy relationship and preserve a child’s authentic self.

The Path Less Taken (Facebook fan page): Radical unschooling, mindful parenting, and this crazy, beautiful thing we call life.

Peace 4 Parents (Facebook fan page): Peace 4 Parents offers practical parenting information, insights, and support to experience peace and create true family harmony. All you need to begin is a willingness to explore the transformational power of awareness in parenting and life. From there, truth leads the way.

Purejoy Parenting (Facebook fan page): A joy based model of parenting based on deepening relationship with your child instead of controlling behavior.

Scott Noelle (Facebook fan page): Scott Noelle is a parenting coach, speaker, father of two, and the author of “The Daily Groove: How to Enjoy Parenting… Unconditionally!”

TEACH through Love (Facebook fan page): TEACH through Love, Transforming the Emotional Abuse of Children is a child advocacy organization and educational resource promoting conscious parenting for progressive parents and dedicated to raising the global awareness of compassionate communication and non-punitive discipline through media outreach, community-building and parent education.

Toddler In Tow (Facebook fan page): Toddler in Tow is my natural parenting, breastfeeding advocacy blog, following my experiences as a military wife, gentle parent, and breastfeeding counselor and advocate.

Transformative Parenting (Facebook fan page): Transformative Parenting offers parent support services based on the best of developmental psychology and attachment theory.

Unconditional Parenting (Facebook fan page): This is a group to discuss the principles of Alfie Kohn’s Unconditional Parenting and advocacy of gentle parenting.

The Way of the Peaceful Parent (Facebook fan page): PPI supports parents to gain a deeper understanding and develop strategies to meet the needs of everyone within the family system. We support a parenting model that’s based on fostering secure attachment, empathy and a safe, loving relationship between parent and child, one that is free of punishments, threats, bribes or coercion.

The Natural Child Project (Facebook fan page): Our vision is a world in which all children are treated with dignity, respect, understanding, and compassion. In such a world, every child can grow into adulthood with a generous capacity for love and trust. Our society has no more urgent task.

Strive for balance in personal and family life

Strive for balance in personal and family life: Families seek to balance the needs and wants of each family member.

The Crunchy Convert (Facebook fan page): This page is devoted to reaching out to other parents on their journey to becoming ‘crunchy’. We are all at different points on our paths as parents, but we can all stand to learn from one another and grow as effective and peaceful parents. This page recognizes that we have all made mistakes at some point and encourages parents to seek solace in knowing that “When we know better, we do better”.

Essential Parenting (Facebook fan page): Essential Parenting is an insight-based and practice-oriented parent education program that optimizes the developmental potential of both children and their parents.

Fine and Fair (Facebook fan page): Fine and Fair is a blog written by a mother to her daughter Delilah about the ups and downs along the journey of raising her as a responsible citizen of the world with the values of compassion toward all living things, environmental responsibility, conservation, and celebrating diversity in all of its forms.

The Juggle – WSJ (Facebook fan page): WSJ.com on choices and tradeoffs people make as they juggle work and family.

Parenting with Joy, Trust and Love (Facebook fan page): Consensual living is a process, a philosophy, a mindset by which we seek to live in harmony with our families and community. It involves finding mutually agreed upon solutions, where the needs of both parties are not only considered but addressed.

Present Moment Parenting (Facebook fan page): I have one goal in mind for you – I want parenthood to be the best years of your life. I created Present Moment Parenting to help you ditch excuses, ease out of the mama drama, and align with a normal that will knock your socks off.

Simple Mom (Facebook fan page): The goal of all the Simple Mom sites and other publications are to promote simple living in all its facets.

SortaCrunchy (Facebook fan page): A community of like-minded people discussing all things natural living and the fine art of mothering.

TouchstoneZ (Facebook fan page): Living life mindfully through attachment parenting, yoga, and conscious living on and off the mat.

Unclutterer (Facebook fan page): Unclutterer provides daily tips on how to organize your home and office.

Zen Parenting (Facebook fan page): I am a mom, wife, lactivist, intactivist, and human and gay rights activist (all your basic -ivists). I full-term breastfeed, cloth diaper, co-sleep, baby wear, extend the rear-facing sentence (at least that’s how my son sees it), selectively vaccinate, gently and lovingly discipline, oppose “crying it out,” teach and use sign language, and plan to home school.

Ecological responsibility and love of nature

Ecological Responsibility and Love of Nature: Families strive to reduce their ecological footprint by living consciously and making Earth-friendly choices, such as by choosing organic when possible, using cloth diapers or practicing elimination communication, supporting local economies, and so forth. Parents may choose to find toys and clothing made of natural fibers and materials. Families spend quality time outside enjoying the natural world.

All About Cloth Diapers (Facebook fan page): AACD’s mission is to provide the information necessary to make cloth diapering easy for any family.

Becoming Crunchy (Facebook fan page): We’re Becoming Crunchy! We want to give our daughter the best life possible, and we’re blogging our journey. We’re an average family making changes one step at a time to move toward more sustainable, healthful living – it’s not always easy, but we’re making it work!

ChildOrganics (Facebook fan page): With the support of my husband, ChildOrganics was started. We were interested in Attachment/Natural parenting and were passionate about cloth diapering and Natural Childbirth. We also believe strongly in living as naturally as possible and feel that this includes making the choice for organic products when possible.

Healthy Child Healthy World (Facebook fan page): We ignite the movement that empowers parents to protect children from harmful chemicals.

I Thought I Knew Mama (Facebook fan page): A window into the adventures of stay at home mamahood, natural parenting, & green and healthy living.

The Peaceful Housewife (Facebook fan page): We make and sell natural, gentle household cleaning products that are effective and economical.

Sustainable Baby Steps (Facebook fan page): Sustainable Baby Steps is committed to easily guiding you toward greener and healthier living while saving money.

Holistic health practices

Holistic Health Practices: Parents research medical choices and make educated decisions regarding all health care (circumcision, vaccinations, medical interventions, medications, etc.). Many families choose to use alternative or natural healthcare such as herbal remedies, chiropractic care, natural childbirth, and so on.

As Nature Intended (Facebook fan page): Genital Integrity, Breastfeeding, Natural Birthing, Natural Living, Gentle Parenting. We are a NOCIRC Center.

Uniquely Magnificent Children (Facebook fan page): I write about homeopathy, cell salts, and meridian tapping for making life easier with Uniquely Magnificent Children (autistic, ADHD, spirited, and otherwise different than parents’ expected children).

Dr. Tenpenny on Vaccines (Facebook fan page): Dr. Tenpenny’s larger mission is to deliver credible, reliable information little reported in the mainstream media, combined with practical tips for natural health and healing.

Educated Parenting (Facebook fan page): We research and discuss before making our parenting choices. We are fully informed of the benefits and risks of all our choices we decide as our children are the ones who are effected by them.

Holistic Moms Network (Facebook fan page): The Holistic Moms Network is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization connecting parents who are interested in holistic health and green living. We encourage moms to trust their instincts, parent from the heart, use their innate sense of what is best for their children, live in balance with the Earth, and learn about the pros and cons of all healthcare and parenting options.

Informed Citizens Against Vaccination (Facebook fan page): The mission of ICAV is to present the opposing perspective of vaccinations to the general public. We believe all parents should become educated on the topic of vaccinations from all perspectives and use that information to formulate their own opinion on whether to vaccinate, not vaccinate, or selectively vaccinate.

National Vaccine Information Center (Facebook fan page): The National Vaccine Information Center is dedicated to the prevention of vaccine injuries and deaths through public education and to defending the informed consent ethic.

NOCIRC (Facebook fan page): The National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers provides information to expectant parents, healthcare professionals, and the general public about non-therapeutic circumcision, genital integrity, and human rights.

peaceful parenting (Facebook fan page): To provide a location for the sharing of research and ideas that empower mothers and fathers in their quest for baby-friendly parenting.

Proud Parents of Unvaccinated Children (Facebook fan page): For people, parents and family and friends of unvaccinated children and adults.

Raising Natural Kids (Facebook fan page): My Mission is to provide parents with the resources they need to make informed decisions regarding their children, specifically focusing on raising children in healthy environments that will benefit their overall well being.

Saving Our Sons (Facebook fan page): SOS’s mission is to provide research-based information and materials to parents, health professionals, and educators.

The Whole Network (Facebook fan page): Our goal is to keep newborns WHOLE by providing accurate information about circumcision and the benefits of remaining intact.

Natural learning

Natural Learning: Families spend time together, and children learn through everyday activities. Parents try to facilitate learning without “teaching,” to help children ask questions that develop thinking, to develop consideration for others without shaming or training, to give choices while guiding the children, to listen to instinctual cues, to honor emotions and desires, to allow development to take place in its own time, and to engender cooperation and harmony without manipulation. This might include the decision to pursue uncommon methods of education, such as alternative classrooms, home schooling, or unschooling.

For Small Hands – A Resource For Families (Facebook fan page): The “For Small Hands” catalog was created to help families find quality child-size, developmentally appropriate items, activities, games, books, and toys for young children to use at home.

Free Range Learning (Facebook fan page): A wealth of inspiration for connecting with nature, reinvigorating our communities and sustaining a love of learning. Free Range Learning is the handbook for natural learning.

Irresistible Ideas For Play Based Learning (Facebook fan page): We are passionate supporters of Play Based learning. Our philosophy on play based learning is that it is teaching the children as they like to learn – through play.

let the children play (Facebook fan page): welcome to a place to share inspiration and information about play; early childhood education; progressive education and reconnecting young children with nature.

Living Montessori Now (Facebook fan page): My name is Deb Chitwood, and I’m a Montessori educator and writer. I believe Montessori philosophy has something to offer everyone. I hope to provide information and ideas for parents, teachers, and everyone else.

A Magical Childhood (Facebook fan page): The Magical Childhood website is a nonprofit compilation of crafts, articles, newsletters and oddities that was started in 2000 with the goal of helping neat parents find fun and support and give their kids a truly happy childhood.

Parenting Science (Facebook fan page): Parenting Science, the online source for evidence-based information about parenting and child development.

Play at Home Mom (Facebook fan page): We are a group of moms who have a firm belief in positive parenting and play based learning. We hope to inspire, educate, uplift, and empower you all to be the best moms (and dads) you can be.

Resources for Infant Educarers (Facebook fan page): RIE is a non-profit world-wide membership organization, dedicated to improving the quality of infant care and education through teaching, supporting, and mentoring parents and caregivers.

Sustainable Mothering (Facebook fan page): Jake Aryeh Marcus’s blog about Mothering as a Human and Civil Right.

Teacher Tom (Facebook fan page): A blog dedicated to teaching and learning from preschoolers.

Vibrant Wanderings (Facebook fan page): A blog about living, learning, and parenting with a Montessori twist.

  1. Remember, many natural parenting advocates practice the saying that you “take what works for you and leave the rest,” so you may find some communities do not practice every aspect of NP that you do. I am proud that the parents who participate on Code Name: Mama’s, Natural Parents Network’s, and NursingFreedom’s Facebook fan pages strive to embrace differences and engage in respectful debate. I hope that you will find more communities that do the same.
  2. I’d really like to limit this list to communities where people are really talking and sharing information. I’d like to avoid pages that are only used to post reviews, giveaways, or other links.
  3. Some pages did not have a description. If you are the site owner, please email me to modify the description I wrote.

28 Responses to:
"Natural Parenting Websites and Facebook Communities 2011"

  1. Melissa   VibrantWanderer

    What an incredibly useful and well-organized list. Thank you so much, Dionna! You rock!

  2. Laura Grace Weldon   earnestdrollery

    What a wonderful rich list of resources. I can see I’ll be spending time scrolling through the links.

    Thanks so much for including the FB page for Free Range Learning on this list. The description, however, was transposed with a catalog company (For Small Hands) appearing just above Free Range Learning listing. Free Range Learning blog page is http://lauragraceweldon.com/blog-2/ and Facebook page is http://www.facebook.com/pages/Free-Range-Learning/144797732198536

    The FRL description: A wealth of inspiration for connecting with nature, reinvigorating our communities and sustaining a love of learning. Free Range Learning is the handbook for natural learning.

    Again, so grateful for the listing and much more, for all you do to promote gentle, holistic nurturance.

    • Dionna   CodeNameMama

      Oops – that’s what I get for writing while nursing ;) TY and fixed. And thank YOU Laura – I love your work!

  3. mona

    Thank you Dionna- this list is fantastic! I have one to add (you may have it on the list, but I didn’t see it): Parent2parentu. It’s by Lu Hannesian, and she is wonderful. This is what she’s written on mission on facebook: Parent2ParentU seeks to inspire, educate and empower parents, teachers and those who can make a difference in the life of a child to know ourselves and make sense of our stories in order to see our kids through an “empathic lens,” nurture healthy relationship and preserve a child’s authentic self.

    She’s lovely, I’m sure you will like her too.

  4. Luschka   luschkavo

    Wow! That must have been so much work! My timeline will be zinging now :) Thanks!

  5. Leslie   RealChildDev

    Wow, what an amazing list! Thank you for compiling this and for including Real Child Development! I am honored to be included in this inspiring list of sites and will definitely share this with others. ~ Leslie

  6. Amy   anktangle

    What an incredible list, Dionna! Thank you so much for including Anktangle. I’m going to go check out and “like” all the pages I’m not familiar with. =)

  7. What an amazing list of resources! A lot I know, a lot I wish I had known when I still had wee babes, and there are still more to discover…

  8. Leslie   RealChildDev

    Two other great sites, I’m not sure if you have them there somewhere: Dulce de Leche: http://dulcefamily.blogspot.com/, and The Path Less Taken: http://www.jennifermcgrail.com/http://www.jennifermcgrail.com/

    • Dionna   CodeNameMama

      Oh my – I can’t believe I forgot Dulce de Leche – love her!! And I enjoy The Path Less Taken too, thanks for the reminder :)

  9. Natalia Erehnah   blessedbyautism

    What a great list! I saw many of my favorites and lots of sites to add.

    If you decide to include natural and gentle approaches for parenting Uniquely Magnificent Children (autistic, ADHD, spirited, and otherwise different than parents’ expected children), please consider adding my blog and FB pages.

    I write about homeopathy, cell salts, and meridian tapping for making life easier with Uniquely Magnificent Children.

    http://catalystsforhealth.com/blog

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blessed-by-Autism-Uniquely-Magnificent-Children/174258299260221

  10. Deb @ Living Montessori NOw   DebChitwood

    Thanks so much for all you do for natural parenting, Dionna! Awesome list … I’ve bookmarked it! And thanks for including the Living Montessori Now Facebook page! Have a wonderful 2012! :)

  11. Guggie Daly

    Wow, this is a very nice list! So helpful whenever people ask for sites!

    • Dionna   CodeNameMama

      Guggie! I can’t believe I forgot you – but when I just searched for you on Facebook, it’s not finding you. What is the link for your page??

  12. Tamara Morales   PlacentaMom

    Human Milk 4 Human Babies would be a great addition to this list under Feed with love and respect. The Human Milk 4 Human Babies Global Network FB page is https://www.facebook.com/hm4hb

  13. Cielo

    Great list but I was disappointed not to see the Australian Breastfeeding Association on the list. They support so many women in Australia and do great advocacy work. They have a fantastic forum on the website http://www.breastfeeding.asn.au and a facebook presence.

    • Dionna   CodeNameMama

      No reason to be disappointed – there’s no way I can possibly know about all of the great resources, that’s why I’ve asked you all to help me! I’ll add it to the list.

  14. jody

    To possibly add to the list: magda gerber and RIE under learning/educating? There are fb pages as well as websites…

  15. mamapoekie   mamapoekie

    Seriously, I don’t know how you do it! Thanks for the list. Will bookmark to come back to

  16. Amber

    I think you should add Holistic Lactation. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Holistic-Lactation-Breastfeeding/258537754159365

    Excellent list, by the way!!!

  17. sarah   mamabirth

    Thanks-!

  18. Zoie @ TouchstoneZ   TouchstoneZ

    Thank you for including me on this fabulous list. I love so many of these blogs you’ve listed and I’m glad to check out the rest. Although my reader may explode at this point!

    The community of bloggers and resources I have found through you, Lauren, and NPN have been a fruitful addition to my life. I’m truly honored to be listed by you here <3

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