La Leche League:
Kelly Mom (great general information on breatfeeding & other topics)
Breastfeeding and Herbs
Bay Area Birth Centers
Santa Rosa Birth Center:
Concord Birth Center
Pacifica Family Maternity Center
Best Pregnancy Resources a-z
The Childbirth Connection - There is an abundance of information available to women about every kind of pregnancy issue. However, it is difficult to decipher what is trustworthy and what is not supported by the best evidence. Childbirth Connection vets the current research and has compiled the most reliable pregnancy resources here for you. We will lead you to additional information on pregnancy topics covered in this site as well as outside sources for topics only briefly mentioned.
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Circumcision Resource Center
Citizens for Midwifery
Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS)
International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC)
National Advocates for Pregnant Women
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective
Dr Jack Newman Online Breastfeeding
International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN)
The Bradley Method
Alliance for the Improvement of Maternity Services
Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services (AIMS)
Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health
Proper Latch for Breastfeeding
Live and Let Birth-
5 Empowering Ways to Create the Birth Experience You Desire
“When you expect something, it is on the way. When you believe something, it is on the way. When you fear something, it is on the way.”
The Golden Hour: Getting the Best Start With Your Newborn
by Robert W. Sears, MD
When that tiny baby is placed into your arms, he or she is the ultimate reward for your nine months of careful preparation. You may not know that what you and others around you do in that very first hour of your baby’s life can have a significant—even lifelong—impact on the bond you have with your baby.
In this article I will show you how to best prepare for that “golden hour”, how to maximize the bonding experience, how to defer hospital procedures that may interfere with bonding during that first hour and how to communicate those needs to your medical caregivers in a way they will be receptive to. You’ve spent nine long months doing everything right. Let’s get that very first hour of baby’s life right, too.
Why a Doula is Better than your Best Friend
By Birthing Hands of DC
"On the day your baby is born, your doula will most likely be the one and only person in the room in that in between space who can understand what is happening from multiple perspectives. She will work to get to know you to get a sense of who you are emotionally and spiritually as well as what fears and hopes you have for your labor, birth and postpartum period."
Epidural Anesthesia- Worth the Risk?
By Danielle Griffin
So you’re pregnant! It seems that one of the first things that a woman thinks about upon finding out she is pregnant is the pain of childbirth. It’s the first thing that popped into my mind when I found out I was pregnant with my first son. It seems that it is brushed aside quite easily though, once we remind ourselves that we have the option of epidural anesthesia. It’s safe, and everyone gets one, right? Wrong. If you find yourself considering an epidural, please make sure you are fully aware of all risks and side effects associated with it before committing to the decision of having one.
VBAC and HBAC Birth Videos (click here)
These birth videos are dedicated to the fight against non-evidence based maternity care. In 2008, the US cesarean section rate climbed to 31.8%, more than double the rate deemed acceptable by the World Health Organization.