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our wonderful local resources and our recommended websites.
“Giving birth should be your greatest achievement not your greatest fear.”
~ Jane Weideman
Check out our upcoming events and activities. We would love for you to join us for a class or two.
And some useful & reliable websites ...
PubMed This is hard core medical info!
Cochrane Collaborative… Trusted evidence. Informed Decisions. Better Health.
American Academy of Family Practitioners Less interventive approach than ACOG
Dr. Sears Trusted resource for parents through pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, beyond
Kelly Mom Great, reliable, down-to-earth information for virtually any question
Belly Belly is an Australian based resource that is wonderful
Evidence Based Birth is a website to help you sort through all the evidence
Dr. Jack Newman is Canada’s leading breastfeeding expert
La Leche League is the world’s resource for breastfeeding information and support
The Happiest Baby on the Block technique is pure magic for calming fussy babies!
Purple Crying Gas? Colic? Reflux? This is a great resource for understanding why babies are fussy. Hint: It’s probably not your diet!
Placenta encapsulation is becoming more and more mainstream.
Circumcision A page that looks at the pros and cons of circumcision
Circumcision information More circumcision info, but this page is definitely anti-circumcision unless medically necessary
Dr. Brewer’s pregnancy diet has good studies minimizing your risk of gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia
March of Dimes offers wonderful info, especially regarding pre-term labor and genetic testing
Spinning Babies helps you get your baby in the perfect position for labor and birth. Start early!
Water birth is good for mamas and babies
Hypnobirthing is magic…I have seen many, many mothers using Hypnobirthing labor and birth with ease.
Bradley Birth is the original husband-coached childbirth class
Lamaze is the original childbirth class
Women, Infants, and Children, or WIC, serves low-income pregnant, lactating and postpartum women and children up to age five
Herbs in Pregnancy can be a safe alternative to medicines, but be educated.
Over the Counter Meds in pregnancy. Know what is safe for those minor illnesses and irritations.
Essential Oils in pregnancy can be safe, but be sure you have accurate information. This is an excellent resource.
Books We Love
Anything by Ina May Gaskin will make you smile and give you plenty of food for thought.
Every partner should read The Birth Partner and every woman should read Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn
Michael Odent brings us a gentle, European perspective. Beautiful man, beautiful words.
Robin Lim wrote an excellent book about AFTER the baby is born, and the changes mothers go through.
The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth is a no-nonsense, logical approach.
A few of our wonderful local resources....
Richmond Doulas – a comprehensive resource for birth and parenting in Richmond
Richmond Mom – “Where Hip Moms Click!” – Local events, pregnancy resources, parenting resources, and more
ICAN Of Richmond – International Cesarean Awareness Network of Richmond, VA
Richmond Mothering/Postpartum Circle – To help mothers connect, share, and cope in the first few years after a baby is born.
La Leche League of Richmond – Mother to mother breastfeeding support
Birth Talk – Monthly support circle for pregnant women and their partners seeking a low intervention birth
Babywearing International of Central Virginia – provide free and low-cost baby wearing education and community support to parents and caregivers in the Richmond Metro region
The Cord Blood Center– Providing information for expectant mothers and families considering cord blood banking
Choosing a Midwife
Midwives And The Care They Provide – American College of Nurse-Midwive
What is a Midwife? – Midwives Alliance of North America
Choosing an Obstetrician or Physician
Local physicians that do birth are listed here, along with their education, specialties, academic history, and obstetrics statistics. If you are comparing doctors, look at their cesarean and episiotomy rates. For comparison, our episiotomy rate is far less than 1% and our cesarean rate for women who transfer is less than 8%.
American Academy of Family Physicians offer wonderful, family-based care and are a great choice for women (and babies!)