ADVOCACY & BIRTH RESOURCES
American Association of Birth Centers (AABC) - find a birth center in your area
ACOG (American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology)
--> Approaches to Limit Intervention During Labor and Birth
Birth Network National - information and networking with other new mothers
Birth Planning Worksheet (from MothersAdvocate.org)
Childbirth Connection - evidence-based information about labor and birth
Choices in Childbirth - information for informed maternity care decisions
Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) - free mother-friendly documents and downloads
International Cesarean Awareness Network - information on cesarean prevention, recovery and VBAC. Look up your provider and/or hospital cesarean rates here.
International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) - information on finding a doula, educator or childbirth class
Lamaze International - information on natural, safe and healthy birth
--> Overview of the Six Lamaze Healthy Birth Practices
Mothers Naturally - information about natural birth options
American Physical Therapy Association, Section on Women's Health - find a local provider, information for patients on diagnoses, and FAQs
MIDWIVES & DOULAS
Emily Governale of Bonded Beginnings - Local Postpartum Doula with a personal reference
Citizens for Midwifery - information about midwifery and midwives in your area
MyMidwife.org - information on midwifery, pregnancy and women's health
DONA International - information about doulas and how to find one in your area
"Countless scientific trials examining doula care demonstrate remarkably improved physical and psychological outcomes for both mother and baby. Doulas have a positive impact on the well-being of the entire family. Dive into our site to learn more about this incredible, growing field! DONA International has been training professional doulas for 25 years, and we’d love to share all we’ve learned with you."
International Lactation Consultants Association - find a lactation consultant
La Leche League International - breastfeeding information
MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH
Postpartum Health Alliance - If you need immediate support please call the San Diego Access and Crisis Line at (888) 724-7240. The toll-free call is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Talk to mothers who have recovered from PPD.
Postpartum Support International - Call the triage line (800) 944-4PPD or (800) 944-4773
CPMC San Francisco Perinatal Health and Wellness Program - Some women are in crisis, but many others call for support in adjusting to a time of great change. The Perinatal Triage Line 415-600-3637 is an opportunity to speak for free with a professional about the appropriateness of further treatment.