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Breastfeeding

Dr. Jack Newman's

Breastfeeding Videos

A wonderful video watchlist!  A visual guide to breastfeeding, getting a good latch, positioning, donating, extended breastfeeding, and more.

La Leche League:
Breastfeeding A to Z

Dozens of topics related to breastfeeding - plus, find a local chapter or contact a LLL leader for more support!

Kelly Mom

Articles on breastfeeding & parenting - just about every topic under the sun!

Breastfeeding Literature

from Medela

Learn more about breastfeeding, pumping, and returning to work.

Online Resources

Pregnancy

Evidence

Based Birth

Current evidence-based information, made accessible to families and birth professionals.

These up-to-date articles are extremely helpful for making informed decisions in pregnancy and birth.

Spinning

Babies

Daily exercises for a more comfortable pregnancy and birth experience.

Optimal fetal positioning can help you to achieve an easier labor and birth.

Plus Size

Birth

Information and resources for plus-sized mothers - including maternity clothes, birth stories, a provider directory, articles, and more!

Calm Birth

Empowering Meditations for pregnancy, birth, and beyond

Prenatal

Nutrition

Learn about healthy weight gain, what and when to eat, vitamins, supplements, and more.

The Rights of

Childbearing Women

If you are feeling uneasy about advocating for yourself in pregnancy and childbirth, you can print this handout to bring with you to prenatal appointments and to your birthplace.

Learn more about the

Pregnant Patient's Bill of Rights

What Every Pregnant Woman Needs to Know About Cesarean Section

Learn about the benefits and risks of a Cesarean birth. What does the research say? How can you safely prevent a C-section? How does your choice of provider & birthplace effect your chance of a cesarean birth?

Essential Oils for

Pregnancy & Birth

Herbs For

Pregnancy

 

Worksheets & Checklists

Penny Simkin's

Supplemental Guide

Printable worksheets for 

preconception, pregnancy, labor, childbirth, and 

postpartum! This is an incredible FREE resource.

SBD's Childbirth

Preparation Packet

Childbirth education, planning worksheets, and much more - FREE!

Mindful

Birth Journey

FREE printable journal, with plenty of space for deep introspection.

Courtesy of

Jessica Ghigliotti

ABC

Homebirth

FREE Sibling Book!

Courtesy of

Jessica Ghigliotti

Celebrate Birth

Coloring Book

FREE Pregnancy and Birth Affirmation Coloring Book!

Courtesy of

Jessica Ghigliotti

Mommy is Pregnant

Coloring Book

FREE Coloring Book!

Courtesy of

Ann Kirchner

New Little Life

Coloring Pages

Dozens of customized coloring pages!

Courtesy of

Allison Tolman

Packing List - 

Birth Bag

Have ready by 37 weeks

Important

Contact List

A one-page list of important contacts for your birth team.

Pack with your birth kit!

Postpartum Kit

Checklist

A checklist of important items that you should consider collecting before your birth, so that you have a "recovery station" ready at your bedside.

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Printable

Door Sign

Printable Sign for your front window or door.  Decrease interruptions while you are resting and recovering, while gently establishing healthy boundaries with friends and family.

Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale

User-friendly screening tool for PPD.  A score of 10-12 or more is indication for further evaluation or treatment from your care provider.

If you feel that you are at high risk for postpartum mood disorders, it is recommended that you test yourself weekly.

Perinatal

Mental Health

Discussion Tool

This tool can help you to track your symptoms and discuss them with your care provider. 

Printable

Sleep Logs

Printable sleep logs, plus newsletters and more to aid in creating your sleep plan.

Courtesy of Elizabeth Pantley ("The No-Cry Sleep Solution")

 

Care Provider

Questionnaire

Questions to consider asking when choosing or interviewing your potential care providers.

Birth Place

Questionnaire

Questions to consider asking when choosing or touring your potential birth place.

The Brewer

Pregnancy Diet

Dr. Brewer's diet was designed to decrease pre-eclampsia and other common pregnancy complications caused by malnutrition.The diet consists of 14 food groups. However, it can be summarized as starting with 4 basic components: 2600 calories, 80-120 grams of protein, salt to taste, and unrestricted weight gain.

Natural Strategies to Ease Pregnancy Discomforts

Drug-free remedies to many common pregnancy ailments & discomforts.

Essential Oils for Pregnancy and Birth

And for Babies too.....

Count

the Kicks

Counting kicks is a great way to get to know your baby and has been shown to reduce the occurrence of stillbirth, which occurs every 22 minutes in the United States. Most providers recommend you begin counting kicks in your 28th week of pregnancy, or at 26 weeks if you are high risk or pregnant with multiples.   (You can also download the mobile app!)

Visual

Birth

Plans

These one-page visual birth plans are quick to read, easy to understand, and nurses love them! 

Schedule a

Consult!

Save yourself the extra hassle and schedule a consult with me!  I will help you to review your options, and will create a customized PDF file just for you.  (Included with all Birth Doula packages!)

The Best Season

of My Life

A FREE PPT file that you can manually add & change procedures to your liking. 

Birth Boot Camp

A FREE PDF file that you can manually edit and add icons to each category.

Mama Natural

A very basic PDF file that you can edit manually.

Another very basicDOC file that you can manually edit and add icons to.

Mobile

Apps

For 

Pregnancy:

text4baby

A FREE text messaging program for pregnant/new parents. Get weekly messages with health advice, nutrition tips, resources, information about developmental milestones, and more. Download the app or text BABY to 511411.

COffective

A FREE app with printable worksheets, videos on breastfeeding, resource guides,  and much more!

GentleBirth

Birth preparation app with daily trainings, affirmations, birth stories, and more!

Count the Kicks

Counting kicks is a great way to get to know your baby and has been shown to reduce the occurrence of stillbirth, which occurs every 22 minutes in the United States. Most providers recommend you begin counting kicks in the third trimester.

Birth

Six Steps

to a Safer Birth

This free guide presents six simple steps that support your body in doing what it is designed so well to do — birth your baby. These Lamaze practices are grounded in extensive research and supported by the World Health Organization. Using them to guide your decisions before and during labor will help you have a safer and healthier birth—for both you and your baby.

Phases & Stages

of Labor

Printable Infographic

Comfort Measures

For Birth

Labor positions for relieving discomfort, aiding in relaxation, and helping labor to progress

Support Partners

Tips for Support Partners.

 
 

Using a Rebozo

in Labor