Here you will find a continually evolving list of the resources I’m aware of and can recommend to expectant and new parents.
The Birthful Podcast. Doula Adriana Lozada interviews maternity pros “to inform your intuition.” A wealth of information on a huge range of topics from pre-conception, through pregnancy, and into early parenthood. Searchable archives! Available wherever you get your podcasts.
The Longest Shortest Time. Hillary Frank hosts this wonderful look at parenting from many perspectives. Inspiring stories, great interviews, amazing people. Available wherever you get your podcasts.
NaturalBreastfeeding.com provides a free 38 minute video to help you get started with breastfeeding your baby. This is great to watch before your baby’s birth, or in the early days of breastfeeding.
Ina May Gaskin: Ina May Gaskin is a world renowned midwife. She has published several books including: Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding, and Spiritual Midwifery. She offers inspirational stories about birth as a transformative and profound passage in life.
The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth, by Shiela Kitzinger. Week by week, comprehensive guide for expectant parents.
Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth: What I love about this book is that in every section it includes the words of real people reflecting on their own experience of pregnancy and birth. Succinct, informative, and thorough.
Childbirth Education classes:
N.I.C.E Northampton Independent Childbirth Educators Erika Lacquer, Mollie Hartford, Vicki Elson, Cory Ellen Gatrall, and Michelle L’Esperance each teach their own childbirth education classes. They study together to keep up with the latest evidence-based health care information, and they’re working on educational, fear-busting media projects for parents everywhere.
Hospital based Childbirth Education:
Many insurance companies will reimburse you for the cost of childbirth classes taught at hospitals.
Baystate including Franklin Medical Center
Holyoke Medical Center
Our Baby Class: Jennifer Hydefrost and Stacey Mimnaugh offer evidence based classes with a simple intuitive parenting philosophy to help you parent your baby in the best way for your family.
Postpartum and Emotional Support:
Hampshire County Resource and Referral Guide: Compiled by the Hampshire County Perinatal Support Coalition
Laura Pontani: Holistic psychotherapist specializing in prenatal and postpartum support for mothers.
Allison Todd: Clinical social worker and therapist specializing in new parent emotional health. She works with mothers in individual psychotherapy and couples in couple therapy through all phases of new parenthood – fertility planning, pregnancy, and postpartum.
The Family Connections Center: Offers emotional health services for expecting parents and families with children ages 0 to 5 years old. Located in the heart of downtown Northampton, MA.
Chaya Leia Aronson at Your Sacred Pelvis. Chaya’s focus is on working with conditions related to menstruation, bladder health, digestion, pelvic health, pregnancy and postpartum. She offers Holistic Pelvic Care, Maya Abdominal Massage, Vaginal Steams, Health and Sexuality Coaching, as well as Movement and Posture Play.
Michele LaRock: Uses a holistic approach to nutrition that combines science-based research with time-honored traditions.
Chiropractic for Pregnancy, Parents and Infants:
Dr. Rebecca Scandura Whole Focus Chiropractic: Provides individually tailored chiropractic care, soft tissue work, and gentle support in healing at her office in downtown Florence.
Dr. Dan Garfield: Specializes in Network Chiropractic based infant care in Northampton.
Dr. Brenna Werme: Specializes in Network Chiropractic for pregnant people, parents, and babies in Amherst.
Dr. Henre Andosca: Treats infants and parents in Easthampton and takes insurance.
Dr. Linda Levine: Offers chiropractic, homeopathic, and energy medicine to parents and infants in Hadley.