Please note that many of my resources are Boston-based. I am growing a list for Philadelphia as I get to know the city and the resources available.
Favorite Online Resources
Evidence Based Birth is a wonderful resource that aims to make unbiased, evidence based information common knowledge for pregnant people. It contains a wealth of topics, ranging from choosing a care provider to eating during labor to due dates.
Kelly Mom I love KellyMom for all your breastfeeding questions. Evidence-based, honest articles that tackle even the most sensitive topics.
The Birth Hour is a weekly podcast where birthers share their birth stories. It's an empowering, fun, honest resource. You can search for specific experiences or just listen to stories and get a better sense of what to expect, what questions to ask, and how to best prepare yourself for birth.
Spinning Babies is designed to help baby into the ideal fetal positioning for an optimal birth outcome. The site includes exercises, videos, and instructions that help to prepare both baby and birther for labor. Look out for local Spinning Babies workshops!
Birth Kweens is a fun and informative podcast focused on natural-pregnancy, birth, postpartum and womyn's-health related. It's hosted by a licensed midwife and a birth and postpartum doula in San Diego. They're a very funny, experienced duo and they host a variety of wonderful speakers.
International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) is a non-profit working to reduce the number of preventable cesareans. It's and especially great resource for those planning VBAC's, and you can also find a local chapter to attend monthly meetings here.
NAMMA Families is a group of providers in the Metro West part of Boston who have contact with families in the perinatal year. Their specialties range from body workers to childbirth educators, doulas to mental health counselors.
This is a small selection of my favorite pregnancy related books. If you're only going to read a few, these are the ones I encourage you to check out!
The Birth Partner: if you only read one book, this is the one. It can help any birth companions feel confident about their role in how to best support the laboring person. I carry it with me to every birth and use it like an encyclopedia!
The First 40 Days: this beautiful book helps to create a realistic expectation of the fourth trimester. It offers permission to rest and accept help from your village. It is also full of delicious, nourishing recipes that help you to heal in the early days of parenthood.
Nurture: A companion for the modern family, Nurture is a judgement-free guide to pregnancy, birth, and early parenthood.
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth: A classic book that includes first-hand stories about labor that will uplift and empower all, especially those planning an un-medicated birth.
Placenta Encapsulation (Boston)
- Emma O'Brien: www.lavandoula.com
- Jennifer Frye: www.neplacenta.com
Lactation Support (Boston)
Maria Dolorico is a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) who offers office and home-visit lactation support.
Cate Johannassen is a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) who offers home-visit lactation support.
LC Home Visits is a great collaboration of International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC's). You can search providers in your area and find someone who will come to your home. They're all excellent!
Zip Milk is an online search engine to help find lactation consultants in your area.
In-person meet ups:
Baby Cafe USA has meet-ups throughout Massachusetts hosted by one or several IBCLC's . A list of locations and times can be found here.
Cambridge Health Alliance has a drop-in support group on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to noon at Cambridge Health Alliance, 8 Camelia Avenue, Cambridge.
A Mom is Born has a Breastfeeding Q&A on Wednesday mornings from 12-1pm.
Classes, Meet-ups, and More (Boston)
New Parents Meet-up Fridays from 10-12 at Longfellows Cafe in Cambridge. This is a casual, free drop in focused on building community amongst new families in the area. All new parents and their non-mobile babies are welcome! I am often present at these meetings-hope to see you there!
The Jewish Family Resources Center hosts non-denominational meet-ups for new families throughout Boston. A list of weekly gatherings can be found here. They also offer focus groups, found here, on topics ranging from multiples, postpartum depression, and mothering without a mother.
A Mom is Born is run by Maria Dolorico, an experienced doula, lactation counselor, life coach, and mental health counselor. She has a variety of new parents groups, including a breastfeeding Q&A, a first time mom's group, and a pregnancy group.
Mama & Me is a family support center in Jamaica Plain that hosts a wide variety of events and groups. From prenatal classes, such as infant safety and childbirth education, to new parent support groups to Meet the Doulas Nights (think doula speed-dating!), you can probably find what you're looking for here!
Hike it Baby hosts hikes for parents and their babies across the country. Find your city's hikes here!
Rachel Hess runs a variety of groups in Jamaica Plain, including a first time parents group, and a second time parents group. She also often runs groups for LGBTQ+ families.
Mommy Poppins put together a lovely list of new parents meet-ups in the Greater Boston area.
Below is a list of doulas whom I know and trust. If I am unavailable to support you, I would highly recommend contacting one of these doulas. If we are already working together, I may choose one of these women to be your backup.
- Emma O'Brien (birth and postpartum)
- Shari McBurney (birth)
- Bethany LeClerc (birth)
- Cate Johannassen (birth)
- Rachel Hess (postpartum)
- Amanda Hemm (postpartum)
Complimentary Support (Boston)
There are a wide variety of complimentary, alternative, and holistic practices that can provide immense support during the perinatal period.
Emma O'Brien is an herbalist that can offer offer herbal consultations in and around Boston.
Ece Yilderman of New Moon Acupuncture is a wonderful licensed acupuncturist in Watertown. She is at once gentle, compassionate, and precise. Her clinical specialty is menstrual care and the perinatal period.
Dr. Lizzie Sobel of Wholesome Healing Chiropractic provides gentle, patient-centered care for the whole family. Her specialties include pediatric chiropractic care and chiropractic care during pregnancy.
Angela Bell is an acupuncturist in Cambridge, MA whose entire practice is dedicated to fertility, pregnancy, and the perinatal year.
Libby Horesh is an acupuncturist in Concord, MA. Her clinical practice focuses on a wide array of fertility and reproductive issues for women and men.