Pregnancy and Birth

Childbirth Connection www.ChildbirthConnection.org
Provides trustworthy, current, evidence-based information and resources on planning for pregnancy, labor, birth, and the postpartum period.

Lamaze International www.Lamaze.org
Lamaze education and practices are based on the best, most current medical evidence available. They can help reduce the use of unnecessary interventions and improve overall outcomes for mothers and babies.  Forming the foundation of the organization are the Lamaze Healthy Birth Practices. These evidence-based practices, adapted from the World Health Organization, promote, protect and support natural, safe and healthy birth.

Text for Baby  www.text4baby.org

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The National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB) launched text4baby, the first free health text messaging service in the U.S. Provides accurate, text-length health information and resources.


Doulas

DONA International www.DONA.org
The largest doula association in the world. DONA provides quality training and meaningful certification. They serve mothers and families by providing information and research about doulas, childbirth and the postpartum experience.  DONA International certification sets the bar for doula education and professional development.

DONA Article to read: Dads and Doulas: Key Players on Mother’s Labor Support Team.  Doulas do not take the place of fathers or partners!

DONA Postpartum Plan Worksheet  Answer these questions, do the “research”, and be better prepared for the new normal of parenthood.


VBAC –  Vaginal Birth after Cesarean

Childbirth Connection www.childbirthconnection.org
For current, evidenced-based, information regarding VBAC and assistance in making the decision to go forward with VBAC or have a repeat Cesarean birth.

Watch this webinar from Lamaze International to help you decide about having a VBAC.

International Cesarean Awareness Network www.ican-online.org
ICAN’s mission is to improve maternal-child health by preventing unnecessary cesareans through education, providing support for cesarean recovery, and promoting Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC).  The current Cesarean rate in the US is 32.7%.

www.VBAC.com provides childbearing women and maternity care professionals access to evidence-based resources, educational materials, and support for VBAC and cesarean prevention

CesareanRates.com   Created by Jill Arnold, blogger and main author of the The Unnecesarean, this site provides a snapshot of publicly available U.S. cesarean rate data. Jill’s website compiles the most current hospital-level data accessible to the public online, whether reported directly by a state’s department of health or gathered from state hospital association web sites. Check out the stats for NH, MA, and ME.  It’s important to know the numbers before selecting a care provider

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Breastfeeding, Nursing Your Baby

LaLeche League International www.laleche.org
Helps mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education. Promotes a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.

Breastfeeding Made Simple www.breastfeedingmadesimple.com
Learn the Seven Natural Laws of Breastfeeding to get breastfeeding off to a good start and avoid common challenges.  I highly recommend this book.

Watch an amazing video of a newborn having skin to skin time with his mom in a Boston hospital with RN, certified lactation consultant, Paula Oliviera. (Be a bit patient if an advertisement appears first).

Breastfeeding, Working and Going to School  A Toolkit for moms who are returning to work or school while nursing.  An excellent resource.

Community Resources

Mother to Mother Connections  www.FamiliesFirstSeacoast.org
A free peer support group at Families First Health & Support Center in Portsmouth, NH. Provides support within a caring non-judgmental space for women and their babies during their first year together.  Especially helpful for women having adjustment, anxiety, or depression in the first year after giving birth.

Edinburgh Postpartum Assessment for Depression  If you’re concerned about your mood, and you’ve given birth within the past year, take this simple test.  Share answers with your doctor or midwife.

Making Peace with your Birth Experience  An excellent article for women who’ve had a difficult or traumatic birth.

GLOW – Grow Life. Own Wellness.  www.glowbodywork.com
GLOW, located in York, ME, is known for it’s strong specialty in womenʼs and maternal wellness. They provide an array of services including massage therapy, yoga and workshops for women and couples throughout the childbearing years and beyond, as well as continuing education trainings for professionals.

Seacoast Doula Group www.seacoastdoula.com
Birth and postpartum support services since 2004.  Dependably serving seacoast families in ME, NH, and MA.

Seacoast Postpartum Doula Service   click here for brochure susanremillard@hotmail.com
Susan Remillard PCD provides care, companionship, education, and practical assistance for new mothers and families during the first weeks and months with a newborn.

Great Works Chiropractic & Wellness  www.greatworkschiro.com Dr. Bri Duga graduated from Life University in 2010 with Honors.  She and her husband own Great Works Chiropractic & Wellness, located in South Berwick, Maine.  She is a mother of 3 young children, and committed to family wellness though Chiropractic.  She is certified in Webster technique, a technique that may help reposition a breech baby, and is currently obtaining her pediatric diplomate from the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. She believes that when families are healthy, they are able to enjoy life and each other, to the fullest potential.

Angela Bell Acupuncture  Acupuncture for Women www.angelabellacupuncture.com Specializing in fertility issues, women’s health and pain management.

Preterm Birth Information  Keep ‘Em Cookin   Guided by the mission of preventing preterm birth, Keep ‘Em Cookin is an online educational community and support group for pregnant women on bed rest and all expectant moms experiencing high-risk pregnancies. Named Pregnancy magazine’s “Website We Can’t Live Without,” Keep ‘Em Cookin meets a significant need for the nearly one in five women who will be put on bed rest due to pregnancy complications that could cause premature birth, providing information and support to make the journey easier.

Baby Hats, What could be sweeter? 

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