- Lamaze Healthy Birth Practices - A 'must read' for all pregnant women. These practices represent "evidence-based care," which is the gold standard for maternity care worldwide. Evidence-based care means "using the best research about the effects of specific procedures, drugs, tests, and treatments, to help guide decision-making."
- http://www.sidelines.org/ - High Risk Pregnancy Support
- http://www.contractionmaster.com - High Tech Contraction Timing
- http://www.spinningbabies.com - Easier Birth through Optimal Fetal Positioning
- The Rights of Childbearing Women (pdf)
- www.pennysimkin.com - Penny is a physical therapist, childbirth educator, author, speaker, doula and my doula trainer. Her book The Birth Partner is my bible and is a must read for any expecting parent.
- http://www.pregnancycorner.com - Providse accurate, up-to-date and unique content related to pregnancy. All content on PregnancyCorner.com is reviewed by top obstetricians and gynecologists, as well as other specialists within the childbirth industry, who have donated their time and experience to ensure the site provides consumers accurate and unbiased information.
- www.solaceformothers.org - A great place online for sharing, understanding, and healing after a previous traumatic birth experience.
- Postpartum Support International - Dedicated to helping women suffering from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, including postpartum depression, the most common complication of childbirth. They work to educate family, friends and healthcare providers so that moms and moms-to-be can get the support they need and recover. "You are not alone. You are not to blame. With help, you will be well."
- PostpartumMen.com - A website for men with concerns about depression, anxiety or other problems with mood after the birth of a child. It promotes self-help, provides important information for fathers -- including a self-assessment for postpartum depression -- hosts an online forum for dads to talk to each other, offers resources, gathers new information about men's experiences postpartum, and, most importantly, helps fathers beat the baby blues! Yes, men can get the baby blues too!
Here are some great podcast interviews done by Tanya Lieberman, IBCLC, Lactation Consultant and host of the Motherwear Breastfeeding Blog:
The iTunes link to all her podcasts is here.
- http://www.diapers.com - Great Site! Nursing products, Green Baby Products, cloth diapers and more! Enter code "ldsdoula" at checkout and get $10 Off of your first order and Free Shipping for orders over $49.
- http://www.forgetmenottots.com - Feeding & diaper journals in a downloadable PDF, print-at-home format. (Currently offline 1/27/10)
- http://www.kangarookorner.com/ - Great Baby Slings and Carriers
- http://www.mayawrap.com/ - Maya wrap slings. My personal favorite baby sling. They are stylish, comfortable, and fully adjustable and come in a variety of beautiful 100% cotton hand loomed fabrics. 3rd party verified that the manufacturer is following fair trade practices and providing a good working environment for its employees. Loved my Maya Wrap!
- http://www.babyktan.com/ - I am a Baby K'tan believer! I have samples and would be happy to let you give one a test drive! Varying sling positions, very comfortable, 100% cotton, stylish and flexible uses. Did I mention it comes with an awesome little hat?
- http://www.thecarseatlady.com: Debbi will give you a private car seat installation lesson! She is one of the foremost authorities on car seat safety in the country, and she lives right here in Baltimore!! "Debbi is a renowned national expert in the field of child passenger safety and has extensive experience helping children with special needs ride safely and securely in vehicles. She has appeared in countless local TV programs, radio spots, newspaper articles, and other media advocating for and educating about safe travel for children. Through her dedication and passion, Debbi has established herself as a fixture in the Baltimore community and is known affectionately as “the car seat lady.”"
Please contact her! She will answer all of your car seat questions. And yes, keep them rear facing for as long as possible!
- GBMC has a car seat installer and educator available by appointment. Learn how to correctly install your car seat with Cato Whittle, NHTSA Certified. Please call 443-849-2229, Option 2 for an appointment. The cost for the car seat installation/education consult is $30.00.
(From DONA International Newsletters)
Benefits of doula support in labor are proven yet again!
The Cochrane Library (2011, issue 2) now includes an update of the Cochrane review on "Continuous support for women during childbirth" with 21 randomized controlled trials involving over 15,000 women. The results strongly support the one-to-one supportive care role of the birth doula over continuous support provided by hospital staff or members of the woman's social network. Read the full review and a summary on the Childbirth Connection web site.
New GBS protocol from Centers for Disease Control
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control recently released new protocol for the treatment of Group B Strep in pregnancy and during birth. Read the CDC Report. Check out the consumer-focused CDC site that addresses GBS prevention in newborns.
Physician calls on colleagues to delay cord clamping
In an article published online in the British Medical Journal, Dr. David Hutchon called on his colleagues to follow guidelines of the World Health Organization and the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics and allow the cord to pulsate for several minutes before clamping. He writes in the BMJ: "Clamping the functioning umbilical cord at birth is an unproved intervention. Lack of awareness of current evidence, pragmatism, and conflicting guidelines are all preventing change. To prevent further injury to babies we would be better to rush to change." Read a news article. Read the BMJ article.
I strongly suggest that you meet with at least 2 other doulas prior to making a decision to hire. You must feel safe and be completely comfortable with your labor support person. Referrals to other doulas are available.
Please visit the following sites for a listing of other doulas in the area: