In just a few clicks we can obtain anything we want, but it can take forever to sort through the oversaturated World Wild Web for credible resources. The following is a lengthy list curated to answer your questions. If there's something you're looking for that you haven't found yet, I offer my clients a separate directory of local community resources, please reach out to me.
ADOPTIVE FAMILY SUPPORT
Adoptive Families includes information and personal stories about the many facets of adoption, from answering tricky questions from relatives to adjusting to having your new baby at home, to issues regarding racial identity within transracial families.
The Center for Parent Information and Resources has a page addressing issues specific to foster/adoptive families. It is fairly general but includes some links to additional resources that may be helpful, including issues around disability and finding support groups.
See the Infant Feeding section below for resources concerning breastfeeding an adopted child.
The Facebook group Parents of Children with Multiple Food Allergies is a great place for support for parents with little ones who suffer from multiple food allergies.
FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) has a website and local support groups. One allergy parent also told us she prefers their anaphylaxis plan to what is provided in school districts (she recommends having your pediatrician fill that one out and ignore the district form when the time comes).
We also recommend searching Facebook for specific allergies using the “groups” filter to find other parents of kids with the same allergies your little one has.
ART THERAPY FOR EXPECTING PARENTS
Here at xyz#!&, we offer an opportunity for parents to explore their feelings around pregnancy and their unique journey to parenthood.
School of Babywearing put together a handy flyer about the T.I.C.K.S. Rule for Safe Babywearing. Always run through this checklist when putting the baby in the sling or carrier!
Babywearing International is a great place to start if you're new to babywearing. It includes some basic education around the benefits of babywearing and how-to advice, as well as a great tool for finding the best baby carrier for you and your family. The world of babywearing can be dizzyingly huge - this site really helps to break things down a bit for people who are just starting out.
All About Babywearing has a bit wider lens than Babywearing International. As you'll find more in-depth information about specific types of carriers here, we recommend using this site as a resource once you have an idea of what kind of baby carrier you'd like to try. They also have cloth diapering information.
Motherboard Birth is our go-to resource for creating a birth plan.
These are good books to get started with. They will help you learn more about the types of birthing experiences you may want to have.
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth: Updated With New Material by Ina May Gaskin. Drawing upon her thirty-plus years of experience, Ina May Gaskin, the nation’s leading midwife, shares the benefits and joys of natural childbirth by showing women how to trust in the ancient wisdom of their bodies for a healthy and fulfilling birthing experience. Based on the female-centered Midwifery Model of Care, Ina May’s Guide to Natural Childbirth gives expectant mothers comprehensive information on everything from the all-important mind-body connection to how to give birth without technological intervention.
Immaculate Deception II: Myth, Magic, and Births. In this intimate perspective on birth, a renowned author and photographer Suzanne Arms convey the inherent wisdom in this natural process, through her eloquent words and pictures.
The Business of Being Born by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein. This is a documentary about birthing in America and serves as a great tool to empower women and educate them about all the birthing options available to them.
Having a Cesarean-in-Awareness is a beautiful article written by one of our mentors, Virginia Bobro. It discusses what to expect in the operating room during a cesarean birth, and how parents can find ways to bring love, intention, and connection to their births by cesarean.
How to Have the Best Cesarean is an article written by Sarah Buckley, MD, an internationally-renowned expert on the hormones of birth. This article talks about the differences between what parents’ and babies’ bodies physically “expect” from the birth process, how cesarean birth differs, and ways to bridge the “hormonal gap” to jump-start the recovery and bonding processes.
Motherboard Birth has educational resources to help parents understand their options during a cesarean birth, and even create a cesarean birth plan (whether it’s plan A or plan B, it can be a great idea to have on hand just in case).
If you know in advance you’ll be having a c-section, this article about family-centered cesarean births might be helpful for you.
Evidence-Based Birth published an article on the evidence for skin-to-skin after a cesarean birth. It talks about how the current widespread practice of routine separation after a cesarean birth stacks up against the evidence.
The International Cesarean Awareness Network is a fabulous resource for parents who birth by cesarean. Whether you're planning for or recovering from a cesarean, hoping for a VBAC, or overcoming an emotionally difficult birth, you'll find education and support here. Be sure to check out their white papers and FAQs.
See the VBAC section below for resources concerning vaginal birth after cesarean.
Practicing Parents features a post called The Basics of Child Development that is a great read for anyone who wants to learn about how child development works and what parents and caregivers can do to encourage warmth and learning from an early age.
The Child Development Network features a selection of "expert articles" that cover basic child development stages as well as special issues like ADHD and mental health. This site is worth exploring if you have specific questions about certain topics.
YogaNest.com is a group of Child Passenger Safety Technicians (CPSTs) in Broward County who offer car seat installation sessions. Their goal is to help parents become comfortable installing their seats, removing their seats, and securing their little ones 100% comfortably every single time.
Motherisk is an organization that provides evidence-based information to parents and professionals regarding the safety and effects of medications, alcohol, exercise, herbs, environmental factors, and more on pregnancy and breastfeeding. They also offer helplines you can call to ask questions. This is a great resource for anyone with questions about how specific medications might affect their baby during pregnancy and/or breastfeeding.
The University of Notre Dame’s Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory has a page devoted to safe cosleeping guidelines for families who are considering bedsharing.
The Red Cross has a publication with instructions for pediatric first aid, CPR, and AED you might find helpful, especially if you aren’t certified in those areas.
The American Pregnancy Association provides information regarding chiropractic care during pregnancy.
CIRCUMCISION & INTACT CARE
Evidence Based Birth has published an article about the evidence and ethics on routine infant circumcision highlighting the main points of the current evidence we have on this procedure.
The Circumcision Resource Center is an organization dedicated to providing information about the physical procedure of circumcision itself, plus some of the lesser-known and lesser-acknowledged results of the procedure.
Psychology Today published a set of articles called Myths about Circumcision You Likely Believe, Part 1 and Part 2 that could be helpful for people trying to sort through this decision.
For those looking for intact (uncircumcised) care, Your Whole Baby offers many helpful resources, including sample letters to daycare centers and a poster you can print for your changing area in case friends, family or other caregivers will be changing your baby’s diapers.
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Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand
Aromatherapy for Health Professionals by Shirley Price
The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils by Kurt Schnaubelt
Advanced Aromatherapy by Kurt Schnaubelt
The Lost Language of Plants by Stephen Harrod Buhner
Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton
Molecules of Emotion by Candace Pert
You ARE the Placebo by Dr. Joe Dispenza
Emotions & Essential Oils
The Fragrant Mind by Valerie Worwood
Subtle Aromatherapy by Patricia Davis
SpOil Your Pet by Dr. Mia Frezzo
Medical Aromatherapy: Healing with Essential Oils
Zen Ties by Jon J. Muth and David Pittu. Summer has arrived -- and so has Koo, Stillwater's haiku-speaking young nephew. And when Stillwater encourages Koo, and his friends Addy, Michael, and Karl to help a grouchy old neighbor in need, their efforts are rewarded in unexpected ways. Zen Ties is a disarming story of compassion and friendship that reaffirms the importance of our ties to one another.
The Boy Who Ran into the Woods by Jim Harrison recounts a childhood tragedy that ends in redemption. Harrison tells a personal story of little Jimmy, a boy who injures his eye and must learn life's meanings through adversity. It is this painful experience that leads to little Jimmy's discovery of nature -- animals, birds, and woods -- and ultimately to his ability to overcome intense suffering. Beautifully written with Harrison's quintessential style of writing about the natural world, combined with the unique illustrations of Tom Pohrt, The Boy Who Ran to the Woods promises to delight children of all ages and will appeal to all the devoted fans of Harrison's literature and poetry as well.
FOR FRIENDS & FAMILY
For friends and family supporting someone who has pregnancy or infant loss, please visit the Friends & Family page on our collective's website, the Doulas Care Collective (DCC) Pregnancy Loss Program.
HuffPost Stress-Less Parenting has a post called Visitors After the Baby? 10 Tips for New Parents. This informal article gives some great things to think about when hosting visitors during the sensitive postpartum period. Highly suggested read for new parents!
We like this HuffPost Parents article called The Etiquette of Visiting Parents with Newborns for its practicality. These are great things for friends and family to keep in mind when visiting a family during this wonderful yet sensitive time.
Along the same lines, here is an Offbeat Families post called A doula's advice: the dos and don'ts of visiting friends after they have a baby. The author says, "I'm the kind of person who starts foaming at the mouth when a friend goes into labor. I start counting the potential hours until I get to meet that new baby and hug that new mom," so this post is especially helpful for people with that sort of enthusiasm that could be overwhelming for families adjusting to life with their new little one.
Meal Train is a free online service to help organize meal deliveries to a family in need for any reason, whether they just brought a new baby home or experienced a loss. People who want to sign up have to register on the site, but it's free. For a $10 upgrade, the person organizing the Meal Train has the option to add options for other household chores that would be helpful to the family aside from bringing meals. For a step-by-step guide to setting up a Meal Train, reach out to Brooke and she can schedule a time to chat.
Take Them a Meal is similar to Meal Train, but users don't have to register in order to sign up for meal delivery. This site also has a feature called "Send Them A Meal," allowing participants to pay to have a meal delivered to the family for them.
Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island has a page called Supporting NICU Parents that offers practical ways to show love and support to parents with a baby in the hospital.
The British Homeopathic Association provides information about homeopathic remedies for various symptoms and health issues in pregnancy and birth.
Journaling is a great way to explore your personal journey of pregnancy and motherhood. If you are able to establish a daily practice, you may find it helpful in navigating through all the twists and turns you are likely to experience. Give yourself the gift of journaling and become the storyteller of your birth, noting all the milestones that you cross as you cross the threshold into motherhood.
Conscious Conception and Pregnancy by Jeannine Parvati Baker and Frederick Baker. In an age when modern reproductive technology is moving at a rapid and alarming rate, Conscious Conception is an alternative exploration into understanding personal fertility, as well as a comprehensive guide to discovering newfound meaning in our sexuality. Combining knowledge of myth and culture, authors Jeannine Parvati Baker and Frederick Baker offer a step-by-step manual of fertility awareness, depth psychology, and psychic birth control and interweave the five elements—Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Ether—as tools for discovery in the face of reproductive challenges. Including numerous contributions from experts in the field, the book investigates a broad range of topics, from the causes of infertility to the spiritualization of sexuality.
Spilling Open: The Art of Becoming Yourself by Sabrina Ward Harrison. A young woman's private journal offers lessons in life and empowerment that resonate with fresh, youthful wisdom. These journal pages provide an intimate and moving picture of what it means to enter a contemporary adult world filled with contradictions about womanhood. Sabrina Ward Harrison reveals with tender honesty that in spite of the women's movement, she has more questions than answers about growing up female.
LACTATION & INFANT FEEDING
BREASTFEEDING AND CHESTFEEDING SUPPORT
Kelly Mom is a great resource for approachable, evidence-based information about breastfeeding (including nursing at the breast, pumping, and bottle feeding), pregnancy, and parenting. There are many pages addressing questions about whether certain breastfeeding issues are normal - something that can comfort nursing parents (or help them know when to seek out additional support).
La Leche League International is an organization dedicated to helping parents breastfeed through peer-to-peer support groups and education. We find their website a bit difficult to navigate, but if you know what you're looking for it can be a good resource. Their greatest strength is their local La Lache League groups - local La Leche League meetings are held locally.
The National Women’s Law Center has a toolkit to help new parents understand insurance benefits for breastfeeding including sample letters to insurance companies appealing for coverage of in-home lactation support services from lactation consultants and lactation counselors.
DYSPHORIC MILK EJECTION REFLEX (D-MER)
Some parents experience strong feelings of depression or other negative emotions during a let-down when nursing or expressing milk. This is known as Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex (D-MER), and unfortunately, there isn’t much research on the subject. D-Mer.org is the most thorough resource we’ve found, and they also host a Facebook group for peer support from other parents who have experienced this as well.
If this is happening to you, please know that you’re not alone (and you’re not a bad parent!). Brooke would also be glad to help you explore your options if D-MER is affecting your desire/ability to continue lactation.
PUMPING AND MILK STORAGE
Guidelines for breastmilk handling and storage are available online from these sources:
INDUCING LACTATION AND RELACTATION
Breastfeeding without Birthing is a companion website for the book of the same name, written by Amy Schnell, MS, IBCLC. She is passionate about debunking myths associated with relactation and induced lactation.
The International Breastfeeding Centre has an article on Dr. Jack Newman’s protocol for inducing lactation, including medication information.
The Australian Breastfeeding Association's page on relactation and adoptive breastfeeding gives a good overview of the reasons and process for induced lactation for adoptive or non-gestational parents, or parents who have had to stop breastfeeding temporarily.
Breastfeeding USA has a page called Breastfeeding Your Adopted Baby created specifically for adoptive parents.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has published a paper on relactation, available for download. It's geared more toward health professionals but could be useful for parents looking for detailed information.
Inducing Lactation - Surrogacy, Co-Nursing, Adoptive, or Breastfeeding/Chest Feeding is a supportive Facebook group for those who are considering or going through the process of inducing lactation.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has a publication about safe at-home infant formula preparation. We highly recommend following this protocol (especially the component of using boiling water as the powdered formula cannot be sterilized on its own).
Baby Formula Expert is a website run by Bridget Young, Ph.D., who has a doctorate in nutrition and is also a certified lactation counselor (CLC). This is a great resource for helping to figure out what kind of formula to choose for your baby, as well as answers to commonly asked questions.
NICU FAMILIES AND BABIES WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
Nicolette is a technology company designing products and programs to help families with medically complicated babies make informed decisions, understand what’s going on with their little ones, and communicate with their care providers. Learn more about the story behind this company here.
Hand to Hold is a wonderful resource offering information and peer-to-peer counseling from seasoned parents of preemies and special needs babies. They also have a Facebook group called Life After NICU.
BabyFirst has a page called Parents' Corner that gives information and support to parents of NICU babies.
The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh or really any other book of his.
LGBTQIA+ community:Palm Beach County and Broward both have centers serving the
We love this list of 25 LGBT parenting blogs.
The Longest Shortest Time has a heartwarming series of episodes about a family called The Accidental Gay Parents that tells the story of a young couple who adopted their niece and nephew. Later on, they welcomed a biological baby of their own into their family. They share more of their story on their website, and Trystan also shared about his experience as a pregnant man at a storytelling event hosted by The Moth.
It’s Conceivable is a website devoted to the sometimes-winding road to queer parenthood.
The National LGBT Health Education Center published a resource called Pathways to Parenthood that outlines family-making options for members of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Maggie Nelson’s memoir The Argonauts includes the story of her pregnancy and issues surrounding queer family-making.
There is a Facebook group called Aunts and Uncles Raising Nieces and Nephews that can be helpful for people caring for young family members who aren’t their own biological children.
S. Bear B Blood, Marriage, Wine & Glitter explores preconceived notions of family.ergman’s essay collection
The Longest Shortest Time is a podcast featuring stories from real families about the struggles of parenthood and child-rearing with an empathetic, grounded, judgment-free perspective.
Attachment Parenting International offers parenting advice geared toward connection and bonding between parents and children. They focus primarily on infants and young children but provide resources for older children as well.
Mama Natural is a blog and Youtube series featuring natural lifestyle products and tips for pregnancy, birth, and the whole family. We especially enjoy the "In Real Life" feature - an honest look at life with young children.
Positive Parenting has a Facebook page that shares tips and information about gentle parenting strategies for toddlers and beyond.
Parenting for Social Change is a blog devoted to the idea that the close connected relationships between parents and children have the capacity to change lives.
Positive Parents is a blog promoting strategies to help parents form and maintain positive, peaceful relationships with their children.
PELVIC FLOOR HEALTH
The Longest Shortest Time podcast has a couple of episodes dealing with the issue of pelvic floor dysfunction that is super helpful if you're starting to learn about this issue: Healing after Childbirth and Ask a Pelvic Floor PT Anything.
Childbirth Connection has a page called Pelvic Floor: Preventing Problems that provides a great overview of the pelvic floor itself in addition to disorders of the pelvic floor and ways to prevent them.
The Interstitial Cystitis Association provides information about pelvic floor physical therapy describing the process of physical therapy to treat pelvic floor disorders. This therapy can be life-changing for people suffering from pelvic floor disorders.
POSTPARTUM MOOD DISORDER SUPPORT
Postpartum Support International provides lots of information about different types of pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders and the kinds of help that are available. They also have a very useful section called PPD Resources for Dads for partners of those suffering from postpartum anxiety, postpartum depression, or other postpartum mental health issues.
Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Women's Mental Health provides information about pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders, as well as information about taking psychiatric medications while breastfeeding.
Postpartum Progress is a maternal mental health blog offering information and support to parents suffering from postpartum mood disorders.
PPD MOMS (Mothers Offering Mothers Support) offers a hotline that provides peer-to-peer counseling for parents in need of immediate support.
The Online PPMD Support Group has forums for people suffering from postpartum mood disorders to communicate with each other, providing understanding, support, and encouragement.
Postpartum mood disorders aren't limited to those who gave birth, or to primary caregivers. Postpartum Men is a website dedicated to supporting fathers and partners who are themselves suffering from postpartum depression or anxiety.
PREGNANCY AFTER LOSS
Pregnancy after loss brings its own unique joys and challenges. The Return to Zero Center for Healing has a wonderful page with some tips for this sensitive time.
Pregnancy After Loss Support (PALS) offers online support groups for different types of loss.
Yoga Sol has a great list of Dos and Don’ts for Pregnant Students in a Regular Yoga Class that pregnant people can use so they can continue to attend their favorite class using pregnancy-specific modifications.
Ma Yoga offers a customized online prenatal yoga program. With this subscription, you have access to unlimited videos by qualified teachers who specialize in prenatal yoga.
PrenatalYogaCenter.com offers several free prenatal yoga videos you can use to practice at home.
Traditional Reiki for Our Times by Amy Rowland
Tapestry of Healing by Jeri Mills, MD
The Spirit of Reiki by William Rand, Frank Petter, and Walter Lubeck
Energy Medicine by Donna Eden
The Anatomy of the Spirit by Caroline Myss
RIGHTS IN CHILDBIRTH
The topic of human and legal rights in childbirth has been gaining media attention in recent years, side by side with the #metoo and #timesup movements. Birth Monopoly is an organization dedicated to exposing institutional abuse in the United States childbirth system and helping families understand and advocate for their rights. This page lists many articles attorney and Birth Monopoly founder Cristen Pascucci has written on the topic of rights in childbirth.
Improving Birth is a maternal health consumer advocacy group focused on making birth safer through more evidence-based, patient-centered, human treatment during the childbearing years. They offer an accountability toolkit to help consumers file a grievance after a difficult childbirth and volunteer opportunities for involvement in changing birth in the US for the better.
Human Rights in Childbirth is an international organization dedicated to providing clarity on the rights of pregnant and birthing people, gathering stakeholders (including consumers, doctors, midwives, and lawyers) to help those rights become better understood and respected in practice. They have a page dedicated to helping consumers understand their legal and medical rights in childbirth.
We wrote a blog post to help parents who want to make a complaint or formally report a bad experience with their labor or postpartum care, particularly in a hospital setting: Help for Making a Formal Complaint after a Difficult Hospital Birth Experience.
The Smudging and Blessings Book: Inspirational Rituals to Cleanse and Heal. For millennia, Native Americans have burned sacred plants in a bowl or on a stick to clear space of negative energies and restore balance. These simple smudging rituals can change your life, too. Learn how to combine smudging with other ancient techniques to promote healing or to turn your home into a spiritual sanctuary. Celebrate a baby’s birth with a gentle blessing that welcomes a new soul into the world. Begin each morning with a simple cleaning so you’ll sail through the day with confidence and hope. This natural power is available to everyone.
VAGINAL BIRTH AFTER CESAREAN (VBAC)
VBAC Facts provides evidence-based information on vaginal birth after cesarean created by a former research manager.
VBAC.com provides evidence-based information to help parents make informed choices about the way they want to give birth.
Again, we provide additional referrals to our clients as needed. If you're searching for a particular kind of resource that you don't see here, contact us.