EVIDENCE BASED BIRTH
THE BIRTH PARTNER BY PENNY SIMKIN
Penny Simkin is a very important figure in the doula world. She has been working in labor support since 1968 and is a co-founder of DONA International (among many other accomplishments). Her book The Birth Partner is the first book I read when I decided to become a doula. It is a wonderful read for both pregnant people and their partners, especially if they are wondering how they may be able to help their loved one during their labor.
The First Forty Days by Heng Ou
This book is about the Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother. Reading it encourages you to embrace and cherish how transformative the postpartum period can be. It focuses on how community and warm, yummy foods can make a world of difference in early parenthood.
DANCING FOR BIRTH
Dancing for Birth was created by Stephanie Larson and it is SO FUN! She has drawn inspiration from dance moves from all around the world and adapted them to the needs of laboring people, with many amazing results. I have been professionally trained in Dancing for Birth, which means that I can share some of these techniques with you one-on-one. However, if you are interested in finding a class near you in order to dance your baby out and to find a sense of community with other pregnant people and new parents, I encourage you to visit the website.
NATURAL RESOURCES SF
Natural Resources is an organization based in San Francisco that offers a wide variety of support and services for pregnant people, new parents and their families. They are also a retail store with lots of useful pregnancy and postpartum clothes and gadgets! They also have an online registry of doulas and other perinatal professionals you may need. Please visit their website for more details.
Community Well is a resource center committed to supporting families in the area. They offer holistic health services and education to the community, as well as various perinatal and family resources. Please visit their website for more details.
Spinning Babies is an organization that was created to help pregnant people understand the physical relationship between their bodies and their baby’s body in order to ease childbirth and recovery. They provide information and videos on their website, as well as a workshop locator.
Natural Resources SF has a registry of postpartum doulas as well as many support groups.
La Leche League: an organization that offers breastfeeding support through education and community.
The United States Lactation Consultation Association allows you to find an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) near you.
Kellymom.com is a wonderful website full of easy-to-find tips and articles about a variety of breastfeeding and postpartum questions.
Postpartum Support International is a good resource for postpartum mental health support.