Pregnancy, Birth & Postpartum

 

 

Mothers Naturally


Birth without Fear


Childbirth Connection


Birthing From Within


The Bradley Method


Waterbirth International

 

 

 

The Business of Being Born


More Business of Being Born


Laboring Under An Illusion


Orgasmic Birth

 

The Natural Pregnancy Book: Herbs, Nutrition, and Other Holistic Choices

by Aviva Romm

 

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, By Ina May Gaskin
 

The Birth Book, By Dr. William Sears
 

The Pregnancy Book , By Dr. William Sears
 

Homebirth , By Sheila Kitzinger


Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way , By Susan McCutchen
 

The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth, By Henci Goer
 

Pushed, by Jennifer Block

 

After the Baby’s Birth, by Robin Lim

 

Natural Health after Birth: The Complete guide to Postpartum Wellness by Aviva Romm

 

Books, Videos & Websites

 

Here are just a few of our favorites...

Babies & Children

 

Ask Dr Sears


Attachment Parenting


Cloth Diaper cost comparison


Real Diaper Association

 

The Baby Book,

by Dr. William Sears
 

Naturally Healthy Babies & Children: A Commonsense Guide to Herbal Remedies, Nutrition, & Health, by Aviva Jill Romm & William Sears
 

The Attachment Parenting Book, By Dr. William Sears
 

The Family Nutrition Book: Everything You Need to Know About Feeding Your Children - From Birth through Adolescence,

by Dr. William Sears
 

The Happiest Baby on the Block, by Harvey Karp

Breastfeeding

 

La Leche League

 

Breastfeeding Australia

 

Womens Health

 

Dr. Jack Newman

 

The Breastfeeding Book

by Dr. William Sears
 

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, by La Leche League International
 

The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers,

by Dr. Jack Newman
 

Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding,

by Ina May Gaskin


The Nursing Mother’s Companion,

by Kathleen Huggins

Dad & Partners

 

The Birth Partner,

by Penny Simkin
 

Active Birth, by Janet Balaskas
 

Becoming a Father: How to Nurture and Enjoy Your Family, by Dr. William Sears
 

Father’s First Steps: 25 Things Every New Dad Should Know, by Drs. Robert & James Sears
 

Dad is Fat, by Jim Gaffigan

Siblings

 

Welcome With Love,

by Jenni Overend
 

Baby on the Way,

by Martha Sears
 

Mama, Talk About When Max was Born, by toni Olson
 

We’re Having a Homebirth,

by Kelly Mochel
 

We Like to Nurse,

by Chia Martin
 

A Ride on Mother’s Back,

by Emery & Durga Bernhard
 

On Mother’s Lap, by Ann Hebert Scott

Vaccinations

 

Vaccinations: A Thoughtful Parent's Guide: How to Make Safe, Sensible Decisions about the Risks, Benefits, and Alternatives, by Aviva Romm

 

The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child, by Dr. Robert W. Sears

 

Vaccines: The Risks, The Benefits, The Choices, by Dr. Sherri Tenpenny

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)

 

VBAC Facts.com
VBAC American Women Speak Out
International Cesarean Awareness Network

 

Cut, Stapled, and Mended: When One Woman Reclaimed Her Body and Gave Birth on Her Own Terms After Cesarean,

by Roanna Rosewood

 

Vaginal Birth After Caesarean: The VBAC Handbook by Helen Churchill and Wendy Savage

What is a midwife?

“Midwives are the traditional care providers for mothers and infants. Midwives are trained professionals with expertise and skills in supporting women to maintain healthy pregnancies and have optimal births and recoveries during the postpartum period. 

 

Midwives provide women with individualized care uniquely suited to their physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and cultural needs. 

 

Midwifery is a woman-centered empowering model of maternity care that is utilized in all of the countries of the world with the best maternal and infant outcomes such as The Netherlands, United Kingdom and Canada.”

(from: http://www.mana.org/about-midwives/what-is-a-midwife)

 

FAQs

If you don't find the answers you are looking for here...give us a call or an email!

What is a CPM? or LM?


CPM stands for Certified Professional Midwife.  A CPM is an independent midwifery practitioner who has met the standards for certification set by the North American Registry of Midwives. The CPM is the only international credential that requires knowledge about and experience in out of hospital births. (http://narm.org/)

 


The state of Arizona regulates the practice of midwifery through a process of licensure.   In order to receive licensure (LM) in Arizona, a midwife must meet requirements determined by the state including holding a CPM (certified professional midwife), current CPR and NRP (neonatal resuscitation), as well as the passing of a state administered examination. (www.azdhs.gov/als/midwife)

What is a doula?

Doulas are trained support professionals.  Doulas provide physical and emotional support to mothers before, during and after birth. 

 

Doulas, unlike midwives, are not health care providers and do not provide clinical care.

 

“Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.” (from: www.dona.org/mothers)

What about the pain in labor?

In your home environment, you are naturally in a more relaxed state than a woman who has moved from her comfort zone to a foreign environment. This simple and all important difference in and of itself reduces your discomfort during labor as you move freely the way your body tells you to do.

 

In over 2000 births and over 40 years of collective homebirth experience, only a handful of women have requested to be transported to a hospital for pain relief.

 

Your birth attendants are skilled in supporting you during labor by suggesting changes or additions you can make to ease discomfort.  You might also consider hiring a doula.

 

Many refer to water as “natures epidural”, don’t underestimate the relaxing effects of immersing yourself in the warm water of the labor pool.

 

Your body was made to do the work of labor and birthing babies!

What if something goes wrong?

"Throughout your pregnancy, labor and birth your midwife will regularly assess you and your baby's health. If you begin labor healthy, you should expect to have a normal, natural childbirth.

 

Midwives are experts in normal, natural childbirth. They have been trained to recognize the early signs of medical complications that may occasionally arise. In the rare circumstance a complication occurs, midwives are prepared with oxygen, neo-natal resuscitation equipment, anti-hemorrhagic methods as well as a transport plan should something arise that cannot or should not be handled at home. In that case she will transport to your local hospital and stay with you throughout your birth as your advocate."

(From: http://mothersnaturally.org/faqs/index.php#)

 

 

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