Complete database of medications and their risk to the fetus during pregnancy and to the baby when breastfeeding.
Evidence-based articles from researcher, Henci Goer (author of "Thinking Women's Guide to a Better Birth")
World Health Organization document that provides evidence-based recommendations to guide health care professionals in women's care during pregnancy, birth, postpartum and newborns during their first week of life.
Penny Simkin’s Website
Local Resource Centers
Blossom Birth Services
Postpartum Support /Resources
Offers telephone support by trained peer counselors and monthly in-person facilitated support meetings to help women dealing with difficult deliveries.
This organization is dedicated to improving and saving lives by increasing awareness of all perinatal mood disorders including postpartum depression.
Options in Childbirth EducationBirthing from Within
A soulful and creative approach to preparing to birth and parent in awareness.
The Bradley Method
Teaches natural labor techniques in which a woman and her coach play an active part.
Teaches self-hypnosis, guided imagery and special breathing techniques that can help to bring about a shorter, easier, and more joyful birthing.
BreastfeedingNursing Mothers Counsel
A non-affiliated, non-profit organization whose goal is to help mothers enjoy a relaxed and happy feeding relationship with their babies by providing breastfeeding information and support
La Leche League International
Local chapters hold meetings where mothers can get breastfeeding support and advice.
Dr. Jack Newman
Pediatrician renowned for evidence-based information about and support for breastfeeding.
Provides evidence-based information on breastfeeding, sleep and parenting.
Dr. Thomas Hale
Dr. Thomas Hale's searchable forum about medicines and breastmilk.
Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative
WHO/UNICEF initiative that outlines policies and practices that allow parents to make informed choices about how they feed and care for their babies. Identifies hospitals and birth centers who implement the 10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.
Suzanne Colson's Biological Nurturing is a mother-centred approach that suggests new ways to hold and cuddle babies aiming to increase the enjoyment of breastfeeding.
ParentingMothers Clubs in the Bay Area
Directory of Bay Area mothers clubs.
Support and education for the 8 principles of Attachment Parenting.
Wearing your baby in a sling, wrap, or other type of baby carrier is a great way to keep your baby close and content AND keep both your hands free for important tasks. Babywearing is a learned skill and groups like Babywearing International's Bay Area chapter gives parents and caregivers a place to try on different types of carriers and to get advice and support about babywearing.
NutritionWeston A. Price Foundation
Shares the research of nutrition pioneer Dr. Weston Price; advocates nutrient-dense whole foods and the vital fat-soluble activators found exclusively in animal fats. Includes many helpful articles on nuitrition for women and children among others.
Dr. Tom Brewer’s Pregnancy Diet
Dr. Brewer advocated and helped define a diet to prevent and in some cases reverse a host of common complications during pregnancy, including toxemia, low birth weight, prematurity, and preterm labor.
Groups for Birth Professionals
International Doulas List