These are some of the resources we have found useful or inspirational during our pregnancies, and even post-partum. If you have suggestions for something to add to this page feel free to email us.
Reading: Some of our favorite reads for information and inspiration
The Birth Book by Dr Sears
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
The Pregnancy Bible by Joanne Stoen and Keith Eddleman
Birthing from Within by Pam England and Rob Horowitz
Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin
The Birth Partner by Penny Simpkin (especially good for fathers, mothers or other birth companions)
Baby Center.com – updates on your baby’s development, articles and information about infants and toddlers, and a wide variety of discussion boards including breastfeeding support, postpartum depression, monthly birth clubs, cloth diapering and more. (*note: many contributors to these boards are knowledgeable and helpful, but as with any internet discussion group there might be some misinformation. Still we feel the community these types of groups provide are important and so we recommend that if you use them you always do your own research as well)
Finding a doula
No matter what type of labor you hope to have, a doula can be an incredible source of support for you and your partner during labor. A doula is a trained labor attendant who provides continuous support to the laboring mother and studies have shown that having a doula shortens labor times significantly. This is important especially because nurses, obstetricians and midwives have several patients at once and even if they want to be, they can’t be with you 100% of the time you are laboring. A doula can. If you are interested in hiring a doula here are some of our recommendations:
- use DONA (Doulas of North America) to find a certified doula in your area
- schedule meetings with several doulas and bring your birth partner (husband, mother, sister, anyone who will be assisting you during labor) to the meeting – it is very important that you AND your partner feel comfortable with whomever you hire.
- If you are concerned about the cost, some hospitals in the Triangle area have programs that will match you with a free doula or you may be able to find someone who is going through the certification process and is willing to attend your birth free of charge.
The Nursing Mother’s Companion by Kathleen Huggins
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League International (8th edition)
The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers by Jack Newman
La Leche League of North Carolina – local groups that meet regularly and provide information on breastfeeding as well as an opportunity to meet other nursing mothers in your area
Kellymom – an amazingly throughough breast feeding website
Work and Pump – site with useful tips for working, breast feeding mothers