Resources

Birth Essentials | Get Educated

Birth Without Fear

Birth Without Fear is a community of women coming together to support each other in birth and motherhood. The blog is well organized and inspirational.

Evidence Based Birth

This website is all about helping mothers and families make informed choices around birth. Here you can find an extensive blog, classes and you can search by topic from A to Z. Many articles are offered in a PDF / printer friendly version to help you have an informed discussion with your care provider.

Improving Birth

Improving Birth was started by a group of moms in San Diego and it has now grown immensely. The organization’s mission is “to bring evidence-based care and humanity to childbirth.”

Natureal Mom

Natureal Mom is a website created by a Birth Doula, Lactation Educator and Counselor and Childbirth Educator. It includes a blog with a wide variety of topics, such as breastfeeding, attachment parenting, pregnancy, birth and natural living.

Spinning Babies

Spinning Babies is a well known resource for childbirth preparation when it comes to optimal fetal positioning. It offers techniques, e-classes, explanations of baby positions and much more.

Birthing from Within

This website is built around the work of Pam England, author of Birthing from Within and Labyrinth of Birth. Here you can find birth classes, workshops, a blog and more aimed to help parents prepare for birth as a rite of passage.

Magamama with Kimberly Ann Johnson

A place to find “expert care for women and new moms.” This website and community was created by Kimberly Ann Johnson, inspired by her mission to “empower and educate women.”

VBAC Support | Vaginal Birth After Cesarean

VBAC support can be found in many of the other websites/resources listed but the following few are specific for Vaginal Birth After Cesarean.

VBAC

A website that offers a plethora of information, support and evidence based resources for VBAC and cesarean prevention.

VBAC Facts

This is another great website for those looking for evidence based resources and information on options surrounding VBAC birth.

International Cesarean Awareness Network

ICAN is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting VBAC, as well as providing a supportive environment for cesarean recovery and utilizing education to prevent unnecessary cesareans. This organization has created “local chapters” throughout the USA and beyond.

Books | Inspiration + Education

wild-feminine

In her groundbreaking book, Wild Feminine: Finding Power, Spirit, & Joy in the Root of the Female Body, Tami Lynn Kent invites every woman to journey deep into the heart of her female body, to her root place, and the root of all womanhood. Through stories, visualizations, and creative exercises, the wisdom arising from the female body has been distilled into this guide for us to explore the feminine nature as never before.

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Being fertile and fruitful can mean giving birth to a child — but to have a fertile soul means to give birth to the true self a woman wants to be: to live a life filled with passion, strength, joy, and adventure. In The Way of the Fertile Soul, Dr. Randine Lewis outlines ten ancient Chinese medical and Taoist “secrets” that hold the little-known key to successfully conceiving babies, new dreams, and a fulfilling life for women at any phase in their lives.

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Alisa Vitti found herself suffering through the symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), and was able to heal herself through food and lifestyle changes. Relieved and reborn, she made it her mission to empower other women to be able to do the same.

making babies

Making Babies offers a proven 3-month program designed to help any woman get pregnant. Fertility medicine today is all about aggressive surgical, chemical, and technological intervention, but Dr. David and Blakeway know a better way.

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Women face many challenging transitions on the pilgrimage from girlhood through womanhood: menses, love and heartbreak, motherhood, menopause. Devoid of a central narrative, these rites of passage too often happen in shame and secrecy, leaving women doubting their personal power and self-worth. Bestselling author and founder of The Way of the Happy Woman®, Sara Avant Stover saw how women erroneously viewed these initiations as “curses” and sought to present a new model that reflected the power and wisdom unique to the feminine path.

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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.

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Find out why Dr. Christiane Northrup has called Women’s Anatomy of Arousal “the most comprehensive, user-friendly, practical and uplifting book on women’s sexuality I’ve ever read. It’s the gold standard!” Women have a largely unknown network of structures responsible for arousal and orgasm that their owners and even most medical professionals don’t know about.

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An essential exploration of why and how women’s sexuality works—based on groundbreaking research and brain science—that will radically transform your sex life into one filled with confidence and joy.

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Since the publication of Taking Charge of your Fertility two decades ago, Toni Weschler has taught a whole new generation of women how to become pregnant, avoid pregnancy naturally and gain better control of their gynecological and sexual health by taking just a couple minutes a day using the proven Fertility Awareness Method.

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Spiritual bypassing—the use of spiritual beliefs to avoid dealing with painful feelings, unresolved wounds, and developmental needs—is so pervasive that it goes largely unnoticed. The spiritual ideals of any tradition, whether Christian commandments or Buddhist precepts, can provide easy justification for practitioners to duck uncomfortable feelings in favor of more seemingly enlightened activity. When split off from fundamental psychological needs, such actions often do much more harm than good.

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How do you live a life of spiritual awakening as well as outer abundance, inner freedom as well as deep intimacy? How do you serve the world selflessly, yet passionately celebrate your life? The sages of Tantra have known for centuries that when you follow the path of Shakti—the sacred feminine principle personified by the goddesses of yoga—these gifts can manifest spontaneously. Yet most of us, women as well as men, have yet to experience the full potential of our inner feminine energies. When you know these powers for what they are, they heighten your capacity to open spiritually, love more deeply and fearlessly, create with greater mastery, and move through the world with skill and delight.

Breastfeeding Support | Love Lactating

La Leche League International

La Leche League is a well known organization dedicated to breastfeeding support, information and education. Their website makes it easy to find local help when it comes to breastfeeding.

Kelly Mom

This website, created by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, contains more than just breastfeeding information and support.

Local Support / LA and Orange County

Bini Birth

Bini Birth, founded by Ana Paula Markel, provides a variety of childbirth education classes, birth and new family support, as well as education for birth professionals.

Gracefull – Birthing Healing Parenting

Gracefull defines itself as a “community resource to support growing families.” Located in Silverlake, they provide midwifery care for home birth and birthing at their birth center, as well as chiropractic care, acupuncture, lactation consulting, group classes and so much more.

The Community Birth Center

The Community Birth Center is located in Los Angeles and provides midwifery care for birth, postpartum care and beyond.

Natural Birth Center and Women’s Wellness

The Natural Birth Center offers services in both Whittier and Los Angeles. Simona Istrate is a Certified Nurse Midwife who also provides well woman and prenatal care.

South Coast Midwifery and Women’s Health Care

South Coast Midwifery is located in Irvine and as a birth center they offer prenatal care, well woman care, home and birth center birth, as well as classes and other events.

HypnoBirthing OC

HypnoBirthing classes with Nicolle Kasche located throughout Orange County.

Your Birth Team

Amanda Cagle and Brandy Ferner team up as birth doulas and so much more, serving families in Orange County. Some of their services include: birth doula, postpartum doula, placenta encapsulation, car seat installation and safety, lactation support and education.

OC Doula Collective

A great resource in Orange County for birth doula support, classes and so much more.

Float Chinese Medical Arts

Owned by Abigail Morgan, L.Ac, MTOM, Float is a great resource for supportive care before, during and after pregnancy. Float is located in Glendale.

Restored Physique Physical Therapy and Wellness

Whitney Sippl, DPT, WCS, CPT offers home services to women during the prenatal, perinatal and postpartum periods.

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