These are pregnancy & birth resources that I've gathered along with my personal annotations. I do not receive any benefit from any of my recommendations other than goodwill. These resources are a starting place for you on your family's journey. I invite you to peruse and as always, make the decisions that are right for your family.
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Tri-City Birth Support Workers
- Southern Alameda County Birth Professionals (San Leandro to Fremont) http://belliesbirth.blogspot.com
- Fremont Family & Sports Chiropractic Personal recommendation: I am a huge believer in chiropractics for well-being beyond the typical back crack'em that folks expect. Dr. Melanie is one of the only pregnancy & pediatric chiropractor in the area; our family loves her! The Webster technique is used to adjust the uterine & pelvic ligaments optimizing space for the baby to grow; it's best known for flipping breech presentation (that is, adjusting the ligaments so baby has enough space to comfortably present head down). It made a huge difference for me during my pregnancy when I experienced agonizing pubic symphisis dysfunction and pelvic joints that would not open up so the baby could drop, because of old injuries. In addition to prenatally, my daughter has been receiving chiropractic care since she was 3 days
old (helped to resolve her colic!) and happily goes in regularly to get
adjusted for typical childhood injuries/falls, colds, and allergies. http://fremontfschiropractic.com/
- Connection Cafe Chiropractic Union City Family chiropractic (infants, children, pregnant mothers, Webster Technique )
- Compassion Tree Mama Care Personal recommendation: Megumi provides loving support for mamas and mamas-to-be--prenatal/postpartum massage, fertility massage, pregnancy dance classes, mama walks, and more. She is incredibly and authentically present, emotionally and spiritually; she has helped guide me through challenging experiences and is mentoring me in my birth work. http://becoming-a-mama.com/
- Sylvia Boyd is a Lactation Consultant and Physical Therapist based in Hayward who does
cranio-sacral for infants. She is thoroughly versed on newborns with
breastfeeding issues as a result of medicalized birth.
- Amber Hawley MA, LMFT offers body-centered hypnosis for birth. www.amberhawley.com
- Life West Chiropractic College Health Center Low-cost chiropractic clinic in Hayward where chiropractic interns get their clinical hours. Life West is one of the best chiropractic colleges in the US. (I applied & was accepted, but life took me elsewhere.)
- More Pregnancy & Birth Professionals listed at the Southern Alameda County Birth Professionals.
Tri-City Moms Groups
I am most familiar with HMN and Fremont Moms Buy/Sell/Trade.
Bay Area Birth Centers
- Bay Area Midwifery: A Community Wellness & Birth Center—Oakland, CA This has recently changed ownership. It is group of community midwives, Pearl Yu, LM, Laura Perez, LM, Sara Flores CNM, Treesa Mclean, LM who have joined together to create a new birth center in Oakland. Working along with Kristen Graser, LM, and Kirsten Soares, LM, student midwives, massage therapists and other healers, they strive to serve the Oakland and East Bay community.
- Pacifica Family Maternity Center—South Berkeley, CA Accepts MediCal.
Bay Area Birth Resource Centers
- Bellies—Southern Alameda County A non-profit resource center in development!
- Birthways.org—Berkeley, CA Non-profit educational resource center with classes, workshops and library for parents.
- Harmony Birth & Family—Campbell, CA Educational resource center with workshops and classes for parents.
- Blossom Birth—Palo Alto, CA Non-profit educational resource center with classes, workshops and library for parents.
Pregnancy & Birth Books
Vaginal Birth after Cesarean
"Natural Cesarean" Birth
The World Health Organization recommends national cesarean birth rates no higher than 5% to 10% for the best outcomes for women and babies. The US has an epidemic level of cesarean birth rates of 30%, resulting in more health complications for mother-baby (see first link below for rates in our area). When medically necessary, cesarean birth is a valuable surgical intervention. The links below demonstrate how cesarean birth is not just a clinical event, it is first and foremost Birth. It can be conducted in a compassionate manner that honors the Blessed Event and the experience of parents & baby. Skin-to-Skin/Kangaroo care isn't just for preemies; all newborns, including cesarean-born, benefit from being held close to their mothers' heart immediately after birth without separation. All it takes to change hospital protocols is educating the obstetricians & consumer demand. While it would be of benefit for all cesarean born babies, natural cesarean birth is only available for non-emergency, elective surgery (for the most part, cases in which cesarean is medically unnecessary).
- Cesarean rates in California listed by hospital http://www.cesareanrates.com/storage/state_pdfs/2011_CA_totalCSrates.pdf
- "Family Centered Cesarean" from the International Cesarean Awareness Network. 8/11/2006
- "Natural cesarean" is intended only for elective surgery. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2613254/
- Mother-, baby-, family-centered cesarean from OBG Management journal
- UK Educational video on "Natural Cesarean" by the Jentle Childbirth Foundation http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5RIcaK98Yg
- The fallacy of "Failure to Progress" http://evidencebasedbirth.com/friedmans-curve-and-failure-to-progress-a-leading-cause-of-unplanned-c-sections/
- "Natural Cesarean" in the San Francisco Bay Area. (I am grateful to the caring doulas & birth workers who provided me with the info below and the mama who sparked the conversation. Please note, I have not verified the extent to which these institutions or individuals practice natural cesarean nor should this be construed as a recommendation of their services, please exercise due diligence when interviewing prospective care providers or hospitals about their obstetrical protocols and practices.)
- Washington Hospital (Fremont, Alameda County) is providing "natural cesarean" as of 2013 in its attempt to become designated a WHO "Baby-Friendly" hospital. "Early skin-to-skin contact is practical and preferable with most
deliveries, including caesarian - or C-section - deliveries. For a mother who has had a C-section, we can place the baby on
her chest, above the surgical drape, while we're finishing with sutures
and so forth. Moms who have skin-to-skin contact with their babies soon
after a C-section seem much more focused on their babies' faces than
what's going on behind the drape. However, if a baby is in distress after an emergency C-section, or if there is
any other serious problem with a baby's or mother's health, we might not
be able to allow skin-to-skin contact right away. It also might not be
advisable to have early skin-to-skin contact if the mom is highly
anxious about having C-section surgery, or if she has experienced nausea
or vomiting during surgery." http://www.tricityvoice.com/articlefiledisplay.php?issue=2013-03-12&file=skin+to+skin+final.txt
- Sutter Delta Medical Center (Antioch, Contra Costa County)
- Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center (Alameda County) perhaps try OB Renee Perry
- Kaiser Santa Clara (Santa Clara County)
- El Camino Hospital Los Gatos (Santa Clara County) with Dr. Angela Pollard
- San Francisco General Hospital
- UCSF Medical Center (San Francisco) is beginning to transition to "natural cesarean" based on staff availability.
- Marin General Hospital (Greenbrae, Marin County)
- Dr. Alexandra Klikoff (Aptos, Santa Cruz County) Dominican Hospital and Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center
I have not personally used the lactation services of any of the professionals below except for kellymom. I am listing them as starting points.
Mother Roasting/Postpartum Care "Mothering the Mother"
Mother Roasting as a term has its
roots in Southeast Asian birth practices (popularized by former lay midwife Raven Lang
in a 1997 Mothering article), however the postpartum period is
recognized as an especially vulnerable time for mother-baby in all traditional cultures. Mother roasting refers to practices to mother the mother.
As a parent, you will obsess about poo and talk about more than you ever thought possible. What's in the diaper tells you what's going on with baby. So handy when they can't talk!
Once you become a parent, suddenly Bill Cosby is the most hilarious ever. And let's be real, we need the laughs, and parenthood supplies them in good measure.
are a sample of titles and resources in my library. Of course every
family is different, and what works for me may not work for you. Take
these as reference books and as always, do what is right for your
family. (My bargain places to shop for books are betterworldbooks.com and goodwillbooks.com)
- Holistic Moms Network a nationwide non-profit with local chapters supporting families interested in holistic lifestyle.
- Mothering.com great articles about natural pregnancy, childbirth and parenting including a week-by-week pregnancy guide.
- Fathering Right from the Start: Straight Talk About Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond by Jack Heinowitz A very gentle book preparing fathers for their role as care takers.
- Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child, 2nd ed.
this is a really great book we received from as a baby shower
gift (awesome!) that lists common childhood ailments and gives you
integrated treatments from western/allopathic medicine, homeopathic,
nutritional supplements, acupressure and herbal treatments. all those
inconsolable, fever, projectile vomit nights have simple treatment plans.
- Meditations for New Mothers by Beth Wilson Saavedra Nice
little mother affirmations and thoughts to meditate on in the brief
snatches of time you get between feedings, pottying/diapering, naps,
- The Diaper Free Baby: the natural toilet training alternative by Christine Gross-Loh I liked this book for being very flexible and non-zealous about being diaper-free
(also called elimination communication or EC). I started with my
daughter at 4 mos with cloth diapers/wool covers as backups while being a
working mom with an agreeable nanny. She was holding her pee through
the night and exclusively using the potty for poop by 9 mos. We made
the leap to diaper-free at 18 mos.