Childbirth Concerns
 
Childbirth concerns deal with various issues related to pregnancy and childbirth. 
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Agencies and Support Groups
 
Local
 
A non-profit, volunteer organization founded to make pregnancy, birth, delivery, and parenthood a more informed and satisfying experience; dedicated to promoting the concepts of Family-Centered Maternity Care. 
  
The Commonwealth Medical College is accepting volunteers for the EAGeR (The Effects of Aspirin in Gestation and Reproduction) Study. This is a clinical trial for women who have had a miscarriage in the past and hope to conceive. Women who want to become pregnant at this time, and who are between 18-40 years of age, are eligible to join. In addition, women must have had a miscarriage or pregnancy loss at some point in the past. The EAGeR Study is being conducted by a team of investigators at TCMC in collaboration with the Physicians Health Alliance at Moses Taylor Hospital. To learn more about the EAGeR Study in your area, contact The Commonwealth Medical College at (570) 207-1058 or by email at EAGeR@tcmedc.org. 
  
La Leche League is an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing education, information, support, and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed. All women interested in breastfeeding are welcome to attend the monthly group meetings or call a leader for breastfeeding help. La Leche League of Pennsylvania also provides health care professionals with continuing education opportunities and access to the latest research on lactation management. This web site provides LLL of Pennsylvania Groups with Web Pages.
 
Luzerne County Childbirth Education  - (Hazleton) (570) 455-1521
This includes a listing of a number of Social Services and Support Group organizations that may be of interest.
 
March of Dimes
The March of Dimes mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature births, and infant mortality. They do this through research, community service, education, and advocacy.  The local contact information is:
 
March of Dimes, Northeast Division
90 Commerce Way, Suite 320
Bethlehem, PA  18017
Phone: (610) 814-7000
Fax; (610) 814-7019
 
The MFHS Beginnings Plus Prenatal Program provides complete prenatal care to low-income or uninsured mothers-to-be through a partnership with Community Medical Center in Scranton, PA.

Nurse-Family Partnership
Nurse-Family Partnership's maternal health program introduces vulnerable first-time parents to caring maternal and child health nurses. This program allows nurses to deliver the support first-time moms need to have a healthy pregnancy, become knowledgeable and responsible parents, and provide their babies with the best possible start in life. The relationship between mother and nurse provides the foundation for strong families, and lives forever changed - for the better.
 
NFP of Maternal Family Health Services (Covers Lackawanna, Luzerne, Susquehanna, and Wayne counties.)
Maternal and Family Health Services, Inc.
15 Public Square
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
(570) 826-1777
 
Nurse-Family Partnership of Monroe County (Covers Monroe and Pike counties.)
2 Veterans Plaza
Stroudsburg, PA  18360
(570) 426-1688
 
 
State
 
Birthsource.com-PA Doulas
A directory of labor and postpartum doulas in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. Doulas assist at labor and birth in postpartum care of mother and baby. They are trained and certified according to various requirements of local jurisdictions. They are helpful in educating the new family and in helping build their confidence as new parents.  
 
Childbirth Services-PA 
Provides listings of birth professionals in Pennsylvania.
 
Find a Lamaze Class
Lamaze class directory
 
Provides a listing of Pennsylvania Fertility Clinics.
 
Each year, local March of Dimes chapters award grants to external organizations across the state in order to address unmet maternal and infant health needs. These community grants are one way that the March of Dimes pursues its mission of saving babies by preventing birth defects, premature births, and infant mortality.
Helping children and families by fighting the leading known cause of mental retardation and birth defect. Includes contact information for community resources and support groups throughout the state.
 
The Pennsylvania Perinatal Partnership represents the collaborative efforts of Pennsylvania's Healthy Start Projects and Maternal and Child Health Programs. For more information on the Partnership, call Liz Werthan at 9215) 985-6267 or email liz@paperinatal.org.
 
The Spina Bifida Association of Western Pennsylvania is committed to improving the quality of life for people with Spina Bifida and their families by providing a continuum of support services, education and advocacy.
 

 
National
 
 American Pregnancy Association
The American Pregnancy Association is a national health organization committed to promoting reproductive and pregnancy wellness through education, research, advocacy, and community awareness.
 
Perinatal Education Associates is an international company dedicated to promoting positive pregnancy outcomes through education, promotion of evidence-based research, family-centered care, maternal/child health advocacy and awareness.
  
Provides listings of birth professionals across the nation.
 

 The American Academy of Pediatrics offers this site with pediatrician-approved health information.  The website offers guidance on issues from prenatal care through the various stages of childhood.  There are interactive tools and the ability to receive customized information.  You can also register for a free newsletter.

 

Provides information on causes of birth defects, prenatal tests, gene therapy, genetic testing, and staying healthy during pregnancy.
 
Lamaze promotes a natural, healthy and safe approach to pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting. Knowing that pregnancy and childbirth can be demanding on a woman's body and mind, Lamaze serves as a resource for information about what to expect and what choices are available during the childbearing years. Includes blogs, discussion forums, and volunteer opportunities.
 
MedLinePlus - Premature Babies page
Provides an overview, latest news, nutrition information, coping, specific conditions, related issues, videos, financial issues, clinical trials, research, journal articles, and statistics.
 
Nurse-Family Partnership's maternal health program introduces vulnerable first-time parents to caring maternal and child health nurses. This program allows nurses to deliver the support first-time moms need to have a healthy pregnancy, become knowledgeable and responsible parents, and provide their babies with the best possible start in life. The relationship between mother and nurse provides the foundation for strong families, and lives are forever changed - for the better.
 
This web site allows you to select your state and city and provides information on obstetricians, adoption centers, nutritionists, day care centers, articles dealing with pregnancy topics, bulletin boards, videos, communities, podcasts, chat, blogs, and reviews. 

This online directory developed by the Maternal and Child Health Library at Georgetown University helps find services for children and families in the communities in which they live. There are links to other directories and a number of hotlines. A great resource.
 
 
 
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Disclaimer:  The information contained at this website is not intended to replace the care of a primary care physician, specialist, or other professional health care provider.  It is intended solely to complement  that care and is for general informational purposes only.  Any health information found on the Internet should always be discussed with your health care provider.
 
This page is maintained by the library staff of The Commonwealth Medical College, a member of the Health Information Library Network of Northeastern Pennsylvania (HILNNEP). 
 
Last updated: May 15, 2013