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Community Resources

The Bay Area is home to an incredibly rich professional birth and parenting community! And of course there's the online world as well. While this is great, it can send you down the dreaded rabbit hole of searching and sifting.


With that in mind, I hope this page is helpful! While by no means complete, the vast majority of listings are well-vetted by me or someone I know and trust. 

In addition to what's here, as my client you will also have access to the Client Portal. There you'll find even more key information and resources--birth support packet, breastfeeding and birth videos, research articles, etc.--designed to help you feel prepared and supported. 

Bay Area Resources






















East Bay: 







San Francisco: 












Local Resource Centers

Natural Resources--SF



Homebirth & Birth centers
East Bay Homebirth Midwifery 
Bay Area Homebirth Collective
Pacifica Family Maternity Center

San Francisco Birth Center


Breastfeeding Support

East Bay Lactation Consultants

Traci Massillon--SF, IBCLC

Caroline Charpentier-Kerherve--SF, IBCLC 

Melitta Hoder--SF, IBCLC

Chris Pritchard--SF, IBCLC


East Bay Bodywork/Yoga
Anna Hurty--Dance for Birth 

Premsangha Prakasha--Yoga

Namaste Yoga Studios

Candace Palmerlee--Massage


SF Bodywork/Yoga

Britt Forhman--Yoga
Jane Austin --Yoga

Mindful Body--Yoga

Melitta Hoder--Massage

Patti Mills--Massage


East Bay Prenatal Chiropractic

Awaken Chiropractic


SF Prenatal Chiropractic

Kristine Hicks/More Mojo

Laura Sheehan

Christine Cantwell


East Bay Acupuncturists
Amy Mitchell

Manzanita Wellness
Jill Stevens

Portia Lee
Oakland Community Acupuncture

SF Acupuncturists

Jamie Goodman

Linda Gruber

Denise Bowden

Moss Acupuncture

Craig Marble


Martina Smolova


Postpartum Depression/Trauma Support

Phyllis Klaus

Meghan Lewis

Rachel Jenkins-Stephens

Gina McCarthy

Gina Hassan


Breast Pump Rentals

Amrit K. Khalsa, IBCLC
Janaki Costello, IBCLC
Day One

Natural Resources


Connie Sultana


Susan Bradford/Birth Journey


Jennifer Curtis/Heartful Birth

North Bay

Off the Bookshelf

Pregnancy and Childbirth
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth--May Gaskin

All books by Aviva Fromm

Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering--​Dr. Sarah Buckley

Birthing From Within--Pamela England


The Heart In The Womb--Dr. Amali Lokugamage

Active Birth--Janet Balaskes

All books by Sheila Kitzinger
All books by Henci Goer
The Birth Partner--Penny Simkin
Gentle Birth Choices--Barbara Harper R.N.
Finding Movement in Fullness--Candice Garret

Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn--Simpkin

All books by Michael Odent


The Baby Book:  Everything you Need to Know About Your Baby From Birth to Age 2-- Sears
The No Cry Sleep Solution--Sears
Your Amazing Newborn--Klaus

The Mind of Your Newborn Baby--​Chamberlain

The Secret Life of the Unborn Child--Verny

The Nursing Mother's Companion--Huggins 
Ina May's Guide to Nursing--Gaskin
Breastfeeding Made Simple
The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers-- Newman
The Better Way to Breastfeed--Weiss



When Survivors Give Birth--Klaus

Online Resources—Local and Beyond

General Childbirth/Parent Info
Aviva Fromm--All things Women's Health

Lamaze International
The Family Way
Mothering Magazine
Penny Simpkin
Birthing from Within
Bay Area Birth Information
Peaceful Parenting
Giving Birth With Confidence Blog
Holistic Pediatric Alliance

Gentle Parenting International


Cesarean and VBAC

International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN)
Woman’s Guide to VBAC
Cesarean Rates at your Hospital



La Leche League
Kelly Mom
Dr. Jack Newman
Breastfeeding Made Simple



Dr. James Mckenna, the Mother-Baby Sleep Lab

Dr. Sears' 8 Parenting Tips for Baby's Sleep


Midwifery Associations

Citizens for Midwifery
California Association of Midwives
Midwives' Alliance of North America



DONA International
San Francisco Doula Group
Doulas of the East Bay

East Bay Postpartum Doula Circle
Natural Resources


Trauma and Birth

Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth

Postpartum Support HelpLine: 800-944-4773

Advocacy and Research

The Cochrane Library

Uppity Science Chick
Birth Psychology
Science and Sensibility
Childbirth Connection
Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS)
Primal Health Research
International Mother Baby Childbirth Initiative

Domestic Violence Support
National Domestic Violence Hotline
La Casa De Las Madres
The Riley Center

Homebirth Studies

**Home Birth: An annotated guide to the literature. Vedam, S. et al. University of British Columbia, 2011.

**Outcomes of planned home births with certified professional midwives: large prospective study in North America. Kenneth C Johnson, senior epidemiologist, Betty-Anne Daviss, project manager. BMJ. 2005 Jun 18;330(7505):1416.

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