Resources & Support

Birth

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Mother’s Advocate is dedicated to helping you have the healthiest, safest, most satisfying birth possible. While every birth is unique there is substantial evidence that points to ways you can improve your chances of having the best birth experience. This website offers free video clips and print materials that will educate and inform you on how to have the birth you want for you and your baby.

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Lamaze has changed childbirth for millions of families through the dedicated efforts of professional childbirth educators, providers and parents, since its founding as a nonprofit association in 1960.

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“Childbirth Connection, formerly Maternity Center Association, is a not-for-profit organization that has worked to improve maternity care for mothers, babies and families since 1918.  We promote safe, effective, and satisfying evidence-based maternity care. Evidence-based maternity care means using the best research about the safety and effectiveness of specific tests, treatments, and interventions to help you make informed decisions.”  -from their website

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Coalition for Improving Maternity Services

“Established in 1996, the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) is a collaborative effort of numerous individuals and more than 50 organizations representing over 90,000 members. Our mission is to promote a wellness model of maternity care that will improve birth outcomes and substantially reduce costs.” -from their website

Doulas

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With more than 5,500 birth and postpartum doula members and growing, we are the largest doula association in the world. We support doulas by providing quality training and meaningful certification. We serve mothers and families by providing access to information and research about doulas, childbirth and the postpartum experience. ” -from their website

Cesarean Birth

Created by Jill Arnold, blogger and main author of The Unnecesarean, this site provides a snapshot of publicly available U.S. cesarean rate data. Jill’s website compiles the most current hospital-level data accessible to the public online, whether reported directly by a state’s department of health or gathered from state hospital association web sites.

VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean)

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If you are currently pregnant and want to have a VBAC, but are facing a hospital policy that would require you to deliver by c-section with no medical reason other than your previous c-section and against your wishes, ICAN would be happy to talk with you. For more information, please visit the ICAN website, or send an email to vbacbanhelp@ican-online.org

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VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) is a safe alternative to a routine repeat cesarean. VBAC.com’s aim is to provide evidence-based  resources and support about VBAC  from a variety of sources; scientific studies, professional guidelines, government reports, birth advocacy groups, as well as successful and established VBAC programs. Their goal is to help women make informed decisions about how they want to give birth and to encourage an honest and respectful dialogue with their caregivers. Providing accurate information and resources about VBAC can help childbearing women and their families avoid the risks associated with cesarean section.

Breastfeeding

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La Leche League was founded to give information and encouragement, mainly through personal help, to all mothers who want to breastfeed their babies. While complementing the care of the physician and other health care professionals, it recognizes the unique importance of one mother helping another to perceive the needs of her child and to learn the best means of fulfilling those needs.

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At KellyMom.com, their goal is to provide support & evidence-based information on breastfeeding, sleep and parenting.

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BreastfeedingMadeSimple.com

Sometimes, breastfeeding can be more challenging than you imagined–and anything but simple. If this describes you, help is on the way. In their book, Breastfeeding Made Simple, they describe the Seven Natural Laws of Breastfeeding. These are laws you can use to get breastfeeding off to a good start and avoid common challenges.  If you are having difficulties, these laws can help you get back on track.

 

Postpartum Support

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(PSI) was founded in 1987 by Jane Honikman and currently headquartered in Santa Barbara, CA. The purpose of the organization is to increase awareness among public and professional communities about the emotional changes that women experience during pregnancy and postpartum. Approximately 15% of all women will experience postpartum depression following the birth of a child. Up to 10% will experience depression or anxiety during pregnancy. When the mental health of the mother is compromised, it affects the entire family.

Mother to Mother Postpartum Group

Tuesdays, 9-10 a.m. @ Families First, Portsmouth, NH
Offering support for mothers during their baby’s first year, when postpartum depression and anxiety are common. Come be with other mothers who know what it’s like. Led by Susan Remillard, a certified postpartum doula and breastfeeding consultant, specially trained in birth and postpartum care. Free
Register now

 

 

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GLOW is a holistic wellness studio located in the heart of York Village, Maine.  Providing professional massage therapy and integrative bodywork for the general population, and a wide variety of Women’s Wellness Services. These offerings include treatments, workshops and private consultations in the areas of fertility, pregnancy, parenthood, menopause, and more!

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