RECIPE FOR AN EMPOWERED EXPERIENCE

3 cups

InformedConsent 

3 cups

Support

2 tsp.

Joy

1 cup

Wellness

2 tsp.

Respect

2 tbsp.

Empowerment

1½ cups

Compassion

Resources

Enjoy the resources below as a starting place to discover the abundance of information out there! This is by no means an exhaustive list nor is it reflective of the the many amazingly diverse resources that exist. 
DOULA & MIDWIFE ORGANIZATIONS

Organizations to provide information about midwifery, find Doula support & more!

Midwifery Organizations
 

New York Homebirth Midwives -  www.nyhomebirth.com
 

American College of Nurse Midwives - www.midwife.org
 

MANA: Midwives Alliance of Northern America www.mana.org
 

NARM: North American Registry of Midwives www.narm.org
 

Citizens for Midwifery -  www.cfmidwifery.org

New York State Licensed 
Midwife Regulations

New York State Office of the Professions

www.op.nysed.gov/prof/midwife/midwifeqa.htm

Doula Organizations
 

CNY Doula Connection - www.cnydoulaconnection.com
 

Doulas of Central New York -  www.doulasofcny.com
 

Radical Doula - www.radicaldoula.com
 

Mohawk Valley Doulas  

www.mohawkvalleydoulas.weebly.com
 

DONA International - www.dona.org

Accounts to Follow

Social media (especially Instagram) has allowed for midwives, doulas, birth workers, & families to educate, provide support & share their stories!

@DoctorMidwife - Your black, certified, Doctor Midwife (✊🏽DNP, CNM)
 

@Empoweredbirthproject -  Reminding birthing people of their power & healing through storytelling

@Badassmotherbirther - Birth Advocate 

@Biffandi - Harbinger of the trans revolution

@NationalBlackDoulas - Growing Black Birth Workers & Addressing the Black Maternal Death Rate in the U.S.

@birthbecomesher - We celebrate the singular experience of birth through educational resources, empowering imagery, and a positive and uplifting community.

@birth_unscripted - Birth photographer Natasha Hance and team work together to provide reliable professional birth photography to the DFW community.

@humanbirthproject - Empowerment through knowledge - an advocacy project from Kimm Sun, a New York City midwife.

@queerbirthworker - QTGNC Full Spectrum Birth worker, Transitioning Companion & Reproductive + Birth Justice

@yournaturalbirth - Birth the way YOU want: Naturally

Podcasts & Apps

PODCASTS
 

The Birth Hour - "A birth story podcast" 
 https://thebirthhour.com/

Birth Kweens - "Birth Kweens is a wildly honest and fun dive into all things natural-pregnancy, birth, postpartum and women’s health related." https://www.birthkweens.com/

Doing It At Home - "Our mission is to empower moms and families to make the birth decision that's most aligned with them. Whether it's doing it at home, or not."  
https://www.diahpodcast.com/

Birthful - "Tap into the confident, calm & fearless parent within you." https://www.birthful.com/category/podcast/

Indie Birth Podcasts - "They are organized by these categories: Birth Stories, Pregnancy, Miscarriage and Loss, Labor and Birth, The Postpartum, Birth Politics and Philosophy, Midwifing, Spirituality, and more." 
https://indiebirth.org/podcastarchive/

Informed Pregnancy Podcast - https://www.informedpregnancy.com/

Outspoken Voices - "a podcast for LGBTQ + families, addresses many of the challenges and triumphs that LBBTQ families face as they consider pregnancy, adoption, surrogacy, and parenting" https://www.outspokenvoicespodcast.com/

APps

Mindfulness: Expectful, Mind the Bump, Headspace
 

Positive Pregnancy

Calm Childbirth Hypnobirthing

Hypnobirthing

Ovia 

Sprout Pregnancy

Full Term Contraction Timer
 

Food Journal: Cronometer

WEBSITES

There are endless websites with evidence-based information, support & more.
Here is just a small selection!

Evidence & Pregnancy Support
 

Evidence Based Birth  - www.evidencebasedbirth.com

Midwifery Today - www.midwiferytoday.com

Spinning Babies - "Easier birth with optimal fetal positioning" www.spinningbabies.com

Waterbirth International  - www.waterbirth.org

The Well Rounded Mama  - "Because people of all sizes deserve compassionate, gentle, helpful care." 

www.wellroundedmama.blogspot.com

Plus Size Birth - "Healthy is Possible at Any Size"

www.plussizebirth.com

 

Sara Rosney, LCSW, PLLC - Mental Health Counseling & Support  - www.sarahrosneylcsw.com

Jennifer Lye, LMHC, PMH-C - Mental Health Counseling Expert in Birth Trauma and Postpartum Support

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/jennifer-lye-west-islip-ny/787113

Inward Bound Mindfulness Education - "In-depth mindfulness programs for teens and adults" 
https://ibme.com/

The Paleo Mom - www.thepaleomom.com

Mama Natural - www.mamanatural.com

Mother Rising - "Holistic Pregnancy Blog"
www.motherrisingbirth.com

Gay Parenting Voices
www.gayparentstobe.com/gay-parenting-blog

Proud Parenting - www.proudparenting.com

Trans Birth - Support for Trans and Non-binary folks

www.transbirth.com

Meet the Wildes Blog - "modern love story' of two-mum family"
www.meetthewildes.com/category/same-sex-parenting

The Rainbow Babies - "General information on the many aspects of GLBT pregnancies and parenting." www.therainbowbabies.com/index.html

Black Women Birthing Justice  www.blackwomenbirthingjustice.org

Sista Midwife Productions - "Our goal is to connect black birth workers with each other and the families who need them."  https://www.sistamidwife.com/ 

Black Mamas Matter Alliance - "We envision a world where Black mamas have the rights, respect, and resources to thrive before, during, and after pregnancy." www.blackmamasmatter.org

Through the Looking Glass  - "Serving families with disabilities since 1982." www.lookingglass.org/home

BREAST/Chest FEEDING SUPPORT
 

Kelly Mom - www.kellymom.com

Black Women Do Breastfeed blackwomendobreastfeed.org

La Leche League International - www.llli.org

Baby Cafe USA - www.babycafeusa.org

Breastfeeding Online - www.breastfeedingonline.com

Books

These are some classic & new books to choose from to educate you and your families about all things pregnancy, birth & postpartum.

The New Essential Guide to Lesbian Conception, Pregnancy and Birth, Stephanie Brill

 

The Birth Partner, Penny Simkin

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, Ina May Gaskin

 

Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way, Susan McCutcheon, Erick Ingraham & Robert A. Bradley (Introduction)

The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother, Heng Ou,  Amely Greeven & Marisa Belger 

 

The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth, Sheila Kitzinger

 

Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn: the complete guide, Simkin, et al.

 

The Natural Pregnancy Book, Aviva Romm

 

Naturally Healthy Babies and Children, Aviva Romm

 

Birthing Justice: Black Women, Pregnancy & Childbirth, Julia Chinyere Oparah and Alicia D. Bonaparte

 

Mindful Birthing, Nancy Bardacke

Movies

Movies are a great way to understand the realities of maternity care in the United States, but also to get family involved in support & labor/birth preparation.

Why Not Home
 

Orgasmic Birth
 

Happy Healthy Child
 

It's My Body, My Baby, My Birth
 

The Business of Being Born