Resources for Moms
Dr Thomas Hale’s website
Medicine in Mother’s Milk: Taking a medicine and wondering if it’s safe to take while breastfeeding? There is significant research on almost every medicine you can think of and Dr. Thomas Hale has dedicated his career to compiling it all and helping us make sense of it. There is a search function and a hotline, and this has saved so many women - including myself - from unnecessarily stopping breastfeeding when it was not necessary to do so. This is a resource to be shared with your doctors as well!
This website is one of the main ones I send moms to for information about all things baby, with an emphasis on their breastfeeding support and information. There are so many sites out there and it’s hard to get through them all! This one is consistently balanced, honest, well- researched, and easy to navigate.
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding
La Leche League is an international organization of moms helping other moms breastfeed successfully. As a CLEC (Certified Lactation Educator Counselor), I highly recommend having this book on hand as your “bible” during breastfeeding. It is the most complete and helpful book on breastfeeding there is. Period!
Hypnosis for labor
Many women want to try for a natural birth. Giving birth without drugs is empowering, important, and for many women, ideal. You can’t do it just by hoping, though. One of the best things you can do to help you through labor - no matter how it turns out - is self-hypnosis. Self-hypnosis designed for labor helps you reframe your brain and body’s relationship to pain and intensity and statistically speaking produces less sensations of pain, lower blood pressure, and more ability to be present during the birth of your child. You don’t have to be a superwoman to give birth without drugs; you just need some preparation and an open mind.
Birthing From Within
If you are artistically inclined or creatively curious, this book is a great resource for pregnancy. It leads you through exercises, visualizations, and thought experiments designed to help you feel ready and competent for your birth. I loved having something to “work on” during pregnancy which helped me feel distracted and engaged at the same time.
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
No matter how you want to give birth, there is really only one book you need to read and this is it. Ina May is the mother of modern midwifery and the only midwife for whom a medical technique has been named (The Gaskin Method). She goes through every possible scenario you may encounter and describes what to expect in a hospital, what every intervention is for, and what you can do to stack the chips in your favor for a healthy and safe birth. If you have heard of a birth plan, read this book before making it. She believes women deserve information before they make decisions and this book ensures you have everything you need to know.