As a birth doula and childbirth educator serving Albuquerque, New Mexico and the surrounding areas, I want to provide you with as many helpful resources as possible so you can make your own informed decisions about what is best for you.
Evidence Based Birth -- Extensively researched articles on many interventions and procedures.
The Birthful Podcast -- Helpful information, and Adriana Lozada's podcast is a wealth of information on a variety of pregnancy, birth, and newborn related topics. There is also an excellent labor support guide for partners available for purchase, as well as helpful postpartum preparation classes and checklists.
Midwife Thinking-- Evidence based articles from an experienced midwife.
Sarah Buckley -- More evidence based information!
Science and Sensibility -- "A Lamaze research blog about pregnancy, birth, and beyond."
The Birth Hour -- A podcast featuring birth stories of all types. The website also has a list of other helpful resources.
Birth Without Fear -- Birth stories and resources about all kinds of birth.
Spinning Babies -- "Easier birth with fetal positioning."
VBAC Facts -- Evidence based information about vaginal birth after cesarean.
ICAN -- International Cesarean Awareness Network
Natural Breastfeeding -- Helpful information on breastfeeding, and a free quick-start video full of tips to get your breastfeeding relationship off to a great start.
Kelly Mom -- A wealth of information about breastfeeding, including what is normal, what medications are safe to use, common concerns and problems, nutrition, and more.
Michelle Kenway -- Safe core and pelvic floor strength exercise videos
Doula Training Guide -- For those interested in becoming a birth professional.
Real Food for Pregnancy, by Lily Nichols
The 4th Trimester, by Kimberly Ann Johnson
The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth, by Genevieve Howland
Optimal Care in Childbirth, by Henci Goer
The Birth Partner, by Penny Simkin
Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn, by Penny Simkin
Father's to Be Handbook: A Road Map for the Transition to Fatherhood , by Patrick M. Houser
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, by Ina May Gaskin
Ina May's Guide to Breastfeeding, by Ina May Gaskin
Childbirth Without Fear: The Principles and Practice of Natural Childbirth, by Grantly Dick-Read
Naming the Child: Hope-filled Reflections on Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Death, by Jenny Schroedel
What Was Lost: A Christian Journey Through Miscarriage, by Elise Erikson Barrett
This Isn't What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression, by Karen R. Kleiman, MSW, LCSW and Valerie Davis Raskin, MD
Local Albuquerque Resources
Lori Martinez -- Birth and maternity photographer
Baby Knows Breast -- Alison Grady, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
Laura Hobson -- Chiropractor
Precious Memories Doula -- Loss doula
Doulas of the Southwest — birth and postpartum doulas, childbirth educators, and placenta specialists