Woman of Valor Birth Services

Megan Othling - Albuquerque Doula


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.

Helpful Websites

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

New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force

La Leche League of New Mexico

Baby Knows Breast -- Alison Grady, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant

Laura Hobson -- Chiropractor

New Directions Chiropractic

Inspired Birth and Families

Albuquerque Birth Network

Precious Memories Doula -- Loss doula

Angel Care Loss Doula

Doulas of the Southwest — birth and postpartum doulas, childbirth educators, and placenta specialists