Childbirth

About Doulas

Childbirth Classes I teach

Books

  • Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, Ina May Gaskin
  • Creating Your Birth Plan, Marsden Wagner
  • The Birth Book, William and Martha Sears
  • The Thinking Women’s Guide to a Better Birth, Henci Goer
  • Your Best Birth, Rikki Lake and Abby Epstein

Films/online videos

Postpartum

Postpartum Support Groups

Any Baby Can

Central Texas Birth Center

The Circle- Austin Born

Mama Bloom drop in Postpartum Support Group

Mother’s Unfolding

New Mama Happy Hour

General Information Regarding Postpartum Depression/Mood disorders:

www.postpartum.net

www.postpartumprogress.com

Postpartum Health Alliance of Texas– local

 

Breastfeeding Support/Information

http://texaslll.org

www.breastmilkcounts.com 800-514-6667 (MOMS)

www.keepaustinbreastfeeding.org

www.centxdoulas.org (Postpartum doulas offer breastfeeding education and support)

Resources for Dads

Other resources:

Advanced Maternal Age Project (for first time moms 35 and better)

 

How does a doula really make a difference?
Results from different studies have all suggested that having a doula reduces the overall cesarean rate by 50%, Pitocin use by 40% and requests for epidurals by 60%. The use of a doula also showed a major reduction in the length of labor due to fewer stress hormones being produced in the laboring woman’s body.

The Doula Book © 2002; Klaus, Marshall, Klaus and Kennell.