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- Please confirm group day/time before you go! Some are open groups, others are closed groups. Some are free, others charge.

Any Baby Can

Mama Bloom Support Group

Mother’s Unfolding

New Mama Happy Hour

South Austin New Mama Social

Bosom Buddies (BF support group)

Mamas for Mamas

Willow Postpartum Support Group

New Moms Circle

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.