This page contains links to resources regarding midwifery, homebirth safety, local doulas and birthworkers, and other information.
Outcomes by planned birth place show no increased risk in homebirth http://m.cmaj.ca/content/early/2015/12/22/cmaj.150564
This is a great article, and even more informative is the discussion taking place in the posts. I think it’s important to feel like your midwife is answering honestly, not just telling you what you want to hear. Thankfully we now have options for homebirth midwives in our area. Differing personalities, differing practice styles, differing training routes, differing skill sets. Choose what is BEST for YOUR birth!
American College of Nurse Midwives information about both certified nurse midwives and birth.
The American Midwifery Certification Board is the website for the certifying organization for Certified Nurse Midwives and Certified Midwives. You can explore what it takes to keep up certification for this type of midwife.
North American Registry of Midwives, NARM, is the website for the certifying organization for Certified Professional Midwives.
Midwives Alliance of North America. This organization is for midwives of any type.
Citizens for Midwifery
A wonderful self-quiz designed to help you decide if a midwife is best for you.
The Farm Midwives are a fascinating and very informative group of women to learn about.
A great collection of research and discussion http://evidencebasedbirth.com/
Informational handouts on Genetic testing and testing for Down’s Syndrome .These handouts make you think about why you are doing the testing. The last question is really the most important: what will you do if the tests show something?
Resources for Electronic Fetal Monitoring, it’s risks, advantages, and alternatives:
CNN coverage on Empowered Patients.
Child Birth Education
Bradley Birth classes: find a teacher
Brio Birth classes: find a teacher
International Childbirth Education Association
Two Rivers Childbirth classes with Bergen Howlett
Dallas and April Parler are Riverside clients, and Bradley Birth instructors!
Lindsey Welch Childbirth classes
La Leche League International support for breastfeeding
More breastfeeding support.
Megan O’Reilly with Blue Ridge Breastfeeding. 240-217-7504 Private practice, board-certified lactation consultants serving the tri-state region. In-home breastfeeding consultations, breastfeeding education, and support.
http://www.diaperpin.com/howto.asp A great site on cloth diapering with very helpful starting information.
Here is a list of local doulas and contact information. I recommend individual interviews as you search for your doula. You can ask me for more focused references during your visits.
Jessica Raines Potomac Doula Practice
Grace Butts Mueller Babymoon Doulas
Kara Moore Blessed Birth Doula Services
Levonne Grace Peaceful Journeys
Laura Broderick Soisson Wildflower Birth and Reiki
Stephanie Nalley Hope Through Birth
I am a part of operation special delivery as well
Brittany Nottingham Coffman
Bergen Howlett Two Rivers Childbirth
Rachel Ortiz Two Sisters Birth Services
Angela Lang Guiding Light Birth Services
Kristin Reidy Potts Blooming into Motherhood: Postpartum Doula Services
Sarah Scolaro Mountain Mama Doula Care
Anna Kemp, Birth Doula
Tiffany Shank, Birth Doula
Nicole brown with Mother Journey Birth Support
postpartum doula and encapsulator
Kelsie Packer Trula Doula Birthing
Kaylie Groenhout – Birth Doula
http://www.babymoondoulas.org A Shepherdstown based doula group.
http://www.birthmattersva.org/northern-virginia/ Birth Matters for Virginia
http://doulanetwork.com/directory/ a directory for doulas
Birth Arts International is an international organization providing training and certification for birth and postpartum doulas
The Doula Organization of North America to learn about birth support, doulas, and how to find a doula near you.
Outcomes of Care for 16,924 Planned Home Births in the United States: The Midwives Alliance of North America Statistics Project, 2004 to 2009:
Outcomes of planned home birth with registered midwife versus planned hospital birth with midwife or physician
The Homebirth Choice by Jill Cohen
An article on homebirth by the American Pregnancy Association that can help you decide whether homebirth is for you.
A Canadian research article about outcomes of home birth, and another
An Annotated Bibliography of research studies on home birth presented by the American College of Nurse Midwives
The highly recommended NORA Pregnancy Tea and Nutritional Supplement information can be found here. This tea is sold pre-mixed at the office, and instructions for bulk mixing your own is in the handout. Riverside Midwifery NORA Tea
Birth supply kits are available from your midwife and as of June 2015 are included in the global fee for homebirth services.
If you have decided to have your baby get a Vitamin K injection (please see informed consent document from your midwife), order that here: BirthWithLove Vitamin K prefilled syringe
Here is a form that talks about Prevention of GBS Colonization, including the immune boosting herbal regimen that Nannette recommends to GBS positive clients. Riverside Midwifery Preventing GBS Colonization. Should you decide that you wish to receive IV antibiotics in labor for a positive GBS status those are available. Please discuss with your midwives.
The midwives at Riverside Midwifery do not administer vaccinations. They welcome questions and discussion on current recommendations. Vaccinations can always be obtained without much hassle at a local pharmacy or the health department, or your primary care physician’s office. Please remember that, to date, there have been NO long term effect studies done on what receiving a vaccination prenatally can do to the in-utero baby’s neurological or immunological development.
Here are links to the local Birth Circle Facebook Pages:
Shepherdstown/Eastern WV meets 3rd Mondays at 6:00 https://www.facebook.com/groups/165608296787525/
Hagerstown meets 1st Mondays at 7:00 https://www.facebook.com/HagerstownBirth
Frederick meets 4th Mondays at 7:00 https://www.facebook.com/BirthingCircleOfFrederick