Resources and links

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


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!

44 Questions For Your Midwife

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

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.


Cloth Diapering 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.

Shawna DeWitt Stonepath Birth Doula


Anne Monson




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



Jasmin Rodriguez


I am a part of operation special delivery as well



Brittany Nottingham Coffman


Daniela Johnson



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



Lauren Spears



Anna Kemp, Birth Doula




Tiffany Shank, Birth Doula



Kate Lynch



Nicole brown with Mother Journey Birth Support

postpartum doula and encapsulator



Kelsie Packer Trula Doula Birthing




Kaylie Groenhout – Birth Doula

571-393-8143 A Shepherdstown based doula group. Birth Matters for Virginia 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

Hagerstown meets 1st Mondays at 7:00

Frederick meets 4th Mondays at 7:00