This is a guide to help answer your questions with a collection of people, places and pregnancy-related resources. This list is by no means comprehensive. Listed is a selection of resources that Midwifery Traditions’ clients have used in the past.
The Holistic Moms Network
Support in the form of monthly meeting, playgroups, and mom’s night out for holistic moms interested in natural birthing and parenting, using alternative health modalities, and honoring ourselves as parents. Local chapters include Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery county groups.
Many have written books on pregnancy, birth, and baby care but not all books support the philosophy of empowering women to give birth naturally, care for their babies instinctively, and breastfeed.
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer
Immaculate Deception by Suzanne Arms
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by Diane Wiessinger, Le Leche League International
The Baby Sleep Book: The Complete Guide to a Good Night’s Rest for the Whole Family (Sears Parenting Library) by William Sears. M.D.
Attachment Parenting: Instinctive Care for Your Baby and Young Child by Katie Allison Granju
The Vaccine Guide: Risks and Benefits for Children and Adults by Randall Neustaedter
The Birth Partner – Revised 4th Edition: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions by Penny Simkin (*reading for partners)
Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide by Penny Simkin
The following documentaries are often available streaming on Netflix and other similar sites
The Business of Being Born by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein
Pregnant in America by Mandy and Steve Buonaugurio
Welcome with Love by Jenni Overend (for families planning a homebirth)
Hello, Baby! By Lizzy Rockwell
The Night You Were Born by Wendy McCormick
Mom and Dad and I are Having a Baby by Marianne Maleki (children involved in birth)
Happy Birthday! By Robie H. Harris (for families planning a hospital birth)
There are a number of different types of childbirth education classes available in this area. Not all types suit all families. We encourage you to call around and a feel for how classes are run and what their philosophy is. The best classes are the ones best suited to your personality. Hospital-based classes are not adequate education for families choosing midwifery care.
www.bradleybirth.com for a directory of certified Bradley educators
Leslie Tanner Moore, RN
Loretta Tretina, RN
Birthing From Within
Brittany Sharpe McCollum Philadelphia www.blossomingbelliesbirth.com
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 requires that your insurance plan cover the cost of a breast pump. Your plan may cover the cost of a rental or one for you to keep. Your plan may have guidelines on whether the covered pump is manual or electric, how long the coverage of a rented pump lasts, and when they’ll provide the pump (before or after you have the baby). Contact your insurance company to determine what your plan will cover and Midwifery Traditions will arrange for pre-authorization at your request.
Your insurance plan may cover the cost of a Lactation Consultant. The ACA states that plans should cover pre- and post-natal breastfeeding counseling by a trained provider, but some women have experienced difficulty getting these services covered. Contact your insurance company and determine what, if any, services they cover.
The National Breastfeeding Helpline from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health has trained breastfeeding peer counselors to provide support by phone and answer questions. The Helpline (800-994-9662) is available for all breastfeeding mothers, partners, prospective parents, family members, and health professionals seeking to learn more about breastfeeding. The Helpline is open from Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Breastfeeding Resource Center in Abington, PA offers Lactation Consultant services, support groups, and fun parent classes. (215) 886-2433 www.breastfeedingresourcecenter.org
The Nesting House
New and gently used natural baby and parenting products, cloth diapers, and responsibly manufactured toys, new mom’s group, free workshops
606 Carpenter Lane
The Parenting Center at Ali’s Wagon
New mom’s group, baby and parenting classes, baby products
2017 Fairmount Ave
Mama’s Wellness Joint
Prenatal yoga, parenting and family workshops, massage
1100 Pine St, Philadelphia, PA (267) 519-9037 www.mamaswellnessjoint.com