Below you will find a number of great parenting related resources, including online, books, as well as local resources in the Greater Philadelphia area.
If you find a listing that needs to be updated, or if you would like to add a listing, please contact me and I will gladly help.
Perinatal Postpartum Mood & Anxiety Disorders
Postpartum Progress – a non-profit that educates and supports perinatal mood & anxiety disorders. Includes a listing of professionals across the U.S.
Postpartum Support International – educates & supports perinatal mood & anxiety disorders. Includes a listing of international professionals.
The Emily Effect – this foundation was created by a family of a woman that took her life due to PPD and PPA. The foundation’s purpose is to end the stigma of these postpartum mental illnesses.
La Leche League International – includes a helpline, listing of local group leaders & meetings, and forum.
Breastfeeding USA – includes support, local chapters & leaders.
KellyMom – evidence-based resources for both breastfeeding & parenting.
Natural Breastfeeding – includes an amazing video explaining laid-back breastfeeding (an optimal newborn breastfeeding position).
LactMed – if you’re a breastfeeding/bottle feeding breastmilk and wondering if it’s safe for you to take a certain medication this is the site for you! LactMed also suggests breastfeeding safe therapeutic alternatives to some medications.
ICAN (International Cesarean Awareness Network) – provides education & information on C-sections, C-section recovery, and VBACs. Includes listing of local chapters.
Preparing for Birth
First Aid for Pregnant Women – By understanding the physical changes brought about by pregnancy you can respond appropriately to maternal emergencies.
HypnoBirth – childbirth preparation that focuses on relaxation & breathing techniques, includes local classes/educators.
Bradley Method of Childbirth – partner/husband coached childbirth.
The Birth Hour Podcast – listen to mothers tell their birth stories first hand.
Ask Dr. Sears – general parenting advice (including newborn/baby care, breastfeeding, sleeping, attachment parenting, etc.)
Baby Sleep – baby sleep described month by month and professional advice on common sleeping issues.
Happiest Baby on the Block – the 5 S’s for calming baby.
Postpartum Body Image
Fourth Trimester Body Project – a compilation of hundreds of women telling their birth & postpartum journeys, all while celebrating their beautiful postpartum bodies.
Mid Drift Movement – changing the conversation of the postpartum body.
Happy With Baby – a great blog to help deal with the overwhelm of new motherhood.
Everything Babies – a pediatric physical therapist provides information about all things baby.
MBA to Motherhood – follow Lucy on her journey to empower and educate moms as she navigates her journey as a new mom.
ARTICLES and BOOKS
Reading Resources for New Moms and Families
by William Sears, Martha Sears, Robert W. Sears, James Sears
by Hetty van de Rijt, Frans X. Plooij (Contributor)
by Jacqueline Kelleher
by Sheila Kitzinger
by La Leche League International, Gwen Gotsch (Editor)
by Diane Wiessinger, La Leche League International, Diana West, Linda J. Smith, Teresa Pitman
by Brenda Krause Eheart
by James F. Clapp III
by Carl Jones
by Elizabeth Noble, Leo Sorger, Louis G. Keith (Foreword)
by John Gottman PhD, Julie Schwartz Gottman
by Pam England, Rob Horowitz
by Steven P. Shelov (Editor), Robert E. Hannemann (Editor), Richard Trubo, American Academy of Pediatrics
by Barbara Harper, Suzanne Arms (Photographer)
by Marc Weissbluth
by Jane Marie Lamb, Hannah Lothrop
by Ina May Gaskin
by Aviva Romm
by Joan Younger Meek, Sherill Tippins, American Academy of Pediatrics
by Christine Gross-Loh
by Matthew A. Johnson
by Penny Simkin, Janet Whalley, Ann Keppler
by Sheila Kitzinger, Marcia May (Photographer)
by Felice Austin, Lani Axman, Heather Farrell, Robyn Allgood, Sheridan Ripley
by William Sears, Martha Sears, Linda Hughey Holt (With), B.J. Snell (With)
by Kathleen Huggins
by Marie Bigelow
by Henci Goer
by Jack Newman, Teresa Pitman
by T. Berry Brazelton
Local Resources for New Moms and Families
Motherborn. Dana Ehman BA. IBCLC, RLC. email@example.com
Breastfeeding workshops, education, lactation consultations
New Pathways for Women. Barbara C. Washington MPH. firstname.lastname@example.org recovery support facilitator, behavioral health services
Jane Marie Dougherty RN, IBCLC. DougheJM@einstein.edu Lactation Consultant Women’s and Children Serviceline
Lisa A. Brenner, RN, BSN, CH, PCP. email@example.com Stress & pain management, smoking cessation, weight release & management