Resource Directory

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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.


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Online Resources
Local Resources


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.

Birth Trauma

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.

Newborn/Baby Care

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.

Helpful Blogs

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.


Reading Resources for New Moms and Families

The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two

by William Sears, Martha Sears, Robert W. Sears, James Sears

The Wonder Weeks. How to Stimulate Your Baby’s Mental Development and Help Him Turn His 10 Predictable, Great, Fussy Phases Into Magical Leaps Forward

by Hetty van de Rijt, Frans X. Plooij (Contributor)

Nurturing the Family: The Guide for Postpartum Doulas

by Jacqueline Kelleher

Education and Counseling for Childbirth

by Sheila Kitzinger

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding

by La Leche League International, Gwen Gotsch (Editor)

Sweet Sleep: Nighttime and Naptime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family;

by Diane Wiessinger, La Leche League International, Diana West, Linda J. Smith, Teresa Pitman

The Fourth Trimester: On Becoming a Mother

by Brenda Krause Eheart

Exercising Through Your Pregnancy

by James F. Clapp III

Sharing Birth: A Father’s Guide to Giving Support During Labor

by Carl Jones

Having Twins And More: A Parent’s Guide to Multiple Pregnancy, Birth, and Early Childhood

by Elizabeth Noble, Leo Sorger, Louis G. Keith (Foreword)

And Baby Makes Three: The Six-Step Plan for Preserving Marital Intimacy and Rekindling Romance After Baby Arrives

by John Gottman PhD, Julie Schwartz Gottman

Birthing From Within: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation

by Pam England, Rob Horowitz

Caring For Your Baby And Young Child: Birth To Age 5

by Steven P. Shelov (Editor), Robert E. Hannemann (Editor), Richard Trubo, American Academy of Pediatrics

Gentle Birth Choices

by Barbara Harper, Suzanne Arms (Photographer)

Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child

by Marc Weissbluth

Help, Comfort And Hope After Losing Your Baby In Pregnancy Or The First Year

by Jane Marie Lamb, Hannah Lothrop

Ina May’s Guide To Childbirth

by Ina May Gaskin

Natural Health after Birth: The Complete Guide to Postpartum Wellness

by Aviva Romm

The American Academy of Pediatrics New Mother’s Guide to Breastfeeding

by Joan Younger Meek, Sherill Tippins, American Academy of Pediatrics

Parenting Without Borders: Surprising Lessons Parents Around the World Can Teach Us

by Christine Gross-Loh

Positive Parenting With A Plan

by Matthew A. Johnson

Pregnancy, Childbirth, And The Newborn: The Complete Guide

by Penny Simkin, Janet Whalley, Ann Keppler

The Birth Partner 

Penny Simkin

The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth

by Sheila Kitzinger, Marcia May (Photographer)

The Gift of Giving Life: Rediscovering the Divine Nature of Pregnancy and Birth

by Felice Austin, Lani Axman, Heather Farrell, Robyn Allgood, Sheridan Ripley

The Healthy Pregnancy Book: Month by Month, Everything You Need to Know from America’s Baby Experts

by William Sears, Martha Sears, Linda Hughey Holt (With), B.J. Snell (With)

The Nursing Mother’s Companion, 7th Edition: The Breastfeeding Book Mothers Trust, from Pregnancy Through Weaning

by Kathleen Huggins

The Sacred Gift of Childbirth: Making Empowered Choices for You and Your Baby

by Marie Bigelow

The Thinking Woman’s Guide To A Better Birth

by Henci Goer

The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers : The Most Comprehensive Problem-Solution Guide to Breastfeeding from the Foremost Expert in North America

by Jack Newman, Teresa Pitman

Touchpoints The Essential Reference: Your Child’s Emotional and Behavioral Development

by T. Berry Brazelton


Local Resources for New Moms and Families

Motherborn. Dana Ehman BA. IBCLC, RLC.
Breastfeeding workshops, education, lactation consultations

New Pathways for Women.  Barbara C. Washington MPH.   recovery support facilitator, behavioral health services

Jane Marie Dougherty RN, IBCLC.  Lactation Consultant Women’s and Children Serviceline

Lisa A. Brenner, RN, BSN, CH, PCP.  Stress & pain management, smoking cessation, weight release & management

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