Community Resources & Referrals

Belvedere Integrated Healing Arts: Prenatal and postpartum massage and craniosacral therapy; trauma resolution for adults

Bend Yoga: pre and post natal yoga, birth prep classes, and more. Located on the Downtown Mall in C'ville.

Breastfeeding Blues & Bliss: Lactation consultants that do home visits and also offer a free breastfeeding support group on Fridays 12:30-1:30pm at Bend Yoga Studio.

Charlottesville Pediatric Dentistry: laser frenectomy for babies with tongue and lip ties that impair breastfeeding

Common Ground Healing Arts: Sliding-scale acupuncture, massage, yoga, and meditation at Charlottesville non-profit community wellness center

Prax Family Chiropractic & Massage: Chiropractor Dr Jennifer Prax works exclusively with pregnant women and children.

SEED Acupuncture & Wellness: Kyung Lee, LAc specializes in pregnancy and women's health

The Women's Initiative: Mental health services: free walk-in clinic, individual counseling, support groups, mind body classes

truPilates: Charlottesville pilates studio with prenatal and postpartum specific support

UVA Breastfeeding Medicine Program: lactation support to moms and babies with breastfeeding difficulties.

Online Resources

Spinning Babies: stretches and techniques to improve fetal positioning, so that birth goes more smoothly. Check out the Daily Activities for Pregnancy, Your Pregnancy Week-by-Week, the Daily Essentials Video, the Parent Class Video, and Rest Smart. In your third trimester, we will show you techniques during your prenatal visits.

The Miles Circuit: a series of positions to relieve pressure on the low back, and encourage rotation of a malpositioned baby. Great to do in early labor, in a labor that has slowed down, or is starting and stopping.

Evidence Based Birth:research-based resources on topics such as Group Beta Strep (GBS), Gestational Diabetes, Natural Induction Methods, Water Immersion in Labor and Waterbirth (many of our families have waterbirths), Use of TENS in Labor (we bring a TENS unit to births as a comfort option), Circumcision, Vitamin K and eye ointment for the newborn, and many more topics!

Postpartum Support Virginia – Postpartum Support Virginia provides hope and help to women and their families who are experiencing anxiety, depression, or other perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs).  Great online information about local services.

Aviva Romm MD: Articles and podcasts on natural remedies for pregnancy and women's health by integrative physician-midwife-herbalist. See Headaches in Pregnancy, Heartburn, Herbs in Pregnancy, Herbs for an Easier Labor, Labor Induction, Natural Remedies for Urinary Tract Infections, Group B Strep (GBS), Natural Approaches to Depression, Antidepressants in Pregnancy 5 Safe Herbs.

Great articles on Women's Health: Yeast Infections, Bacterial Vaginosis (BV), Breast tenderness.

Lily Nichols, RDN, CDE: Great articles and podcasts on prenatal nutrition, gestational diabetes, paleo diet in pregnancy, Vitamin D and breastfeeding, starting solids in babies, and more.

Home Birth Resources

Articles:

Home Birth: Why This Doctor Would Still Choose One

I’m an OB-GYN. I’m not sure every baby needs to be born in the hospital

New Studies Confirm Safety of Home Birth With Midwives in the U.S.

Pediatrician Supports Home Birth: An Interview with Sylvia Romm, MD, MPH

Choosing Where to Give Birth (ACNM)

Study: Water births just as safe as non-water births

What If Home Birth Is Actually SAFER Than Hospital Birth?

Babies born at home have more diverse bacteria

Research Confirms That Homebirth is Safe, Costs Less

Published Studies:

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 (2009; Canadian study)

Perinatal mortality and morbidity in a nationwide cohort of 529,688 low-risk planned home and hospital births (Jonge et al, 2009; Dutch study)

Perinatal and maternal outcomes by planned place of birth for healthy women with low risk pregnancies: the Birthplace in England national prospective cohort study (2011 UK study)

Rural community birth: Maternal and neonatal outcomes for planned community births among rural women in the United States, 2004‐2009

Podcasts:

Natural MD Radio: Meet The OB Speaking Out on the US Cesarean Section Rate

Natural MD Radio: Home Birth – A Family Affair

Documentaries:

Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin & the Farm Midwives

The Business of Being Born

Gentle Birth Choices

Microbirth

Orgasmic Birth

Why Not Home

Videos

The Birth Story of Nathaniel (home birth)

Saoirse Maeve (home birth)

Birth of a Deva (home birth)

Birth in the Squatting Position

Reducing fear of birth in U.S. culture: Ina May Gaskin at TEDxSacramento

6 Birth Videos I Used to Prepare My Child for His Sibling’s Entrance

Breastfeeding, Babies, & Postpartum

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