Local Resources:

Childbirth Education

  • Loving Arms Childbirth Classes - with Janaki Costello and Pamela Star
    These eight-week classes offer incredible guidance and preparation for your birth, whether in the hospital, birth center, or at home. You also get to meet other pregnant moms and couples birthing just around the same time as you!

    Lactation Consulting and Support

  • Lactation support and breast pump rentals - Molly Brannigan IBCLC and Janaki Costello IBCLC
    These women are truly experts with all things lactation related.

    Body Work - For Mom and Baby

  • Meadow Evans, Prenatal and Postpartum massage for women

  • Awaken Chiropractic with Dr. Kenda Burke and Dr. Armene Lamson, (Oakland),
    Excellent chiropractic care for pregnancy and postpartum

  • Flow Chiropractic and Family Wellness Center (Berkeley)

  • Grow Family Acupuncture with Rachel Alkire L.Ac. (Albany)

  • Rachael Bouch D., CMT, DOMTP (Osteopathic Bodywork, Somatic Counseling, Pre/Perinatal Attachment, Neurological Reflex Integration Work, Relational Work, *does home visits for infants*)

  • Andrea Byers, CMT, CST (Healing for Mind, Body, and Spirit - Craniosacral Therapy for Adults, Children, and Infants, neurological reflex work)

    Nutritionist and Fertility Awareness

  • Emerald Figueroa, Nutritionist and Creator of Eosoma, Natural Pregnancy Prevention Method
    Emerald is a brilliant pioneer in women’s health and well being. She has been a huge ally for me on my own personal journey of healing and her natural pregnancy prevention method, Eosoma, is an essential tool for women taking control of our fertility and pregnancy prevention.



  • The Birth Hour
    - My personal favorite! "The Birth Hour helps pregnant women achieve an empowering birth experience through sharing authentic birth stories so they are informed going into pregnancy, birth and postpartum."

  • The Birthful Podcast
    - "Think of us as your own specialized team of birth pros! We hope to make it all easier, by giving you tried and tested tips and tools that you can use. From “laid-back” breastfeeding to safer bed-sharing, circumcision to VBACs, we’ll give you well-researched, evidence-based information so you can make the choices that best fit your family."

Pregnancy and Birth - book recommendations

  • A Guide to Effective Care in Pregnancy & Childbirth, Murray Enkin et al

  • Active Birth, Janet Balaskas

  • The Birth Partner, Penny Simkin

  • Birth Reborn, Michel Odent

  • Birth Without Fear - January Harshe

  • Birthing From Within, Pam England

  • Gentle Birth Choices, Valerie Harper

  • Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering: A Doctor’s Guide to Natural Childbirth and Gentle Early Parenting, Sarah Buckley

  • HypnoBirthing: The Mongan Method, Marie Mongan

  • Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, Ina May Gaskin

  • The Labor Progress Handbook, Penny Simkin & Ruth Ancheta

  • The Natural Pregnancy Book, Aviva Jill Romm

  • The New Our Bodies, Ourselves, Boston Women’s Health Book Collective

  • Obstetric Myths vs. Research Realities, Henci Goer

  • Orgasmic Birth: Your Guide to a Safe, Satisfying, Pleasurable Birth Experience, Elizabeth Davis

  • The Pregnancy Book, William Sears MD and Martha Sears RN

  • The Secret Life of the Unborn Child, Thomas Verny MD

  • Silent Knife, Nancy Wainer Cohen

  • Special Women, Pauline Perez & Cheryl Shedeker

  • Survivor Moms: Women’s Stories of Birthing, Mothering and Healing Sexual Abuse, Mickey Sperlich & Julia Seng

  • The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth, Henci Goer

  • Transformation Through Birth, Claudia Panuthos

  • The New Well Pregnancy Book, Mike Samuels MD & Nancy Samuels

  • The Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Experience, Lynn Baptisti Richards

  • When Survivors Give Birth, Phyllis Klaus & Penny Simkin

Postpartum, Breastfeeding and the Newborn - 
book recommendations:

  • After the Birth, a Woman’s Way to Wellness, Robin Lim

  • The Amazing Newborn, Marshall & Phyllis Klaus

  • The Aware Baby, Althea Solter

  • The Baby Book, William Sears MD & Martha Sears RN

  • Breastfeeding Made Simple, Nancy Mohrbacher

  • Bonding, Klaus, Kennell & Klaus

  • The Continuum Concept, Jean Liedloff

  • The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother,
    Heng Ou and Amely Greeven

  • The Fourth Trimester, Kimberly Ann Johnson

  • Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding Ina May Gaskin

  • Mothering the New Mother, Sally Plackson

  • Natural Health After Birth, Aviva Jill Romm

  • Naturally Healthy Babies and Children Aviva Jill Romm

  • Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child, Janet Zand

  • Your Baby & Child From Birth to Age 5, Penelope Leach

Women’s Health:

  • Wild Feminine, Finding Power, Spirit, and Joy in the Female Body, Tami Lynn Kent

  • Womb Wisdom, Awakening the Creative and Forgotten Powers of the Feminine, Padma and Anaiya Aon Prakasha

  • Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom, Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing, Christiane Northrup