Resources

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Adoptive Family Support

Adoptive Families includes information and personal stories about the many facets of adoption, from answering tricky questions from relatives to adjusting to have your new baby at home, to issues regarding racial identity within transracial families.

The Center for Parent Information and Resources has a page addressing issues specific to foster/adoptive families. It is fairly general but includes some links to additional resources that may be helpful, including issues around disability and finding support groups.

See Infant Feeding section below for resources concerning breastfeeding an adopted child.

Babies with Special Needs

Kangaroo Mother Care is a site dedicated to promoting kangaroo care for preemies. They also have a page about kangaroo care for full-term babies.

Hand to Hold is a wonderful resource offering information and peer-to-peer counseling from seasoned parents of preemies and special needs babies. They also have a Facebook group called Life After NICU.

March of Dimes has a couple helpful pages for families with premature and/or NICU babies: The Newborn Intensive Care Unit, and Becoming a Parent in the NICU.

BabyFirst has a page called Parents' Corner that gives information and support to parents of NICU babies.

There is a Meet-Up group in Orange County called OC Special Needs Activities for parents and families of special needs children and adults.

Babywearing

School of Babywearing put together a handy flyer about the T.I.C.K.S. Rule for Safe Babywearing. Always run through this checklist when putting baby in the sling or carrier!

Babywearing International is a great place to start if you're new to babywearing. It includes some basic education around the benefits of babywearing and how-to advice, as well as a great tool for finding the best baby carrier for you and your family. The world of babywearing can be dizzyingly huge - this site really helps to break things down a bit for people who are just starting out.

All About Babywearing has a bit wider lens than Babywearing International. As you'll find more in-depth information about specific types of carriers here, we recommend using this site as a resource once you have an idea of what kind of baby carrier you'd like to try. They also have cloth diapering information.

Carry Me Away also offers a simple comparison of different types of carriers, and has a great shop on their page too. We especially like their Baby Carriers 101 post.

The Babywearer Forum is a community of babywearers, a great place to ask questions and get answers from parents who've been there, done that.

Cesarean Birth

The International Cesarean Awareness Network is a fabulous resource for moms who birth by cesarean. Whether you're planning for or recovering from a cesarean, hoping for a VBAC, or overcoming an emotionally difficult birth, you'll find education and support here. Be sure to check out their white papers and FAQs.

Family Centered Cesarean is a blog dedicated to gentle cesarean births with real stories and photos that can be helpful for families who know in advance they will be birthing by cesarean.

See VBAC section below for resources concerning vaginal birth after cesarean.

Child Development

Practicing Parents features a post called The Basics of Child Development that is a great read for anyone who wants to learn about how child development works and what parents and caregivers can do to encourage warmth and learning from an early age.

The Child Development Network features a selection of "expert articles" that cover basic child development stages as well as special issues like ADHD and mental health. This site is worth exploring if you have specific questions about certain topics.

Childcare

If you're looking for a nanny to care for your child(ren) in your home, we can't recommend Kaitlynn Lim at The Heirloom Company highly enough!

Child Safety

Amanda Cagle at Your Birth Team is a Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) in Orange County and offers car seat installation sessions to teach you how to properly install your car seat(s). 

Motherisk is an organization that provides evidence-based information to parents and professionals regarding the safety and effects of medications, alcohol, exercise, herbs, environmental factors, and more on pregnancy and breastfeeding. They also offer helplines you can call to ask questions. This is a great resource for anyone with questions about how specific medications might affect their baby during pregnancy and/or breastfeeding.

The University of Notre Dame’s Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory has a page devoted to safe cosleeping guidelines for families who are considering bedsharing.

The Red Cross has a publication with instructions for pediatric first aid, CPR, and AED you might find helpful, especially if you aren’t certified in those areas (which we highly recommend!).

Chiropractic Care

The American Pregnancy Association provides information regarding chiropractic care during pregnancy.

Circumcision

The Circumsicion Resource Center is an organization dedicated to providing information about the physical procedure of circumcision itself, plus some of the lesser-known (or lesser-acknowledged, as the case may be) results of the procedure. 

Psychology Today published a set of articles called Myths about Circumcision You Likely Believe, Part 1and Part 2 that could be helpful for people trying to sort through this decision.

Cloth Diapering

Pannolino Diaper Service is based in Huntington Beach.

Dy-Dee Diaper Service is based in Pasadena.

All about Cloth Diapers is just what it sounds like - tons of great information! Check out their Facebook page too.

For Friends & Family

For friends and family supporting someone who has pregnancy or infant loss, please visit the Friends & Family page on our companion website, OC Pregnancy Loss.

HuffPost Stress-Less Parenting has a post called Visitors After the Baby? 10 Tips for New Parents. This informal article gives some great things to think about when hosting visitors during the sensitive postpartum period. Highly suggested read for new parents!

We like this HuffPost Parents article called The Etiquette of Visiting Parents with Newborns for its practicality. These are great things for friends and family to keep in mind when visiting a family during this wonderful yet sensitive time.

Along the same lines, here is an Offbeat Families post called A doula's advice: the dos and don'ts of visiting friends after they have a baby. The author says, "I'm the kind of person who starts foaming at the mouth when a friend goes into labor. I start counting the potential hours until I get to meet that new baby and hug that new mom," so this post is especially helpful for people with that sort of enthusiasm that could be overwhelming for families adjusting to life with their new little one.

Meal Train is a free online service to help organize meal deliveries to a family in need for any reason, whether they just brought a new baby home or experienced a loss. People who want to sign up have to register on the site, but it's free. For a $10 upgrade, the person organizing the Meal Train has the option to add options for other household chores that would be helpful to the family aside from bringing meals.

Take Them a Meal is similar to Meal Train, but users don't have to register in order to sign up for a meal delivery. This site also has a feature called "Send Them A Meal," allowing participants to pay to have a meal delivered to the family for them.

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island has a page called Supporting NICU Parents that offers practical ways to show love and support to parents with a baby in the hospital.

Homeopathy

The British Homeopathic Association provides information about homeopathic remedies for various symptoms and health issues in pregnancy and birth.

Infant Feeding

Kelly Mom is a great resource for approachable, evidence-based information about breastfeeding (including nursing at the breast, pumping, and bottle feeding), pregnancy, and parenting. There are many pages addressing questions about whether certain breastfeeding issues are normal - something that can comfort nursing moms (or help them know when to seek out additional support).

Breastfeeding after a Cesarean is a fairly thorough resource written by K-Mom of The Well-Rounded Mama that includes real stories in addition to well-researched information.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has a publication about safe at-home infant formula preparation

This is a great Q&A page from Kelly Mom for parents who are exclusively pumping.

Linda Goodman, IBCLC, RC hosts a breastfeeding support group in Brea.

La Leche League International is an organization dedicated to helping mothers breastfeed through peer-to-peer support groups and education. We find their website a bit difficult to navigate, but if you know what you're looking for it can be a good resource. Their greatest strength is their local La Lache League groups - local La Leche League meetings are held in:

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) provides guidelines for breastmilk handling and storage.

The Australian Breastfeeding Association's page on relactation and adoptive breastfeeding gives a good overview of the reasons and process for induced lactation for adoptive or non-carrying mothers, or mothers who have had to stop breastfeeding temporarily.

Breastfeeding USA has a page called Breastfeeding Your Adopted Baby aimed specifically at adoptive mothers.

Breastfeeding without Birthing is a companion website for the book of the same name, written by Amy Schnell, MS, IBCLC. She is passionate about debunking myths associated with relactation or adoptive breastfeeding and helping mothers form a breastfeeding relationship with their little ones regardless of whether or when they birthed them.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has published a paper on relactation, available for download. It's geared more toward health professionals but could be useful for parents looking for detailed information.

Sacraparental has a great blog post about lactation cookies that discusses the question of whether certain foods or herbs can help promote breastfeeding, and why lactation cookies can be a great snack. Plus recipes!

Non-Traditional Families

The Longest Shortest Time has a heartwarming series of episodes about family called The Accidental Gay Parents that tells the story of a young couple who adopted their niece and nephew.

It’s Conceivable is a website devoted to the sometimes-winding road to queer parenthood. 

There is a Facebook group called Aunts and Uncles Raising Nieces and Nephews that can be helpful for people caring for young family members who aren’t their own biological children.

Maggie Nelson’s memoir The Argonauts includes the story of her pregnancy and issues surrounding queer family-making.

S. Bear Bergman’s essay collection Blood, Marriage, Wine & Glitter explores preconceived notions of family.

Parenting

The Longest Shortest Time is a podcast featuring stories from real families about the struggles of parenthood and child rearing with an empathetic, grounded, judgment-free perspective. 

Attachment Parenting International offers parenting advice geared toward connection and bonding between parents and children. They focus primarily on infants and young children, but provide resources for older children as well.

Mama Natural is a blog and Youtube series featuring natural lifestyle products and tips for pregnancy, birth, and the whole family. We especially enjoy the "In Real Life" feature - an honest look at life with young children.

Positive Parenting has a Facebook page that shares tips and information about gentle parenting strategies for toddlers and beyond.

Parenting for Social Change is a blog devoted to the idea that the close connected relationships between parents and children have the capacity to change lives.

Positive Parents is a blog promoting strategies to help parents form and maintain positive, peaceful relationships with their children.

Pelvic Floor Health

The Longest Shortest Time podcast has a couple episodes dealing with the issue of pelvic floor dysfunction that are super helpful if you're starting to learn about this issue: Healing after Childbirth and Ask a Pelvic Floor PT Anything

Childbirth Connection has a page called Pelvic Floor: Preventing Problems that provides a great overview of the pelvic floor itself in addition to disorders of the pelvic floor and ways to prevent them.

The Interstitial Cystitis Association provides information about pelvic floor physical therapy describing the process of physical therapy to treat pelvic floor disorders. This therapy can be life-changing for people suffering from pelvic floor disorders.

Postpartum Mood Disorders Support

Postpartum Support International provides lots of information about different types of pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders and the kinds of help that are available. They also have a very useful section called PPD Resources for Dads.

Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Women's Mental Health provides information about pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders, as well as information about taking psychiatric medications while breastfeeding.

Postpartum Progress is a maternal mental health blog offering information and support to moms suffering from postpartum mood disorders.

PPD MOMS (Mothers Offering Mothers Support) offers a hotline that provides peer-to-peer counseling for moms in need of immediate support.

The Online PPMD Support Group has forums for people suffering from postpartum mood disorders to communicate with each other, providing understanding, support, and encouragement.

Pregnancy Loss

Please visit our companion website, OC Pregnancy Loss.

Prenatal Yoga

PrenatalYogaCenter.com offers several free prenatal yoga videos you can use to practice at home.

Yoga Sol has a great list of Dos and Don’ts for Pregnant Students in a Regular Yoga Class that pregnant women can use so they can continue to attend their favorite class using pregnancy-specific modifications.

Rebozo

Joni Nichols, a doula and childbirth educator based in Orange County, offers rebozo workshops for expectant couples and doulas. Contact her if you're interested in learning more.

About.com offers a brief introduction to rebozo for pregnancy and birth.

Support Groups

Solace for Mothers provides online support for women who experienced childbirth as traumatic.

Postpartum Progress offers support groups throughout the US and Canada for mothers experiencing postpartum depression.

Linda Goodman, IBCLC, RC is a lactation consultant based in Whittier who also hosts a breastfeeding support group in Brea.

La Leche League International offers local groups:


MOMS Club is a support group for at-home moms.

The National At-Home Dad Network offers information, encouragement, and support groups for dads that are primary at-home caregivers - an often-overlooked bunch!

Rainbow Rompers is a support group for Orange County LGBT parents and their children.

There is a Meet-Up group in Orange County called OC Special Needs Activities for parents and families of special needs children and adults.

Kinship Center offers support groups for foster/adoptive parents by county.

MeetUp.com is host to many parenting support groups. We recommend searching by your city with the word "parents" to find groups in your area.

Vaginal Birth after Cesarean (VBAC)

The International Cesarean Network has some white papers and FAQs regarding VBAC.

VBAC Facts provides evidence-based information on vaginal birth after cesarean created by a former research manager. 

VBAC.com provides evidence-based information to help women make informed choices about the way they want to give birth.

CARES Inc. is an Australian organization dedicated to providing resources relating to empowered cesareans and VBACs.


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