Pregnancy and Birth Related Suggestions and Links:
The list below is for general information and is not intended to replace guidance from your medical doctor or midwife.  The list is a compilation of resources from my personal experience as well as those recommended by my students and/or clients.  Any comments or additions would be greatly appreciated.
Henci Goer –  The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth –Great overall info on typical birth practices, options and interventions
Ina May Gaskin –  Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth - Great birthing info, suggestions, and inspirations from the world's leading midwife
Enkin, Keirse, Neilson, Crowther, etc –  A Guide to Effective Care in Pregnancy and Childbirth
Penny Simkin -  The Birth Partner, 3rd Edition A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and Other Labor Companions (author of pain medication preference scale and backache in labor) from a leading childbirth educator
Janet Balaskas -  Preparing for Birth with Yoga – yoga and labor preparation
Janet Balaskas -  New Natural Pregnancy – yoga, massage and labor preparation 
Videos and Websites: General pregnancy info, emails about your baby's growth, videos of C-sec, natural/epidural births, positions to ease labor, relaxation
Birth Class DVD - Sheri Bayles- Laugh and Learn about Childbirth
DVDs –The Business of Being Born, Orgasmic Birth, Birth as we know it,
Birth Choices
Optimal fetal positioning (Breech or occiput posterior, etc)
Various Information - Select article of choice, like:
Vaginal Birth: Comfort in Labor: How you can help yourself to a normal satisfying birth
For C-Sections: The Best Cesarean Possible (great tips for discussion prior to C-section)
Postpartum: Factors that influence Postpartum Recovery
Breastfeeding help: La Leche League and
Birth Options Alliance: Information, Support, Advocacy for the Childbearing Year. Includes local provider lists for the Washington, DC, VA and MD area
Maryland Birth Network - Events, Resources and Provider Directory:
Anesthesia Options as listed on Howard County General Hospital
Epidural Pros and Cons –
High Risk Pregnancies and Bed Rest Support: 
Cesarean Support:  International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN)
Postpartum Mood Disorders (Postpartum Depression) -Postpartum Support International 800-944-4773
Traumatic Birth -
Birth Workers and Practitioners:
Doulas - Support for moms, dads and babies during birth:
Find a Doula –, read role of doulas and dads article.
For interview questions to ask a potential doula see
Alternative Doula sites include:,
Personal Doula Recommendations:
Odile Penet (birth, postpartum,placenta encapsulation)
Cara Crowe 904-401-0495
Sarah Sragg (Lamaze) 301-681-6436
Danielle Winner Koontz 410-456-0980
Nancy Watson (past labor/delivery nurse) 410-992-9451
Tina Overton (Bradley Instructor) 410-552-0558
Doulas usually cost $700-$1200 and the experience these professionals bring is invaluable. They are worth every penny!
If your budget is limited, you may be able to contract a free birth companion through the John Hopkins student nursing program
at 410-614-6458 . Or find a low cost doula who is just finishing certification through Birth Options Alliance.
Insurance is starting to cover doula services and can be paid from most medical spending accts.
Placenta Encapsulation -
General information:
Odile Penet 443-739-0113 
UM Baltimore Washington Medical Group- Women's Health 410-553-8260
Signature OB/GYN and CNMs (HCGH) 410-997-0580
Special Beginnings Birth Center (Arnold, MD) 410-626-8982
M.A.M.A.S Metro Area Midwives & Allied Services
Mairi Rothman, CNM 301-674-9976
Erin Fulham, CNM 301-412-8800
Birthwise Midwifery
Alexa Richardson, CPM 202-390-6434
Deanna Kopf, CPM 410-596-2032
CranioSacral Therapists:
Great for Moms & Babies – during pregnancy and on baby ASAP after birth
[See Upledger Link for the Upledger Institute. (CranioSacral can help with
colic, sleep/feeding problems, autism, etc)]
Denise Figueiredo 410-353-6122 Ellicott City, MD
and Annapolis, MD
Charlyn Santiago 410-456-4852 
(Acupuncture, Craniosacral Therapy, Midwife) Ellicott City, MD 
Kaiya Larson,  MD Univ of Integrative Health (previously Tai Sophia)
Dawn Furfaro-Strode 914-490-7188 (babies, kids and adults)
Charlyn Santiago 410-456-4852 
(Acupuncture, Craniosacral Therapy, Midwife) Ellicott City, MD 
Dr.Grant Zhang, Chinese Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine
Ellicott City, MD 410-997-3691
Lynn Bredding Eldersburg, MD 410-552-9858
Jennifer Stukey
Dr. Todd Johnsonbaugh at Dabbs Chiro, Columbia, MD 410-720-5555
Dr. Steven Baron, Bay State Chiro Center, Catonsville, MD 410-744-8800
Dr. Samantha Mohen, Elkridge Chiro Center, Elkridge, MD 410-379-8300
Dr. Tracy Ball-Ostopowicz Ellicott City, MD 410-480-1852
Dr. Katherine Kadin, Kadin Family Chiropractic, Rockville, MD 240-430-1004
Dr. Carol Phillips (Webster, Cranio, Myofascial) Annapolis, MD 410-626-4736
Dr. Marlene Mahipat Chiropractor, Randallstown, MD 410-655-8900
Lactation Consultants:
Becky Nicodemus 410-868-0397
Kelly Thomas 443-904-4774
Family Counseling:
Jill Miron, Psy.D  410-375-8363
Brenda Lane – Birth Counseling 410-279-2091
Fertility Resources and Support:
Books about Fertility
"Taking Charge of Your Fertility" by Toni Weschler – Great overall information about fertility and the details on how to chart your cycle
"Before Your Pregnancy" by Amy Ogle and Lisa Mazzullo
"Fully Fertile" by Tami Quinn, Jeanie Lee Bussell, and Beth Heller
Fertility Websites - Valuable resource for help with charting. - Great natural fertility advice, amazing meditations, etc. RESOLVE, The National Infertility Association - Pulling Down the Moon, a Holistic Fertility Center in Rockville, MD
Fertility Support
"Guided Meditations to Help With Fertility" by Bellaruth Naperstak
Pre-Seed: Fertility Friendly Personal Lubricant
Baby Wearing Consultant (info on wraps, slings, best practices, etc):
Kristen Williams, CBWS, CBE
Courtney Carpenter at David's Natural Market in Columbia, MD
Physical Therapy:
Violand & McNerney PT  (general body, back specialist) 410-740-1047  
Ellicott City, MD
Mandy Marino and Laura Stewart at Her Health PT - Women's Health,
Pregnancy, Pelvic Floor 443-283-2018  Columbia, MD
Erica Adams at Chesapeake Physical & Aquatic Therapy  
Women's Health, Pregnancy, Pelvic Floor Rehab