I am looking for one, but id rather TWO recommendations for each category.They need to be in the NNJ/NYC area, preferably no more than a 50 mile radius away (unless it is an online “category” of course)  If you have any great experiences with the following categories or know someone who has, please leave a comment with the business/agency/persons contact info. I’d love to have the BEST list possible available for mamas who may need support in these areas. Please ask your friends and other mamas you know if they have any recommendations they just HAVE to share. Thanks!

Abused women shelters and support groups

Addiction services and support groups

Birth centers

Birth doulas

Breastfeeding pump and equipment suppliers (purchase and rental)

Breastfeeding support groups, clinics, classes

Child abuse protection agencies

Childbirth educators

Childcare options

Children’s hospitals

Chiropractors, Massage Therapist, Reiki Practitioners

Community services and programs

Cultural/Multicultural resources

Early intervention programs for babies with special needs

Family doctors/Pediatricians

Health Food stores

Hospitals/Minor Emergency Services

Incest/sexual abuse support groups

Infant massage classes and services

Lactation Consultants

La Leche League

Libraries/infant programs

Maternity/nursing clothes

Midwives

Mother’s centers/parent and child centers

Multiple birth groups/associations

Naturopathic/homeopathic services/stores and clinics

New Mothers/Fathers/Parents groups

Obstetricians

On-line resources

Parent’s Anonymous/support groups

Parenting classes

Parent and women’s bookstores

Perinatal loss support groups/bereaved families support groups

Play groups

Postpartum exercise classes/mother and baby exercise classes/yoga classes

Postpartum depression resources and support groups

Postpartum doulas

Single parenting groups

Support groups for parents of children with special needs

Teen parent support groups/educational services

VBAC/CA support groups

Well baby clinics

Birth Blessings,

Doula Abby

The Waiting Game

April 7, 2011

I’ve been Blessed with TWO AMAZING and beautiful mamas that are both awaiting the arrivals of their little ones (any moment now actually!). I have been blessed with an amazing “back up” doula (who is my Doula too!) who is willing to support and care for these mamas should their babies come simultaneously. I have somehow been blessed with MULTIPLE caregivers for my DS (whome he is rather fond of as well! bonus points!) should my DH be at work when the babies make their appearance.  Yet somehow, I’m still anxious. Anxious for the mamas to meet their little ones. Ready to serve, support and strengthen these women as they literally push through one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of a womans life (or so I think). 

All of that to say, Thank you to mama 1 and mama 2 for picking me to be your Doula. You had MANY options out there and I do not take it lightly that you are trusting me to be a part of this intimate time in your family’s life.

Here’s to a short wait and 2 healthy, happy babies in the near future *cheers*