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

One of the sweetest, most compassionate and empowering women in the childbirth arena. She gives a brief overview of Doulas and midwives and our harmonious relationship. Enjoy!

http://www.childbirthcenter.net/index.php?option=com_videoflow&task=play&id=6

My heart is full tonight. Great day with my little family, as well as a rather inspiring visit to my midwife. I myself am 7 months pregnant, and would NEVER dream of delivering without a Doula after knowing the benefits and NO KNOWN RISKS of having one by my side. I think a Doula is a VITAL part of the Childbirth experience.

I talked with some of the staff after my appointment about offering my services at no charge to fellow patients/moms/clients of the birth center because I was looking for births to attend while working towards by DONA certification. I had sent a flyer into the office and they graciously hung it up, which is why we were talking to begin with. One of the midwives told me that she could find me a plethora of clients to work with, because my services were … free. It should have been great news, which from a business and experiential standpoint, it is, but from a deep-down-something-has-to-change point, it stung a little. Knowing that there are an abundance of women who NEED and DESIRE a doula, but cannot afford it, thus they don’t pursue finding that support burns a hole in me. Women who may wind up with a birth journey that is LESS than desired, by their standards. Women who will never know the benefits of that one-on-one, continuous, unbiased, non-judgemental support. My heart burns to share the EMPOWERMENT a woman experiences when she make informed birth decisions and they are ACTUALLY supported and carried out. I MUST do something about this. I’ve been brewing ideas up all day about how I can start a fund that will pay for Doula services for women in need. Maybe finding a group of Doulas that will do more Pro-Bono or Bartered care because the need is truly there. The possibility of making women aware that finances should NEVER come in the way of one of the most life altering experiences they will ever encounter.

The need is there. The desire is there. The support is there. How do we connect the circle?