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Childbirth Education For Simple Birth:

New series starts in March 2015- registration at odile@mybirthcompanion.com

– Promoting a normal and natural approach that alleviates a woman’s fear and helps her manage pain
– Empowering women and families to make their own choices for a safe and healthy experience
– Evidence-based Information
– Comfort Measures
– Breastfeeding and Newborn Care
-And doulas’ tricks!

http://mybirthcompanion.com/ChildbirthClasses.html

List of birth professionals
Maryland, Washington D.C and Southern PA

Acupuncturists:
Charlyn Santiago – Ellicott City, MD familyacupuncturecare@gmail.com
Kristin Huza – Columbia, MD
Laura Potts – Towson, MD
Leslie Lloyd–  Towson, MD
Tiffany Houchins, Baltimore, MD
Samina Moiduddin – Washington, DC
Nikki Richman – Bethesda, MD
Acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine – Washington, DC
Devorah Joy Walder – Silver Spring, MD
Black Sheep Acupuncture  Community Acupuncture (Sliding scale fees), White Marsh, MD
Meadowhillwellness.com  Annapolis, MD
Dr Cheng – Ellicott City, MD and Baltimore, MD

Chiropractors:
Dr Laura Dover – Towson, MD  http://towsonfamilychiro.com/
Dr Dongarra – Baltimore, MD http://www.thrivechiro.org/
Dr Woodward – Baltimore, MD http://firststepbaltimore.com/
Dr Baron – Ellicott City, MD https://www.baystatechiro.com/

Counseling:
Dr. Rupa Zimmermann, PhD – Licensed Psychologist
(Dr Judi Sprei & Associates – 4933 Auburm Ave. Bethesda, MD 20814)
Parenting Works – Sheena Hill, MAJE, CBE, CPST – Certified Parent Education Specialist
Nyle MacFarlane Pediatric and Adult Occupational Therapist – Takoma Park, MD
Emily Griffin, MSW, LICSW, LCSW-C NW Washington DC
Acorn Hill – Parenting program from birth to 3 – Silver Spring, MD
Sara Nett, Psy.D 443-470-3124 or contact@drsaranett.com – Towson, MD
Alison L. Miller, Psy.D – Lutherville, MD

Doulas ( professionals)
Shannon Robinson (CAPPA) – Baltimore, MD Annapolis MD and Washington, DC
Becky Rohrback – Baltimore, MD
Jenny Corbett, CD(DONA)– Silver Spring, MD
Rose Quintilian– Rockville, MD
Eva Street CD(DONA)– Germantown, MD
Bethany Thomas CD(DONA) – Annapolis, MD and Washington, DC
Allison Harris – Baltimore, MD

Doulas (professionals)
Diane Kyle CD(DONA) – (410) 882-0109 – Baltimore, MD
Jennifer Goldsmith, CD(DONA) – MD, DC, VA
Metropolitan Doulas – MD, DC, VA

Osteopathic Physician:
Crossings – Silver Spring, MD

Professional and certified Lactation Consultants:
Katy Linda – Baltimore, MD
Ann Faust – Columbia, MD
Breastfeeding Center –  Washington, DC
Metropolitan Breastfeeding – Bethesda, MD
Carolina Pimenta – Ellicott City, MD

Massage Therapists:
Jessie Bernstein Greater Baltimore, MD
Darlene Bergener Columbia, MD
Laura Marks 301-467-8725 – serving Maryland and DC

Nutrition:
Stephanie Misanik – Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Baltimore, MD – smisanik@gmail.com

Photographers:
Stefanie Harrington– DC, VA, MD
Natalie Lane Photography – Westminster, MD
Mischa Bolton Photography – Rocksville, MD
Devon Roe – Gambrills, MD
Melanie Berkheimer Southern PA

Prenatal Yoga:
Heather Brown – Baltimore, MD
Darlene Bergener – Columbia, MD
Lily Dwyer Begg – Baltimore, MD
Lorien Yoga – Baltimore, MD
NIlajah Brown – Baltimore, MD
Michelle Cohen –  Washington, DC

Prenatal and Postpartum Depression:
Dr. Sarah Chisholm-Stockard, PhD Towson, MD
Gretchen Forbes, LCMFT Padonia, MD
Valerie R. McManus, LCSW-C, Ellicott City, MD

Women’s Health Physical Therapy:
Samantha DuFlo
Baltimore, MD

Resources websites:
Spinning Babies Easy childbirth with fetal positioning
Lamaze International for Parents
Maryland Birth Network Greater Baltimore, MD
Birth Options Alliance DC and Maryland
DONA International Doulas organization
DoulaMatch Doulas
La Leche League International Breastfeeding
KellyMom Evidence-based breastfeeding and parenting
Baby Center Pregnancy and parenting

Pregnancy & Childbirth

– The official Lamaze Guide – Judith Lothian and Charlotte DeVries

– Birth Book  by Sarah and Steve Blight

– Pregnancy, childbirth and the newborn by Penny Simkin

– Guide to childbirth by Ina May Gaskin

– Natural Hospital Birth: The Best of Both Worlds by Cynthia Gabriel

– Mindful Birthing by Nancy Bardacke

Breastfeeding

– Guide to breastfeeding by Ina May Gaskin

– Start Here: Breastfeeding and Infant Care with Humor and Common Sense by Kathleen McCue

– The nursing mother’s companion by Kathleen Huggins

Newborns

– Amazing talents of a newborn (by Marshall Klaus, MD and Phyllis Klaus, MFT, LMSW) – DVD

– The happiest baby on the block (book of dvd) Dr Harvey Karp

– The secret of the baby whisperer by Tracy Hogg

Videos

– The Business of Being Born: YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvljyvU_ZGE

– Fitness: Knocked-Up Fitness: http://knocked-upfitness.com/bio/

 

 

Author:
Dove D ; Joh
Birth Center: Holistic Women’s Health Care, L. L. C., Wilmington, DE 19805, USA.
Source:
Journal Of Nurse-Midwifery nson P
Author Address:
[J Nurse Midwifery] 1999 May-Jun; Vol. 44 (3), pp. 320-4.

Abstract
Evening primrose oil is widely used by many midwives to hasten cervical ripening in an effort to shorten labor and decrease the incidence of postdates pregnancies. Although its efficacy has been studied in the relief of symptoms of a number of medical conditions, its use has not been well studied, if at all, for the purpose of cervical ripening. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of oral evening primrose oilon the length of pregnancy and selected intrapartum outcomes in low-risk nulliparous women. A two group retrospective quasi-experimental design conducted on a sample of women who received care in a birth center, compared selected outcomes of 54 women taking evening primrose oil in their pregnancy with a control group of 54 women who did not. Findings suggest that the oral administration of evening primrose oil from the 37th gestational week until birth does not shorten gestation or decrease the overall length of labor. Further, the use of orally administered evening primrose oil may be associated with an increase in the incidence of prolonged rupture of membranes, oxytocin augmentation, arrest of descent, and vacuum extraction.

Authors:
Hall HG ; McKenna LG ; Griffiths DL
Author Address:
Monash University, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, School of Nursing & Midwifery, Peninsula Campus, McMahons Road, Frankston, Victoria 3199, Australia. Helen.Hall@med.monash.edu.au
Source:
Women And Birth: Journal Of The Australian College Of Midwives [Women Birth] 2012 Sep; Vol. 25 (3), pp. 142-8. Date of Electronic Publication:2011 Apr 27.

Background: Induction of labour is a common obstetric procedure. Some women are likely to turn to complementary and alternative medicine in order to avoid medical intervention.

Aim: The aim of this paper is to examine the scientific evidence for the use of complementary and alternative medicine to stimulate labour.

Method: An initial search for relevant literature published from 2000 was undertaken using a range of databases. Articles were also identified by examining bibliographies.

Results: Most complementary and alternative medicines used for induction of labour are recommended on the basis of traditional knowledge, rather than scientific research. Currently, the clinical evidence is sparse and it is not possible to make firm conclusions regarding the effectiveness of these therapies. There is however some data to support the use of breast stimulation for induction of labour. Acupuncture and raspberry leaf may also be beneficial. Castor oil and evening primrose oil might not be effective and possibly increase the incidence of complications. There is no evidence from clinical trails to support homeopathy however, some women have found these remedies helpful. Blue cohosh may be harmful duringpregnancy and should not be recommended for induction. Other complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies may be useful but further investigation is needed.

Conclusions: More research is needed to establish the safety and efficacy of CAM modalities. Midwives should develop a good understanding of these therapies, including both the benefits and risks, so they can assist women to make appropriate decisions.
(Copyright © 2011 Australian College of Midwives. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved

Source

Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan. oqba@yahoo.com
Al-Kuran O, Al-Mehaisen L, Bawadi H, Beitawi S, Amarin Z.

Abstract: “The effect of late pregnancy consumption of date fruit on labor and delivery”

We set out to investigate the effect of date fruit (Phoenix dactylifera) consumption on labor parameters and delivery outcomes. Between 1 February 2007 and 31 January 2008 at Jordan University of Science and Technology, a prospective study was carried out on 69 women who consumed six date fruits per day for 4 weeks prior to their estimated date of delivery, compared with 45 women who consumed none. There was no significant difference in gestational age, age and parity between the two groups. The women who consumed date fruit had significantly higher mean cervical dilatation upon admission compared with the non-date fruit consumers (3.52 cm vs 2.02 cm, p < 0.0005), and a significantly higher proportion of intact membranes (83% vs 60%, p = 0.007). Spontaneous labor occurred in 96% of those who consumed dates, compared with 79% women in the non-date fruit consumers (p = 0.024). Use of prostin/oxytocin was significantly lower in women who consumed dates (28%), compared with the non-date fruit consumers (47%) (p = 0.036). The mean latent phase of the first stage of labor was shorter in women who consumed date fruit compared with the non-date fruit consumers (510 min vs 906 min, p = 0.044). It is concluded that the consumption of date fruit in the last 4 weeks before labour significantly reduced the need for induction and augmentation of labour, and produced a more favourable, but non-significant, delivery outcome. The results warrant a randomised controlled trial.

Dads and Doulas: Key Players on Mother’s Labor Support Team

From: A DONA International Birth Doula Topic Sheet

There was a time when expectant fathers were portrayed as anxious, floor-pacing, cigarsmoking men who were tolerated in hospital corridors until the long-awaited moment when a nurse or doctor would announce they were the proud father of a daughter or a son. Today’s expectant fathers are different.

When it comes to pregnancy, birth, and parenting, today’s father may want to share everything with his partner. He may want to be actively involved; ease his partner’s labor pain, welcome his baby at the moment of birth and help care for his newborn at home. A birth doula can help a father experience this special time with confidence.

Studies show that when doulas are present at birth, women have shorter labors, fewer medical interventions, fewer cesareans and healthier babies. Recent evidence also suggests that when a doula provides labor support, women are more satisfied with their experience and the mother-infant interaction is enhanced as long as two months after the birth. With doula support, fathers tend to stay more involved with their partner rather than pull away in times of stress.

Today, a father’s participation in birth preparation classes or his presence at prenatal visits and in the birth suite is a familiar occurrence. Yet, we sometimes forget that the expectations of his role as a labor coach may be difficult to fulfill. Sometimes it is also culturally inappropriate for an expectant father to be so intimately involved in the process of labor and birth.

The father-to-be is expected, among other things, to become familiar with the process and language of birth, to understand medical procedures and hospital protocols and to advocate for his partner in an environment and culture he may be unfamiliar with. A doula can provide the information to help parents make appropriate decisions and facilitate communication between the birthing woman, her partner and medical care providers.

At times a father may not understand a woman’s instinctive behavior during birth and may react anxiously to what a doula knows to be the normal process of birth. He may witness his partner in pain and understandably become distressed. The doula can be reassuring and skillfully help the mother to cope with labor pain in her unique way. The father-to-be may be asked to accompany his partner during surgery should a cesarean become necessary. Not all fathers can realistically be expected to coach at this intense level.

Many fathers are eager to be involved during labor and birth. Others, no less loving or committed to their partners’ well being, find it difficult to navigate in uncharted waters. With a doula, a father can share in the birth at level at which he feels most comfortable. The doula’s skills and knowledge can help him to feel more relaxed. If the father wants to provide physical comfort, such as back massage and change of positions, and help his partner to stay focused during contractions, the doula can provide that guidance and make suggestions for what may work best.

Physicians, midwives and nurses are responsible for monitoring labor, assessing the medical condition of the mother and baby and treating complications when they arise; but birth is also an emotional and spiritual experience with long-term impact on a woman’s personal well being. A doula is constantly aware that the mother and her partner will remember this experience throughout their lives. By mothering the mother during birth, the doula supports the parents in having a positive and memorable birth experience.

The benefits of doula care have been recognized worldwide. The Medical Leadership Council of Washington, D.C, the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada and the World Health Organization are among the many healthcare organizations that value the benefits that doulas provide to women in labor.

The father’s presence and loving support in birth is comforting and reassuring. The love he shares with the mother and his child and his need to nurture and protect his family are priceless gifts that only he can provide. With her partner and a doula at birth, a mother can have the best of both worlds – her partner’s loving care and attention and the doula’s expertise and guidance in birth.

 

Kellymon
Evidence based breastfeeding and parenting
Kellymom

A Perfect Latch
Physicians and other health professionals who care for infants frequently feel the pressure of time when faced with a mother who is having difficulty with breastfeeding. Many breastfeeding problems, though, can be avoided or improved with some simple tips and hands-on help with latching on. In this video, Dr. Jane Morton demonstrates how effective assistance can be given in just 15 minutes.

The Marmet hand expression technique
The Marmet technique of expressing breast milk with your hand is a fabulous alternative to using a breast pump. In fact, nothing can mimic the action of a breastfeeding baby better than you own fingers. Watch how it’s done!

Latch on
This video is extremely helpful for all new nursing moms.

Books:
Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeed – Ina May Gaskin

 

 

http://newborns.stanford.edu/Breastfeeding/FifteenMinuteHelper.html

(VERY GOOD VIDEO around 8 minutes mark)

Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeed

Marmet technique : (hand expression) http://video.about.com/breastfeeding/Hand-Expression-Technique.htm