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Hand Expression of Breastmilk – Educational video posted by the Stanford School of Medicine.  Watch video

“Until recently hand expression of milk (for breastfeeding mothers) has been an under-utilized skill in our institution. But there are many benefits of knowing how to express milk from the breast without the use of expensive or cumbersome pumps. In this video, Dr. Jane Morton demonstrates how easily hand expression can be taught to mothers”

In Conclusion please visit their website and find more information for breastfeeding families.

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Newborn: Learn the facts and myths about delayed cord clamping

Penny Simkin on Delayed Cord Clamping – Newborn Care

Watch this video on delayed cord clamping: Penny Simkin on Delayed Cord Clamping

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Articles posted by Department of Anthropology, University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN 46556

Mother-baby Behavioral Sleep (infant and newborn) Laboratory Safe Cosleeping Guidelines

Guidelines to Sleeping Safe with Newborn and Infants

Newborn: Maximizing the chances of Safe Infant Sleep in the Solitary and Cosleeping (Specifically, Bed-sharing) Contexts, by James J. McKenna, Ph.D. Professor of Biological Anthropology, Director, Mother-Baby Sleep Laboratory, University of Notre Dame.


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Doula Childbirth Classes & Placenta Encapsulation
Baltimore, MD Annapolis, MD Washington D.C.

Acupuncturists (Specialized in childbirth)
Kathy Crosland – Towson, MD

Hyeon-Jin Kwon – Towson, MD
Laura Potts – Towson, MD
Leslie Lloyd–  Towson, MD
Tiffany Houchins, Baltimore, MD
Laura Parks, Timonium, MD
Laura Coleson-Schreur   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, White Marsh, MD
Meadow Hill Wellness Annapolis, MD
Dr. Cheng – Ellicott City, MD, and Baltimore, MD
Charlyn Santiago Ellicott City, MD

Baby-Wearing Specialist
Austin Rees – Baltimore, MD

Barre Classes
Barre Prenatal Modifications Batlimore, MD

Chiropractors (Webster certified)
Dr. Bennett Westminster, MD
Dr. Laura Dover Towson, MD
Dr. Sharon Dongarra Baltimore, MD
Dr. Pam Woodward Baltimore, MD
Dr. Tricia Lehocky White Marsh, MD

Dr. Baron  Ellicott City, MD
Dr. Kat Kadin  Rockville, MD 
Dr. Mariella Young  Rockville, MD 
Dr. Samantha Mohne  Elkridge, MD
Dr. Byrant Harris   Dr Bryant Harris – Annapolis MD 
Dr. Block  Burtonsville, MD

Online counseling E-Therapy
Dr. Judi Sprei  Bethesda, MD 
Parenting Works Baltimore MD
Nyle MacFarlane – OT  Takoma Park, MD
Emily Griffin NW Washington DC
Sara Nett Towson, MD
Alison L. Miller Lutherville, MD

Birth Doulas 
MaryBeth Nance Harford County, MD
Becky Rohrback  Baltimore, MD
Jenny Corbett Silver Spring, MD
Rose Quintilian– Rockville, MD
Meredith Dew Baltimore, MD
Bethany Thomas Annapolis, MD, and Washington, DC

Cherie Correlli – Baltimore, MD
Carling Sothoron – Baltimore, MD

Postpartum Doulas 
Diane Kyle (410) 882-0109 – Baltimore, MD
Becky Rohrback  Baltimore, MD
Metropolitan Doulas Washington, DC
Labor & Lullabies Baltimore, MD 

Osteopathic Physician
Crossings Healing – Silver Spring, MD

Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC)
Katy Linda – Baltimore, MD
Ann Faust – Columbia, MD
Breastfeeding Center –  Washington, DC
Metropolitan Breastfeeding – Bethesda, MD
Carolina Pimenta – Ellicott City, MD
Austin Rees – Baltimore, MD

Massage Therapists
Jessie Bernstein Greater Baltimore, MD
Darlene Bergener Columbia, MD
My prenatal massage Washington DC 

Massage (Class: infant massage)
Jessie Bernstein Baltimore, MD

Stefanie Harrington Washington, DC
Natalie Lane Photography – Westminster, MD
Mischa Bolton Photography – Rocksville, MD
Devon Roe – North VA
Melanie Berkheimer – Southern PA
Rebecca Wyatt – Baltimore, MD
Jessica Watts – Baltimore, MD
Jill Mills – Pasadena, MD
Juliette Fradin – Hyattsville, MD
Heidi Daniels – Washington, DC

The Birth Hour
Birthful Podcast
Evidence Based Birth

Prenatal Yoga
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
Sara Nett, Psy. D Baltimore, MD
Alison Miller, Psy. D Lutherville, MD

Women’s Health Physical Therapy (and Pediatric)
Dr. Sam DuFlo Baltimore, MD
Dr Molly Gittins Baltimore, MD
Dr. Erica Adams  Millersville, MD
Breakaway Physical Therapy LLC Crofton, MD
Tavo Total Health Silver Spring, MD
Restore Motion Rockville, MD
Her Health PT Columbia, MD

Hospitals – Labor and Deliver
UM St. Joseph Medical Center 7601 Osler Drive, 3 West Towson, Maryland 21204 – 410-337-1341
St Agnes Hospital 900 South Caton Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21229 – 667-234-6000
6701 N. Charles St. Towson, MD 21204 – 443-849-2597
Sinai Hospital 2401 W. Belvedere Ave. Baltimore, MD 21215
UM BWMC  301 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie, MD 21061 – 410-787-4600

Freestanding Birth Centers
Special Beginnings Birth and Women’s Center 1454 Baltimore-Annapolis – 410-626-8982
Bay Area Midwifery Birth Center Anne Arundel Medical Center –
2003 Medical Parkway, Wayson Pavilion Suite G50, AnnapolisMD 21401 – 443-481-4400

More Resources
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

Baltimore, MD
City of Baltimore, MD 
Visit Baltimore, MD
Maryland Office of Tourism 
Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Data

Feel free to contact us for more referrals:
Doula Childbirth Classes & Placenta Encapsulation | Baltimore & Maryland

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Pregnancy & Childbirth

-The Positive Birth Book by Milli Hill

– 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


-The Fourth Trimester by Kimberly Ann Johnson


– 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


– 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

– Birth without violent by Frédérick Leboyer


– The Business of Being Born: YouTube –

– Fitness: Knocked-Up Fitness:

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Source: The effect of late pregnancy consumption of date fruit on labor and delivery

Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan.
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.

Date fruit for labor

Date fruit

Couple during labor with their doula

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

From: A DONA International Birth Doula Topic Sheet

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There was a time when expectant fathers (partners) 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 (“partner”) of a daughter or a son. Today’s expectant fathers are different.

When it comes to pregnancy, birth, and parenting, today’s father (partner) 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 – partners 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 partner’s – 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.

Woman breastfeeding her baby sitting under a tree during fall


Here are the basic resources for breastfeeding.  First of all, we encourage you to contact your local IBCLC (lactation consultant)

Doula, placenta encapsulation, childbirth classes

Evidence based resources for new-parents.

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 nursing. Many feeding 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 nursing 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

In conclusion, here are some extra resources:

(VERY GOOD VIDEO around 8 minutes mark)

The “Marmet technique” : (hand expression)