Read more about doulas and how to find your doula

Benefits of a Doula (in birth & postpartum) – DONA International, summarizes all the benefits to birthing people and families

Dads and Doulas: Myths & Resources – DONA International, addresses some common questions that birth partners (focused here on dads) might have about inviting a doula into the birth space

5 Better Questions to Ask A Potential Doula – Wise Birth Blog (for a birth doula interview)

Top 6 Reasons to Have a Doula at Your Home or Birth Center Birth – Written by a midwife – doulas might have gone by other names, but have always been a part of birthing

Childbirth education – resources and courses

I’m excited to offer Birth Essentials – a 5 week childbirth and postpartum series – plus other special topics and private classes. Check out Classes for more information.

There are lots of other great resources for information and education online and in Missoula, here are a few –

Birth Rights – a resource for everyday people to defend human rights in labor and birth, from the Birth Rights Bar Association and National Advocates for Pregnant Women

Childbirth Connection – online resource for evidence-based pregnancy and childbirth information

Community Medical Center – offers 4-week or 1-day intensive Birthing Basics course, as well as courses on newborn care, sibling integration, and breastfeeding preparation

Missoula County Health Services – offers monthly Birthing Basics, Breastfeeding preparation, and postpartum/newborn care courses, free to the community

Missoula Hypnotherapy –  Hypnobirthing techniques for pregnancy and birth

Nursing Nook – offers Preparation for Successful Breastfeeding classes, as well as infant, child, and adult CPR

Providence-St. Patrick Hospital – offers 6-week or 1-day Childbirth Preparation, as well as courses on newborn care, breastfeeding preparation, infant massage, infant safety, and a grandparent’s class

VBAC Education Project – an online resource and course for information, decision-making and support around repeat cesarean birth and VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean)

Support for new parents

Why do new parents need support? This is a great TED talk clip that talks about your development as a tender new parent: Alexandra Sacks – A New Way to Think About the Transition to Motherhood (TED talk) 

Missoula Baby Bistro – meets every Wednesday from 11-12:30 pm, a free and relaxed meeting for breastfeeding parents to meet and make connections, facilitated by a certified lactation counselor – currently meeting on Facebook Live and Zoom, Wednesdays 11:30 am.

Postpartum Wellness Group – This group is currently on hold, but you can contact the Maternal Mental Health Clinic at Community Medical Center for more information or support.

Postpartum Support International – information about mood and emotional difficulties in pregnancy and new parenting, offers online support groups (in English and Spanish), a warmline, phone chats with an expert, and information about local mental health support around pregnancy and birth in Western Montana.