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 great resources for information and education in Missoula and online, 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
Birth Stories in Color – a podcast for Black, Indigenous, Asian, Latino, and Multiracial individuals to share their birthing experiences and find community in stories
Center for Indigenous Midwifery – childbirth preparation workshops, support groups, and zoomcasts by and for indigenous birthkeepers and families, “Strengthening indigenous communities by honoring & reclaiming Indigenous midwifery care & family support.”
Childbirth Connection – online resource for evidence-based pregnancy and childbirth information
Community Medical Center – 4-week or 1-day intensive Birthing Basics course, plus courses on newborn care, sibling integration, and breastfeeding preparation classes currently on hold
Missoula County Health Services – Birthing Basics, Breastfeeding preparation, and postpartum/newborn care courses, free to the community
Missoula Hypnotherapy – Hypnobirthing techniques for pregnancy and birth
Nursing Nook – Preparation for Successful Breastfeeding classes, plus infant, child, and adult CPR
Providence-St. Patrick Hospital – 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 – resource and a course for information, decision-making and support around repeat cesarean birth and VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean)
Support for families
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 – parent-baby support group for the ins-and-outs of nourishing your baby. Support and advice around breastfeeding, milk production, pumping, and more – currently meeting on Zoom and Facebook Live, most Wednesdays at 11:30am
Providence-St. Patrick Hospital – weekly support group for new parents, free and open to the public – meets on Zoom, Tuesdays at 11:30am.
Postpartum Support International – information about mood and emotional challenges 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.
Return to Zero – closed support groups and webinars, plus information and resources for families experiencing pregnancy and infant loss.