Blogs

Breech Birth in Seattle and Washington State
A blog to encourage discussion of women's options for breech and other variation-of-normal births in the greater Seattle area.

Bring Birth Home
Empowering & educating women about the choice to birth at home

Family Friendly Seattle
Feel welcome with your wee ones.

Books

A Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Pregnancy
Certified Lamaze instructor and activist Henci Goer brings women the carefully researched facts they'll want to have--the complete rundown on modern pregnancy and childbirth.

The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two
In their excellent (and hefty) resource guide, The Baby Book, attachment parenting specialists William Sears and Martha Sears have provided new parents with their approach to every aspect of baby care basics, from newborns to toddlers.

The Birth Book: Everything You Need to Know to Have a Safe and Satisfying Birth
In this helpful resource guide, the Searses cover the gamut of possibilities, and teach readers what they need to know to take control of their own birthings.

Birthing from Within
Read the inspiring book that is revolutionizing childbirth preparation! Once you open this book, you will be drawn in by its exquisite design, intriguing illustrations and artwork, poignant birth stories, and captivating titles.

Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers
Breastfeeding Made Simple teaches mothers and mothers-to-be seven natural laws for successful breastfeeding. This information is distilled from various fields and up-to-date research and is presented in a practical, straightforward way.

Ina May's Guide to Breastfeeding
Everything you need to know to make breastfeeding a joyful, natural, and richly fulfilling experience for both you and your baby.

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth
Discover the proven wisdom that has guided thousands of women through childbirth with more confidence, less pain, and little or no medical intervention.

The Nursing Mother's Companion
With more than 500,000 copies sold in earlier editions, The Nursing Mother's Companion is the most widely recommended resource for breastfeeding women.

Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn
Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide is already one of the bestselling pregnancy books on the market, with more than one million copies in print! Now newly revised and redesigned, this comprehensive, authoritative “bible” provides expectant couples with abundant, valuable information about pregnancy, labor, birth, the postpartum period, and newborn care.

Raising a Happy, Unspoiled Child
According to White (The First Three Years of Life), director of the Center for Parent Education in Newton, Mass., disciplinary problems during the "terrible twos" are not inevitable. After spending nine years observing young children in their homes, he concludes that many difficulties-testing parental authority, refusal to share toys with playmates, etc.-can virtually be eliminated if parents are not overly permissive with children of more than five months old.

Spiritual Midwifery
The classic book on home birth is now in its fourth edition. Includes updated information on the safety of natural childbirth, new birthing stories, and the most recent statistics on births managed by The Farm Midwives. Mothers-to-be are instructed on how to take care of themselves while pregnant and how to prepare for being a mother and taking care of a new baby.

Taking Charge of Your Fertility
This comprehensive book explains in lucid, assured terms how to practice the fertility awareness method (FAM), a natural, scientifically proven but little-known form of birth control (which is not to be confused with the woefully ineffective "rhythm" method). Author Toni Weschler has been teaching fertility awareness for almost 20 years, and it's only just now gaining in popularity.

Your Baby and Child
Penelope Leach's Your Baby & Child has been a beloved favorite for years. With this new, revised edition, Leach has updated her information and approach to reflect new findings in the field of child development, and to respond to the changing needs of today's families. Leach has utter respect for children and their parents; she explains development, child care, and parenting concerns clearly and without condescension.

Birth Centers

Puget Sound Birth Center
Since its opening in 1996, the birth center has served over 2000 Puget Sound families. PSMBC is the oldest freestanding birth center on the Eastside and the largest freestanding birth center in the Puget Sound area.

Seattle Home Maternity Service & Childbirth Center
The SHMS Childbirth Center has one birthing suite located in the lower level of the clinic. Designed like a mother-in-law apartment, it has a cozy, informal look. It is equipped with a kitchenette, birthing room, deep soaker tub and shower, and a "living room" area. A second room with a comfortable Murphy bed is available upstairs for initial triage or postpartum recovery if needed.

Classes

Big Belly Services
Founded in 2001 by Carrie Kenner, Big Belly Services strives to create a more peaceful world through conscious birthing. We do this by providing unique classes focusing on birthing in awareness, natural childbirth and parenting methods, empowering women and families, emphasizing the emotional and spiritual aspects of pregnancy and birth, and raising awareness of the consciousness of babies.

Great Starts
Great Starts classes cover everything from planning for pregnancy through taking care of your new baby.

New Moon Birth
Independent Lamaze Classes
VBAC classes
Labor YOUR Way classes
Private Lamaze Childbirth Classes

Doulas

PALS: Pacific Association of Labor Support
PALS Doulas is an organization dedicated to the development of the doula profession and to supporting its members

Kim James
Kim offers doula services and childbirth education classes designed to increase your chances of making positive birth memories.

Carrie Kenner - Big Belly Services
Carrie is the owner and director of Big Belly Services. She teaches many of the classes offered by Big Belly Services.

Sharon Muza - New Moon Birth
Sharon Muza offers birth doula and postpartum doula services to Seattle and King County families. Please contact Sharon to discuss how she might be able to support you and your family as you welcome your child

Alissa Wehrman - SUNbirth Services
Alissa Wehrman is a Certified Birth Doula, Certified Postpartum Doula and Lactation Educator serving the Seattle area. She specializes in Breastfeeding Support.

Fitness

Stroller Strides
Have some fun and help other moms meet their fitness goals

Lactation Consultants

Emily Healy, Puget Sound Breastfeeding Services
Puget Sound Breastfeeding Services can help you overcome breastfeeding challenges so you can get on with the important work of enjoying your baby!

Renee Beebe, The Second 9 Months
The Second 9 Months was born out of a desire to support women in becoming the moms they want to be and to help them overcome breastfeeding challenges.

Massage Therapy

Stephanie Levine, LMP
206-721-5042 / Seward Park

Bianca Rafferty, LMP
Offering personalized support through yoga and massage for healing chronic pain, injury treatment, prenatal and postnatal care, and cultivating patterns to greater health and optimal lifestyle habits.

 

Midwives

Sally Avenson
Complete midwifery care with birth at home, birth center or hospital

Cynthia Brown
Trust the process ... embrace the power. Midwifery practice offering birth at home, hospital or birth center. Obstetrician backup 24/7. Most insurances accepted.

Tracy Cooper, Expecting the Best
We believe that pregnancy and childbirth are natural, safe, and normal events in the life of the childbearing woman.

Heike Doyle, Eastside Midwives
Heike has wanted to be a midwife as long as she can remember. She was born at home in Germany and grew up with a fundamental belief that birth is normal.

Geraldine Lee
Fremont Midwifery is the solo practice of Geraldine Lee, Licensed Midwife, specializing in home, birth center, and waterbirth deliveries.

Valerie Sasson, Lake Washington Midwives
Co-owner, Resident Midwife at Puget Sound Midwives & Birth Center, LLC, Owner, Licensed Midwife at Lake Washington Midwives, LLC

Group Health Midwives
During your pregnancy, you have a choice of providers: an obstetrician/gynecologist (Ob/Gyn), a certified nurse-midwife (CNM), your primary care physician, licensed midwives who do home births for low-risk women.

Rainy City Midwifery
We are a Seattle based midwifery practice located in the heart of Capitol Hill, specializing in home and birth center deliveries. Waterbirth is also offered.

Neighborcare Health
Through Neighborcare Health’s Midwifery and Women’s Health Services program, certified nurse midwives and pregnant women work together to design a birth plan that safely aligns with the patient’s wants and needs.

Seattle Home Maternity
The oldest established midwifery practice and birth center in Washington State. Our midwives attend births at home and in our licensed birth center. Since 1980, we have welcomed nearly 3000 babies.

Swedish Ballard Midwives
Every woman’s birthing experience is unique. At the Family Childbirth Center at Swedish/Ballard, our experienced, certified nurse-midwives pride themselves in partnering with you to create the most personalized childbirth experience possible – one that best reflects your personal, cultural and spiritual beliefs. Our birthing center offers families comfortable birthing suites with full access to medical and technological assistance, if necessary.

University of Washington Midwives
The Maternal and Infant Care Clinic at UWMC provides comprehensive pregnancy-related services and ongoing obstetrical care, including midwifery care, for women in low-risk to high-risk pregnancies.

MDs, NDs, and Dentists

Dr. Susan Carr, ND, Fertile Path

Dr. Benjamin Danielson, MD, Odessa Brown Children's Clinic

Dr. Melissa Larson, ND, Ballard Neighborhood Doctors

Dr. Jon L Way, DDS

Parenting Resources

Bringing Baby Home Workshops
The first year after your baby is born is often the most difficult on your relationship. This program, designed by Drs. John and Julie Gottman, helps you maintain a strong relationship with your partner while giving your baby solid, consistent love and care. In Seattle and on the Eastside there are many options for workshops:

Jewish Family Service of Seattle

Overlake Hospital

The Parent Garden, Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center

Swedish Hospital

Wellspring Family Services

PEPS
Since 1983, PEPS has helped new parents to connect and grow. Parents come together each week to share the joys and challenges of parenthood and develop confidence in their own parenting abilities. For many parents, their PEPS Group becomes part of their extended family, a supportive community that lasts a lifetime.

Sarina Behar Natkin, Parent Educator and Consultant
Sarina Behar Natkin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Gottman Educator and Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator with over 15 years of experience helping families.

Post Partum Resources

Dr. Renee Bibeault
Dr. Bibeault is a Seattle area psychiatrist specializing in the comprehensive mental health care of women. Her approach to patient care emphasizes understanding a woman's emotional experience in the context of her unique life circumstances, her gender, the impact of contemporary culture and her biological and hormonal influences.

Dana Blue
Dane Blue is a licensed psychoanalyst who specializes in postpartum mood disorders.

Dr. Leslie Butterfield
Dr. Butterfield is a clinical psychologist specializing in pre and perinatal psychology and women's health. Her areas of expertise include: promoting healthy marital and parent-baby attachments; the prevention and treatment of pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders; and the repair of reproductive loss or trauma.

Abby Myers
Abby is a Seattle psychiatric nurse-practitioner who specializes in treating postpartum mood disorders. She can be reached at 206-522-3543.

Listening Mothers Group
Bring your baby to this eight-week group class and nurture one of the most important relationships you will ever have. Listening Mothers helps you: Tune into and respond to your baby's needs, Develop your identity as a mother, Reflect on your parenting style and learn about others, Look into your own childhood and how it impacts your parenting, Learn by sharing with other new mothers

Postpartum Support International of Washington
Toll-free support line: 1-888-404-7763. The mission of Postpartum Support International of Washington PSI of WA(PSI of WA) is to overcome the effects of Postpartum Mood Disorders (PPMD) through early identification and treatment, thereby ensuring a healthy environment in which both mother and baby can thrive together.

Retail Stores & Supplies

Birth & Beyond
Birth and Beyond has been supporting new families for over 16 years. The staff is composed of a mix of real moms, Lactation Consultants, Nurses, Doulas and other professionals working in the field.

New Moon Birth
Birth Tub Rentals
TENS Unit Rentals

Videos

Born in the USA
Meet three birth caregivers — a obstetrician, a nurse-midwife, and a licensed homebirth midwife — each with a dramatically different idea about what constitutes best care for birthing women. Learn how they see their work and what factors — medical, legal, and cultural—influence women's choices in the birthing room.

The Business of Being Born
Birth is a miracle, a rite of passage, a natural part of life. But birth is also big business.

Ina May Gaskin videos
Ida May inspires women to reduce the fear of childbirth by regaining confidence in their bodies and assuring them. Watch a wealth of Ida May Gaskin videos on You Tube.

What Babies Want
An exploration of the consciousness of infants.

Websites

Birthing from Within
Birthing from Within is about much more than simply "childbirth classes." In addition to the landmark book of the same name, they offer a multitude of resources, products, and events for expectant parents, families, birth companions of all sorts, and anyone who cares about birth.

Born Free
Information and resources for unassisted childbirth. This site is based on the belief that childbirth is inherently safe and relatively painless provided we don't live in poverty, and do not interfere either physically or psychologically.

ICAN
The International Cesarean Awareness Network, Inc. (ICAN) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve maternal-child health by preventing unnecessary cesareans through education, providing support for cesarean recovery, and promoting Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC).

Ina May Gaskin
Author, Activist, Innovator - Ida May inspires women to reduce the fear of childbirth by regaining confidence in their bodies and assuring them – your body still works!

Yoga

8 Limbs Yoga
Recommended - Anne Phyfe's class and Rachel Lowe's Prenatal class. Group classes, private sessions and workshops. Yoga styles in Ashtanga, Hatha, flow, gentle, prenatal and yin. In-studio boutique.

Lotus Yoga
Provides quality instruction in various styles of Hatha yoga, a popular form of yoga that includes, but is not limited to, physical conditioning.

Samadhi Yoga
Yoga classes for all levels, Sanskrit, massage, and meditation services. Workshops, teacher training and an in-studio boutique.