Jen Jester
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RECOMMENDED READING
 
The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin
Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering by Dr. Sarah Buckley
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer
Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn by Penny Simkin
The Labor Progress Handbook by Penny Simkin
Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way by Susan McCutcheon
Pushed by Jennifer Block
My Best Birth by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein
 

 
FIND A MIDWIFE and MIDWIFE INFORMATION
 
www.friendsofmissourimidwives.org
Finding and Supporting midwifery care in Missouri
 
stlouismidwives.com
A listing of all midwifery services in St. Louis and the surrounding areas.
 
www.missourimidwivesassociation.org
Missouri midwifery information and support
 
www.peacefulbeginningsmidwife.com
Jennifer Konkol, CPM, CLC, BSW
 
Allison Dougherty, CPM
314-805-7202
 
www.rivercitybirth.com
Linsey Kornya, CPM
 
www.mybirthandwellness.com
Jessica Henman, CNM, CPM
 
www.thebigpushformidwives.org/_ccLib/attachments/pages/2008+Milbank+Study+on+Evidence-Based+Maternity+Care.pdf
Evidence-Based Maternity Care: What It Is and What It Can Achieve – report from the Millibank Foundation (Note: 128 pg. PDF)
 

DOULAS
 
www.doulasofgreaterstlouis.com
Doulas in the St. Louis area

BIRTH CENTER
 
Birth and Wellness Center
Mercy Birth Center
 

OPTIMAL FETAL POSITIONING (HELP WITH BREECH)
 
www.spinningbabies.com
Techniques for positioning babies during pregnancy and labor

EXERCISE AND DIET INFORMATION
 
www.mariacarella.com/
Maria Carella is a local prenatal yoga instructor, counselor and expert on bonding with baby in utero.
 
www.bigbendyoga.com
Prenatal yoga classes
 
www.acefitness.org/findanacepro/ACECertifiedProfessionalProfile.aspx?acecp=dy3w6wy
Joy Holdmeier – Personal Trainer for families, specifically new mothers
 
www.babybootcamp.com
Postpartum baby workout programs
 
healthybabycode.com/signup
Chris Kresser, information on pregnancy nutrition, fertility issues and infant feeding
 
www.feedyourvitality.com/
Ashley Nanney, Professional chef providing great food and diet information for pregnant women
 
www.drbrewerpregnancydiet.com/
Dr. Brewer Pregnancy Diet

PREGNANCY BLOGS AND USEFUL SITES/APPS
 
www.ibirthapp.com
iBirth app for android and iphone – great resource for helpful lists, contraction timer and labor help videos
 
www.givingbirthnaturally.com
Pregnancy and birth resources and information, videos too!
 
www.americanpregnancy.org/
American Pregnancy – tons of information
 
www.mybestbirth.com/
My Best Birth – Ricki Lake’s holistic pregnancy site
 
navelgazingmidwife.squarespace.com/
A midwife’s very thoughtful blog
 
birthsen.tmdhosting930.com/
Birth Sense/Midwife Next Door blog. This midwife loves science and research!
 
blog.cuntastic.org/
Cuntastic – pushing the boundaries of sexuality and birth
 
pushedbirth.com/
Pushed birth. Keeping us informed and empowered.

RESEARCH AND INFORMATION
Evidence Based Birth - Rebecca Dekker, PhD., RN, APRN
www.scienceandsensibility.org/
Science and Sensibility – dedicated to evidence based obstetric practices and informed parents.
 
www.hencigoer.com/
Henci Goer – Informed Choice and otherwise amazing research hound.
 
stlbirthnetwork.wordpress.org
A local Birth Network chapter who aims to educate the public for free and share information about labor and birth
 
www.gentlebirth.org/archives/
An archive of midwives’ discussions on a wide range of issues from conception to prenatal, labor & birth,
and postpartum
 
sarahbuckley.com/
Dr. Sarah Buckley’s webpage including research and information on birth. OB and mother of four homebirth babies.
 
www.motherfriendly.org/index.php
CIMS – Coalition for Improving Maternity Services, discusses what is involved in mother-friendly care
 
www.childbirthconnection.org/pdfs/PMPS.pdf
Pain Medications Preference Scale by Penny Simkin – a useful tool for plotting out your pain medication preferences
 
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/
PubMed – National Health Organizations research search engine

Cochrane Review by category
 
 
www2.cochrane.org/reviews/en/topics/50_reviews.html
Anaesthesia (not necessarily pertaining to childbirth)
 
 
 
aappolicy.aappublications.org/policy_statement/index.dtl
American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statements

HOMEBIRTH PRODUCTS and ALTERNATIVE BIRTH CLOTHING
 
www.1cascade.com/
Cascade Health Care Products – a source for chux pads, herbal cord care, fetoscopes, etc.
 
www.birthinbinsi.com/index.htm
Binsi wear – comfortable, modest clothing for labor & birth. Works well with hospital monitoring equipment.
 
www.naturallyprepared4birth.com
Samanda Rossi’s homebirth classes and doula services
 
www.yourwaterbirth.com/water-birth-pools-liners-c-1.html
Your Water Birth – a source for birthing pools, liners, pumps, etc.

PLACENTA ENCAPSULATION:
 
Alicia Brooks, DC, PES
www.yourjoyfulbirth.com
 
Glennia Chitwood, DC, PES
happyhealthymommys@gmail.com
 
Erica Heslop PES
happymomastl@gmail.com
 
Lisa VanDyne
636-699-2217

NEWBORN PROCEDURE INFO
 
 
www.circumcision.org/
Circumcision Resource Center – information about circumcision
 
circumcisiondecisionmaker.com/
An unbiased source to help you decide if circumcision is a good choice for your family
 
web.archive.org/web/20040924124133/http://www.cordclamping.com/
An archived version of the cordclamping.com site. This site is no longer maintained or updated, but has many excellent articles regarding umbilical cord issues.

CHIROPRACTIC CARE FOR PREGNANCY AND FAMILIES
 
www.crossroads2u.com/
Crossroads Family Chiropractic – specializes in pregnancy and child chiropractic care. Certified Webster Technique doctors. Creve Coeur
 
www.212degreesofwellness.com/
212 Degrees of Wellness – Chiropractic and wellness care for the whole family. Wildwood
 
Dr. Joann Grein
Maplewood, MO
314-647-5585
 
Clayton Wellness Center
7751 Carondelet Ave.  Suite 606
Clayton, MO 63105
314-726-4600
 
Dr. Colleen Stratton
343 W. 4th Street
Waterloo, IL 62298
618-939-5585
 

PRENATAL MASSAGE
 
Wendy Godwin – Licensed Massage and Occupational Therapist, prenatal and infant massage
314-439-0777

HYPNOSIS BIRTH CLASSES
 
blissfullybirthed.com/class-info
April Woollard – Hypnobabies instructor

HERBS
 
www.cherylsherbs.com
Cheryl’s Herbs – Kirkwood
 
www.morethanherbsonline.com/
Herbs and More - Ellisville

PHOTOGRAPHY
 
wishbonephoto.com/
Becca and Adam Williams’ photography services.
 
jillianfarnsworth.wordpress.com/
Jillian Farnsworth Photography

SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE
 
www.thebirthsurvey.com/
The Birth Survey – please complete within 3 years of your birth.

CESAREAN AND VBAC INFORMATION, HELP AND SUPPORT
 
givingbirthwithconfidence.org/2-2/a-womans-guide-to-vbac/
National Institute of Health’s guide for families considering any type of VBAC. Details, statistics, research, considerations, data and recommendations.
 
vbacfacts.com/quick-facts/
VBAC facts, research and information
 
www.theunnecesarean.com/
Helping and informing about unnecessary cesareans
 
www.ican-online.org
Cesarean recovery and support for Illinois, St Louis and St Charles

BREASTFEEDING
 
www.ncsl.org/default.aspx?tabid=14389
Breastfeeding laws by state
 
www.llli.org/
La Leche League International – breastfeeding support
 
www.lalecheleaguestlouis.org
Local La Leche League support groups
 
www.kangarookidsonline.com
Resale, Breastfeeding resource/support groups, parenting classes, slings
 
www.kellymom.com/
Kelly Mom site has a lot of information about breastfeeding, including handling common challenges.
 
theleakyboob.com/
The Leaky Boob – Bottle feeding breastfed babies. Great for moms returning to their career.
 
www.modestmiddles.com
Modest Middles – nursing tank tops that fit under your regular top and keep your stomach, sides, and back covered.
 
www.drjacknewman.com/
Dr. Jack Newman’s site – more breastfeeding support
 
www.kathydettwyler.org/dettwyler.html
Kathy Dettwyler’s site dealing with breastfeeding, sleep issues, & parenting from an anthropological perspective
 
Sweet Pea Breastfeeding Support
314-614-2074
 
Dee Kassing, IBCLC, RLC
618-346-1919
 
Human Milk 4 Human Babies
 
Becca Marshall-Steinberg, CLC
314-276-2441

BREASTMILK DONATION
 
www.eatsonfeets.org/
Eats on Feets – main site A mother-to-mother network for sharing breastmilk – if you are in need of supplementation for your baby, or you have extra milk to share.

POSTPARTUM SUPPORT
 
www.mothertomothersupport.org
Mother to Mother – Telephone/Group Support
877-644-7001
 
www.postpartum.net
Postpartum support for partners and women
1-800-944-4PPD 24 hour support
 
www.postpartum.net/Get-the-Facts.aspx
Perinatal Mood evaluation
 
www.parentscount.com
Pregnancy and Postpartum support for St. Louis Parents
 
www.drdianesanford.com/practice.html
Women’s Healthcare Partnership
Postpartum and transition to parenthood support
 
Legacy Physical Therapy
2961 Dougherty Ferry Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63122
636-225-3649

CLOTH DIAPERING
 
www.cottonbabies.com/
A local source for cloth diapering, including diapering classes.
 
www.babycarediaper.com
A cloth diaper service in St. Louis

PARENTING/BABYWEARING/SLEEP ISSUES
www.drmomma.org/
Peaceful Parenting
 
www.apstlouis.zoomshare.com/
St Louis attachment parenting
 
www.pantley.com/elizabeth/
Elizabeth Pantley’s site has information on getting baby to sleep, potty training, and gentle discipline
 
www.thebabywearer.com/articles/HowTo/Positioning.pdf
Correct positioning of baby in various slings (PDF file)
 
www.sleepywrap.com/index.php?page=stroller-baby-carrier
Explanation of advantages of carrying baby upright, and potential harm in keeping babies lying flat or in car seats. Shows great visuals.
 
www.infantrisk.org/
Information about medications during pregnancy and breastfeeding – includes free telephone support (but not a toll-free number).
Supporting and inspiring one another in mommy-hood.

FUN STUFF
 
www.expectnet.com/
Online game where family & friends can make guesses about baby’s sex, due date, weight, etc. Free & paid options available.
 
health.yahoo.net/flash/vpbody/pelvis-female
Pelvis (female) 3D Body Map – an interactive model that shows bones, muscles, veins, organs, etc.
 
www.hennaexpressions.com
Priti Jain – prenatal henna art

MULTIPLES
 
http://www.stlmotc.org/
Support for families of multiples

PEDIATRICS AND FAMILY MEDICINE
 
Dr. Christian Wessling and Staff
314-961-6631
www.websterfp.com
Webster Family Physicians – M.D, homeopath and naturopathic care for the whole family
 
Dr. Amy Grawey
636-344-3020
 
Dr. Robert Spewak - Southwest Pediatrics
314-353-8777
 
Dr. Darryl Cohen - Chesterfield Pediatrics
636-519-8899
 
Dr. Sue Sateesha
1475 Kisker Rd #200
St. Charles, MO 63304
 
Dr. Sandra Minchow Proffitt
12680 Olive Blvd.  Ste 300
St. Louis, MO 63141
314-251-8888
 
Dr. Melissa Hollie
3920 Lindell Blvd.  Suite 105
St. Louis, MO 63108
314-652-8923
 
Dr. Daniel Plax
8888 Ladue Rd.  Suite 100
St. Louis, MO 63124
 
Dr. Elizabeth Laffey
103B North Taylor Ave.
Kirkwood, MO 63122
 
Christine Salter, M.D.
Vibrant Health Family Medicine
1034 S. Brentwood Blvd #505
St. Louis, MO 63117
314-361-0111
 
Dr. Matthew Dougherty
13303 Tesson Ferry Rd
St. Louis, MO 63128

VACCINE INFORMATION
 
www.nvic.org/
National Vaccine Information Center
 
www.askdrsears.com/
Dr. Sears webpage for all questions regarding infant health, breastfeeding, and parenting
 
 

 
  
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