Congrats again on your pregnancy!
As you already know (and don’t poke fun of me, :-p), I obsessively aggregate information and distill the best, so it’s no surprise that’s what I’ve done with pregnancy and for after baby arrives.
My first suggestion (for anyone in Atlanta who is lucky enough to be able to) is to hire Teresa Howard as your Doula and take her childbirth class – see here: http://www.alaboroflove.org/
My second suggestion is to start visiting your local Le Leche group before your baby is born. This was important to me, because I was the first in my family to breastfeed. I wanted to meet the women, and see and hear how other women were finding success. It’s hard in the beginning for many women, and it was the hardest thing for me, harder than my drug-free labor.
I think everything else kind of falls into place as you go, but if I didn’t have Teresa to coach me, my natural, drug-free, tear-free labor could have been not such a beautiful memory as it is now, and if I didn’t have Le Leche and Sharon Birdseye to help me breastfeed, I don’t think I’d be breast feeding now.
Hope the list below helps you and doesn’t overwhelm you.
Best to you,
For planners, you just need one (Well, you may not need a planner, but I actually use mine): Great Expectations: Pregnancy Journal & Planner, Revised Edition
Movies: “The Business of Being Born”
- What to Expect – there’s a whole series of these, you’re probably familiar. (There’s also a website)
- HypnoBirthing: The Mongan Method
- Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering
- Active Birth: The New Approach to Giving Birth Naturally
- Birthing from Within: An extraordinary approach to childbirth preparation
I also search youtube with anything I think of and see what comes up. For example, I use terms like these: week 27 pregnant, breast feeding, natural birth, water birth, or anything I think of. Other women write about how they feel, what they’re prepping or experiencing. It’s interesting and has taught and entertained me.
A good pregnancy checklist: the bump
- Margaret Strickhouser (Atlanta Medical Center)
- Janet Fedullo with Alpharetta Women’s Specialists (N. Fulton Hospital)
- Teresa Howard – http://www.alaboroflove.org/
***The Following Resources are For Once Your Baby Has Arrived***
Blogs/ Info Sites:
- Lucie’s List, a blog for new moms
- Kelly Mom, about breastfeeding, sleep and parenting
- Montessori blog
- Wholesome Baby Food, about making your own baby food
- Jack Newman, M.D.
- Diane Wiessinger, M.S., IBCLC
- Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, and Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D., IBCLC about Breastfeeding
- Suzanne Colson, Ph.D.
Websites/ Online Shopping:
- Diaper Swappers, about cloth diapers
- Jillian’s Drawers, about cloth diapers, plus they have a trial set they can send you so you can try different kinds
Books (many available in E-format):
- The Happiest Baby on the Block, about swaddling and calming fussy infants – Harvey Karp
- The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding – La Leche League International
- The Baby Book, all around baby info – Dr. Sears
- The Baby Sleep Book – Dr. Sears
- The Vaccine Book – Dr. Sears
- Infant Massage – Vimala McClure
- Baby Led Weaning – Gill Rapley, Tracey Murkett
- Montessori From the Start – Paula Polk Lillard, Lynn Lillard Jessen
Lactation Consultant Referral:
- Moby Wrap for winter season
- Mei Tai for Summer
- Babycurean for a back carry when baby is about 5-6 months or older
- Peg Perego 30/30 Viaggio