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Local Pregnancy/Birth/Midwifery/Parenting Resources:

Midwives of Maine

Maine Association of Certified Professional Midwives (MACPM)

At home in Maine: Home birth films, resources and community. http://mainehomebirth.wordpress.com/

Birth Roots in Portland

www.birthingyourbaby.com Childbirth educator and resources site based in Lewiston, ME

Strong Fathers Maine: www.strongfathersmaine.org/index.php

 

Recommended Sources for Herbs and Herbal Products

Home Grown Herb and Tea, Portland, ME. http://homegrownherbandtea.com/

www.mountainroseherbs.com Great spot to order bulk herbs. A company in Oregon.

www.wishgardenherbs.com I recommend their Mastitis Blend tincture (now called "Happy Ducts") as well as the After Ease tincture (for after pains).

www.avenabotanicals.comBy Maine herbalist, Deb Soule.

 

National Midwifery Information:

Bring Birth Home: Empowering and Educating Women about the choice to birth at home. This site was recommended to us by a client who found it helpful and inspiring http://bringbirthhome.com/

Mothers, Naturally (www.mothersnaturally.org) A great new site about homebirth midwifery care. Lots of great info, resources, and links.

Midwives Alliance of North America

North American Registry of Midwives (NARM)

Citizens for Midwifery

Foundation for the Advancement of Midwifery

Link to a study on 5000 planned homebirths in the US and Canada with care by CPMs in the British Medical Journal (2005).

 

Breastfeeding Information:

"Your Baby Knows How to Latch On," has good visuals and descripton of a baby's latch.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zln0LTkejIs&feature=player_embedded#at=28

 

Kellymom: Breastfeeding and Parenting - Latching and Positioning

http://www.kellymom.com/bf/start/basics/latch-resources.html

 

Biological Nurturing "Laid Back Breastfeeding"

http://biologicalnurturing.com/video/bn3clip.html

 

Jack Newman video "How to achieve the asymmetrical latch"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NO5ZDKynaD0

 

Food: Inspiration for eating healthy in pregnancy and beyond

I recommend acquiring the skill of whipping out some kale chips when you need an easy quick and tasty vegetable (that kids will eat, too!). This recipe recommends parchment paper, which is fine but not necessary.

http://steamykitchen.com/6926-crispy-kale-recipe.html

Okay, so your midwife really likes kale and appreciates all the vitamins and minerals it has to support a health pregnancy; One serving has over 200% of your daily vitamin A, over 100% of daily Vitamin C, good amount of fiber (important to keep things moving in pregnnacy and postpartum), 9% of Calcium and a healthy dose of Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Potassium, Copper and Manganese. Also, a serving of kale supplies around 100mg of Omega-3 fatty acids, the very healthy and harder to come by fatty acids essential for fetal brain development (also found in DHA/fish oil which hopefully all are taking as well).  AND, as if all of that weren't enough, kale is hugely anti-inflammatory.  Whay does that matter? Too much inflammation in the body can upset proper placental development, cause increased joint pain and discomfort in pregnancy, as well as leading to long-term chronic illness. Because of the amounts of antioxidents, fatty acids and low gylcemic index of kale, it is our very own local superfood. Can't afford goji berries and acai drinks? Grow kale or get some at the farmers market! Here are some more recipe ideas:

http://www.seriouseats.com/2012/03/kale-recipes-salads-sausage-dinners.html

More to come.  If you have found helpful information on the internet, please send me an email with the link. Thanks!