Resources

Spectrum Birth Resources

Select from the topics below to dive a bit deeper into these common areas of inquiry.

Fertility:

Dr. Emily Hecker
www.thrive4lifeNOW.com

Childbirth education:

Spectrum Natural Childbirth Classes                                                                                                                 www.spectrumbirth.com

Doulas:

Doulas of Greater St. Louis
Doulas of Greater St. Louis is a non-profit organization that strives to support, inspire and empower growing families and doulas in the St. Louis and surrounding area.
http://www.doulasofgreaterstlouis.com/

DoulaME
We are a collaboration of Doulas, Educators, and local Moms serving the Southern-Central Illinois Region and the Greater St. Louis Metro Area.
http://www.doulamestl.com/

Exercise and Diet:

Prenatal Yoga Providers

Maria Carella
Maria Carella is a local prenatal yoga instructor, counselor and expert on bonding with baby in utero.
www.mariacarella.com/

Big Bend Yoga
A place to center yourself.
www.bigbendyoga.com

Urban Breath Yoga
This safe, fun, and effective prenatal yoga practice is a wonderful way to take some time for you and your baby.
www.urbanbreathyoga.com

Dianna Lucas
Balancing mind body and spirit.
www.diannalucas.com

Christa Stauder
Explore how prenatal yoga can make you more comfortable now and during labor.
http://onmommysmind.net/author/christa-stauder/

Cardio

Baby Boot Camp Stroller Fitness – Allison Dougherty (search by zip code)
Postpartum baby workout programs
www.babybootcamp.com

Stroller Strides
Fun exercises you can do at home or in the park with friends this week!
http://stlouis.fit4mom.com/

Food and Diet

Ask Dr. Sears
Eat Right Now – Proper nutrition during pregnancy
http://www.askdrsears.com/topics/pregnancy-childbirth/healthy-pregnancy/eat-right-now

Healthy Baby Code
Chris Kresser’s Healthy Baby Code compiles the most important information available on fertility, gestation and breast feeding.
http://healthybabycode.com/blog

Feed Your Vitality
Ashley Nanney, Professional chef providing great food and diet information for pregnant women
www.feedyourvitality.com/

Brewer Pregnancy Diet
On this website, you will find explanations about various aspects of nutrition in pregnancy.
www.drbrewerpregnancydiet.com/

Midwifery Care:

Friends of Missouri Midwives
Finding and supporting midwifery care in Missouri.
http://www.missourimidwives.com/

St. Louis Midwives
A listing of all midwifery services in St. Louis and the surrounding areas.
www.stlouismidwives.com

Missouri Midwives Association (MMA)
A professional organization dedicated to promotion, protection, support and education for midwives in Missouri.
http://www.missourimidwivesassociation.org/

Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA)
MANA’s vision is that midwifery is an essential maternity care option that must be fully integrated into the U.S. health care system.
http://mana.org/

The Big Push for Midwives
The Big Push for Midwives Campaign provides vital “labor” support to the courageous mothers and midwives nationwide, who sacrifice so much in pushing forward the national movement for out-of-hospital maternity care and birth options.
http://pushformidwives.org/

Birth Center Options:

Birth and Wellness Center
Empowering Women. Respecting Birth.
http://www.mybirthandwellness.com/

Community Birth and Wellness Center                                                                                                           Creating healthy options and alternatives for pregnancy, childbirth and everyday living!                   http://www.cbwcstl.org/

Confluence Midwifery Center
Providing St. Louis-area women and families with gentle, individualized care.
http://www.confluencemidwifery.com/

Mercy Birthing Center
We listened to women in the community and found many want a home-like birth, or at least a more natural one without any medical intervention.
https://www.mercy.net/practice/mercy-birthing-center-st-louis

St. Mary’s Hospital                                                                                                                                                 Midwife Centered Care by the Midwives of Saint Louis University.                                                           http://obgyn.slu.edu/index.php?page=rebekah-hassler-cnm

Greenville Regional Hospital – Illinois
Midwife centered care with a birth center feel.
http://www.greenvilleregionalhospital.com/

Body Mechanics for Birth and Help with Breech Position:

Spinning Babies
Mom’s job is to dilate, but baby’s job is to rotate. When baby’s job is easier, labor is easier for mother as well.
http://spinningbabies.com/

Miles Circuit
This circuit is useful to help get the baby lined up, ideally, in the “Left Occiput Anterior” (LOA) Position, both before labor begins and when some corrections need to be done during labor.
http://www.milescircuit.com/

The Webster Technique
Dr. Webster reported that when a mother sought care and her baby was in a breech position, the restoration of pelvic neuro-biomechanics with this adjustment also frequently facilitated optimal fetal positioning.
http://icpa4kids.com/about/webster_technique.htm

Multiples:

St. Louis Mother of Twins Club
Support for families of multiples
http://www.stlmotc.org/

Metro-East Mothers of Multiples
www.memom.org

Share your experience:

The Birth Survey
Please complete within 3 years of your birth.
www.thebirthsurvey.com/

VBAC Information:

A Woman’s Guide to VBAC
A group of maternity care experts and VBAC advocates came together to create A Woman’s Guide to VBAC: Navigating the NIH Consensus Recommendations, a free online resource guide that addresses the most common and pressing questions women may have about their birth choices in what could be called the “post-NIH-Consensus-Recommendations Era.”
http://www.givingbirthwithconfidence.org/p/bl/et/blogid=16&blogaid=242

VBAC Facts
Pregnant after a cesarean? Don’t freak. Know the facts.
http://vbacfacts.com/

The Unnecesarean
Pulling back the curtain on the unnecessary cesarean epidemic.
www.theunnecesarean.com

ICAN
Cesarean recovery and support for Illinois, St. Louis and St. Charles.
www.ican-online.org

Birth products and tools:

Premier Birth Tools
Professional resources and products for doulas, pregnant women, childbirth educators, nurses and midwives.
http://premierbirthtools.com/

Cascade Health Care Products
A source for chux pads, herbal cord care, fetoscopes, etc.
www.1cascade.com/

Your Water Birth
A source for birthing pools, liners, pumps, etc.
www.yourwaterbirth.com/water-birth-pools-liners-c-1.html

Waterbirth International
Water birth supplies from the nation’s water birth expert, Barbara Harper.
http://www.waterbirth.org/hospital-birth-pools

Alternative Birth Clothing:

Binsi Birth Wear
Comfortable, modest clothing for labor & birth. Works well with hospital monitoring equipment.
www.birthinbinsi.com/

Dear Johnnies
Designed with your comfort in mind, dearjohnnies can be worn during labor, surgery, or outpatient treatment; in the days following your recovery and at home during the weeks to follow.
http://www.dearjohnnies.com/shop/

Pretty Pushers
If you’re going to bring your own labor gown, bring one that makes sense!
http://www.prettypushers.com/

Butch Baby
The first ever alternity wear for pregnant masculine, transgender, and queer individuals.
http://butchbaby.co/

Placenta Encapsulation:

Julia Cooper, MS.                                                                                                                                               http://www.spectrumbirth.com/placenta-encapsulation-services/

Alicia Brooks, DC, PES
www.yourjoyfulbirth.com

Glennia Chitwood, DC, PES
http://www.healthyhealingchiropractic.com/

Erica Heslop, PES
happymomastl@gmail.com

Cara Shipkowski
http://revolutionbirthservices.com/

Lisa VanDyne
www.avoidthebabyblues.weebly.com

Amanda Weber
http://www.rootedbeginnings.com/

Circumcision:

Circumcision Decision Maker
An unbiased source to help you decide if circumcision is a good choice for your family.
www.circumcisiondecisionmaker.com/

Easy Circumcision
Rabbi Michael Rovinsky
In-home, gentle circumcision for ANY family.
www.easycircumcision.com

Circumcision Resource Center
Information about circumcision.
www.circumcision.org/

Delayed Cord Clamping
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.
www.web.archive.org/web/20040924124133/http://www.cordclamping.com/

Vaccine Information:

National Vaccine Information Center
www.nvic.org/

Dr. Sears’ webpage for all questions regarding infant health, breastfeeding, and parenting.
www.askdrsears.com/

Cloth Diapering:

Baby Care Diaper Service
A cloth diaper service in St. Louis
www.babycarediaper.com

Cotton Babies
A local source for cloth diapering, including diapering classes.
www.cottonbabies.com/

Support and counseling:

Behavioral Health Response
BHR provides confidential telephone counseling to people in mental health crises as well as mobile outreach services, community referral services, and critical incident stress management (CISM). BHR’s crisis hotline and mobile outreach services are provided free of charge to the public by paid professional staff who have master’s degrees in their respective behavioral science disciplines.
24 hour hotline: 314-469-6644
http://bhrstl.org/

Maria Carella, M.Ed., LPC
http://www.mariacarella.com/

Sarah Coffman, MSW, LCSW
Helping women and adolescent girls survive life transitions
http://www.rite-of-passage.com/

Elizabeth Lowder, MSW, LCSW
Talk therapy specializing in women’s issues
http://elowder.wix.com/elizabethlowder1

Dr. Diane Sanford
Women’s Self-Care, Mind/Body and Postpartum Expert
http://drdianesanford.com/

Postpartum Support International
Postpartum support for partners and women
1-800-944-4PPD 24 hour support
www.postpartum.net

Postpartum Progress                                                                                                                                 Together ~ Stronger… Postpartum Support                                                                           http://www.postpartumprogress.com/

Physical Therapy:

BodyGears Physical Therapy                                                                                                                               We believe that freedom of movement is the foundation of a healthy and satisfying life.  Wiggle Room and Humpty Dumpty programs geared toward optimal pelvic floor function for expectant and postpartum women.                                                                                                                                     https://bodygears.com/wiggle-room

Legacy Physical Therapy
We specialize in rehabilitation programs for treatment of pelvic floor pain and dysfunction, incontinence, post-prostatectomy care, prenatal/postpartum conditions, pediatric pelvic floor dysfunction, lymphedema, and orthopedic injuries.
www.legacytherapystl.com

Breastfeeding Support Groups:

Kangaroo Kids
Free breastfeeding support groups.
www.kangarookidsonline.com

La Leche League International
Breastfeeding information.
www.llli.org/

La Leche League St. Louis
Local La Leche League support groups.
www.lalecheleaguestlouis.org

La Leche League Illinois
Local La Leche League support groups.
https://lllofil.org/

Breastfeeding counseling:

Julia Cooper, MS, CLC                                                                                                                                         Spectrum Birth Services                                                                                                                                       http://www.spectrumbirth.com/newborn-nutrition-services/

Shannon Lawton O’Boyle, CLC                                                                                                                           Momentum Wellness and Learning – IL                                                                                                         http://www.momentum-well.com/partners/

Alyssa Schnell, MS, IBCLC
Sweet Pea Breastfeeding Support
www.sweetpeabreastfeeding.com

Dee Kassing, IBCLC, RLC
http://www.bfsupportservices.com/

Becca Marshall-Steinberg, CLC
www.pumpprep.com

Amber Sky
Please don’t throw it away; consider donation.
http://amber-sky.net/community-parent-resources/milk-donation/

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

Human Milk 4 Human Babies
www.hm4hb.net

 

 

Online information:

Dr. Jack Newman’s site
Fabulous breastfeeding guidance and videos.
www.drjacknewman.com/

Kellymom.com
Kelly Mom site has a lot of information about breastfeeding, including handling common challenges.
www.kellymom.com/

The Leaky Boob
Bottle feeding breastfed babies; Great for moms returning to their career.
www.theleakyboob.com/

Modest Middles
Nursing tank tops that fit under your regular top and keep your stomach, sides, and back covered.
www.modestmiddles.com

Kathy Dettwyler
Kathy Dettwyler’s site dealing with breastfeeding, sleep issues, & parenting from an anthropological perspective.
www.kathydettwyler.org/dettwyler.html

Laws:

Breastfeeding laws by state
www.ncsl.org/default.aspx?tabid=14389

Coming Soon…

Positive Parenting Classes – My Mommy Manual
Suzanne MacDonald Tucker
http://mymommymanual.com/

St. Louis Baby Wearing Community
http://stlgatewaybabywearers.blogspot.com/

Attachment Parenting St. Louis
http://www.attachmentparenting.org/group/st-louis

Peaceful Parenting
www.drmomma.org/

Elizabeth Pantley
www.pantley.com/elizabeth/

Correct positioning of baby in various slings (PDF file)
www.thebabywearer.com/articles/HowTo/Positioning.pdf

Infant Risk:

Information about medications during pregnancy and breastfeeding – includes free telephone support (but not a toll-free number).
www.infantrisk.org/

Adoption services:

Bringing Families Together
www.bringingfamiliestogether.com/privateadoptionservices.html

Adoption support:

Coming Soon!

Belly casting and henna art:

Priti Jain – prenatal henna art
www.hennaexpressions.com

Lety Murphy – prenatal henna art
http://www.peacefulheartessence.com/

Robin Stull – belly casting and henna art
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blessings-For-Bellies/651657321568270?ref=stream

Apps:

iBirth
App for android and iphone – great resource for helpful lists, contraction timer and labor help videos.
www.ibirthapp.com

Positive Pregnancy with Andrew Johnson
Pregnancy and birth meditation
http://themindfulnesscompany.com/?page_id=172

LactMed
NIH information about medications and breast feeding.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lactmed/id441969514?mt=8

Pregnancy Blogs:

Giving Birth Naturally
www.givingbirthnaturally.com

American Pregnancy
www.americanpregnancy.org/

My Best Birth
www.mybestbirth.com/

Navel Gazing Midwife

www.navelgazingmidwife.squarespace.com/

Cuntastic

www.blog.cuntastic.org/

Research and information:

Evidence Based Birth
www.evidencebasedbirth.com

Science and Sensibility
www.scienceandsensibility.org/

Gentle Birth
www.gentlebirth.org/archives/

Dr. Sarah Buckley
www.sarahbuckley.com/

CIMS– Coalition for Improving Maternity Services
http://www.motherfriendly.org/

Childbirth Connections
http://www.childbirthconnection.org/

PubMed
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/

Cochrane Review by category:

Child Health Field
www2.cochrane.org/reviews/en/topics/21_reviews.html

Anaesthesia (not necessarily pertaining to childbirth)
www2.cochrane.org/reviews/en/topics/50_reviews.html

Neonatal
www2.cochrane.org/reviews/en/topics/82_reviews.html

Pregnancy and Childbirth
www2.cochrane.org/reviews/en/topics/82_reviews.html

American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statements
aappolicy.aappublications.org/policy_statement/index.dtl

Recommended Services:

Chiropractic:

Crossroads Family Chiropractic – Creve Coeur
www.crossroads2u.com/

212 Degrees of Wellness – Wildwood
www.212degreesofwellness.com/

Dr. Joann Grein – Maplewood
https://foursquare.com/v/dr-joann-grein-chiropractic-office/4dd16bb4d164679b8d468466

Clayton Wellness Center
www.claytonwellnesscenter.com

Dr. Colleen Stratton – Waterloo
www.drstratton.net

Dr. Felicity Keough – St. Charles
http://www.keoughchiropractic.com/

Dr. Andrew Dorough – Granite City
http://www.doroughchiropractic.com/

Dr. Sarah Geringer – Bridgeton
www.smartpainsolutions.com

Dr. Jennifer Heller – Lake St. Louis
http://www.hellerchiropracticstl.com/

Dr. Emily Hecker – Frontenac
http://thrive4lifenow.com/

Dr. Whitney Hamed – O’Fallon
http://www.wellnessconnection-ofallon.com/

Prenatal Massage:

Wendy Godwin
www.crossroads2u.com

Jessie Biggs
https://www.facebook.com/massagehealinghandstherapy

Sara Newberry
http://www.saranewberrylmt.com/

Herbs:

Cheryl’s Herbs – Kirkwood
www.cherylsherbs.com

Herbs and More – Ellisville
www.morethanherbsonline.com/

Joe’s Market Basket – Edwardsville
http://www.joesmarketbasket.com/

Photography:

Souper Photography – newborn sessions, family
http://souperphotography.shootproof.com/

Ellen Sala – newborn sessions, family
https://www.facebook.com/pages/When-Skies-Are-Grey-Photography/669750463087918

Sherry Lane – birth, newborn sessions, family
http://sherrylaneblog.com/

Fresh Art Photography – birth, newborn sessions, family
http://www.freshartphotography.com/

Ashley Behrle – birth, newborn sessions, family
http://www.a-family-affair.com/

Pediatrics and Family Medicine:

Webster Family Physicians – Webster Groves
Dr. Christian Wessling
314-961-6631
www.websterfp.com

Little Flower Family Medicine – O’Fallon, MO
Dr. Amy Grawey
636-344-3020
https://www.littleflowermd.com/

Southwest Pediatrics – St. Louis
Dr. Robert Spewak
314-353-8777

Chesterfield Pediatrics – Chesterfield
Dr. Darryl Cohen
636-519-8899
https://www.mercy.net/practice/mercy-clinic-pediatrics-chesterfield

St. Charles Medical Group – St. Charles
Dr. Sue Sateesha
(636) 498-5830

Bard and Diederickson Pediatrics – Glen Carbon
Dr. Karen Nauman
(618) 692-1212
http://www.bdpeds.com/dr-karen-mcready.html

Mercy Family Medicine – Creve Coeur
Dr. Sandra Minchow Proffitt
314-251-8888
https://www.mercy.net/practice/mercy-clinic-family-medicine-olive-mason

Aesthetic Medical Associates – St. Louis
Dr. Melissa Hollie
314-652-8923
http://www.cwemedical.com/doc/index-4.html

Children’s Clinic STL – Ladue
Dr. Daniel Plax
314-862-1141
http://www.childrensclinicstl.com/

Dr. Christine Salter
314-361-0111
www.DrSalter.com

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    The early days, weeks and months of motherhood can be both joyful and overwhelming. Sharing the ups and downs with one another is the best way to heal and grow.The MOMS Group is a free peer support group for expectant and postpartum moms experiencing any form of baby blues, anxiety, overwhelm, and/or depression. All moms are welcome and registration is not necessary. Babies in arms and siblings are welcome. Trained postpartum peer coaches, moms, who have been there and have gone through these experiences already, lead the MOMS GROUP.Moms learn and talk about:- Caring for ourselves and our families- Family sleep and tranisitions- Motherhood: the myth and reality- Newborn family nutrition- Identifying my supports- Siblings and the newborn family- Diapering, baby wearing and attachment parenting- Every family is unique- Boundary setting- Mommy anger and other taboo subjects- The new normal- Effective communicationLed by trained postpartum peer coachesMOMS Group at Night                                                                                                                  Meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday Nights                                                                                            7:00pm - 9:00pm                                                                                  No fee. Babies and Siblings Welcome! 
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    Tuesday, Nov 7, 2017 - Monday, Oct 3, 2050

    Time: 12:30pm - 2:30pm

    Baby and Me is a safe, judgement-free, lively circle of supportive parents led by Newborn Family Coaches, Kim Martino-Sexton & Julia Cooper. Join us weekly as we share our wisdom, make new friends and find humor amongst the challenges. Whether you are breastfeeding, formula feeding, cloth diapering or using disposable diapers, this circle is for you. Topics often covered include sleep, transitions, nutrition, siblings, and relationships...  This is your group, you get to ask and share.  All parenting styles are supported and we truly believe you know your baby best! Baby & Me meets every Tuesday from 12:30pm - 2:30pm                                                                                  No fee. Siblings Welcome! 
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    The early days, weeks and months of motherhood can be both joyful and overwhelming. Sharing the ups and downs with one another is the best way to heal and grow. The MOMS Group is a free peer support group for expectant and postpartum moms experiencing any form of baby blues, anxiety, overwhelm, and/or depression. All moms are welcome and registration is not necessary. Babies in arms and siblings are welcome. Trained postpartum peer coaches, moms, who have been there and have gone through these experiences already, lead the MOMS GROUP. Moms learn and talk about: - Caring for ourselves and our families - Family sleep and tranisitions - Motherhood: the myth and reality - Newborn family nutrition - Identifying my supports - Siblings and the newborn family - Diapering, baby wearing and attachment parenting - Every family is unique - Boundary setting - Mommy anger and other taboo subjects - The new normal - Effective communication Led by trained postpartum peer coaches MOMS Group at Night                                                                                                                  Meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday Nights                                                                                            7:00pm - 9:00pm                                                                                  No fee. Babies and Siblings Welcome! 
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