Breastfeeding Fact Sheet
Breastfeeding Is Priceless: There Is No Substitute for Human Milk
A Coalition for Improving Maternity Services Fact Sheet
La Leche League
La Leche League is an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing education, information, support, and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed. All women interested in breastfeeding are welcome to attend the monthly Group Meetings or call a Leader for breastfeeding help.
My Mamma’s Milk
A Cape Cod, Massachusetts company which supports the woman & child relationship of breastfeeding. This includes nursing, attachment parenting, baby-wearing and earth conscious decisions such as cloth diapers and pads, organic creams and much more.
ZipMilk is a community service of the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition, providing listings for breastfeeding resources based on ZIP code. Names and contact information are provided through the Massachusetts Lactation Consultant Association, La Leche League, Nursing Mothers Council, Massachusetts WIC, and local hospitals and community groups.
PREPARING FOR BIRTH:
Having a Baby? Ten Questions To Ask
Ten questions for prospective mothers to ask of their chosen birth center, hospital, or home birth service. These ten issues will help you determine whether the people assisting you in your birth support the philosophy of Mother-Friendly care.
The Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative (MFCI)
The CIMS document that defines the ten steps of Mother-Friendly care. A must-read for all childbirth professionals, advocates and families.
Mother-Friendly Childbirth: Highlights of the Evidence
This is a summary of the Evidence Basis document contributed by consumer groups BirthNetwork National and Citizens for Midwifery that makes it possible to see at a glance the results of the research in a easy to comprehend, quick presentation. Great for educating others!
Plus Size Moms
This website has accurate and empowering information about pregnancy to women of size, their loved ones, and their care providers. The sites focus is:
1. Present accurate information and analyze the research on pregnancy and obesity
2. Discuss proactive strategies for women of size to have healthier pregnancies and births
3. Present positive stories from women of size from a wide range of experiences
4. Encourage women of size to become empowered health-care consumers
POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION (PPD):
The North Shore Postpartum Depression Task Force
Striving to provide information and education to families living on the North Shore of Boston
Postpartum Support International
The purpose of the organization is to increase awareness among public and professional communities about the emotional changes that women experience during pregnancy and postpartum. Approximately 15% of all women will experience postpartum depression following the birth of a child. Up to 10% will experience depression or anxiety during pregnancy. When the mental health of the mother is compromised, it affects the entire family.
Recognizing Postpartum Depression
Worksheet to help family members and moms recognize postpartum depression
Worksheet to help mothers and her support team to recognize the symptoms of postpartum depression. Postpartum blues, depression and psychosis are real illnesses that affect an estimated 20-30% of women following the birth of a child.
VAGINAL BIRTH AFTER CESAREAN (VBAC):
Click on the Pink links below for VBAC Resources