Favorite Resources

For pregnancy, birth & postpartum

Pregnancy resources san francisco bay area
New Families bay area
Postpartum Resources

Whether you’re entering the realm of pregnancy and parenting for the first or the fourth time, you may find yourself overwhelmed by the vast array of resources you’re encountering. Not all books (or websites, podcasts, classes, etc) are created equal, and I’m delighted to share with you some of my absolute favorites. I hope they help you in your journey!

A note about inclusivity:

I celebrate and support all birthing people, and know that not all identify as women/mothers. While I aim to provide resources that use gender-inclusive language, some of the resources on my list still use very traditional gendered and heteronormative language.

If this language doesn’t match your gender identity or family structure and that makes it hard to stomach, please ask me for a more finely curated list of recommendations to support you better.

Pregnancy resources san francisco bay area

ONLINE RESOURCES / PODCASTS

Websites: Pregnancy / Birth

Evidence Based Birth
Database of evidence based articles on all things pregnancy and birth related.
Birth Monopoly
Resource for understanding your rights as a birthing person, as well as preventing birth trauma and obstetric violence
Spinning Babies
Pregnancy and labor methods for encouraging optimal fetal positioning and the smoothest possible physiological birth.
Miles Circuit
Three positions designed to help with optimal fetal positioning in labor

Websites: Lactation / Breastfeeding / Chestfeeding
Podcasts

Birthful:  “Informing Your Intuition”
Adriana Lozada’s Birthful podcast features fabulous interviews with perinatal professionals alternating with birth stories from new parents
The Birth Hour
A birth story podcast, hosted by Bryn Hunt-Palmer, also featuring a thorough resource guide on the website.
Homecoming Podcast
Homebirth stories from black birthing people, hosted by Chae Pounds and Isis Rose.

New Families bay area

Birth Equity & BIPOC resources

Resource Networks, Doulas & More

BIPOC in the Bay
Resource network of BIPOC birth professionals in the Bay Area
SisterWeb
A San Francisco Community Doula program providing BIPOC birthing people with culturally compatible birth companions
Your Birth Partners
Grant program providing virtual doula support to BIPOC and other marginalized birthing people.
Roots of Labor Doula Collective
Bay Area BIPOC doula collective
Protecting Your Birth - A Guide for Black Mothers
Recent NY Times article

Postpartum Resources

SF Bay Area Resources

Supplies, Resources, and Education for Pregnancy and Birth

Pregnancy and Family supplies, resources, and education spaces - each of these offers a wide range of classes for new and expecting parents, referrals for perinatal professionals of many kinds, as well as sales (or rentals) of everything from baby carriers to birthing tubs to diapering supplies to nipple creams.

Natural Resources
1051 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA, 94110
Then Comes Baby 
3657 Grand Ave, Oakland CA, 94610
Blossom Birth and Family  
290 S California Ave, Suite A, Palo Alto, CA 94306
LGBTQ Perinatal Wellness Center  
3207 Lakeshore Ave, Oakland, CA, 94610

Midwives / Birth Centers

San Francisco Birth Center
2300 Sutter Street, #301, San Francisco, CA 94115
Nightingale Birth Center
327 N San Mateo Drive, Suite 4, San Mateo, CA 94401
Bay Area Homebirth Collective
Michelle Welborn at Welborn Baby
Kara Engelbrecht at Mothercraft Midwifery
Birthland Midwifery

Body Care

Thriving Life Wellness Center (chiropractic care specializing in pregnancy, postpartum, and babies)
557 Waller Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center (pelvic health)
Locations in SF, Berkeley, Walnut Creek, Los Gatos
Karen Hodges, DPT (pelvic health as well as full body physical therapy)
Jane Austin Yoga (THE BEST pre/postnatal yoga - Jane is brilliant, nurturing, and irreverent)
Every Mother (Method designed to prevent or heal diastasis recti, as well as overall fitness)

Lactation Consultants