Great Books:
"The Doula Book" by: Klaus, Kennell, Klaus
How a trained labor companion can help you have
a shorter, easier, healthier birth.
"The Thinking Woman's Guide To a Better Birth"                                                                
by: Henci Goer

"The Birth Partner" by: Penny Simkin

"Birthing From Within" by: Pam England & Rob Horowitz

"Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn - The Complete Guide"-
by: Penny Simkin, Janet Whalley, and Ann Keppler

"Your Amazing Newborn" by: Klaus, Klaus

"The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding" by: La Leche League Int.

"The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers" by Jack Newman

Great Internet Links:
About Me
Doula Services
Birth Resources

~ helping your birth be a gentle beginning ~
~ Why wearing your baby is the BEST ~

research shows that babies who are held often:
Cry Less                                                                                           
•Are more calm and content
Sleep more peacefully                                
Nurse better, gain weight better
Enjoy better digestion
Develop better

*** Mothering magazine issue Jan./Feb. 2007 excerpt from Babywearing: The Benefits and Beauty of This Ancient Tradition, by Maria Blois (2005)

~for comprehensive help in how to use your ring sling, click on "Wearing"  @

         101 reasons to breast-feed

       ~ FAQ's about breastfeeding

       ~ Support for breastfeeding
       ~ Mothering Magazine

       ~  Ask Dr. Sears
"Both Bryce and I are so very glad that you were part of Liam's birth. This includes the actual labor and birth, where the support made all the difference in the world - somehow you always had the right thing to say and do at the right moment, which made it a little easier to get through each contraction. But also our meetings and phone calls before the birth, where the chance for me to talk through the various options with someone so knowledgeable and supportive was a huge confidence booster for me. I think that was another very big difference between my two births...this time I felt at all points that I had the information and support to make the right decisions as the need for them came up. I have nothing but positive feelings about the way in which the birth happened, and I think this has made a very big impact on my mood in the postpartum period. In fact, I kind of feel that I can tackle anything right now!"       
                                                          ~  Naomi & Bryce  ~

Birth by Design