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Welcome to the New Birth Company Resource Center! Our goal at New Birth Company is to give you as much information as we can to help you make the BEST decisions for you and your baby… We hope that this is a helpful tool for you to use and share with your friends. Please remember as you peruse books and websites that although they might be listed here, there may be things that we would not condone or view permissible for your care on an individual basis. Keep us involved in your decisions or if you have any questions about content from the following resources. Happy learning!

 

Why Choose a “Freestanding” Birth Center?

The following articles and studies might help you decide whether or not New Birth Company would be a good choice for you! Combine reading this compelling information with a tour at one of our facilities (every Monday or Tuesday at 6:00 PM) and decide what’s best for you and your baby.

Birth Center Savings

The Cost of Having a Baby in the United States

Outcomes of Care in Birth Centers: Demonstration of a Durable Model

Assessment of Birth Settings

Undisturbed Birth: Nature’s Blueprint for Ease and Ecstasy – If you want a more challenging read through the hormonal intricacies of labor, this is for you. While always maintaining a priority of mom and baby’s safety, New Birth Company places great importance on high-touch, low-intervention care of the laboring woman. We strive to protect the importance of what you read in this article written by Sarah Buckley.

 

 

 

Books We Recommend

There is a wealth of information out there about getting pregnant, being pregnant, having babies and raising them! This is a carefully selected list of wonderful, trusted books we at New Birth Company cherish. Any book on this list will be a great place to start educating yourself on the adventure of becoming a parent. Please remember to look for other titles by the below-mentioned authors as well!

 

Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Postpartum Books

All Babies Are Born – Cathy Gordon

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth – Ina May Gaskin

The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth – Sheila Kitzinger

The Natural Pregnancy Book: Herbs, Nutrition, and Other Holistic Choices – Aviva Jill Romm

Our Bodies, Ourselves – The Boston Women’s Health Book Collective and Judy Norsigian

The Doula Book: How a Trained Labor Companion Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier, and Healthier Birth – Marshall Klaus, John Kennel, and Phyllis Klaus

The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions – Penny Simkin

 

Breastfeeding and Newborn Books

Womanly Art of Breastfeeding – Diane Wiessinger, Diana West, and Teresa Pitman

The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age 2 – William Sears, Martha Sears, Robert Sears and James Sears

The Essential First Year – Penelope Leach

 

 

Interesting Websites

The Internet is an incredible gift when looking for information about pregnancy and childbirth. However, we want to direct you only to websites that have the highest regard and standards of care for your body and your baby. It is easy to get lost in different websites and not know what information to trust. Start with these! And if you ever read anything that sparks a personal fear or question in you, please bring that issue to your midwife for further guidance and we will process together…

 

Family Planning, Pregnancy, and Childbirth Websites

Contraceptive Efficacy

Family Planning: Things to Consider

American College of Nurse Midwives

American Association of Birth Centers

American Pregnancy Association

Spinning Babies – Labor is worth waiting for! To ensure that you go into labor as close to your actual due date as possible you might want to look at the spinning babies website. Spinning babies information is designed to help your body and your baby with optimum positioning for birth.

Miles Circuit – This website also details a series of simple positions that can help encourage baby to be in the best position possible – may be used prenatally as well as in labor.

Penny Simkin

Childbirth Connection

Healthy Weight Gain During Pregnancy – This helpful tool allows you to calculate based on your prepregnancy weight and height, an appropriate amount of weight gain as you grow your baby. With suggestions about how to achieve weight-related goals – before, during, and in-between pregnancies – this website can help you take one step closer to success!

Doulas of Greater Kansas City

Doulas of North America International

Coalition for Improving Maternity Services

March of Dimes

Science and Sensibility – Helpful research blog about healthy pregnancy, birth and beyond.

Aviva Romm – Website of Yale-trained physician who specializes in integrative medicine for women and children – a leader in the midwifery movement and holistic living.

For consideration with pregnancy loss: Still Birthday

 

 

 

 

Postpartum, Breastfeeding and Newborn Websites

The Pregnancy and Postpartum Resource Center – Center of great support with 24-7 hotline for help, located in Overland Park, Kansas.

Postpartum Support International

Dr. Jack Newman – This is the official website of Dr. Jack Newman, a Canadian physician who is known for specializing in breastfeeding support and advocacy. A wonderful resource to answer even the trickiest of breastfeeding questions!

Kelly Mom: Parenting, Breastfeeding

La Leche League International

International Lactation Consultants Association

American Academy of Pediatrics

Vitamin K – CDC Recommendations

 

 

 

 

 

Nutrition in Pregnancy

 

The following resources are here to answer your nutrition questions and help to guide you in nourishing yourself and your growing baby. We also offer multiple in-depth nutrition classes free of charge, including Prenatal Nutrition Part 1, Prenatal Nutrition Part 2, and Postpartum Nutrition. All clients should plan to attend Prenatal Nutrition Part 1 in order to set yourself up for the healthiest pregnancy possible. All class sign-ups can be found on New Birth Company Eventbrite.

 

Handouts

Pregnancy Superfoods List

Postpartum Superfoods List

Prenatal Supplements Guide

Protein in Pregnancy

 

Recommendations for Nutrient-dense Foods (all .pdf files):
Meat    Seafood    Eggs    Dairy    Grains    Oils    Sweeteners

 

 

Articles

Budget Friendly Prenatal Nutrition (Lily Nichols)

Eating for Thyroid Health (Aviva Romm)

A Balanced Look at Weight Gain Goals in Pregnancy (Lily Nichols)

 

 

 

 

Exercise in Pregnancy

Exercises for Prenatal Health and Beyond (.pdf file)

Exercises for Round Ligament Pain

Natural Touch Wellness Center: Dr. Preston Pierce is the founder and owner of Natural Touch and Wellness Center, a facility with a focus on holistic health and wellness, including chiropractic services and nutritional guidance. They are another fabulous additional support to your personal health – give them a call!

 

 

 

 

Therapeutic/Herbal Remedies, Over-the-Counter Medications

 

The following chart is a handy place to come for ideas on what to do with common ailments in pregnancy. Please remember the following list is not exhaustive and we strongly urge you to stay in communication with the midwives about any discomforts you are experiencing so we can help you decide what is the best course of action for relief. If you have questions about specific dosages of anything seen below, please call us and ask to speak with a nurse who can help you!

Article: Are Herbs Safe During Pregnancy?

Avoid these oral supplements during pregnancy: Arbor vitae, Beth root, Black cohosh, Blue cohosh, Cascara, Chaste tree berry, Chinese angelica (Dong Quai), Cinchona, Cotton root bark, Feverfew, Ginseng, Golden seal, Juniper, Kava kava, Licorice, Meadow saffron, Pennyroyal, Poke root, Rue, Sage, St. John’s wort, Senna, Tansy, White peony, Wormwood, Yarrow, Yellow dock, vitamin A (large doses can cause birth defects).

Avoid these aromatherapy essential oils during pregnancy: calamus, mugwort, pennyroyal, sage, wintergreen, basil, hyssop, myrrh, marjoram, and thyme.

 

 

Breastfeeding Resources

 

 

 

Breastfeeding Preparation

 

7 Natural Laws of Breastfeeding – Nancy Mohrbacher

Videos of Babies Latching On! – Dr. Jack Newman

Preparing to Breastfeed – www.kellymom.com

Improving Latch by Improving Positioning – Jessica Barton (7-video playlist on YouTube)

Baby-led Latch – Dr. Christine Smillie

 

Breastfeeding Help

Common Challenges – Nancy Mohrbacher

Breastfeeding Articles – Dr. Jack Newman

 

 

 

Commonly Asked Questions

 

Covid Vaccine and Pregnancy

Pregnant Women have a choice when it comes to receiving a Covid-19 vaccination.  We suggest our Moms review this decision making guide and talk to the Midwives at your visit.  We support true informed consent. “

Access to Covid-19 vaccines vary based on where you work and where you live.

Kansas:  https://www.kansasvaccine.gov/      

Missouri: https://covidvaccine.mo.gov/

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Where can I obtain my baby’s social security card?

Where can I obtain my baby’s birth certificate?

What is the Quad Screen?

What is the Glucose Tolerance Test?

Group Beta Strep – CDC Guidelines

Prevention of GBS

Circumcision

Trial of Labor after Cesarean birth or Vaginal Birth after Cesarean

Maternal Mortality