This is an ever-growing list of people, places and things
that is sure to enhance your pregnancy and parenting experience.

Birthing Community

Nancy Beyda - doula, childbirth educator

Larisa Boyd, L.Ac. - acupuncturist

Margo Kennedy CNM - midwife

Jessica Kramer - birth doula, perinatal consultations, childbirth educator

Ana Paula Markel - doula, childbirth educator & BINI Birth owner &

Leah Miller - doula, yoga teacher and massage therapist

Abigail Morgan L.Ac. - acupuncturist

Yvonne Novak - doula, childbirth educator

Patricia O'Laughlin - psychotherapist specializing in parenting and pregnancy

Sara Pereira - placenta encapsulation

Sherry Rumsey - doula, student midwife, childbirth educator

Jessica Zucker, Ph.D. - psychotherapist specializing in women's health


Doula Association of Southern California (DASC)

Doulas Of North America (DONA)

International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA)

List of southern California midwives - Thanks to Sherry Rumsey (see above) for compiling this great resource.
Midwives of Southern California

Save a Little Life - CPR and family safety classes

Baby Gear

Ergobaby - This is the best carrier! Aptly named as it is ergonomically designed to ensure comfortable baby wearing. With the Heart2Heart infant insert you can confidently use this carrier with your newborn knowing that your baby's developing spine is fully supported.


The Baby Book by William Sears, M.D. and Martha Sears, R.N.
(also great in the Sears parenting library - The Vaccine Book, The Birth Book)

Good Nights by Jay Gordon, M.D. and Maria Goodavage

The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp, M.D.

The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone (also check out

The Nursing Mother's Companion by Kathleen Huggins, R.N., M.S.

Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler, MPH