Open Hands Healing and Bodywork: Massage and Reiki, Certified massage therapist and a peaceful kind lady. Among her specialties are massage for post-surgery recovery, which could be very useful after a cesarean.
Do Good Diapers: Cloth diaper service. If you want to give cloth a try, but are intimidated by washing them,go with a diaper service that will pick up the dirties and deliver clean ones. These folks seem really on the ball, and I believe they do cloth diaper classes, too.
Sweet Pickles: Cloth diapers to buy for yourself, with tips to make it easy.
Soft Bums: Cloth diapers, with a drawstring so they will *always fit*, from newborn to toddler. I got to feel these and they are super soft. They have organic diapers, too. Even though they are a bit more expensive than the plain ones, they are still cheaper than what you will spend on disposables over the years. I think they have a trial pack. These were fantastic.
Emerge: A directory for pregnant people, with listings for doulas, shopping, classes, lots of good stuff. You can also get on a list for daily coupons.
The Childbirth Collective's mission is "to enhance the childbearing year for parents by promoting quality doula support, advocating evidence-based care, and providing accessible education based on the wellness model of maternity care." These are a great group of women and a good resource for finding birth professionals besides docs and midwives.
Interesting or amusing or enlightening:
This video can be ordered at http://www.reducinginfantmortality.com/Home.html. The creators request that you send a copy to your legislator; download is free at the website, or you can order a DVD. Donations are needed but optional.
It's only 20 minutes long, and hits all the great points *I* could think of about how we can better care for babies and moms. I have more information in my article, and I highly recommend this video!
From the U of M's MCH - Children, Youth and Family Health
monthly e-newsletter: Maternal deaths in US rising, worldwide deaths falling.
In March, Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) published the report Deadly
Delivery: The Maternal Health Care Crisis in the USA, which outlines AIUSA's
research carried out during 2008 and 2009. According to AIUSA, this report
"highlights the link between unacceptably high levels of maternal mortality and
morbidity in the USA, and the failure of the US government to ensure that health
care services are available, accessible, acceptable, and of good quality to all
on the basis of non-discrimination." The summary report explains that maternal
mortality in the US has doubled since 1987, and women in the US have a higher
risk of dying of pregnancy-related complications than those in 40 other
countries in spite of the fact that the US spends more than any other country on
health care, and more on maternal health than any other type of hospital care.
The report includes data, interviews, case studies, and key recommendations to
improve maternal health care in the US.
Read and download the full report.