Pre-planning

Expecting

Labor

Parenting

Local Houston Resources


Midwives and Birth Centers
Baylor College of Medicine Certified Nurse-Midwives – Offers an alternative in women’s health care
North Houston Birth Center – (Kathleen Vande Giessen, CNM,MSN,MBA) (713) 699-4211

North Houston Women’s Health Care – (Kathleen Vande Giessen, CNM,MSN,MBA)Providing well women health care throughout your life cycle 713) 742-6070 

Bay Area Birth Center – (Jacquelyn Griggs RN,CNM) Specialists in Natural Birth, Breastfeeding, and Women’s Health (713) 472-5525

The Birthing Place – (Afua Hassan) 713.MID.WIFE

Nativiti Women’s Health & Birth Center – Offers safe and satisfying care in a warm, comfortable, home-like environment ( 281) 296-2333

Women’s Health & Birth Care – Empowering women and families to take responsibility for their extraordinary experience (713) 529-5131

Women’s Specialist of Houston – Celebrating nine years of providing Midwifery care to the women of Houston (713) 797-1144

Carol Schumacher, CPM, LM – A CPM with 8 years experience offering complete maternity care and birth services at home or birth center (713) 728-3439

Janet Little, CNM (281) 319-4623

Christine Messarra, CPM, LM – Catching babies since 1997, complete maternity care and specializing in home birth (832) 385-6500

Breastfeeding Supplies and Consultation
A Woman’s Work – Breastfeeding, Shop for Mother and Baby, Bookstore (866) 660-1966
Nurtured Family – Boutique for Mother & Baby (Breastfeeding, Babywearing, Cloth Diapering & more); Free Classes on Breastfeeding, Babywearing, Labor Techniques, Midwives/Birth Centers/Hospitals, & more.  832-239-5140

Baby Bistro at Bella Luna Boutique – Breastfeeding support and supplies, located inside Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women. 832-826-8000
Classes
The Motherhood Center – The Motherhood Center provides an abundance of services for pregnancy and into parenthood. (713) 963-8880
 
Nurtured Family (www.NurturedFamily.com) – Boutique for Mother & Baby (Breastfeeding, Babywearing, Cloth Diapering & more); Free Classes on Breastfeeding, Babywearing, Labor Techniques, Midwives/Birth Centers/Hospitals, & more.  832-239-5140
 
Infant Massage – Cynthia Friend, MS, LMT, CEIM – 281-451-8844, www.infantouch.com. cfriend@infantouch.com
Babywearing
Houston Baby Wearershoustonbabywearers.org
Free meetings across Houston at which locals share the love of using
cloth baby carriers and slings. Support and information also shared
online via Facebook groups.

Angelique Geehan

Private consultations and classes for birth-related professionals and
caregivers (parents, childcare workers, relatives) on a wide range of
topics related to babywearing, baby carriers, and cloth slings,
including safety, techniques, comfort, selection, and breastfeeding
and nursing. 713 899 0655. Free meeting (as part of Houston Baby
Wearers) the second Saturday each month at the Montrose Freed
Neighborhood Library, 10 a.m. to noon. slingmeet@gmail.com
Childbirth Classes
Dawn Freedkin .281-961-1567
AAHCC (Bradley) Certified Childbirth Educator
Pearland, 77584
us@aarondawn.com • www.bradleybirth.com
Dana Gillman, CD (DONA)  713-962-2447
Childbirth Educator ICEA
Spring, 77379
doulamom@comcast.net , www.doula.org
Debbie Hull, Doula, CCE  281-599-1381
Birth Works Certified Childbirth Educator
Katy, 77449
debbiehull.doula@gmail.com

Jamie Marancenbaum
, MPH.  469-417-9661
Jamie@HypnoBirthingExperience.com
www.HypnoBirthingExperience.com

South Houston Doula Cooperative
  281-560-3101
shoustondoula@gmail.com
Monthly Community Classes including Preparing a Birth Plan, Relaxation and Exercise, Breastfeeding, and Cloth Diapering
http://www.wix.com/shoustondoula/shoustondoulas

Shannon Stellhorn
, CLD, CBE   832-622-8885
shannon84@juno.com
Fearfully and Wonderfully Made Childbirth Classes
http://naturalbirthdoula.net

Cole Deelah, CLD, CBE   281-560-3101
Fear to Freedom Childbirth Classes
Work of Heart Childbirth preparation classes
Weekend of Relaxation Childbirth Classes
cole@sagemama.net
http://www.sagemama.net/

Katherine Stanglin, CLD, CHCBE   832-360-6014
Hypnobabies Childbirth Classes
katherine@ancient-hearts.com
http://www.ancient-hearts.com/

 
Vaccine Information

 

Prove – Parents Requesting Open Vaccine Education – PROVE provides information on vaccines, and the immunization policies and practices that affect the children and adults of Texas.  To contact please visit their contact page and send an email.

Books and Links

Recommended Reading
Pregnancy and Birth 
“Having a Baby, Naturally” by Peggy O’Mara
“The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth” by Henci Goer
“Obstetric Myths Versus Research Realities” by Henci Goer
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth” by Ina May Gaskin
“Gentle Birth Choices” by Barbara Harper
“The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth” by Sheila Kitzenger
“Your Baby, Your Way” by Sheila Kitzenger
“Active Birth” by Janet Balaskas
“The Birth Book” by Dr. Willliam Sears and Martha Sears
“Birthing From Within” by Pamela England
“Birth Reborn” by Michel Odent
“Silent Knife” by Nancy Wainer Cohen and Lois J. Estner
“A Good Birth, A Safe Birth” by Diana Korte and Roberta Scaer
Creating Your Birth Plan: The Definitive Guide to a Safe and Empowering Birthby Marsden Wagner with Stephanie Gunning
The Doula Book: How a Trained Labor Companion Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier, and Healtheir Birth, by Marshall H., Klaus, et al
Giving Birth, Challenges & Choices, by Suzanne Arms
Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering, by Sarah J Buckley
Having a Baby, Naturally: The Mothering Magazine Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth, by Peggy O’Mara
Healthy Mother, Healthy Child, by Elizabeth Irvine
Hey, Who’s Having this Baby, by Breck Hawk
Immaculate Deception II–A Fresh Look at Childbirth, by Suzanne Arms
The Official Lamaze Guide: Giving Birth with Confidence by Judith Lothian and Charlotte DeVries
The Pregnancy Book: Month-by-Month, Everything You Need to Know From America’s Baby Experts, by William Sears and Martha Sears
Rediscovering Birth, Sheila Kitzinger
Sit Up and Take Notice! Positioning Yourself for a Better Birth, by Pauline Scott
Special Delivery: The Complete Guide to Informed Birth, by Rahima Baldwin
Parenting 
“The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby frm Birth to Age Two” by William and Martha Sears
Natural Family Living: The Mothering Magazine Guide to Parenting” by Peggy O’Mara
Ended Beginnings: Healing Childbearing Losses by Claudia Panuthos and Catherine Romeo
Journey Into Motherhood, by Menelli
The Motherhood Manifesto, by Blades & Rowe-Finkbeiner
What Babies Want, DVD/video, Takikawa
Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom, by Christiane Northrup

Vaccines

Websites
Parents Requesting Open Vaccine Education – PROVE provides information on vaccines, and the immunization policies and practices that affect the children and adults of Texas. Their mission is to prevent vaccine injury and death and to promote and protect the right of every person to make informed independent vaccination decisions for themselves and their families

Vaccination News – Sandy Mintz runs this website. She presents some of the controversy concerning vaccines. 

Think Twice Global Vaccine Institute – Uncensored information about vaccines and how they affect our children. 

Vaccine Website – Read the package inserts that come with the vaccines

National Vaccine Information Center  NVIC is a national, non-profit educational organization founded in 1982. It is the oldest and largest national organization advocating reformation of the mass vaccination system. 

Circumcision

“Routine circumcision of babies in the United States did not begin until the Cold War era. Circumcision is almost unheard of in Europe, Southern America, and non-Muslim Asia. In fact, only 10 to 15 percent of men throughout the world are circumcised.”
“The natural penis requires no special care. A child’s foreskin, like his eyelids, is self-cleansing. Forcibly retracting a baby’s foreskin can lead to irritation and infection. The best way to care for a child’s intact penis is to leave it alone.”
Articles
Websites
Circumcision Information and Resource Pages – an Internet resource that provide you with information about all aspects of the genital surgery known as circumcision

VBAC

VBAC stands for “Vaginal Birth After Cesarean”. Remember: choose your caregiver carefully, take an independent childbirth class and consider hiring adoulaYOU CAN DO IT! And you’ll be glad that you did!
Articles
Websites
The International Cesarean Awareness Network, Inc(ICAN) is a nonprofit organization founded by Esther Booth Zorn in 1982. ICAN’s mission is to improve maternal-child health by preventing unnecessary cesareans through education, providing support for cesarean recovery, and promoting Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC). 
Henci Goer specializes in birth issues
V-Bac Rates for Texas Hospitals

                                                Cesarean Section Rates for Houston Area Hospitals 

 
HARRIS COUNTY
Christus St. Catherine
34.0980%
Clear Lake Regional Medical Center
36.1880%
Cypress Fairbanks Hospital
38.2322%
Houston Northwest Medical Center
31.4921%
Kingwood Medical Center
32.3156%
Memorial Hermann Medical Center
40.1521%
Memorial Hermann Memorial City
43.8919%
Memorial Hermann South East
36.9822%
Memorial Hermann South West
29.9155%
Methodist Willowbrook
35.0166%
St. Luke’s Medical Center
33.9573%
Texas Women’s
47.6785%
The Methodist – Medical Center
39.0337%
Tomball Regional
46.9643%
FORT BEND COUNTY
Memorial Hermann Fort Bend Hospital
36.4839%
Memorial Hermann Katy
37.8242%
Methodist Sugar Land Hospital
36.4083%
St. Luke’s Sugar Land
39.7190%
West Houston Medical Center
36.2372%
MONTGOMERY COUNTY
Conroe Regional Medical Center
31.4286%
Memorial Hermann The Woodlands
41.1213%
Greater Houston Area: 37.52673%
http://www.txpricepoint.org/consumer.aspx  

Book Recommendations

The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth. (Henci Goer) If you’re only going to read one book, let it be this one. It contains not only a wonderful chapter on avoiding a cesarean, but also comprehensive information on the judicious use of medical intervention. The book is more reader friendly, but not as in depth, as Ms. Goer’s previous publication, Obstetric Myth vs. Research Reality
The Doula Book: How a Trained Labor Companion Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier and Healthier Birth (by Klaus, Kennell and Klaus) For more information about doulas (Including the fact that doulas have been proven to reduce your risk of having a cesarean by 50%. Family members and other supportive people have not been shown to provide the same benefit.)
Silent Knife (by Nancy Wainer Cohen and Lois J. Estner) Written by the woman who coined the phrase “VBAC”; The definitive text written during a time when the standard of obstetrical care was “Once a cesarean, always a cesarean”; Also consider the follow-up book by Nancy Wainer Cohen, Open Season
Birth After Cesarean (by Bruce Flamm, MD) Full of statistics helpful for making decisions regarding choices you make
for your care
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth (by Ina May Gaskin) Published following the most recent VBAC-lash and includes a chapter discussing the political state of VBAC today; Also includes excellent information for achieving a natural birth
Rebounding from Childbirth: Toward Emotional Recovery (by Lynn Madsen) For anyone who has experienced a cesarean (or any traumatic birth); Gives specific exercises for understanding and dealing with the feelings many women have following a cesarean
The VBAC Experience: Very Beautiful And Courageous (by Lynn Baptisti Richards) A collection of women’s birth stories: first the woman’s c-section story, followed by her VBAC story; The author’s comments are interspersed in the stories supplying excellent information; Fabulously encouraging

Water Birth

Waterbirth has proven to be one of the gentlest ways for a baby to enter the world and is being proclaimed by birthing women to provide optimal pain relief and comfort. No longer a “new trend,” this method of labor and birth has become the number one option for women world wide.
Articles
Websites
Waterbirth.org 
WaterbirthInfo.com – The advantages of Water Birth