RESOURCES

My top recommendations as a postpartum doula.

RESOURCES

My top recommendations as a postpartum doula.

RESOURCES

My top recommendations as a postpartum doula.

I am passionate about encouraging new moms to be in the know about all things mom, baby and beyond.  But it can sometimes feel very overwhelming to see those long lists of recommended books and websites! So, to help keep you peaceful, confident and skilled, I am sharing with you my personal favourites.

Some of these will be for reference, when you have a specific question about a specific thing - have a couple to hand on the kitchen counter or bookmarked on your computer!  Others make interesting reads from beginning to end, and I hope you will find them informative and helpful. I also included some local resources in our community, which I know have helped many moms before you!

ADJUSTING TO PARENTHOOD

  • The Attachment Parenting Book: A Commonsense Guide to Understanding and Nurturing Your Baby by Dr. William Sears
  • Mothering the New Mother by Sally Placksin
  • Becoming a Father: How to Nurture and Enjoy Your Family by Dr. William Sears

INFANT CARE & CHARACTERISTICS

  • Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn: The Complete Guide by Simkin, Whalley, Keppler, Durham, Bolding
  • The Baby Book by Dr. William Sears
  • The Wonder Weeks by Frans X. Plooij, Hetty van de Rijt, Xaviera Plas-Plooij

BREASTFEEDING

  • The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League International
  • The Breastfeeding Book by Dr. William Sears

SLEEP

  • Helping Baby Sleep: The Science and Practice of Gentle Bedtime Parenting by Anni Gethin PhD and Beth Macgregor
  • Safe Infant Sleep: Expert Answers to your Cosleeping Questions by James J. McKenna PhD
  • Sweet Sleep by La Leche League International

SOOTHING

  • The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp, MD

POSTPARTUM EXERCISE

  • Essential Exercises for the Childbearing Year by Elizabeth Noble 

Whenever I have a specific question or concern, or want to read up about something that has come up, I have a few trusted and brilliant 'go-to' websites:

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS

KELLYMOM.COM

ASKDRSEARS.COM

HAPPIEST BABY (The Blog/Dr Harvey Karp)

Breastfeeding in the first few weeks postpartum can take a bit of time to get up and running.  There is so much invaluable information and advice online, which you might want to check out, as you establish your milk supply (see some links below).  You can also ask your paediatrician to refer you to a lactation consultant.

LA LECHE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL

KELLYMOM

BREASTFEEDING BASICS

ASK DR. SEARS

In those early weeks and months, becoming part of a local parent and baby community is such a good idea - even if virtually for the time being.  Connecting with other new moms and dads will help you know you are not alone, as you support and encourage one another.  Also, every parent has knowledge and a tip or two to pass on to another. Check out one or two of my suggestions below, as well as your local Facebook support groups.

We are better together!

LOCAL LA LECHE LEAGUE GROUPS:

Local breastfeeding support groups (virtual meetings & Facebook groups).  Some links:

MONTCLAIR, NJ

https://lllofmontclair.wixsite.com/lalecheleagueofmontc/contact

JERSEY CITY/HOBOKEN, NJ

http://lllofjerseycityhoboken.org

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ

https://lllberkeleyheights.weebly.com

MORRISTOWN, NJ

https://lllmorristown.wordpress.com

MANHATTAN

https://www.lllofmanhattan.com

MONTCLAIR B.A.B.Y.

Montclair B.A.B.Y. is a center dedicated to supporting the well-being of expectant moms, new parents and their families.

Our centre offers a unique array of classes (studio/outside/virtual) that are aimed to empower and to provide new parents with educational tools to last a lifetime
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May we enquire, learn and gather together.