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References & Documents February 25, 2009

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 On this page, I’ve listed great informative books, support groups, and services that I think are just perfect for an expecting family.  I hope this will help you navigate your way through the overwhelming information out there.  

  I’ve also listed important documents that are related to the childbirth classes and doula services I provide.  Please scroll down to the bottom of the page to find these.  Here you can find the registration forms, childbirth questionnaire, HIPPA form, doula contract, and others.  You can print them off directly from the site, or copy and paste them in whatever format you prefer.



Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin,                                       

  This book is written by a seasoned midwife who payed a huge role in the natural birth movement in America.   Reading “Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth” is like cracking an ancient code etched in many women’s DNA.  As Ina May’s words unfold, they bring to modern consciousness information that is essential and visionary, articulating and applying the ancient wisdom of childbirth in the language and culture of the present time.  In this information age, this book is creating a “new” birth culture.  Like “Spiritual Midwifery” in its time, “Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth” is a pioneer and an instant classic, a significant and inspiring milestone in the evolution of human culture.  This book is intelligent and lovely.



Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way  by Susan McCutcheon-Rosegg, Erick Ingraham, and Robert A. Bradley 

  Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way is a wonderful resource on the Bradley Method.  Author, Susan McCutcheon introduces you to the Bradley Method, explains how it differs other birthing methods, like Lamaze, discusses ways to choose your childbirth educator and your doctor/ midwife, explains the extreme importance of nutrition and how to prepare yourself for this life transforming experience.

  Along with the general information she provides in helping you to prepare, Susan thoroughly walks you through the Bradley Method.  Through exercise, illustration, nutrition, and practice, McCutcheon completely covers how you should prepare and deal with both First and Second Stage of Childbirth.  Finally, she closes the book with a discussion of various childbirth controversies – episiotomies, cesarean sections and home birth.

 Birthing from Within: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation  by CNM, MA, Pam England and PhD, Rob Horowitz                                         

  Mothers-to-be, this book will empower you with stories of birthing women all over the world and all through history.  It takes you through fun, artistic ways to open your creative doors; preparing not just your left brain, but also your fantastic feminine right brain for the big event!

The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers : The Most Comprehensive Problem-Solution Guide to Breastfeeding from the Foremost Expert in North America  by MD Jack Newman   

   Because of the lack of breastfeeding info in many hospitals and doctors’ offices, and the lack of baby-knowledge in general in our culture, it is such a relief to just get answers.  This book is divided into three sections – the first is a primer on breastfeeding – benifits, proper positioning, good and bad “advice” and how to deal with it, and the tactics used by formula companies to undermine breastfeeding. The second section deals with common problems and solutions, and the third deals with special situations like introducing solids, weaning, nursing toddlers, sleep, seperation, and troubleshooting.

  Check out his very helpful website for great videos of live breastfeeding!  www.drjacknewman.com

  The Le Leche League of America is a great way to meet other moms choosing to breastfeed their babies.  Go to a meeting in your area while you’re pregnant and get to know the leaders and other mothers.  They can become very helpful should you run into difficulty during your first few days of nursing your new baby. 

 Click here to find a group close to you.


For all kinds of information pertaining to well woman’s health, American Pregnancy Association has got you covered.  There you will find

 information about pregnancy, birth, and adoption just to name a few.  Click here to be directed to the website.





   Do you keep saying, “My back hurts!”,?  Maybe you should go see a pre-natal chiropractor!  I have had great experience with Dr. Ruth Durkee.  She is gentle, no jerking motions.  Ruth took the time to massage my back, shoulders, and neck to relieve any tension she felt in my body.  This is her information, give her a try; you won’t be disappointed! Dr. Ruth Durkee Dallas,TX  214.969.9330 or visit the on the web



  When I has my second son, Jason, I decided with my husband that it was time to check out cloth diapers.  Once we did some research we learned how much waste is created from disposable diapers.  It was astonishing!  No one knows how long it takes for a disposable diaper to decompose, but it is estimated to be about 250-500 years, long after your children, grandchildren and great, great, great grandchildren will be

gone.  We chose the best system of cloth diapers out there in my opinion.

 check out these bumGenius diapers.  You will be so surprised at how easy it is to treat Mother Earth well!



  This wonderful invention is called the Beco baby carrier.  I don’t know what I would have done without it!  I have  busy 6 and 2 year olds and a house to run.  Unfortunately, I can’t sit and rock my sweet baby when dinner need to be cooked, laundry needs to be folded, you get the picture.  I just strap Jason in the Beco and he’s as happy as can be.  The Beco can be worn on the front or back.  The way this carrier straps onto your body is unique in it’s design; because of that it distributes weight the way a hiking backpac would to no stress on your shoulders or lower back!  I highly reccomend this baby carrier to any busy mother that still
wants her baby on her body!  Click here to check it out.
 Childbirth Class Registration Form
Your Name:                                                    Partner’s Name:
Today’s Date:                                                 Estimated Due Date:
Address:                                                         City:                                    Zip Code:
Phone(s): HM:                                                 Cell:                                     Work:
Email Addresses:
What is the best way to contact you?
Where are you giving birth?                                                     Care Provider’s Name:
How did you learn about Sweet birth 101 Birth Services?
(care provider/ friend/relative/ Internet)
Special Needs (food allergies, sign language, or health issues):
Date 8 week class series begins:
For conformation receipt, do you prefer post mail or email (indicate one please):
$150.00 Deposit/ $250.00 full tuition
Childbirth Class Questionnaire
Your Name:                                           Partner’s Name:                                      Estimated Due Date:

       1. What is your age?                         General health status?


      2.  Do you exercise regularly?                            What kind of activity?                        How often?


      3.  Are you having any discomfort sleeping, or in general? 


      4.  What are your expectations of your birth experience?


     5.  What are some of your fears or concerns about your birth?


    6.  How does your partner feel about attending an 8 week birth class?


    7.  What do you hope to achieve through attending this class?


    8.  How do you feel about your care provider?


    9.  How has he/she inspired confidence in you and your partner?


   10.  What do you know about breastfeeding?


   11.  What are your plans for pain management?


   12.  What are you views of labor induction?


   13.  What are your views of fetal monitoring? 


3 Responses to “References & Documents”

  1. Looking forward to coming back to see more great content like this. Thanks!

  2. yemane Says:

    Thanks for the sharing, I found this article while looking for music, interesting comments and great points made.

  3. Elizabeth Medellin Says:

    Hello I would like more information about your services. I am due Sep 24 2010 and would love to have a doula present. Thank you for your time

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