Lisa was able to empower me
to make the right decisions about my birth.

Resources

Pregnancy brings on a lot of questions. Here are some of my favorite resources that I would recommend for every mom-to-be.

Pregnancy, Baby and Inspirational Websites

  • Samkilljoy.com
    My hilarious sister’s tales from the trenches as a new mom. Don’t underestimate the power of comic relief. I laugh & cry out loud every time I read it!
  • Fitpregnancy.com
    Fantastic resource for tracking the progress of your pregnancy, plus additional resources on health, relationships & more.
  • Babble.com
    Curated collection of insightful, informative and entertaining blogs on pregnancy and parenting.
  • Choicesinchildbirth.org
    NYC’s best resource for supporting your pregnancy from start to finish.
  • Tribecapediatrics.com
    Inexpensive, hands-on resource for new moms addressing concerns and answering questions. In my opinion, the entire tribeca pediatrics practice is exceptional.
  • Spinningbabies.com
    Tips and tricks to move the little one into prime birthing position, during pregnancy and labor.
  • Kellymom.com 
    Incredibly thorough online support for breastfeeding issues and beyond.
  • Luckylotusyoga.com
    I teach a prenatal yoga class here at 4.30pm on Saturdays. No experience necessary. Come connect to your body, your baby and a supportive community of moms-to-be.
  • Stylishhipkids.com
    Amazing maternity, newborn and family photography.

Healers and Helpers for Pregnancy and Postpartum

  • Chiropractor Lila Wolfe
    Pain relief and preventive care for pregnant women and babies (yes: chiropractic care for babies! don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it.)
  • Kelly Kane Pilates
    Truly expert instruction on the healing and strengthening aspects of pilates for pregnancy-related structural and postural concerns, as well as post-partum pelvic health.
  • Cybelle Fishman Dermatologist
    Specialist in traditional and holistic treatment for pregnant and postnatal skin. Don’t be surprised to see your skin change during & after pregnancy, and Dr. Fishman will keep you looking your best.

Products for the Mom-to-be

  • Ninenaturals.com
    Amazing and safe hair and skincare products for moms-to-be (and everyone else can use them too!       
  • Nikken.com
    Listen to me, ladies, a Brita doesn’t cut it. Pregnancy, labor and breastfeeding mean time to get serious about drinking plenty of water. This is a relatively inexpensive high, high quality filter. It takes all the bad stuff out and then re-mineralizes the water. You’ll love it!
  • Yogahyde.com
    Organic cotton clothing for yoga, pilates and casual wear, the softest, most luxurious togs on the market. You will literally live in these.
  • New Chapter Perfect Prenatal & Nordic Naturals Prenatal DHA
    Taken together, the highest quality prenatal supplements available. I recommend them for all my moms.

Books on Pregnancy, Childbirth and Beyond!

  • Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year by Susan Weed
  • Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding, and Birth Matters by Ina May Gaskin
  • The Baby Catcher by Peggy Vincent
  • From the Hips: A Comprehensive, Open-Minded, Uncensored,Totally Honest Guide to Pregnancy, Birth, and Becoming a Parent by Rebecca Odes

Soothing Music for You and Baby

  • Anything from Kanaga System Krush (KSK) is an independent record label, operating on a fair-trade principle, focused on the preservation and promotion of traditional music from West Africa. Consider yourself blessed to even get the link to have access to these precious recordings!
  • Anything by anyone with the last name Diabate! (SidikiMamadou Sidiki, Toumani). Traditionally, the first sounds a baby hears are very important. If I got to choose my first sounds, it would be the kora music of this majestic family.
  • African Voices: Songs of Life – Narada. Absolutely beautiful album, each song is heart opening.
  • Primeaux and Mike – Peyote Songs of the Native American. Grammy Award winners from a long line of Peyote singers.
  • Native American flute music – To maintain healing, peaceful vibes.
  • Any kind of chanting that sounds good to you, be it OM or Sanskrit chants to keep you in a positive and peaceful state of mind.
  • Nature sounds, think trickling stream (oh, wait, that could be a little rough on the bladder) water and birds. Sounds corny, but this kind of really thing feeds the soul.
  • Reggae. Any reggae you like because reggae is a spiritual science and the rhythm mimics a peaceful heartbeat. When we listen to it, our heartbeat matches the heartbeat of the music, very much like a baby becomes sensitive to it’s mother’s heartbeat and will mirror their calm or anxious state. Reggae is also nice to move your hips to in labor making contractions easier to handle. Here are a few of my favorite reggae artists and albums to get you started:
    • Bob Marley – Burnin’, Exodus, Uprising
    • Midnite – Start with their earliest albums ‘Unpolished’ or ‘Scheme a Things’
    • Dezarie – FYA’
    • Just about anything coming out of St. Croix!
    • Check out Yahadani, Batch, Bamboo Station, Niyorah
    • Misty In Roots – Culture, Twinkle Brothers, too many to list!