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Suggested Reading:

After the Ecstasy, the Laundry
- Jack Kornfield

Conquering Infertility
- Dr. Alice Domar's Mind-Body Guide to Enhancing Fertility and Coping with Infertility - Alice Domar & Alice Lesch Kelly

Dear Parent: Caring for Infants with Respect, 2nd Edition
- Magda Gerber

The Developing Mind
- Dan Siegel

Down Came the Rain : My Journey Through Postpartum Depression
-Brooke Shields

A Father's Book of Listening - Mark Brady

A General Theory of Love
- Thomas Lewis, Fari Amini, & Richard Lannon

A Little Book Of Parenting Skills
- Mark Brady

The Mindful Brain
- Dan Siegel

Miscarriage: Why It Happens and How Best to Reduce Your Risks : A Doctor's Guide to the Facts
- Henry M., M.D. Lerner & Alice D. Domar

Mothering Magazine

Parenting from the Inside Out
- Dan Siegel & Mary Hartzell

A Path with Heart
- Jack Kornfield

Psychosynthesis: A Psychology of the Spirit
- John Firman & Ann Gila

Trees Make the Best Mobiles
- Jessica Teich & Brandel France de Bravo

Your Self-Confident Baby
- Magda Gerber & Allison Johnson

National Resources:

Belly Bar - for pregnant & nursing women
"NutraBella was founded to improve the nutritional wellbeing of women by delivering delicious, nutrient-enriched products that are uniquely formulated and conveniently portable. Created by women for women, NutraBella's all-natural food products promote good nutrition - the foundation for a healthy and active lifestyle."

Buddhi Wear
"BuddhiWear is a family-based business that produces and sells organic yoga-themed apparel. Our company took its name from the word "buddhi", meaning "she who is conscious, AWAKE". Our company is focused on buying local, supporting small businesses, and being green. BuddhiWear's mission is to promote empowerment through yoga. BuddhiWear is committed to providing high-quality apparel for the family with a yoga flair - created by yogis and yoginis for yogis and yoginis."

Child Help
"ChildhelpĀ® exists to meet the physical, emotional, educational and spiritual needs of abused, neglected and at-risk children. We focus our efforts on advocacy, prevention, treatment and community outreach."

Fertility - the Mind-Body Connection
The purpose of this website is to address the issue of stress and its effect on fertility. We want to show patients the importance of dealing with these effects in a positive manner. There is a way to break the vicious circle of stress and infertility. This website gives information and resources, as well as techniques, for eliciting the "relaxation response".

Offers 100% natural skin & body care products for the entire birth process and beyond, with organic products for moms and babies. Also offers healing programs for mothers who endure the unimaginable loss of a baby.

Infant massage USA
"Infant Massage USA promotes nurturing touch through the training and certification of Parent Educators, and classes and one-to-one instruction for parents and full-time caregivers."

Infertility Blues
This website offers mind/body resources, relaxation tapes, and information on coping with infertility in a holistic manner.

La Leche League
"La Leche League is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, education, information, and encouragement, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother."

Loving Touch
"The International Loving Touch Foundation, Inc., is an independent organization that provides resources, training and classes in the field of infant massage... Whether your baby is a newborn or several years old, massage can bring immediate and lasting results."

"We provide, pregnancy, birth, and postpartum doula support, and doula training in Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington. Standing for a woman's Mother Nature in birth and beyond, MotherTree Birth specializes in labor support, unmedicated birth, premature birth, vaginal birth after cesarean, cesarean recovery, breastfeeding support, sibling care, bedrest and postpartum care."

"MomsRising is working to bring together millions of people who share a common concern about the need to build a more family-friendly America.. Our members are bringing important motherhood and family issues to the forefront of the country's awareness. We are working to create both cultural and legislative change. It is time to break the logjam that has been holding back family-friendly legislation for decades and to advance workplace policies that will support families."

NY Metro Parents
10 Things Every Woman Needs To Know About Infertility

Pacer Center
"PACER Center is a parent training and information center for families of children and youth with all disabilities from birth through 21 years old. Located in Minneapolis, it serves families across the nation, as well as those in Minnesota. Parents can find publications, workshops, and other resources to help make decisions about education, vocational training, employment, and other services for their children with disabilities."

Postpartum Support International
Founded in 1987 to eliminate denial and ignorance of emotional health related to childbirth

Resources in the San Francisco Bay Area:

Bay Area La Leche League Referrals
Call to locate a LLL leader/meeting near you:
Diablo/Contra Costa County, (800) LALECHE
East Bay, (510) 496-6009
Marin County, (415) 381-9428
North Bay/Sonoma County, (707) 823-9480
San Francisco/Peninsula, (650) 363-1470
Santa Clara County, (408) 264-0994

Blossom Birth Center
"The best childbirth preparation, prenatal yoga, mom-baby yoga and early parenting groups for families in the counties of San Mateo and Santa Clara. Blossom classes in Palo Alto educate and empower pregnant women, new mothers and their families to be active participants in birth and parenting."

Coastside Mother's Club
"The mission of the Coastside Mothers' Club is to enrich the lives of families with young children, both within our club and our community... We are here for our children, each other, and ourselves."

Day One Center
"DayOne is a truly unique and welcoming place where you can meet your needs as a parent while satisfying your baby's needs during your visit..Our goal was to provide all the essential baby services, support and products that new parents and babies need during this important time of life - all in one convenient location."

GaGa Sisterhood, Where grandmas bond, brag, and benefit!
The GaGa Sisterhood was created by Donne Davis, a spirited and loving grandmother who is passionate about connecting with and supporting other grandmas! The GaGa Sisterhood is a social network for energetic, enthusiastic, caring grandmas who:
     - Indulge in the joy of being grandmas
     - Share wisdom and resources that enrich our family life
     - Explore what it means to be a grandma today
Donne and her 2 grandchildren are featured in the Yoga With Your Baby DVD!

Golden Gate Mother's Group
"GGMG is the Golden Gate Mothers Group, a San Francisco-based mothers group that focuses on moms and all things motherhood."

HAND (Helping After Neonatal Death)
HAND was founded in 1981 to help parents, their families, and their healthcare providers cope with the loss of a baby before, during, or after birth (through the first year of life). All services are free and include support groups for newly bereaved parents and for parents pregnant again after having had a loss, 24-hour telephone support, hospital visitation, lending libraries, information and referral services throughout Northern California and the Central Valley. All services are free. (888) 908-HAND.

Mama Source
"Mamasource is a safe and easy way to connect with other moms in your local area. Find the advice, referrals and insight you need, in a supportive community of moms helping moms."

Palo Alto Menlo Park Mother's (Parent's) club
"The mission of the Parents' Club of Palo Alto and Menlo Park is to enrich the lives of families with young children and our local community. We are a diverse group of parents who have come together to form a volunteer-led, non-profit organization that provides education, support, social activities and structures to network and learn from each other."

Parents Helping Parents
"PHP provides education and skills training, information, guidance, and peer support for families with the unexpected diagnosis of and ongoing impact of childhood disabilities, including but not limited to intellectual, learning or physical disabilities and special health care needs."

Postpartum Alliance of Northern California
Hotline operated by the Postpartum Health Alliance of Northern California for new mothers experiencing a postpartum mood disorder such as depression or anxiety. (888) 773-7090.

Silicon Valley Dads
Our goal is to provide support and camaraderie to fellow Stay-at-Home-Dads. This is a great chance for all of us to get together, watch our children play, have lunch, talk about guy stuff and combat isolation.