Pregnancy

Pregnancy Planner
A guide book from the National Women’s Health Resource Center (NWHRC)

Spinning Babies
Spinning Babies is about easier birth through fetal positioning. Have fun reading and finding the position of your baby

Dr. Brewer's Pregnancy Diet
Dr. Brewer’s diet is the only evidence-based diet for pregnancy that has been proven to decrease the complications of pre-eclampsia, toxemia, HELLP Syndrome, premature birth, low birth weight, and Intrauterine Growth Retardation

Evidence Based Birth

Organizations committed to providing the birth research evidence to women, families, and providers, inspiring them to make more informed decisions about their care.

Drug Information
Drugwatch.com is a site that features a comprehensive list of unsafe drugs and medications that are currently on the market, or were previously available worldwide

American Pregnancy Association

The American Pregnancy Association is a national health organization committed to promoting reproductive and pregnancy wellness through education,  support, advocacy, and community awareness.

Birth

Choices in Childbirth
A non-profit organization that is a national leader in consumer advocacy and outreach for women and their families

Mothers Naturally
Created by the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) to provide the public with the latest information on home birth, care with a midwife, and natural choice in childbirth 

Birthing Naturally
Features information on unmediated birth, especially strategies for handling the physical discomfort of labor and birth 

American Pregnancy Association
This website offers information geared both to men and women on various pregnancy issues

Childbirth Connection
Formerly Maternity Center Association, is a long-term national program to promote evidence-based maternity care

Coalition for Improving Maternity Services
Many resources for parents, including "Ten Questions to Ask When You Are Having a Baby"

Mothering Magazine
Lots of online resources and articles on pregnancy, birth and parenting; on-line chat groups 

AskDrSears.com

A general resource covering from pregnancy and birth to nutrition, behavior, development, sleep issues, childhood illnesses, vaccinations and beyond

BirthingBetter.com
This site contains extensive pregnancy and birth planning information

GentleBirth.com
A women’s health clinic with a web site with extensive resource information on pregnancy, birth and post partum

InaMay.com
Published by birth advocate, midwife and founder of The Farm Midwifery Center, includes statistics on homebirth, articles, workshop information. Also visit TheFarm.org

Postpartum

KellyMom
Developed to provide evidence-based information on breastfeeding, sleep and parenting by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and mother of three

VBAC

Website that aims to provide evidence-based  resources and support about VBAC  from a variety of sources; scientific studies, professional guidelines, government reports, birth advocacy groups, as well as successful and established VBAC programs.

ICAN

The International Cesarean Awareness Network, Inc. (ICAN) is a nonprofit organization whose 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).

Home Birth Cesarean

Provides support, resources, and awareness around planned out-of-hospital births that end in cesareans, referred to as Homebirth Cesareans (HBC).

VBAC FACTS

Their mission is to get the evidence from national guidelines and medical literature into the hands of parents, professionals, and providers—to make VBAC accessible to more people based on actual facts, quality information, and current research, rather than conventional wisdom based on myths and misperceptions.

Postpartum Health Alliance

Raises awareness of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and provides support and treatment referrals to those who are struggling with them.

Timeline of Postpartum Recovery

Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding Inc.

Aims  to empower parents by ensuring they receive the most up-to-date information to assist them with their breastfeeding baby.

DC Breastfeeding Coalition

The DC Breastfeeding Coalition was established to increase the breastfeeding rates of all infants living in the District of Columbia.

D.C.  Guide to Breastfeeding

A publication of the DC Breastfeeding Coalition

Breastfeedingonline.com
Empowering women to choose to breastfeed and to educate society at large about the importance and benefits of breastfeeding

Breastfeeding.com
A comprehensive website for mothers who are breastfeeding or thinking about breastfeeding

La Leche League International
Mission: To help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education and to promote a better  understanding of breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding Answers from La Leche League

Here you will find answers to your breastfeeding and parenting questions, drawn from the various resources on our site, conveniently grouped by topic.

Breast-feedingAmerica.com
Mishawn Purnell O’Neal’s site focuses on an African-American perspective on breastfeeding

Parenting

Mocha Moms
A support group for mothers of color who have chosen not to work full-time outside of the home in order to devote more time to their families

Attachment Parenting International
Information about attachment parenting and referrals to parent support groups in the U.S., Canada and Europe

Natural Child Project
Provides information promoting attachment parenting; and referrals to parents practicing attachment parenting

Activities to Encourage Speech and Language Development
Age-appropriate ways that parents can engage their young children to help develop speech and language abilities (birth-2 years)

Choice Moms
A supportive, welcoming, educational environment/resource for single women who consciously decide to become mothers without a partner

Coalition for Healthy Mothers and Healthy Babies
A resource in maternal and child health, reaching an estimated 10 million health care professionals, parents, and policymakers through its membership of over 100 local, state and national organizations

Families USA

Families USA, a leading national voice for health care consumers, is dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health care and improved health for all. We advance our mission through public policy analysis, advocacy, and collaboration with partners to promote a patient-and community-centered health system.

Post Partum Support International       

Provides direct peer support to families, trains professionals, and provides a bridge to connect them.

PACE Moms
An organization providing educational and emotional support groups for new and second time around mothers in the DC area

Zero to Three

Science-based information and tools designed to help parents and caregivers nurture their young children’s development.

Peaceful Parenting Network

Brings together families striving to parent in an informed, health conscious, baby-friendly and child-friendly manner. 

Aha! Parenting

This website has Aha! moments for parents of every age child, from pregnancy right through the teen years.

Midwifery

Foundation for the Advancement of Midwifery

The Foundation for the Advancement of Midwifery (FAM) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to increasing access to midwifery in North America through education, research and public policy.

Citizens for Midwifery

National consumer-based group promoting the Midwives Model of Care. The Midwives Model of Care is based on the fact that pregnancy and birth are normal life processes. CfM works to provide information and resources that promote the local midwife, as well as midwives and midwifery care across the country.

Every Mother Counts

Every mother counts is a non-profit organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother. They inform, engage, and mobilize new audiences to take actions and raise funds that support maternal health programs around the world.

International Center for Traditional Childbearing

The International Center for Traditional Childbearing, Inc. (ICTC) is a non-profit infant mortality prevention, breastfeeding support, and midwife training organization, comprised of women and men who want to improve birth outcomes and provide training opportunities in their communities.

www.womenshealth.gov
National Women's Health Information Center, the National Women's Health Information Center, the Office on Women's Health, the US Department of Health and Human Services

White Ribbon Alliance

White Ribbon Alliance unites citizens to demand the right to a safe birth for every woman, everywhere.

Birth By The Numbers

The goal of the Birth by the Numbers website is to present accurate, up-to-date information on childbirth practices and outcomes in the United States and other countries. 

Resolve

The National Infertility Association is a non-profit, charitable organization, who works to improve the lives of women and men living with infertility.

LGBT

The Brown Boi Project

Launched in 2010, the Brown Boi Project works to build leadership, economic self sufficiency, and health of young masculine of center womyn, trans men, and queer/straight men of color--pipelining them into the social justice movement.

True Colors

Sexual Minority Youth and Family Services

Top 25 LGBT Parent Blogs - Circle of Moms

Queer Parenting

An article about being genderqueer and pregnant

The Elephant Circle

Preparing for Pregnancy

A quick guide for queer parents to be

MAIA Midwife & Fertility

MAIA provides holistic, individualized midwifery care and IUI services , creating strong families, empowered parents, vibrant pregnancies and healthy babies.

Human Rights Campaign 

This is a link to their Family Project

The DC Center

The DC LGBT Center educates, empowers, celebrates, and connects the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities.

Queer Family Matters

Blog for information and support that is inclusive of gender non-conforming folks, of trans parents, of families with one or more bisexual/pansexual parents, of people raising kids that don’t want to be “just like” heterosexual families.

Mamazine

A feminist publication for mamas and people who love them

The Rainbow Babies

The Rainbow Babies vision is to provide a central area for general information on the many aspects of GLBT pregnancies and parenting. 

It’s Conceivable Now

A place to collect the wisdom of the gay parents

 Telephone Counseling

The National Domestic Violence Hotline

Provides lifesaving tools and immediate support to enable victims to find safety and live lives free of abuse.

1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

The National Child Abuse Hotline

24 hour hotline dedicated to the prevention of child abuse. The hotline offers crisis intervention, information, literature, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources. All calls are confidential.

1-800-422-4453

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide

prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. 

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

SAMHSA Treatment Referral Helpline

SAMHSA’s National Helpline (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service) is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental health and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information.

1-800-662-HELP (4357) 

PSI Warmline

A toll-free telephone number for the Postpartum Support International organization. Call to get basic information, support, and resources.

1-800-944-4773(4PPD)

Local

DC Breastfeeding Coalition
A clearinghouse of local resource for District breastfeeding families, download their resource guide (PDF) from their website

The Breastfeeding Center of Washington 
202-293-5182

B.L.E.S.S. Initiative at Howard University Hospital
Free Childbirth education for those who qualify 202-865-1316

Healthy Babies Project
A nonprofit that helps at-risk D.C. families have healthy babies and move out of the cycle of poverty.

202-398-2809

La Leche League International of Washington, DC

Local Groups, led by experienced mothers who have been accredited as Leaders by La Leche League International, provide free education, information, and support to women who want to breastfeed.

March of Dimes for the Metropolitan Washington Area 
The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

Teen Alliance for Prepared Pregnancy( TAPP) 
Our mission is to work with and assist young families, in their effort to parent successfully, live meaningful lives and act with purpose in their community.

202-877-0748

WIC (Women, Infants and Children)
800-345-1WIC 

WIC Beautiful Beginnings Program
 (202) 865-3505

DC Tots

A free resource highlighting the various activities DC has to offer for Tots.  Find Playgrounds, Story Hours, Development Classes, Yoga Classes, Pools & More.

DC Thrifty Mom

DC Thrifty Mom is a forum to highlight and discuss FREE, cheap, and discounted family and children happenings in the DC Metro area.

The Parent Encouragement Program

The Parent Encouragement Program (PEP) is a nonprofit, educational organization established in 1982, providing classes, events and other educational resources to parents and all who care for children, toddlers through teens.

THEARC

THEARC is a home away from home for the many underserved children and adults of East of the River, enabling them to participate in dance classes, music instruction, fine arts, academics, continuing education, mentoring, tutoring, recreation, medical and dental care, and other services at a substantially reduced cost or no cost at all.

Sankofa Homeschool Community

Sankofa is a community for homeschooling families of the African Diaspora who want to grow, learn, and build together. We are dedicated to creating a rich, supportive homeschool village through a combination of social outlets, field trips, and the sharing of resources.

Free Car Seat Inspection Stations

The District of Columbia offers free car seat inspections as a courtesy to the residents.  You must be a District resident to use this service.

Safe Sleep Program

DC residents can get Pack 'n Plays for their infant to ensure infants are sleeping safely. Putting a baby to sleep face up in a crib reduces the chance of death caused by Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), suffocation and roll over deaths related to the infant sharing a bed with parents or other children. 

1(800) MOM-BABY or  1 (800) 666-2229.

Mary’s Center

Mary's Center, founded in 1988, is a Federally Qualified Health Center that provides health care, family literacy and social services to individuals whose needs too often go unmet by the public and private systems. 

DC Healthy Start Program

A free program for pregnant women, parenting mothers (infants up to 2 years of age), females of childbearing age and fathers (infants up to the age of 1 year) in Wards 5, 6, 7 and 8 whose goal is to improve birth outcomes and the health and development of infants into early childhood.

DC Department of Health Resources

This webpage is provided by the District of Columbia, Medicaid and Alliance Perinatal Collaborative.  This site includes links to local as well as national resources onpregnancy and pregnancy related topics.