Services offered via video from Los Angeles, CA
Cost can be a barrier to care and support. These are some great options.
Postpartum Support International (online National)
The Family Room - Postpartum Support Group (online from San Marino, CA)
This group offers moms a safe and comfortable place to talk about mental health issues that arise during and after pregnancy. Moms are free to share their stories, ask questions, or just listen.
If you are able, I highly recommend having a doula. The education and support were central to my ability to cope during pregnancy and birth. If you'd like to know more, check out my review of BEST Doula Service.
Although their 2020 program is full I want to highlight Frontline Doulas for providing free doulas for black moms-to-be. This is so important as black women are 4x more likely to die from childbirth complications than white women. If you have the ability, please donate to this amazing organization. They also offer the non-emergent Frontline Doula Hotline where you can text 'doulahelp' to 31996 to schedule a call with a doula.
How to get your insurance company to pay for your doula. This article is from 2016, but has a lot of great information. Even in a surgical birth, with my doula present, I was encouraged to request reimbursement from my insurance because of the many benefits of having a doula. I heard it takes up to 3 times, on average, of applying/appealing in order to get reimbursement, so don't get discouraged.
I met Dr. Nadia of Cocoon Chiropractic at the Postpartum Support International Components of Care training. Her calming energy and passion around prenatal chiropractic care prompted me to ask for her details. As someone who spent the majority of her pregnancy in pain, I regret not seeking care for my screaming back and sciatic pain.
* Webster Technique explained
Fed is best. For those that want to breastfeed and need some assistance or support, there are amazing consultants to help you reach your goals. One such lactation consultant is Inna Henry, IBCLC, whom I met at the Postpartum Support International Components of Care training. I felt so lucky to be at the same table as her because she was accompanied by her newborn.
* IBCLC explained
I stopped reading when I had a baby, now I "read" via audiobook. A great way to gain access to free digital and audiobooks is through your local library.
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