Seattle Area Resources for Expectant Parents, New Parents, and Babies
More: Prenatal Yoga, Photographers, Therapists, etc.
Childbirth Education (For a full discussion about options for birth education classes and how to choose the best one, etc., see Childbirth Classes 101.)
Doula Referrals (for a full discussion about doulas, see Doulas 101.)
· Birth Doulas:
o PALS Doulas – Seattle Area; www.pals-doulas.org/: (206)325-1419.
o www.doulamatch.net Search for doulas nationwide who are available for your due date, review training and qualifications, and compare doulas.
o Other nationwide resource lists.
· Postpartum Doulas:
o Northwest Association for Postpartum Support (NAPS) (206)956-1955. www.napsdoulas.com
o www.doulamatch.net Search for and compare doulas.
· The Great Starts Guide offers
1. Articles about options for birthplace, and why women might choose hospital, home birth or birth centers. Articles about care providers, and why women might choose doctors or midwives.
2. Charts comparing all the birth place options in Seattle, rating them on how closely they align with recommended maternity care practices.
· Information about local birthplaces: cesarean rates from 2006 (range from 23-40%)
· Birth Centers. Best Beginnings in Lynnwood, Cascade in Everett, Eastside Birth Center in Bellevue, Puget Sound Birth Center in Kirkland, Seattle Birth Center on Capital Hill, and Seattle Home Maternity in Columbia City.
Midwives and Doctors (see definition of a midwife at www.washingtonmidwives.org/midwife_define.shtml)
· Finding a Licensed Midwife for a Home Birth or Birth Center Birth www.washingtonmidwives.org/directory/index.shtml
· Hospitals with nurse-midwives: Group Health Central, UWMC, Swedish Ballard, Valley Medical, Evergreen.
· For listings of local nurse-midwives and licensed midwives, with comparisons of costs, policies, and intervention rates, see the Great Starts Guide.
· To find an OB/Gyn or a family practice doctor who offers maternity services, check out the website for the hospital of your choice. They all have “find a doctor” search tools.
· For reviews of local providers and birth places: www.thebirthsurvey.com
Breastfeeding Support / Lactation consultants (For information on how to breastfeed, see my breastfeeding home page.)
· Breastfeeding Hotline by Birth & Beyond. Get all your questions answered! Free. Pager: (206) 615-8078. They also offer clinic appointments and home visits.
· Breastfeeding hotlines by local hospitals, and national organizations.
· Breastfeeding 9-1-1. Drop-in groups for support with breastfeeding. Every Friday, 11 am – 12:30 pm at Birth and Beyond.
· Breastfeeding and Back to Work class. Learn about pumping, storing, re-heating, and making it all work. Can bring baby to class. Monthly at Birth & Beyond.
· Listings for lots of local resources: www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health/personal/breastfeeding/resources.aspx
· La Leche League Support Groups in King County
Several local community colleges offer parent education programs for parents and their children, from birth through age 5. Programs may include: mom and baby playtimes, toddler groups, and co-operative pre-schools. Generally a fairly low-cost opportunity for recreation, socializing, making new friends, art and music activities for kids, and learning parenting skills. Contact:
· Bellevue C.C. (425) 564-2365; www.bcc.ctc.edu/parent%2Ded/
· Shoreline C.C. (206) 546-4593. www.shoreline.edu/parentcoop.html
· Seattle Central (206)587-6906; Edmonds (425) 640-1665; Everett (425) 388-9300; Green River (425) 833-9111; Highline 878-3710 x3460 Renton Technical College, (425)235-2352.
· Family Help Line at Parent Trust: For parents who need support, information, referral to support groups and other resources. Parent support line open 9 am - 11 pm 1-800-932-HOPE (4673) or (206)233-0139. Resource database at www.parenttrust.org
· Children’s Hospital Resource Line, for basic health information: (206)526-2500
· Crisis Line: 24 hour phone support for any personal/family crisis. (206)461-3222
· Within Reach referral line: For information about public health services, free or low cost medical coverage, pregnancy testing, prenatal care, health care providers, WIC food and nutrition program, referral to lactation consultants, free or low cost immunizations, birth control information, smoking cessation programs, and resources for families of children with special needs. 1-800-322-2588, or www.withinreachwa.org
Resources for Low-Income Parents in Washington State: Note, some of these resources are available for people with incomes up to $47,000 a year.
Prenatal Yoga Classes in the Seattle Area. Many of these locations also offer mom and baby classes for after the birth.
Photographers specializing in Pregnancy, Birth, and Babies.
Therapists and Counselors specializing in pregnancy, birth, and new parents.
Videos you can check out at local libraries.
Parent Coaches and Consultants to help you problem-solve your challenges.
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