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Wellness Resources Library

Midwives, Doulas & Birthing Coaches

Doula Match

Bay Area Midwives

Bay Area Homebirth Collective

California Midwives Association

Sacred Birth Place (in transition to Bay Area Midwifery AKA... BAM!)

East Bay Home Birth Midwifery

Pacifica Family Maternity Center

Birthing From Within Collective

Rites of Passage

Lora Hart, Doula, Midwife Apprentice, Placenta Encapsulation / 415-480-9299 /

Rachel Yellin, Birth Coach, Yoga & Mood Support / 415-383-8419 /

Susanna Napierala, Birth Midwife / 707-833-5086 /

Michelle Borok, Homebirth Midwife, Fertility & Insemination / 510-735-7830 /

Sara Flores, Preconception through Post Partum Midwife / 510-214-3996 /

Kelly Murphy, Birth Yourself Midwifery / 415-516-2770 /

Leopi Nicola / Midwife, Ortho-bionomy Practitioner / 510-717-5060 /

Judith Wares, Birth Doula / Ohana Circle / 415-990-1459 /

Francine Madrid, Birth & Postpartum Doula / 510-485-8790 /

Kathy Woo, Birth Doula, Hypnobirth Coach / 510-665-5694 /

Reise Tanner, Birth Doula, Birthing from Within Mentor / 415-264-1786 /

Abigail Reagan / Rebirth / 415-922-1221 /

Maria Iorillo / Wise Woman Childbirth Traditions / 415-285-9233 /

Gabrielle Cohen, Birth Doula / Prana Yama Mamma / 908-377-2856 /

Amber Dawn Hallet, Birth Doula / Moon Belly Doula / 206-940-8502 /

Britt Fohrman, Birth Doula /

Cynthea Denise, Postpartum Doula & Mama Coach /

Caitlin Sislin, Birth Doula / 

Patti Fordham, Birth & Postpartum Doula

Christina Ricchi CMT, CD , Birth Doula / Spiral Womb Wisdom / 415-717-4621 /

Physicians, Pediatricians & Family Therapy

Dr. Thomas Cowan / 415-334-1010 / 661 Chenery St, SF, CA 94131

Dr. Marcey Shapiro / 510-525-2200 / 1152-A Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706

Sage Pediatrics / Dr. Amy Maidenberg / 510-418-9331 / 4329 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611

East Bay Integrative Pediatrics / 510-520-7337 (Dr. Bernard-Pearl) / 510-984-6169 (Dr. Maidenberg) / 1152-A Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706 

GetzWell Pediatrics / Dr. Getzelman / 415-826-1701 / 1701 Church St, SF, CA 94131

Down To Earth Pediatrics / Dr. Perro / 415-451-4976 / 145 Bolinas Rd, Fairfax, CA 94930

Pediatric Alternatives / 415-380-8448 / 10 Thomas Dr, Mill Valley, CA 94941

Au Fertility / Mary Goyer M.S., Fertility Therapist / 415-306-3793 /

Matthew Cavanna / Living Bridges /

Early Parenthood Support / Dr. Jessica Michaelson, Psychologist & Early Parenthood Coach / 510-545-2147 / 4329 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611 /

Dr. Gina Hassan / Pregnancy and Transition into Motherhood Support, Postpartum Depression and Mindful Parenting Therapist / 510-644-1097 / East Bay Office: 1600 Shattuck Ave., Ste. 200, Berkeley, CA 94709 / San Francisco Office: 220 Montgomery St., Ste. 1800, SF, CA 94104

Dr. Linda Shanti McCabe / Psychotherapy & Expressive Arts for New Mama Support, Eating Dorders and Postpartum Depression (PPD) / 415-335-2596 /

More Mojo Chiropractic / Drs. Kristine Hicks & Colin Phipps / 415-821-6656 / 1347 Church Street, SF, CA 94114 /

Oakbay Chiropractic / Drs. Sidharth Verma and Mylo Magtato / 510-654-8547 / 494 Hawthorne Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

Dr. Julie Orman, D.C. / 510-654-2399 / 1 Rio Vista Ave, Oakland, CA 94611

Alternative Medicine

East Bay Acupuncture & Natural Medicine / Sean Michael Hall, L.Ac. / 510-457-8886 / / 2346 Stuart St., Berkeley, CA 94705

Daniela Freda, L.Ac.  / 415-335-0238 / / 543 Castro Street, SF, CA 94114

Linda Gruber, L.Ac. / 415-305-9889 / / 1404 Church Street, SF, 94131

Balanced Restored / Anne Cabrinha, M.S., L.Ac. / 415-381-8500 ext. 5 / 600 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941

Lotus Root Acupuncture / Pamela Zilvay, L.Ac. / 415-987-7668 / 360 A West Portal Ave., San Francisco, CA 94127 /

Marin Homeopathy / Deborah Landowne, C. Hom., CCH / 415-419-3522 /

Sherry Mosley, MOSM Int, CSP, RM / 415-758-2228 /

Nancy Burke, CST 510-236-1007 / / 237 25th Street, Richmond, Ca. 94804

Flora D.H. Ojanen, M.AmSAT /

Step Ahead Infant Development / Dafna Golan Carbone / 650.646.5506 /

Advanced Allergy Solutions 415-556-4700 / / 257 Oak Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Francine Madrid, Mayan Abdominal, Pre & Postpartum, Infant/Baby Massage / 510-485-8790 /

Patti Fordham, Prenatal & Postpartum Massage Therapy / 415-850-3246 /

Erica Straus, Healing Essence Massage

Christina Ricchi CMT, CD , Pre, Postnatal & Craniosacral Massage / Spiral Womb Wisdom / 415-717-4621 /

Breastfeeding / Lactation / Infant Formula

Bay Area Lactation Consultants & Post Partum Doulas

La Leche League - contact a local LLL leader to help with both support and information.

Bay Area Lactation Association

Mamas Latte Lactation / Adrienne Crawford RN, MPH, IBCLC / / 510-328-3646

Gabrielle Cohen / / 908-377-2856

Shannon Staloch LM, IBCLC / / 408-464-1441

Janaki Costelli BA, IBCLC, ICCE/ / 510-525-1155 / East Bay Lactation Associates

Some General Tips...

The Milky Way Movie (2014)

Galactogogue foods or herbs like fennel, quinoa, fenugreek, goat's rue, blessed thistle, and hops to name a few, are great to incorporate in diet or making tea blends with to increase milk supply.

Mamas can also try to nurse more often while at home to increase supply. It’s also been shown that mom’s who wear their babies in a carrier on their chest produce more milk. The baby’s neck is still developing strength in his/her muscles during the first few months, so be cautious about their neck position; they should lay horizontally with plenty of neck support while being close to the chest.

Here are a few more articles and resources...

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding Book & Online Toolkit by La Leche League International

Getting off to a good start

Low Milk Supply

Maximize Breast Milk Pumping - this link is directed more to mom’s of premature babies, but the information is sound and does help for any new mom planning to utilize pumping (especially if weaning at 1 year and wanting to continue getting this nourishing food into your baby‘s diets after that). Pumping techniques can differ depending on if you are multitasking, relaxing, or warm and comfortable when pumping, all those things can effect how much milk you can get while pumping.

Mobi Motherhood International

Making More Milk by Diana West, IBCLC and Lisa Marasco, M.A., IBCLC

Bay Area Herbalists

Herbalists will happily create a milk production tincture or steeping beverage recipe that’s right for you if you are of low milk supply and would like to increase that for your baby.

Lhasa Karnak (Berkeley) or Scarlet Sage (San Francisco)

Baby Bottles 

5 Phases BPA-free Shatter-proof glass baby bottles

Pura Stainless Steel BPA-free baby bottles

WeeGo BPA-free glass baby bottles

Green to Grow BPA-free baby bottles

What If You Can't Breastfeed?

It can feel like a huge problem if you find that you can't breastfeed your infant for any reason. While there are NO GOOD infant formulas on the market (all containing one if not more unsafe ingredients for your infant's development; like soy, free-glutamate/MSG or other excitotoxins, oxidized fats and proteins and so much more), what is a new mama faced with this challenge to do?

Here are some resources that can help your baby stay nourished and give him or her all of the nutrients for proper development in this critical time.

Sarah Pope's Video demonstration on making homemade infant formulas (Weston A. Price friendly)

Weston A. Price Foundation's FAQ on Infant Formula

Check in with your local Weston A. Price Chapter and see if there are any members out there in your area making and selling WAPF friendly formulas.

Also, don't forget to check into local breast milk banking/sharing. This is a growing resource for mama's who can not breastfeed. Because it's a newer way of supporting infants (extending on the idea of wet-nursing) who's mama's can not breastfeed them themselves, it's still not regulated quite so well. PLEASE TAKE CARE in sourcing breast milk for your infant. Since we now know there is a HUGE connection with a mother's health and diet and the quality of her breast milk, you will want to investigate these background factors in your search for the most nutrient-dense food for your baby.

Here are some ideas to think about:

  1. Ask your close friends first if they are breastfeeding or know someone who is that might be willing to donate to you. You may already know about her health and diet or be able to ask directly to ensure the quality is high.
  2. If no person directly close to you is available to donate breast milk to you and your infant, check with local lactation consultants, midwives, doulas, holistic pediatricians, and birth/baby related communities in your area. This is a bit broader approach, but you should still be able to connect with someone one-on-one and be able to find the information you are looking for from the donor on their health and dietary background in the process. Typically any practitioner involved in the birthing community is more than happy to help any new mama find the resources she's looking for!
  3. Lastly, you can do a broader search online for breast milk banks and try and find a breast milk exchange program that may serve your community. These may be anonymous however and less regulated, but I do believe they screen for major illnesses and diseases at the very least and this may still be a better option than feeding your infant a formula that is highly processed and manufactured. If this is an option that you go with, consider adding an infant/baby probiotic formula to your child's diet when feeding him or her this breast milk. This can help inhabit your baby's gut with good bacteria that can help digest this food and protect their immune systems. Klaire Labs Ther-biotic Infant Formula is one I love and highly recommend.   

General Birth & Parenting Resources

Giving Birth Naturally

Birth Into Being Birth Trainings / Elena Tonetti-Vladimirova

Birthing From Within / Pam England

Birthways (Berkeley, CA) / 510-869-2797

Bay Area Homebirth Collective (Bay Area, CA)

Bay Area Family Wellness (Bay Area, CA)

Natural Resources (SF, CA) / 415-550-2611

Day One Center (SF) 415-440-DAY1 / (WC) 925-933-DAY1 / (PA) 650-322-DAY1

Bun and Bundle (Bay Area, CA)

Sacred Birth Place (2800 Park Blvd., Oakland, CA) (in transition to Bay Area Midwifery AKA... BAM!)

WAPF healthy babies forum Yahoo group

Holistic Mom’s Network

Golden Gate Mother’s Group

Berkeley Parent’s Network

SF Birth and Baby Fair

Bay Area Birth Information (BABI)

Carmel Blue / 415-362-2583

Bloom Retreat Center / 925-939-6262

Meg Siddheshwari Sullivan / Help Your Baby Thrive / 510-653-9884

Additional Nutrition/Health Info & Recipes

The Nourished Kitchen – Nutrition and Recipes Blog

The Food Renegade – Nutrition and Recipes Blog

Cultures For Health – How to Videos / Order Starter Fermentation Cultures

The Nourishing Gourmet – Nutrition and Recipes Blog

Monica Corrado’s Simply Being Well – Educational Blog

Mark Sisson’s Primal Blueprint – Nutrition and Recipes Blog

Offal Good – Cooking with Organ Meats Recipes Blog

The Cheeseslave – Recipes Blog

Real Food Media – Nutrition and Recipes Blog

Dr. Joseph Mercola – Nutrition Information Newsletter and site

Environmental Working Group – Informational Research Newsletter and site

National Vaccine Information Center - Information Research Newsletter and site

Movies, Videos & Documentaries

Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin & The Farm Midwives (2013)

Birth As We Know It (2006, 74 mins + 3 hrs Bonus Features ), Elena Tonetti-Vladimirova  - WATCH TRAILER

Birth Into Being (1999, 25 minutes), Elena Tonetti-Vladimirova

Unbreaking Birth Lecture / Unbreaking Birth Panel Discussion 

MicroBirth (2014)

The Milky Way Movie (2014)

Life's Greatest Miracle (2001, 54 minutes), Nova / PBS

The Nine Months that Made You (BBC Horizon on YouTube)

Laboring Under An Illusion (2009, 50 minutes), Vicki Elson

Digestive Wellness: The Gut-Brain Connection (2010, 80 minute lecture) by Dr. Liz Lipski

Nourishing Our Children DVD (2010)

The Beginning of Life (2016) - available on Netflix

Is the Man Who is Tall Happy? (2013, 90 minutes), Michel Gondry interviewing Noam Chomsky

Healthy 4 Life, The Weston A. Price Foundation, Critique on USDA Guidelines

The Happy Movie (2011)  - available on Netflix (Happy)

Love Delivers / Sage Femme

Giving Birth Naturally

The Business of Being Born (2007) - available on Netflix

Where to Invade Next (2016)

Hungry For Change (2012) - available on Netflix

GMO OMG (2014)

Food, Inc. (2008) - available on Netflix

Food Matters (2008) - available on Netflix

The Future of Food (2004)

FED UP (2104) - available on Netflix

Farmageddon (2011) - available on Netflix

Journey Of The Universe (2011) - available on Netflix

I AM (2011) - available on Netflix

PBS - NATURE: What Plants Talk About (2013)

Mission Blue (2014) - available on Netflix

Requiem for the American Dream (2015) - available on Netflix

Books & Articles

Enjoy these great books and articles to inspire you in reaching optimal health and happiness for you and your family. Each of these have helped shape how I and MamaKai can serve you best!

Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon with Mary G. Enig, Ph.D

Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Weston A. Price, DDS

Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby and Childcare by Sally Fallon Morell with Dr. Thomas S. Cowan

Digestive Wellness for Children by Elizabeth Lipski, Ph.D, CCN

Primal Body, Primal Mind by Nora T. Gedgaudas, CNS, CNT

Nutrition In The Womb by David Barker MD

Guide to Childbirth / Guide to Breastfeeding  / Birth Matters / Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin

Birthing from Within by Pam England, CNM, MA & Rob Horowitz, Ph.D

Super Nutrition for Babies by Dr. Katherine Erlich and Kelly Genzlinger, C.N.C., C.M.T.A.

The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson

Know Your Fats by Mary G. Enig, Ph.D

Eat Fat, Lose Fat by Mary G. Enig, Ph.D and Sally Fallon

Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year by Susun S. Weed

Honoring Our Cycles by Katie Singer

The Nursing Mother’s Companion by Kathleen Huggins, R.N., M.S.

The Whole Soy Story by Kaayla T. Daniel, Ph.D, CCN

Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride

Birth and Breastfeeding and Primal Health by Michel Odent

The Fourfold Path to Healing by Dr. Thomas S. Cowan with Sally Fallon and Jaimen McMillan

Sacred Economics, The Ascent of Humanity and The More Beautiful World Your Heart Knows is Possible by Charles Eisenstein

Wild Fermentation and The Art of Fermentation by Sandor Ellic Katz

The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods by Michael T. Murray N. D.

Organic Body Care Recipes by Stephanie Tourles

Everything I Want to do is Illegal by Joel Salatin

Full Moon Feast by Jessica Prentice

Healing Our Children by Ramiel Nagel

Kitchen Literacy by Ann Vileisis

The Weston A. Price Foundation for Wise Traditions, Children’s Health, Pregnancy/Breastfeeding, Feeding Babies & Children

Sally Fallon with Mary G. Enig, Ph.D., Successful Breastfeeding… And Successful Alternatives

Joseph Mercola, No-Nonsense Guide to a Naturally Healthy Pregnancy and Baby

Clean (non-toxic) Living

Enjoy these great books and articles to inspire you in reaching optimal health and happiness for you and your family. Each of these have helped shape how I and MamaKai can serve you best!

Water Filtration

Air Purification

EMR (Electromagnetic Radiation) Shielding

Eat Raw Fermented Foods / Make @ Home with Kraut Source

Sprouting Nuts, Seeds, Grains, Legumes

Non-toxic Beauty and Home Care Products / Oral & Dental Care

Healing Clays / Baking Soda / Activated Charcoal

Essential Oils

Pre & Postnatal Yoga

Prenatal Yoga Center (online videos for home practice)

Britt Fohrman

Rachel Yellin

Cynthea Denise / Piedmont Yoga /

Jane Austin

Niroga Healing Center / 510-704-1330 / 1808 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94703

7th Heaven Yoga / 510-665-4300 / 2820 Seventh St, Berkeley, CA 94710

Berkeley Yoga Center / 510-843-8784 / 1250 Addison St, Studio 209, Berkeley, CA 94702 or 2121 Bonar Street, Studio C, Berkeley, CA 94702

Yoga Layam / 510-655-3664 / 1723 Alcatraz Ave, Berkeley, CA 94703

Yoga Tree (multiple locations, SF & East Bay)

The Mindful Body / 415-931-2639 / 2876 California St, SF, CA 94115

Namaste Yoga Namaste Grand Lake / (510) 832-YOGA (9642) / 3229 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland, 94610 Namaste Rockridge / (510) 547-YOGA (9642) / 5416 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

Introducing Solids

Super Nutrition for Babies by Dr. Katherine Erlich and Kelly Genzlinger, C.N.C., C.M.T.A.

Big Dipper Baby Food / Available through Good Eggs and Three Stone Hearth

Fresh Baby Bites

Healthy Start Bay Area