Resources

Normal Pregnancy & Natural Childbirth

For Minnesota Birth Center Clients – Check out our Prenatal, Birth, & Postpartum Education Binder

Telehealth Resources

Preconception & Well-Woman Care

Books on Fertility, Preconception & Well-Woman Care:

Pregnancy Loss

Pregnancy

Culturally Specific Support for African-American Clients

In the United States, pregnant African-American mothers have higher rates of adverse pregnancy outcomes than the general population. This is largely believed to be due to current and historical racism and/or trauma. At the Minnesota Birth Center we have excellent outcomes for all of our clients. Part of our model is to strongly recommend doulas for all as doulas have been shown to improve outcomes. Some African-American mothers prefer to have a doula from their cultural group, so we have compiled the following list of experienced doulas to assist you.  Please contact them individually for their fee structures.

Latoya McPherson, CD(DONA) | (612) 367-6968 | birthbydivine@gmail.com

Mummie Al-Amin | (619) 781-7252

Nadine Ashby, Birth Doula | (612) 968-2471 | Nadine@Doula4All.com

Rhonda Fellows, CD(DONA) | rhonda@oilydoulamn.com

Rochelle Vincent | (952) 220-8149 | lotusbirthworks@gmail.com

Everyday Miracles is a Twin Cities organization that connects pregnant people with doulas and other resources. They try to match people with a doula of their own ethnicity/race if desired. Doulas are free for people on medical assistance. People with private assistance can also be matched with a doula, and costs vary. Please note that demand for this program is high – the earlier in your pregnancy you request a doula, the more likely you are to get one.  They also have prenatal yoga and childbirth education. Based in North Minneapolis.

Other Resources:
DIVA Moms (Dynamic Involved African-American Moms). Hosts a meet-up/drop-in group for pregnant African-Americans. Based in St. Paul.

Breastfeeding and Lactation

For a comprehensive list of lactation resources please visit our Lactation Services page. 

Childbirth and Parenting Education

Books on Childbirth

Finding a Doula

Books on Doulas:

Body Work, Exercise and Antenatal Positioning

VBAC and Caesarean Support

Books on VBAC and Caesarean:

  • Birthing Normally After a Caesarean or Two: A Guide for Pregnant Women Exploring Reasons and Practicalities for VBAC (Helene Vadebonocoeur). This title is print-on-demand and is available through Magers and Quinn Booksellers. Orders can be placed by phone referencing ISBN 9781906619206.
  • Cesarean Recovery (Chrissie Gallagher-Mundy)

Waterbirth

Products

Perinatal Mood Adjustment and Loss Resources

Midwifery Model of Care

Politics of Childbearing & Maternity Care