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Resources

Books

The Baby Book: "Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby From Birth to Age Two."

William Sears, M.D. and Martha Sears, R.N.
This has wonderfully practical, common sense information for parents both about what to expect, as well as ways to nurture the development of your baby. It speaks right to the real-life situation and is easy and fun to read besides. How I wish we had had this when our daughter was born!
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Parenting from the Inside Out

Daniel Siegel and Mary Hartzell
This is great for dealing with those situations where we, as parents, feel a charge – where we are uncomfortable, anxious, reactive, or feel tension. This book gives the scientific background for what is happening to us as parents (in very readable language), and it offers ways to approach those situations so that we can, in a relaxed way, change our behavior to reflect the best of what we want to give our children.
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Groups

Hand in Hand Parenting

This is a most amazing group. Our daughter and I were headed for disaster in our relationship when she was just 6 years old. Instead of the dreaded disaster, our relationship grew more and more positive. The teen years were relatively reasonable and now (she is 26 years old) we have a very good relationship. Hand in Hand Parenting teaches specific techniques for connecting with our babies and children; it is also a place where it is safe to unload frustrations and fears, freeing us to be more present to our infants and children — of all ages.
http://handinhandparenting.org

Mamapedia.com

This is a wonderful resource for parents. It has articles and a wonderful forum where parents share problems and solutions.
http://mamapedia.com

Preemie_L.org

This is a great non-profit foundation supporting families with children born six weeks or more before due date. They have a number of sections: a discussion forum, frequently asked questions and advice, medical and intern abbreviations, a list of selected resources, recommended booklist.
http://preemie-l.org

Yoga

Cynthea Denise, R.N., Yoga Instructor, and Instructor of Infant Communication and Massage

I recently met Cynthea and immediately knew I'd be happy to send people to her.  She is very present, thoughtful, and heart-full.  She has Mom & Baby Yoga classes at Namaste Yoga Studio and at Monkey Yoga Shala.  She includes Infant Massage instruction in these classes.  Even if you have taken an Infant Massage class from me, you will probably learn something new from her.  There is only so much you can learn at once; and she has different life experiences that inform her teaching.  Please let her know I referred you! Learn more at shaktimoon.com

Midwives

Noah Martens Singman

Web Site: anichemidwifery.com
E-Mail: info@anichemidwifery.com
Phone: (510) 684-4867

Doulas

Carolynn Melchert

Birth and Postpartum Doula
E-Mail: devidreams@earthlink.net
Phone: (510) 654-2384