November 18, 2013

Further Information

Preferred Providers

It takes a village to grow a child. There is a strong network of professionals in this area who serve women during their pregnancies and postpartum.  I have personally vetted each of these providers and am pleased to work with any of them. If you are a provider and would like to be added to this list, please contact me so we can work together before I add you to my list.

Birth Doulas

  • Samantha Corsiglia:
  • Michelle Gunderson:
  • Fabienne Greenberg:
  • Amelia Protiva:
  • Deundra Hundon:
  • Darby Morris: (Spanish-speaking, Mandarin-speaking)

Postpartum Doulas

  • Michelle Gunderson:
  • Deundra Hundon:

Sibling Doulas

  • Niki Pritchard-Bell:

Postpartum Therapy and Support

  • Katy Lonergan, Ph.D., and Alexis Monnier, M.A. run a postpartum depression and anxiety support group:

Birth Photographers

  • Amelia Protiva:
  • Kelly Boitano:


  • Lance Dursi:


  • Kathryn Ryan:
  • Christy McKee:


  • Kyle Taketa at Westside Chiropractic (San Mateo):


  • Samantha Corsiglia:
  • Mari Exline:


  • Casey Wilke (Palo Alto):
  • Samantha Corsiglia (Pacifica and Half Moon Bay):

About Midwives

Midwives Alliance of North America
What is a Midwife?

Citizens for Midwifery
Frequently Asked Questions About Midwives and Midwifery

Cochrane Summaries (2013)
Midwife-led Continuity Models Versus Other Models of Care for Childbearing Women

California Families for Access to Midwives

California Association of Midwives

Licensed Midwives, The Medical Board of California

The North American Registry of Midwives



Midwives Alliance of North America
Homebirth Safety – Critical Appraisal of the Literature (2012)

Cochrane Summaries (2012)
Immersion in Water in Labour and Birth



International Lactation Consultant Association
What is an IBCLC?

International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners

Kelly Mom
How Can I Find Breastfeeding Help?


Plus-Size Health

Plus Size Birth
Information about pregnancy and birth for women of size

Plus Size Mommy Memoirs
Blog featuring the experiences of plus-sized mothers

The Well-Rounded Mama
Blog about plus-sized pregnancy and parenting

Size Friendly Connections
Facebook group to help connect women with size-friendly providers

The Shape of a Mother
A visual experience celebrating women’s postpartum bodies


Science-Based Care

Science and Sensibility
A Lamaze Research Blog About Pregnancy and Birth

Evidence-Based Birth
Making Research Available to Empower Informed Decision Making

Confirmation Bias
What is confirmation bias?

The Scientific Parent
The research behind our choices