Community: Local Support for Moms-to-Be
CLASSES & GROUPS
Golden Gate Mothers Group
The Golden Gate Mothers Group is a San Francisco-based mothers group that focuses on moms and all things motherhood. We are always looking for moms who would like to help, whether it’s for a specific event or on an ongoing basis. Contact the committee you’d like to volunteer on, or if you’re interested in officially joining our steering committee, contact our co-directors at email@example.com.
San Francisco Moms Group
San Francisco Moms Group provides support and community to stay-at-home moms, moms who work outside the home part-time, or moms who have a home-based business. Our support and activities are targeted and scheduled for moms who are home with their children part-time or full-time. Most of our activities are during the week.
Natural Resources SF
Community is not just a concept at Natural Resources, but the way we do business every day. Our business is built upon high standards of ethical practice, meaningful work, mindful living. We bring thoughtfully-chosen products and information-based education to parents and babies to positively influence community by supporting families.
The Day One team of highly regarded, compassionate professionals is at your service to help you learn about pregnancy and parenting in classes, workshops and one-on-one consultations covering everything from baby’s health to feeding, sleep and play—plus we have a 1,000-title lending library, the largest collection of quality pregnancy through infant care books and DVDs in Northern California.
Rachel Yellin teaches couples, women, groups, and private classes how to bring their babies into the world with conscious awareness. Yellin uses HypnoCentered Childbirth Education, a version of hypnosis based birth education along with the rich psychological, emotional, and spiritual teachings of Depth Hypnosis.
Mamas Resource Network
The Mamas Resource Network is a group of dedicated and highly skilled practitioners in the San Francisco Bay Area, who passionately support mothers, babies and their families through the joys and challenges of motherhood.
San Francisco Prenatal Yoga and Post Natal Yoga
We are committed to bringing the benefits of yoga to women and their babies with loving support from talented and knowledgeable teachers. Every teacher has a unique background and expertise – all are dedicated to the evolution of the body, mind and spirit before, during and after pregnancy. We’re here to support you and enhance your experience of childbearing through the practice of yoga.
Preggo Pilates was born when founder Stephanie Forster gave birth to her son in 2005. Determined to physically empower women in all stages of Mamahood, she developed a program that mirrors the essential needs of the pregnant, laboring and postnatal woman. The Preggo Pilates program focuses on strength, breath, flexibility, control, and hones a woman’s ability to let go. The result is a strengthened pelvic floor, a strong upper body, the ability to breathe deeply into a solid core that supports backs, babies, and posture while giving Mama an overall sense of well being.
Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga Classes at Yoga Garden
Our prenatal practice is active, challenging, safe and supportive, so that mother and baby benefit from postures without any strain. We guarantee that your pregnancy, birth, and recovery will be improved by a regular yoga practice at Yoga Garden SF.
Stroller Hikes is a 501-c-3 nonprofit educational organization created to make public baby-friendly outdoor fitness and education areas and opportunities in the San Francisco Bay Area. At StrollerHikes, you will find fully described outdoor locations including extensive photographs of hike attractions and trail conditions, information about exercising with babies including safety precautions and equipment advice, and other outdoor information. Free events occur every week!
Baby Boot Camp
Baby Boot Camp is an innovative stroller fitness program that helps moms regain or enhance pre-pregnancy fitness levels and meet the physical challenges of parenting by emphasizing strength training in a supportive environment.
Jane Austin Prenatal Yoga
Passionate about yoga and the transformative power of motherhood, Jane Austin specializes in working with prenatal and postnatal mamas. She is a mom herself and has been involved with the birthing community since 1990, working as a homebirth midwife, doula (labor assistant), and childbirth educator.
DOULAS & MIDWIVES
Power of Birth
Tara Brooke CD, PD (DTI) has been working with pregnant women since 2000. Her expertise include labor support, newborn care, and teaching childbirth education. She currently works exclusively in the San Francisco Bay Area as a labor assistant and a pregnancy and new parent consultant. Tara’s commitment and growth in the childbirth community flourished and organically grew into the creation of Power of Birth. Tara is also the co founder, of Doula Trainings International and the Vice President of the national organization the Alternative Mothers Group.
3 Daughters Doula
“Pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding are deeply intimate and wondrous experiences that I consider an honor and a privilege to share. I am always inspired and amazed by the power and beauty that new life carries, and the profound tenderness it evokes. Being a part of these experiences as a doula is a treasure.” Blythe Lee
Rites of Passage
Offering comprehensive home birth services in San Francisco, Rites of Passage provides respectful, family-centered care to women throughout their pregnancy, labor, and postpartum. Midwifery services includes comprehensive prenatal, home birth, and postpartum care, as well as breastfeeding support and nutritional counseling.
Kristen Cates is currently one of six certified nurse midwives practicing homebirth in the bay area. “My formative years as a practicing midwife took place at Sutter Davis Hospital in Davis, California, where I was fortunate to gain valuable experience in an environment that honors the birth process and evidence-based, low-intervention maternity care. I am overjoyed that my path has now come full circle to practicing homebirth in the Bay Area, where I have lived since 2000. In my years as a midwife, I have attended 465 births in all settings: hospital, free-standing birth center and home. I consistently feel honored by the trust which families place in me in this role.” Kristen Cates
Recommended Books by Kristen Cates, Certified Nurse Midwife
- Ina May Gaskin: Guide to Childbirth, Guide to Breastfeeding and
- Pam England: Birthing from Within
- Marie Mongan: Hypnobirthing: The Mongan Method
Women Giving Birth
- Robin Lim: After the Baby’s Birth: A Complete Guide for Postpartum Wellness
- Aviva Jill Romm: Natural Pregnancy, Natural Health After Birth
- Barbara Harper: Gentle Birth Choices Book with DVD
- Penny Simkin: The Birth Partner
- Janet Balaskas: Active Birth
- Jeanine Parvati Baker: Prenatal Yoga & Natural Childbirth
- Geeta Iyengar: Yoga: a Gem for Women
- Gurmukh: Bountiful Beautiful Blissful
- Daniel Siegel & Mary Hartzell: Parenting from the Inside Out
Acupressure for Morning Sickness
Stimulate the Pericardium 6 (PC-6) acupuncture point to decrease nausea and morning sickness.
1. PC-6 is on the inside of the arm, about 3 finger widths above the wrist crease, between the tendons. Use the fingers of the mom-to-be to find the right width.
2. Pressure is placed on the point firmly, usually until the mom-to-be feels some relief. It may be up to five minutes to feel the effects. Most women will repeat pressure on the point when necessary, either to both wrists, or just one.
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