Compassionate Care Providers
Dr. Kelly Elmore (Military Provider in Obstetrics and Gynecology) 760-725-HELP
Dr. Nikolas Capetanakis. Cap Wellness Center
Dr. Damon Cobb. Damon Cob Gyn
Hospital Based Midwifery
The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) — BFHI is a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to encourage and recognize hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for lactation.
Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA) — CAPPA is a non-profit international organization that was founded in 1998 to offer the highest level of professional membership and training to childbirth educators, lactation educators, labor doulas, antepartum doulas and postpartum doulas.
Childbirth Connection — Childbirth Connection, formerly Maternity Center Association, is a not-for-profit organization that has worked to improve maternity care for mothers, babies and families since 1918. They promote safe, effective, and satisfying evidence-based maternity care.
The Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) — CIMS promotes a wellness model of maternity care through the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative. Download resources, including the brochure, “Having a Baby? 10 Questions to Ask.”
DONA International — DONA is the oldest, largest and most respected doula association in the world. DONA is an international, non-profit organization of doulas that strives to have every doula trained/educated to provide the highest quality and standards for birth and postpartum support.
Lamaze International — Lamaze International is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote, support and protect normal birth through education and advocacy.
Sidelines National Support Network — Sidelines is a non-profit organization providing international support for women and their familes experiencing complicated pregnancies and premature births.
Spinning Babies — Exercises, myofascial releases & insights and tips for comfort in pregnancy, progressing through labor and avoiding the common reasons for an unexpected cesarean due to “failure to progress.”
International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) — ILCA is the professional association for International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) and other health care professionals who care for breastfeeding families.
KellyMom.com — An internationally recognized website providing up-to-date breastfeeding and parenting information to professionals and parents.
La Leche League International (LLLI) — Since 1956, LLLI has provided education, information, support and encouragement to women who choose to breastfeed.
Dr. Ghaheri — Information on tongue tie, lip tie and breastfeeding medicine.
VBAC & Cesarean Awareness
ICAN — The International Cesarean Awareness Network, Inc. (ICAN) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve maternal-child health by preventing unnecessary cesareans through education, providing support for cesarean recovery, and promoting Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC).
VBAC.com — VBAC.com provides childbearing women and maternity care professionals access to evidence-based resources, educational materials, and support for VBAC and cesarean prevention.
theunnecesarean.com — A blog with a collection of big baby birth stories, as well as women’s accounts of their cesareans and VBACs (vaginal births after cesarean).
VBAC Facts — Get the Facts about VBAC - studies, analyses, and information.
CesareanRates.com — Find your hospitals cesarean rates.
Miscarriage, Stillbirth & Infant Loss Resources
Still Birthday — Really the ultimate resource regarding pregnancy loss for both parents and birth professionals. Still Birthday offers training and certification for bereavement doulas.
Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep — Provides photography services for stillbirth and infant loss.
Faces of Loss — A place to share your story and connect with others who have survived loss.
Compassionate Friends — An organization that provides in person support groups for bereaved parents.
Loss Doulas International — Certifies doulas to support during miscarriage or stillbirth and afterwards.
Mending Invisible Wings — A creative workbook for those working through pregnancy loss. Also recommended for birth professionals dealing with vicarious grief.
Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support — Offers support groups and resources for families surviving a loss.
The Miss Foundation — Counseling, advocacy, research and education for grieving families
Postpartum Telephone Counseling
Postpartum Health Alliance
A non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about perinatal mood and anxiety symptoms and disorders and providing support and treatment referrals to women and their families.
Warmling 619-254-0023 - knowledgable volunteers return message
Postpartum Support International - Postpartum Depression Stressline
Free and confidential telephone support and referral to medical providers and support groups for women experiencing postpartum blues, depression, and anxiety. Call and leave a message and they will return your call within 24 hours. Provides services only in English.
9 AM – 9 PM seven days a week.
Resources for Postpartum Emergencies
The San Diego Access and Crisis Line
The toll-free call is available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline
The Hope Line