Getting connected to resources is an essential part of postpartum planning.

What is available in your community? What is covered by your insurance? What is available that you would need to pay out of pocket? What is free? What is on-line?

Write down phone numbers + email addresses.

Plan for what you want, prepare for the unexpected.

Create a big circle of support to hold you.

Build Your Nest postpartum planning workbook

My offerings

*free* Meal Tree Guide will help you easily create an abundant Meal Tree which is a sign up schedule for friends and family to bring meals to a family of a newborn.

*free* Glossary of Postpartum Terms is an excerpt of the Build Your Nest workbook.  It is 67 terms for mother-baby wellness useful for mothers and the professionals that support them.  

On Line Resources

  • Postpartum Support International is dedicated to helping women suffering from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, including postpartum depression, the most common complication of childbirth.  They offer lots of free support.psioffice@postpartum.net or 1-800-944-4PPD.
  • La Leche League International is a wonderful site in a many languages.  La Leche League offers free breastfeeding information and support through monthly meetings and on call support.
  • KellyMom.com Great site on evidenced based breast feeding and parenting.
  • Human Milk 4 Human Babies HM4HB is an informed milk sharing network.
  • Hilary Jacobson CH.HU.SI. is author of the book Mother Food: A breastfeeding diet guide with lactogenic foods and herbs and Healing Breastfeeding Grief.  She offers one-on-one holistic breastfeeding consultations on Skype or phone on a sliding scale. 
  • Mothering.com pregnancy, babies, natural family living and more
  • ICAN (International Cesarean Awareness Network) 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).
  • Homebirth Cesarean International provide support and awareness around planned out-of-hospital births that end in cesareans, referred to as Homebirth Cesareans (HBC).
  • International Center for Traditional Childbearing  (ICTC) is a non-profit infant mortality prevention, breastfeeding support, and doula and midwife training organization, comprised of women and men who want to improve birth outcomes and provide training opportunities in their communities. A culturally competent organization, culturally specific to the African Diaspora.
  • Take Them a Meal is my favorite meal delivery organizing site because it does not require friends and family to create their own account -its easy!
  • Brief Encounters offers support for bereaved parents for pregnancy and infant loss.  Call (503) 699-8006, Spanish line (503) 972-3376  For support groups in Portland see their calendar.

Astoria, Oregon | Clatsop County + Tillamook County

  • Laura Brown BSN, RNC, IBCLC and Kelsey Betts RNC, IBCLC offer lactation support at Columbia Memorial Hospital, all mothers are welcome (503) 791-9140
  • Providence Seaside Hospital, must be a Providence patient (503) 717-7530
  • Clatsop County Health Department, Trina Robinson RN, IBCLC  lactation consultant and offers breastfeeding classes for all WIC participants (503) 325-8500
  • Pacific County Health Department, WIC Peer Breastfeeding counselor, Tessa Clements (360) 642-9394, Shelley Carter, BSN, RN  lactation consultant (360) 642-9349 ext.6
  • La Leche League of Astoria offers a monthly meeting for breast-feeding mothers. Questions about breastfeeding please call or text Janet Wiedman at (503) 741-0345 or on evenings and weekends call (503) 325-1306 read blog interview
  • North Star Doula Service  Is a doula agency which offers birth doula services at Columbia Memorial Hospital. Doulas include Rebeckah Orton, Faith Barrington, and Libby Silva.
  • Sue Skinner, CNM, Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, Lactation Consultant.  Specializing in supporting attachment parenting and well-baby, child, and prenatal, postpartum, and well-woman care. (503) 325-9131  Lower Columbia Clinic, 595 18th St, Astoria
  • Dr. Carolyn Nygaard, of Astoria Integrative Family Medicine, is a board-certified, licensed naturopathic physician and midwife who practices family medicine.  503-729-1711  1490 commercial st suite 200  Astoria
  • Allie Tanzer Evans is a Naturopathic Physician and birth doula.  She has completed a midwifery internship with a naturopathic obstetrician. moonseed9@hotmail.com  Astoria
  • Jennifer Childress, offers homebirth midwifery services and breastfeeding support (503) 368-5886 midwife@nehalemtel.net.  Nehalem
  • Kristen Downer, based in Portland, offers homebirth midwifery services and childbirth education classes. 512-552-2943
  • Elisabeth Pietila offers birth doula services including VBAC and Cesarean, breastfeeding support, postpartum family support, and birth tub rentals. (503) 791-9624
  • Lotus Counseling and Birth Services    Lauren (Lizana) Mengadot provides perinatal counseling and support for individuals and couples. This includes addressing perinatal mood disorders, parental-infant attachment, parenting and relationship concerns and grief and loss. Groups are also available, including a free drop-in support group for women. Lauren also is a birth doula.  read blog interview  Astoria
  • Libby Silva; birth doula, student-midwife at Midwives College of Utah, and apprentice at Birthdance Midwifery elizabeth.silva@live.com 208-965-5094. Astoria
  • Lee Knott is a birth, postpartum and bereavement doula, offering placenta encapsulation and breastfeeding support. She is an herbalist and nutritive healer specializing in the childbearing year and whole family support, and offers placenta encapsulation. She is located on the Long Beach Peninsula and serves families from the Peninsula to Warrenton. Leerebeccaknott@gmail.com 206 3835433
  • Watershed Wellness offers Chinese Medicine (acupuncture and herbs), massage, pregnancy massage, yoga and pilates.
  • Prana Wellness Center  Leigh Oviatt, Licensed Massage Therapist, prenatal and postpartum massage.  Hilary Simila, Licensed Acupuncturist, works with women throughout pregnancy and does labor induction.  Eryn Boone, Reiki Practitioner, works with women during pregnancy, birth and postpartum.  Plus a float tank! Astoria
  • Jamie (Ehrke) Taylor LMT Longevity Massage offers prenatal and postnatal massage, abdominal massage, Infant Massage, and Cranio Sacral Therapy.   Manzanita
  • Oregon Coast Placenta, Desiree Vance specializes in placenta encapsulation, Placenta salve, tincture and specialty salves on the Oregon coast and greater Portland areas. (503) 812-5715
  • Lynn Potter, Licensed Acupuncturist   Assistance with breech presentation and postpartum pain.    (503) 717-9811  lp3treasures@gmail.com  Gearhart
  • Theodosia Woods DC of Pacific Way Wellness Center.  Chiropractic, Massage, Craniosacral, and Natural and Physical Therapies. Gearhart
  • Deborah Shelton L.Ac. of Jade River Acupuncture jraclinic@gmail.com (503) 325-7401.  Warrenton
  • Jennifer Visser at Healthy Hub Massage & Wellness is a health coach and massage therapist offering prenatal and postpartum massage.  Seaside
  • Tiffany Nguyen, PT, DPT  Pelvic Health Specialist (CAPP), is a physical therapist who specializes in women’s health.  She also offers a quarterly class on prenatal exercise through the hospital.  Columbia Memorial Hospital (503) 338-7555 tiffany_nguyen@columbiamemorial.org. Astoria
  • Jessica Rainey, LMT, prenatal massage, deep therapeutic massage, Aroma Touch Therapy, and reflexology. 503.739.3524 jjgoldfinger@yahoo.com Seaside
  • Isa Haverlan, LMT, prenatal massage, deep tissue, Swedish, reiki, and hot stones. 503.325.3887
  • Mom’s Club is a support group designed just for you, the at-home mother/part-time worker/full-time mom in and around the Astoria area! Play dates and much more!
  • Safe Kids North Coast offers carseat checks and is led by Medix Ambulance, which provides dedicated and caring staff, operation support and other resources to assist in achieving our common goal: keeping your kids safe. Based on the needs of the community, this coalition implements evidence-based programs, such as car-seat checkups, safety workshops and sports clinics, that help parents and caregivers prevent childhood injuries.
  • Astoria Area Mamas facebook group

Portland, Oregon

  • Baby Blues  a peer-to-peer support service for postpartum depression based in the Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington areas.  FREE 24/7 Message Line and get support via phone: 1-800-557-8375
  • Carol Gray CST, LMT, RPYT specializes in Craniosacral Therapy (CST) for infants, children and mothers.  1306 NW Hoyt St. #306, Portland, OR 97209
  • Tami Kent, MSPT offers Holistic Pelvic Care, with specialized postpartum treatments designed to help heal physical, energetic, and emotional affects of birthing.  Author of Wild Feminine and Mothering from Your Center. 2325 East Burnside Street, Suite 200, Portland, OR 97214  (503) 232-0547
  •  Melissa Cole, IBCLC, RLC Board-Certified Lactation Consultant, Oral Motor Professional, Herbalist, Wellness Clinician.  Owner and Clinician at Luna Lactation and Wellness.  Specializing in comprehensive support for all phases of lactation and beyond.  1906 NW 25th Ave Unit 10, Portland, OR 97210 360-830-MILK(6455)       read blog interview
  • Bobby Ghaheri, MD, Otolaryngologist, addresses tongue tie, tongue tie and breast feeding, and uses and in-office laser treatment for assisting babies to latch.  (503) 488-2626  1111 NE 99th Ave #101, Portland, OR 97220
  • Silke Akerson, CPM LDM Midwife and Herbalist of Two Rivers Midwifery offers home birth midwifery services and herbal consultations.
  • Rebecca Harrison, licensed massage therapist and certified Alexander technique teacher.  Connecting with your baby, your body, whole self and baby prenatally.  Post-natal uterine unwinding, reintegration.  503-240-3997 harrisonbodywork@yahoo.com
  • Christy Hall, Full Spectrum Doula and Childbirth Educator
    Facilitating informed, supported and authentic experiences for pregnant people and their loved ones in and around Portland, Oregon.  (503) 688-8545
  • Julia Schetky Certified Birth, Postpartum & Bereavement Doula, Multiples & High Risk Pregnancy Specialist, Placenta Encapsulator, Director of the Vancouver Doula Circle, Owner of Northwest Birth Services LLC, and Chair of Do It All Doulas. 360.448.5758 northwestbirthservices@gmail.com.   read blog interview
  • Sejal Fichadia, Kindred Mother Care, Postpartum doula and lactation services.  (503) 705-4852 sejal@kindredmothercare.com  read blog interview
  • Mississippi Health Center  Beth Yohalem-Ilsley, licensed acupuncturist and Justin Yohalem Ilsley, Primary Care Physician Naturopath, licensed acupuncturist.  Beth specializes in postpartum care, pelvic pain, birth recovery, infant and child craniosacral therapy and shonishin.  Justin treats the whole family and is a primary care physician, special attention to Dads.  (503) 282-5358
  • Dr. Susan Allen, Naturopathic Primary Care Family Physician,  Certificates in Obstetrics/Women’s Health/Pediatrics and Homeopathy.  Treating the whole family from birth to old age with special expertise in preventive care, hormone imbalances, musculoskeletal injuries, chronic and acute disease care.  Same day urgent care available for established patients. Triangolo Family Clinic, 2601 NE Glisan Street, Portland OR 97232  (503) 232-1948
  • Brooke Noli, MFT, PWC, CD, counseling for individuals and couples during the childbearing year and for tender postpartum transitions.  Offers a free 20 minute initial consult.
  • Amanda Holden, MA, CADC-I,  offers counseling during pregnancy and postpartum, as well as general counseling.
  • Birthingway Breastfeeding Center provides affordable, quality care to support you and your baby in creating and maintaining a healthy and satisfying breastfeeding experience! Services are available to all mothers in the Portland Metro Area, regardless of ability to pay. Call 503-762-1632
  • Full Belly Farehandcrafted meals delivered to your door. Home style, local, mostly organic: brunch, lunch, and dinners. A great option for out of town or busy friends and family, with many special diet friendly options! You order exactly what you want, and when. Gift cards available. Prices similar to eating out, but with more customizable options.  Delivery is free.