Locate Health Care Providers
One of the first steps after deciding to continue a pregnancy is finding a healthcare provider who can support you to have a healthy pregnancy, with timely and appropriate prenatal care and throughout your chosen birthing method. Below is a list of resources to help you locate a healthcare provider and learn more about your birthing options.
AABC is an organization dedicated to pregnancy, birth, labor and delivery, and other healthcare and reproductive issues. Their website provides a description of birth centers and a guide to finding one near you.
The American College of NurseŚMidwives is a professional organization for certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs). Their website provides more information about midwifery care and how to find a midwife in your area.
This is a professional society for obstetricians and gynecologists, which are doctors who specialize in female reproductive health and delivering babies. Their website offers a listing of doctors by area.
Ancient Song Doula Services is a Brooklyn-based organization offering full spectrum labor and postpartum doula services with a focus on low income individuals, women of color, and immigrant populations. All services are free and/or low cost and referrals are made through providers or can be self-made through their website. ASDS serves Brooklyn, Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, and Long Island. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Choices in Childbirth is a non-profit dedicated to providing expectant parents with information and resources to help them choose and plan the birth experience they want. Their website provides information about how to choose a healthcare provider and birth method, and focuses on a mother-friendly approach to healthcare.
Childbirth Connection is a national not-for-profit organization that uses research, education and advocacy to improve maternity care. Their website provides information and resources on planning for pregnancy, labor and birth, and the postpartum period.
Doulas are trained and experienced professionals who provide continuous emotional, physical, and educational support during and after childbirth, including methods for relaxation during labor and help with breastfeeding. Doulas do not deliver babies, so you will still need to choose a provider who does, but they can help make the birth experience more comfortable. This website offers a listing of providers by area.
The NYC-based Doula Project provides volunteer birth doula support to pregnant clients reached through partnerships with the midwifery group of a public hospital and with local support and service organizations. The Doula Project also provides birth doula support at no cost on a case-by-case basis to low-income clients who will give birth in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx, or southern Westchester. These clients may be referred by a provider or agency, but most are self-referred via the Doula Project website. Individuals can contact email@example.com for further details on The Doula Project.
MedlinePlus provides health information from the worldĺs largest medical library, the National Library of Medicine. Their website on pregnancy provides links to a wealth of informative resources including reports on everything from nutrition to teen pregnancy to financial issues.