Because it takes a village, and sometimes that village is not close

Below is my small attempt to create a village with some of my top recommendations for pregnancy, childbirth and the early days with your new baby or babies. Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links. If you make a purchase through an affiliate link I will earn a small commission (at no additional cost to you).

Midwives & Birthing Centers

NYC Midwives

NYC Midwives is a professional organization supporting both midwives and the practice of midwifery in New York City.

NY Homebirth Midwives

Find a homebirth midwife in NYC or NY State

Jazz Birthing Center

Jazz is the only free standing birthing center in Manhattan. It opened in the wake of an urgent need for low risk pregnant people to have an option of out of hospital birth due to Covid-19 and allows equitable access to a licensed quality and safe birth center. It intends to remain in Manhattan permanently has five newly renovated birthing suites, each with plenty of space to move around, a double bed, modern en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower, a refrigerator, family locker, and large portable water pool. The birth center includes a fully equipped triage area for admission, and a separate prenatal and postpartum clinic on the 3rd floor.

Bronx Birthing Center

The Birthing Place is a Center for Health, Wellness & Family, which will have three components: the Learning Center, the Wellness Center, and the Birth Center! (coming soon!)




Birthday Presence

Childbirth Education at Jacobi Hospital

1400 Pelham Pkwy #8, 3rd floor Bronx 10461


Childbirth Education at North Central Bronx Hospital

324 Kossuth Ave., Bronx 10467


Childbirth Connection

Choices in Childbirth

441 Lexington ave., 19th Floor, Manhattan 10017

(212) 983-4122


Laleche league

Check out the NY state La Leche League website for info about local groups.

Every 1st Tuesday 10:30-12 Virtual Support


Chocolate Milk Cafe

1st Fridays 5:30-7 Virtual Support

IBCLC (Spanish)- Ivy Torres

Education y Apoyo para la Lactancia Materna (Education and Support for Breastfeeding) - VIRTUAL last Wednesday of each month 8:00 PM 9:00 PM

Human Milk Bank

AAP statement on breastfeeding

CDC milk storage guidelines

Hand Expression


Text 833-boober-1 to get quickly matched to an expert, vetted, lactation professional.

Kelly Mom

General questions about lactation-- it's a great website for info (including a good page about prescription, OTC and herbal medications/supplements and lactation)  information about how to bottlefeed.

Attachment and latch by Global Health Media

Breast Pump Coverage Info

Infant Risk

Experts on the safety of medications while pregnant or lactating

Laid back nursing

Pumping and Returning to work

Boost the amount of milk you pump

How much Breast Milk does baby needs?

Hand Expression.

Co-sleeping from the Mother-Baby Sleep Lab at University of Notre Dame

Lamaze Healthy Birth Practices

1. Let labor start on its own.

2. Freedom of movement during labor.

3. Support during labor ( family member, friend or doula)

4. No Routine Interventions

5. Freedom of mobility during pushing

6. No separation between birthing parent and baby


Miranda Castro

Recomended Books


Mothering Magazine’s Having a Baby, Naturally (by Peggy O’Mara)

The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth (by Sheila Kitzinger)

Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn (by Peggy Simkin, Ann Keppler and Janet Whalley)

Thinking Woman’s Guide to Pregnancy and Birth (by Henci Goer)

Having Twins (by Elizabeth Noble)


Ina May Gaskin's Guide to Childbirth (by Ina May Gaskin)

Gentle Birth Choices (by Barbara Harper and Suzanne Arms)

Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering: A Doctor’s Guide to Natural Childbirth and Early Parenting Choices (by Sarah Buckley)

Baby & Parenting

The Baby Book (by William Sears, Martha Sears, Robert Sears, and James Sears)

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding (by La Leche League International)

Dr Jack Newman’s Guide to Breastfeeding (by Jack Newman & Teresa Pitman)

Sheperding a Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp

Dont Make me Count to Three by Ginger Plowman

Nourishing Traditions

Post Partum

The First 40 Days by Heng Ou ( recipes for postpartum healing)

The Fourth Trimester by Kimberly Ann Johnson

Favorite Subscriptions




Imperfect Foods


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Homebirth Christian Birth Doula NYC

Birth Doula

Nurturing support for expectant parents and their prefered birth choices through continuous holistic support during pregnancy, childbirth and parenthood.


Christian Spanish Homebirth birth doula breastfeeding lactation counselor childbirth educator

Meet Eva

Eva is a mom of three, DONA trained birth Doula and Certified Lactation Support Counselor located in the South Bronx, NY.


Christian breastfeeding Lactation Counselor Spanish New York


Professional breastfeeding support to help establish, maintain, and fascilitate the breastfeeding relationship.