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 is a professional organization supporting both midwives and the practice of midwifery in New York City.
Find a homebirth midwife in NYC or NY State
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.
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!)
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
441 Lexington ave., 19th Floor, Manhattan 10017
Check out the NY state La Leche League website for info about local groups.
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
Text 833-boober-1 to get quickly matched to an expert, vetted, lactation professional.
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.
Cesarean Birth & VBAC Facts