The Smart Mother's Guide to a better pregnancy

How to Minimize Risks, Avoid Complications, and Have a Healthy Baby

 

From conception to birth and beyond, this helpful guide teaches expectant mothers and fathers how to avoid preventable medical errors and have a successful childbirth experience.

 


The guide includes tips on how to investigate healthcare providers, what to insist on for a high-risk pregnancy, how to recognize and avoid labor-room problems, why “keepsake ultrasounds” are dangerous, how to cope with insurance companies that refuse procedures ordered by providers, and how to make a hospital accountable during admission.

This important resource will transform pregnant couples from passive patients into empowered consumers in the medical market and will increase their chances of bringing home healthy and happy babies.


What stands in the way between you and a healthy baby? Plenty, if you're not careful. The wrong doctor; hospital or un-diagnosed high risk condition could be a potential disaster that's why The Smart Mother's Guide to a Better Pregnancy was written

Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway gives you a check list and an action plan on how to recognize and eliminate red flags before they spin out of control. A healthy pregnancy doesn't just happen. It takes a smart mother who knows what to do.


Smart Mother's Guide Appendix

 

The Smart Mothers Guide Appendix

Links and Resources for Pregnant Moms and Families

 

Pregnancy and childbirth information, educational associations,

support groups, resources for moms with high-risk pregnancies,

postpartum depression, pregnancy loss and more.

 

Please note that these sites and URLs could change without warning.

Please contact us if you have a link to add or update.


Pregnancy and Childbirth Information


American Academy of Family Physicians
PO Box 11210, Shawnee Mission, KS 66207

(800) 274-2237
http://www.aafp.org
Information is offered on a range of topics from pregnancy, parenting, and immunizations to body piercing. A physician locator is also provided.

American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth

PO Box 5224, Sherman Oaks, CA 91413
(800) 4-A-BIRTH
http://www.bradleybirth.com
Find information about the Bradley Method of natural child- birth, including a directory of instructors around the world.

American Academy of Pediatrics
141 Northwest Point Boulevard, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 (847) 434-4000
http://www.aap.org
This web site has a parenting corner with information on child and infant care. Parents can browse an alphabetical list of topics or search by a child’s age.

American Association of Blood Banks
8101 Glenbrook Road, Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 907-6977
http://www.aabb.org
Contact this organization for information regarding accredited facilities that store umbilical cord blood.

American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
85 West Algonquin Road, #550, Arlington Heights, IL 60005 http://www.acaai.org
Find an allergist and information on allergy and asthma topics from A to Z. Information is also available in Spanish.

American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM)
8403 Colesville Road, #1550, Silver Spring, MD 20910
(240) 485-1800    Fax: (240) 485-1818
http://www.acnm.org
This excellent Web site for pregnant women and new moms covers topics such as midwives, doulas, childbirth classes, newborn care and parenting, and breastfeeding.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)

409 12th Street SW, PO Box 96920, Washington DC 20090 (202) 638-5577
http://www.acog.com
A special page for patients includes educational pamphlets on pregnancy issues in English and Spanish, health tips of the month, and a physician locator. Consumers may request pamphlet samples online.

American Dietetic Association
120 South Riverside Plaza, #2000, Chicago, IL 60606
(800) 877-1600
http://www.eatright.org
This very helpful Web site (especially for women with gestational diabetes) provides information on nutrition and locating a dietician.

Doulas of North America (DONA)

PO Box 662, Jasper, IN 47547
(888) 788-3662
http://www.dona.org
The Web site describes a doula’s role as an educator and advocate and how a doula can assist new parents gain confidence as they transition through the childbirth and postpartum experience.

Drugs and Lactation Database (LactMed) http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/htmlgen?LACT
An excellent breastfeeding link offers numerous resources for new moms in support of breastfeeding.

Environmental Protection Agency Fish Advisory Program
Office of Science and Technology
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC 20460 http://www.epa.gov/ost/fish
This Web site provides a free downloadable brochure for women of childbearing age on the harmful effects of mercury in fish and shellfish in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Portuguese, and Hmong languages.

Environmental Working Group
1436 U Street NW, #100, Washington DC 20009
(202) 667-6982
http://www.ewg.org
A wealth of consumer safety information is provided, including “Guide to Safer Kids’ Products,” “Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Veggies and Fruits,” and cosmetic safety information. The site also offers an excellent children’s personal product safety guide that helps parents find safer products with fewer ingredients linked to allergies, cancer, and other concerns.

Food and Nutrition Information Center–Pregnancy
5100 Paint Branch Parkway, HFS-555, College Park, MD 20740 (888) SAFEFOOD
http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/etext/000083.html
A very helpful “Consumer Corner” provides resources on cooking, recipes, and food storage and an excellent one-page shopping and meal planning information sheet.

Food Safety for Moms-to-Be

http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/
A free downloadable food safety brochure for pregnant women is offered in both English and Spanish. The site also offers helpful information on avoiding three specific foodborne risks (listeria, toxoplasma and methylmecury) that are harmful to pregnant women.

International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers (IAMAT)
417 Center Street, Lewiston, NY 14092
(716) 754-4883
http://www.iamat.org
This Web site advises travelers about health risks; geographical distributions of diseases; sanitary conditions of water, food, and milk of countries around the world; and countries’ immunization requirements. The organization maintains a network of global physicians who have agreed to treat its members. These physi- cians speak English and have had training in either North America or Europe.

Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations

One Renaissance Boulevard, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181 (630) 792-5000
http://www.jointcommission.org/
A consumer complaint form for hospitals and information regarding hospital ratings and evaluations are provided.

National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB)

2001 N. Beauregard Street, 12th Floor, Alexandria, VA 22311 (703) 837-4792 Fax: (703) 684-3247
http://www.hmhb.org
This very extensive, consumer-friendly Web site offers information on preconceptual planning, a “Just for Dads-to-Be” link, and interviews with experts on a range of topics including breastfeeding, cesarean sections, fatherhood, folic acid, new- born care and screening, parenting, prematurity, postpartum depression, safety, and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHTSA Headquarters
400 Seventh Street SW, Washington DC 20590

(868) 327-4236
http://www.nhtsa.gov
This Web site helps you locate a local child safety seat inspector (both English- and Spanish-speaking) and has a rating chart on the ease of use of different brands of child safety seats.

National Marrow Donor Program
3001 Broadway Street NE, #500, Minneapolis, MN 55413
(800) 627-7692
http://www.marrow.org
Assistance is offered for families in need of bone marrow or cord blood donors because of life-threatening illnesses,
including leukemia. Members of ethnic groups are especially needed to sign up as donors.

National Newborn Screening and Genetics Resource Center

1912 W. Anderson Lane, #210, Austin, TX 78757
(512) 454-6419
http://genes-r-us.uthscsa.edu
The Web site offers a free downloadable brochure entitled “Newborn Screening Tests: These Tests Could Save Your Baby’s Life.”

National Society of Genetic Counselors
233 Canterbury Drive, Wallingford, PA 19086
(610) 872-7608
http://www.nsgc.org
Find an excellent “frequently asked questions” section regarding genetic disorders, instructions on collecting a proper family history, and a resource link for patients to locate a local, credentialed genetic counselor in their community.

Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
3101 Park Center Drive, Alexandria, VA 22302

(703) 305-2746
http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/
Information is offered on state-funded programs that provide food and nutritional education for low-income pregnant women, postpartum women, and children up to age five.

U.S. Department of Labor
200 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington DC 20210

(866) 487-2365
http://www.dol.gov/esa
Comprehensive information (in both English and Spanish) is provided on wages and work hours (including family medical leave), workplace safety and health, retirement and disability benefits, job seeking, layoff resources, and training.

Childbirth Educational Associations
International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA)
PO Box 20048, Minneapolis, MN 55420
(952) 854-8660 Fax: (952) 854-8772
http://www.icea.org
This Web site offers a list of certified childbirth educators, doulas, and pregnancy fitness educators as well as a virtual bookstore with patient educational pamphlets.

Lamaze International
2025 M Street NW, #800, Washington DC 20036
(800) 368-4404 (202) 367-1128 Fax: (202) 367-2128
http://www.lamaze.org
This very comprehensive Web site offers extensive information on the labor experience with downloadable information sheets in English, Spanish, Russian, and Mandarin. It also offers a downloadable video called Look Inside a Lamaze Class Video, as well as tips for a healthy pregnancy and a free online newsletter.

Breastfeeding Organizations


La Leche League International (LLLI)
1400 N. Meacham Road, Schaumburg, IL 60173

(800) LA-LECHE    (847) 519-7730
http://www.lalecheleague.org
Find answers to frequently asked questions regarding breast- feeding, a mother-to-mother forum, online help regarding breastfeeding problems, podcasts, parenting topics, and more. Information is available in English, Spanish, Italian, and Russian.

Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition

254 Conant Road, Weston, MA 02493

http://www.massbfc.org
Find answers to common breastfeeding questions on topics such as making enough milk, latch problems, the use of pacifiers, and so on. The site also provides information on locating breast milk banks within the state of Massachusetts.

Support Groups for Multiple Pregnancies
Mothers of Supertwins (MOST)

PO Box 306, East Islip, NY 11730

(631) 859-1110
http://www.mostonline.org
Parenting booklets, birthweight calculators, premature infant information, and a family support forum are provided.

National Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs (NOMOTC)
PO Box 700860, Plymouth, MI 48170
(800) 243-2276    (248) 231-4480
http://www.nomotc.org
Information is offered about local clubs for expectant and current parents of multiple births, including club membership and a newsletter in both English and Spanish. The site also provides group support for parents with special-needs multiples.

Triplet Connection
PO Box 429, Spring City, UT 84662

(435) 851-1105    Fax: (435) 462-7466
http://www.tripletconnection.org
This Web site has parenting information about triplets and higher-order multiple births. Information packets for expectant and new parents are available for purchase in addition to specialized strollers.

Support Groups for Parents of Babies with Disabilities
March of Dimes
1275 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605

(914) 428-7100
http://www.marchofdimes.com
This is one of the most comprehensive Web sites regarding information on premature labor, birth defects, and babies with disabilities. Mom and baby podcasts, downloadable articles on pregnancy, and newborn information are provided in both English and Spanish.

National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC)

1370 Center Drive, #102, Atlanta, GA 30338
Toll Free: (800) 232-6372    (770) 604-9500
http://www.ndsccenter.org
This is an invaluable Web site for any parent or expectant parent of a Down syndrome child. It provides extensive free downloadable information that includes a new parents’ package,
facts about Down syndrome, language guidelines, advice for new parents, early-intervention resources, and in-depth resources.

National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS)
666 Broadway, New York, NY 10012

(800) 221-4602    (212) 460-9330
http://www.ndss.org
Information is offered about the organization’s e-mail and
toll-free help line, which serves 32,000 people per year. Information packets, brochures, resource lists, and fact sheets are available at little or no cost in both English and Spanish. The organization also provides Upbeat Magazine, which is written for and by people with Down syndrome.

 


Resources for Moms with High-Risk Pregnancies

Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Women’s Mental Health
http://www.womensmentalhealth.org
Information is provided on the treatment of mental illness dur- ing pregnancy, as well as information on psychiatric drugs used during pregnancy and breastfeeding. The site also offers free downloadable articles on major depression during conception and pregnancy; postpartum depression, with guidelines for patients and families; and a free electronic newsletter.


MedlinePlus–High-Risk Pregnancy

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/highriskpregnancy.html

This Web site provides extensive user-friendly information on common and uncommon high-risk pregnancy conditions with free downloadable articles and fact sheets. Some information is also available in Spanish.

National Diabetes Education Program/Small Steps http://www.ndep.nih./gov/
This Web site provides information (in English and Spanish) to help women with a history of gestational diabetes prevent or delay type 2 diabetes and help their children lower their risk. It also offers nutrition information and recipes and a free downloadable monthly magazine, Diabetes Forecast.

Preeclampsia Foundation

http://preeclampsia.org
This Web site provides information regarding support for patients or family members of patients affected by pre-eclampsia. It also describes the signs and symptoms of pre-eclampsia and pro- vides a list of frequently asked questions.


Sidelines–National High-Risk Pregnancy Support Network http://www.sidelines.org
Information is offered on support groups for women who are on bedrest because of high-risk complications. Answers to frequently asked questions are provided regarding high-risk conditions and coping mechanisms.

Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine
409 12th Street SW, Washington DC 20024

(202) 863-2476
http://www.smfm.org
A physician locator is provided to help you find a maternal-fetal medicine specialist in your community.

 


Support Group for Parents Who Have Experienced Pregnancy Loss

 

Compassionate Friends
http://www.compassionatefriends.org

An online support community is provided for people who have experienced the death of a child. A list of books and pamphlets on the grieving process is also provided.

 


Support Groups for Mothers with Postpartum Depression

 

Melanie Stokes Foundation
3437 S. King Drive, #349, Chicago, IL 60616
312-326-0894
www.msfinc.org
This Web site tells the tragic story of a woman who had postpartum psychosis. It offers definitions of “postpartum depression” and “postpartum psychosis”; describes risk factors, treatment, and family support; and explains the role of a partner. The foundation was developed to promote awareness and prevention of postpartum psychosis.

Postpartum Support International (PSI)
927 N. Kellogg Avenue, Santa Barbara, CA 93111 (805) 967-7636    Fax: (805) 967-0608
http://www.postpartum.net
Two downloadable brochures on postpartum depression (including tips for partners) are offered. The brochures include toll-free numbers for further assistance.