Mission Statement

Cincinnati Area Doula Society is an organization of Doulas and Childbirth Educators that serves to promote and support the work of independent birth professionals in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky areas.

Our purpose is to promote awareness and education regarding options for pregnancy, labor, delivery and postpartum for families; to provide and encourage networking, cooperation and furthering education opportunities for the birth professional community; and to promote the use of and access to Doulas and independent Childbirth Educators to the general public.


Local Resources

Birth Organizations
Ohio Families for Safe Birth: safebirthohio.org
Birth & Beyond: www.birthnbeyond.org

Lactation Assistance
La Leche League: www.lllohio.org/groups/cincinnati.html  / 513.357.MILK
Bethesda North Lactation Consultants: http://www.trihealth.com/whe/mat/mat_basicsBreastfeeding.aspx  /  513.862.PUMP

Support Groups
Homebirth Circle (Yahoo Group): cincinnatihomebirth-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
Attachment Parenting (Yahoo Group): cincinnatiattachedparents-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
International Caesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) (Yahoo Group): ICANCincinnati-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
A Lighter Shade of Blue (PPD Support): www.alightershadeofblue.com  / 513.225.7284  /  24 Hour Hotline: 513.931.WARM

Online Resources

Spinning Babies for Optimal Fetal Positioning: www.spinningbabies.com
Mothering Magazine and Discussion Forums: www.mothering.com
Solace for Mothers: Birth trauma support: www.solaceformothers.org
Dr Sears Parenting and Pregnancy: www.askdrsears.com
Kelly Mom: Breastfeeding and Parenting: www.kellymom.com
Brewer Diet for a Healthy Pregnancy: www.blueribbonbaby.org


Pregnancy and Birth
The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth – Sheila Kitzinger
Gentle Birth Choices – Barbara Harper
The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth – Henci Goer
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth – Ina May Gaskin
Spiritual Midwifery – Ina May Gaskin
The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions – Penny Simkin
Birthing from Within: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation – Pam England
Maternal Fitness: Preparing for a Healthy Pregnancy, an Easier Labor, and a Quick Recovery – Julie Tupler

The Nursing Mother’s Companion: Revised Edition – Kathleen Huggins
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding: Seventh Revised Edition (La Leche League International Book) – La Leche League International

Parenting/Infant Care
Good Nights: The Happy Parents’ Guide to the Family Bed (and a Peaceful Night’s Sleep!) – Maria Goodavage & Jay Gordon
Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason – Alfie Kohn
The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child (Sears Parenting Library) – Robert Sears, MD
The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two – William Sears, MD
The Vital Touch: How Intimate Contact With Your Baby Leads To Happier, Healthier Development – Sharon Heller

Special Topics
The VBAC Companion: The Expectant Mother’s Guide to Vaginal Birth After Cesarean – Diana Korte
Silent Knife: Cesarean Prevention and Vaginal Birth after Cesarean (VBAC) – Nancy Wainer Cohen
Having Twins And More: A Parent’s Guide to Multiple Pregnancy, Birth, and Early Childhood – Elizabeth Noble