Parenting Resources

Elizabeth Pantley

Advice, solutions, links and books about parenting. Raise children with love, compassion, respect, and consistency and learn to be a confident and joyful parent.

Mothering

Mothering celebrates the experience of parenthood as worthy of one’s best efforts and fosters awareness of the immense importance and value of parenthood and family life in the development of the full human potential.

The Compleat Mother

This great site has loads of information on pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding.

North American Industrial Hemp Council

Learn what hemp is all about.

Links Organic

Find international connections in the organic community.

The Diaper Lady

Information for new parents on cloth diapering, vaccines, SIDS, making your own baby food, and much more. Their goal is to help parents make informed decisions about their babies’ careĀ and to help children grow up in a chemical-free environment wherever possible. Stop by for a visit and you’ll see what I mean! Here is some specific information about SIDS prevention.This is information that is not provided in pediatrician’s offices and is left out of mainstream parenting magazines.

La Leche League International

The La Leche League International mission is: To help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.

007 Breasts – Woman’s breasts are for breastfeeding!

Discusses how media and society have influenced us to see female breasts as taboos and sexual symbols and how this relates to breastfeeding. Topics include breastmilk, breastfeeding, taboo breasts, why women fail to breastfeed, bras, breast pain, normal breasts gallery, topfreedom, and more.

The Bump

This site has a lot of information and support for those breastfeeding or just wanting to learn more about it.

KellyMom

This website was developed to provide evidence-based information on breastfeeding, sleep and parenting.

The Bradley Method

The American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth has a near 90% rate of their students with unmedicated births. Through 12-week courses, you learn proper nutrition and exercise to keep yourself healthy and low risk. You also gain the knowledge to eliminate most of the fear that women usually have when entering childbirth. Find and instructor in your area or learn more about what they advocate. If you live in the East TN area contact me for more information.

Lisa Ross Birth & Women’s Center

East Tennessee’s only free standing baby friendly birth center. They offer a wealth of services for women from annual well-visits to water births. They also offer educational services for expectant and new mothers. Their site offers valuable resources and information.

Knoxville Home Birth Service

Lisa Coomer, Certified Professional Midwife, provides prenatal, home birth and postpartum services to families who desire to have a gentle and natural birthing experience. Serving the Knoxville, TN, and surrounding areas.

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First midwife appointment

We had our first appointment at the Birthing Center this morning. This was definitely longer than a first doctor appointment. We met with our first midwife, Laura. She was very friendly and down to earth. I felt relaxed with her. I learned how to take my weight and check my urine when I come to all of my appointments. She took our history and asked a lot of questions. I always think getting your history and asking a lot of questions is important for everyone involved. We talked about our first birth experience, our wishes for this next birth, as well as our family history. Then we had a welcome packet that discussed different options as far as prenatal testing. We signed papers saying which tests we were declining and which we agreed to. She also gave us some homework for our next visit. I needed to write down my nutrition for three days as well as read through the handbook. I also needed to bring in my food supplements that I was taking, so they could look them over to make sure it met their standards.
We want a water birth, so we did agree to have a blood test to check for HIV so that the midwives feel comfortable in working with you. I then went with Laura to an exam room where I had a routine exam. My husband and daughter were called in later to hear the baby’s heartbeat. That was exciting.
Now I felt comfortable in telling the world. We heard the heartbeat, and it was all feeling more real to me now. We scheduled our next appointment. The birthing center has 5 midwives that I’ll be working with. I’ll have appointments with them all during the course of our care.