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Resource List- help!

July 20, 2011

About four years ago I started the process of compiling a list of local resources for moms and families in my community.  About a year later, I started the process of becoming certified as a birth doula through DONA International and one of the requirements was to create a resource list for my community, so I expanded and updated the list once again.  The current list has many categories ranging from birth and postpartum doulas, childbirth educators, lactation consultants, chiropractors, parenting support groups, yoga and prenatal exercise classes, VBAC and Cesarean support groups, local baby speciality shops (cloth diapers, baby carriers, breast pumps and supplies, etc.), and is mostly focused on the Bloomington/Normal area. I have tried to keep the list up-to-date but now that it is over three years old- it may just need a major overhaul ;)  I would love for the list to include resources in Peoria, Champaign/Urbana, etc. as well since some of our readers and clients are in those areas.

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So, now is the part where I ask for your help :)  Do you provide a service to women, children and families in Central, IL? Do you know of great resources that should be on this list? Are there categories that you think should be represented (At the end of this post I will list all the categories that are currently on the list)?  Please- let us know!  I will be spending the next couple weeks contacting everyone that is on the existing list to make sure their info is current as well as looking to expand the list to meet the needs of the families in our area.  If you would like to speak with me personally about this- feel free to e-mail me at one.doula@gmail.com or call 309-319-6035.  Thanks!

Categories on the current list: (Many of these categories where those suggested by DONA)

Abused women shelter and support groups

Addiction services and support groups

Breastfeeding pump and equipment suppliers

 Baby Wearing

Breastfeeding Support Groups

Child abuse protection agencies

Childbirth Educators

Childcare Options 

Children’s Consignment Shops

Children’s Hospitals

Chiropractors

Cloth Diapering

Community Services and Programs

Cultural/Multicultural Resource

Doulas (Birth, Postpartum)

Early Intervention Programs for Babies with Special Needs

Family Doctors/ Pediatricians

Health Food Stores

Hospitals / Minor Emergency Services

Infant Massage

Lactation Consultants

Libraries

Massage Therapists

Maternity/Nursing Clothes

Midwives

New Mothers/Fathers/Parents groups

Obstetricians

Online Resources

Parent’s Support groups

Parenting Classes

Perinatal loss support groups/bereaved families support groups

Photographers (Birth, Maternity, Newborn, Family)

Play groups

Prenatal / Postpartum exercise classes

Support groups for parents of children with special needs

VBAC/CA support groups

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