Resource List- help!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Breastfeeding Support Groups
Child abuse protection agencies
Children’s Consignment Shops
Community Services and Programs
Doulas (Birth, Postpartum)
Early Intervention Programs for Babies with Special Needs
Family Doctors/ Pediatricians
Health Food Stores
Hospitals / Minor Emergency Services
New Mothers/Fathers/Parents groups
Parent’s Support groups
Perinatal loss support groups/bereaved families support groups
Photographers (Birth, Maternity, Newborn, Family)
Prenatal / Postpartum exercise classes
Support groups for parents of children with special needs
VBAC/CA support groups