Our Community Partners

A trusted referral network between Amala and Chicago's holistic birth community

Catherine Lewan, Amala Faculty member and women's health physical therapy. Chicago Physical Therapists, Chicago, IL

Beyond the Baby Blues, support groups for prenatal and postnatal anxiety and depression. Terri Drews & Kay Warren, LCSW, Amala Faculty Members. Evanston, IL.

NorthShore Associates in OB/GYN. Certified Nurse Midwives Debi Lesnick, Gaye Koconis, Jennifer Jaume, Sarah Sumagin. Wilmette, IL.

Pulling Down the Moon Holistic Fertility Centers, co-founded by Amala Faculty members Tami Quinn and Beth Heller. Centers located in Chicagoland and nationally.

Chicago Volunteer Doulas, providing reduced rate doula services and birth equity programming in Chicagoland. Nicole Miles, Certified Doula and Lactation educator, Amala Faculty member.

Third Coast Birth Doula Services and Childbirth Education, Shawna Mertens, co-founder and Amala Faculty member and Margarita Valbuena. Chicago, IL


Additional Local and National Resources


312 Doulas, Heather McCullough, Certified Professional Midwife and Doula, Amala graduate, Chicago, IL.

American College of Nurse-Midwives - Learn about local midwifery options for hospital and home births.

Birthing from Within - Childbirth education, helpful books and support for women who want to view birth as a rite of passage.

Birthways - Chicago-based doula-finding service and childbirth resource center.

BOLD Birth - Yoga Nidra and childbirth education.

Bradley Method - Husband-coached childbirth education.

Chicago Volunteer Doulas -  Volunteer doula community of Chicago- especially helpful for low-income families.

Chiropractic 1st, Dr. Meggie Smith, Evanston, IL

DONA International - Doulas of North America, search database, doula education courses.

Hope Heals - Association for Pelvic Organ Prolapse Support

Hypno Birthing - Use of basic hypnosis for natural childbirth preparation.

International Birth and Wellness Project -  Childbirth education and doula training.

Mother Me Inc. - Doula services and childbirth education, Rita DiRito-Surgal.

Postpartum Support International - Promoting awareness, prevention and treatment of mental health issues related to childbearing in every country worldwide.

Sweet Pea’s Studio - Chicago-based childbirth education and prenatal resource center, Jennifer Baron Fishman.

Solace for Mothers - Postpartum healing after trauma during childbirth.

Perinatal Loss and Grief Resources


Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief, Joanne Cacciatore, PhD

Companioning at a Time of Perinatal Loss: A Guide for Nurses, Physicians, Social Workers, Chaplains and Other Bedside Caregivers. Jane Heustis RN and Marcia Meyer Jenkins RN

 Empty Cradle, Broken Heart: Surviving the Death of Your Baby, Deborah L. Davis

  Grieving the Child I Never Knew: A Devotional for Comfort in the Loss of Your Unborn or Newly Born Child. Kathe Wunnenberg

Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations For Working Through Grief, Martha Whitmore Hickman  

It's OK That You're Not OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn't Understand, Megan Devine 

Loved Baby: 31 Devotions Helping You Grieve and Cherish Your Child after Pregnancy Loss, Sarah Philpott

Pregnancy After a Loss: A Guide to Pregnancy After a Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Infant Death, Carol Cirulli Lanham

The Pregnancy and Postpartum Anxiety Workbook: Practical Skills to Help You Overcome Anxiety, Worry, Panic Attacks, Obsessions, and Compulsions (A New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook), Pamela S. Wiegartz

Facets of Grief: A Creative Workbook for Grieving Mothers by Franchesca Cox

Return to Zero: H.O.P.E.

Children’s Books
City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems  (Author), Jon J. Muth  (Illustrator)

The Next Place by Warren Hanson

Online Resources

On-line support for multiple birth loss:

Healing from Childbirth Trauma

Still Birthday

Facebook Groups

Pregnancy After Miscarriage, Stillbirth & Infant Loss

Miscarriage, Stillbirth & Infant Loss

Pregnancy After A Loss

PALS- Pregnancy After Loss Support Group

Pregnancy After Loss Healing

Chicagoland Grief, Loss and Perinatal Mood Disorder Specialists

Retreats for families

Beyond the Baby Blues Perinatal Loss groups in Evanston.

Pulling Down the Moon holistic fertility and wellness centers

Perinatal Family Support Center at Evanston Hospital

Nancy Meilner Young- 773-558-5355 or nmyounglcsw@gmail.com. Perinatal loss therapist in Evanston

Joey Miller, therapist who specializes in pregnancy complications and loss

Wendy Stern and the Grief Support Network

Star Legacy Foundation (they now have a Chicago Chapter) and work with a women's professional health clinical group of counselors that have experience in perinatal loss, trauma, etc.  

Alison Lautz, psychologist in private practice