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
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
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
The Next Place by Warren Hanson
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Perinatal loss therapist in Evanston
Joey Miller, therapist who specializes in pregnancy complications and loss
Wendy Stern and the Grief Support Network
Alison Lautz, psychologist in private practice