Postpartum doulas do whatever a mother needs to best enjoy and care for her new baby. A large part of their role is education. They share information about baby care with parents, as well as teach siblings and partners to “mother the mother.”
Kris Avery, RN, LCCE, FACCE
Full Moon Birthing
Northwest Association for Postpartum Support
The NAPS mission is to provide nurturing doula care for all mothers and families after birth. The NAPS Postpartum Doula Referral Line is an easy way to find a doula who meets your needs.
Melissa Bonghi, BA, IBCLC, RLC
La Leche League
An international nonprofit organization dedicated to providing education, information, support and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed. Monthly group meetings are held throughout Washington to discuss breastfeeding and related parenting topics.
Check the La Leche League of Washington State website for local meetings and contact numbers to reach a person for immediate breastfeeding help.
La Leche League International
La Leche League of Bainbridge Island meets at Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church, Valley Rd & Sunrise Dr.
Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 10 AM.
La Leche League of Poulsbo meets at Olympic Evangelical Free Church.
Meetings are held on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 10:00 AM.
La Leche League of Central Kitsap meets at the Assembly of God Church (downstairs social hall), 67500 State Hwy 303, Bremerton
Meetings are held on the 4th Wednesday of each month at noon.
Breast Friends- King County Breastfeeding Coalition
Website for breastfeeding support, education, and information.
Website featuring breastfeeding support and information.
MISCARRIAGE, STILLBORN & NEWBORN LOSS
Pregnancy Support of Puget Sound
Parent support for miscarriage, stillbirth, and newborn death. Also provides listing of support group meetings in Seattle and Tacoma area.
Center for Loss in Multiple Birth
Website providing parent-to-parent support for those who have experienced the death of one or more twins or multiple-birth children at any time from conception through birth, infancy, and early childhood.
First Candle/SIDS Alliance
A national nonprofit health organization that strives to advance infant health and survival, and increase public participation and support in the fight against infant mortality.
Healing Hearts Baby Loss Comfort
Healing Hearts offers resource and memorial pages and comfort support products for grieving families and friends.
The M.I.S.S. Foundation
Support and information for families who have experienced the loss of a baby or child.
Support for all who have suffered miscarriage and later child loss.
The Tears Foundation
A non-profit organization that seeks to compassionately assist bereaved parents with the financial expenses they face in making final arrangements for their beloved child following a neonatal loss.
Bainbridge Island Psychotherapy Guild
We publish an online listing of psychotherapists on Bainbridge Island with a brief biography on each and references to specialties and interests.
Also listed separately in the next section, Mental Health and Parenting Support Services, are therapists who specialize in perinatal and parenting young children issues.
Has a secure online portal for families called Smart Patients: https://www.smartpatients.com/postpartumprogress
PSI of Washington: Postpartum Support International of Washington
The mission of PSI of Washington is to overcome the effects of postpartum mood disorders through early identification and treatment and to ensure a healthy environment in which both mother and baby can thrive together. PSI of WA has three goals: to provide personal support to women with PPMD and their families, to educate the public concerning the nature and management of this disorder and to promote networking among related resources.
PSI: Postpartum Support International
Many women are not prepared for the wide range of emotions they may experience after the birth of a child. They often feel sadness, anger, anxiety, or a sense of inadequacy. Whether you think you are depressed or just want more information, Postpartum Support International (PSI) is here to help.
* Postpartum Support International offers chat with a expert for moms and a separate chat for dads:
The Online PPD Support Group
This website is a place for women who are experiencing mood disorders after giving birth or adopting a baby (or have had past experience with these issues), as well as their families and friends and health professionals with an interest in reproductive mental health.
Baby Blues Connection
Site providing resources and support to women and families experience perinatal and postpartum mood symptoms in Oregon and Southern Washington.
Best of the Web: Depression Resources
An online resource that compiles relevant websites into a single page for easy access and information. This page includes helpful resources pertaining to depression.
The Kristin Brooks Hope Center
Since the suicide of his wife in 1998, founder Reese Butler’s mission is to offer hope and option to live to those in the deepest emotional pain. Primary program is the National Hopeline Network, 1-800-SUICIDE, a national crisis hotline.
National Institute of Mental Health Women and Depression: Discovering Hope
A booklet that describes the symptoms, treatment and factors contributing to depression that are unique to women.
A Web site developed with the support of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to provide education about postpartum depression (PPD). This part of the site, Mothers and Others, contains information for women with PPD and their friends and families.
Postpartum Stress Center
Online community that offers self help resources and support groups.
Postpartum & Pregnancy Depression Message Board
Provides online video support groups for moms with pre or postpartum depression and/or anxiety. Groups are moderated by a licensed therapist: regrouptherapy.org.
TRAUMA & BIRTH STRESS
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder suffered as a result of a traumatic birth experience has only recently been recognized. This website offers comprehensive information and education on birth stress and trauma.
An organization based in the United Kingdom with the mission to raise awareness of birth trauma work to prevent it and support families in need.