Resources & Referrals

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Dr. Julie Von + Jen Gnisci (W’Burg + Soho)

Stephanie Propper (house calls)

Jill Cherland (Soho)

Qi Li Acupuncture (UWS)

Dr. William Ng (UWS)

City Acupuncture, Community acupuncture (locations throughout MNH and BK)

Sarah Rivkin (Park Slope)

Garden Acupuncture (Park Slope)

Third Root Community Health Center (Prospect Park South)

Brooklyn Open Acupuncture, sliding scale (Fort Greene)


Doulas (birth, postpartum and breastfeeding support):

Collectives: Generally have doulas at a range of price points based on experience. Most services will speak with you about your needs and then match you with several doulas to interview and choose from.

Baby Caravan

NYC Doula Collective

Carriage House Birth

Birth Day Presence

Doula Project (sliding scale + full spectrum doula-ing including terminations)

For Your Birth

Doula Care Postpartum Service


Solo practitioners + partnerships

Cori Pleune + Sarah Kaylor

Leigh Kader + Marnie Deutsch

Megan Davidson

Natalia Hailes + Ash Spivak

Mary Esther Malloy

Mia Borgatta

Terry Richmond

Bonu deCaires

Abby Block + Anna Carapetyan

Laura Vladimirova


Reproductive Physical Therapy:

Functional Pelvis (house calls + sliding scale)

Renew PT (Union Square + W. Village)

Shift Integrative Medicine (Union Square)

Brooklyn Health PT (South Slope)

Michele McGurk (Gowanus)


Body Work: 


Lena DeGloma: Park Slope

Eileen Tougher: FiDi

Opal: Park Slope

Melt: Fort Greene



Dr. Beth Forgosh: Soho

Dr. Randi Jaffe: Gramercy

Dr. Suzanne McBride: Midtown East

Flower of Life: Park Slope


Childbirth Education classes:

Parent Craft (Casey Selzer): Midwife taught, Park Slope + privates

Leigh Kader Childbirth Education: BK + privates

Mindful Birth (Mary Esther Malloy): Chelsea + privates

Red Moon Wellness (Lena DeGloma): Park Slope

Birth Day Presence: Park Slope, W’burg, Union Square, W Village, Midtown East + privates

Carriage House Birth: Brooklyn

Manhattan Birth (Tanya Wills, CNM): UWS + privates

Ma Yoga (Mia Borgatta): Bowery + privates

Melt : Fort Greene (new workshop: Childbirth Ed for the Queer Family)

Morgane Richardson: Gowanus, Prospect Heights + privates (Feminist and Queer- centered)


Lactation consultants:

Emma McCabe

Andrea Syms Brown

Cori Pleune

Heather McFadden

Denise McDonald

Lea Rivera (in-network for Aetna)

Pat McGuire

Boober: offers same day lactation support house calls



Tribeca Pediatrics: Locations throughout Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and Jersey City

Pediatric Associates of NYC: (Prospect Heights + Murray Hill)

Philippa Gordon (Brooklyn)

Hudson Heights Pediatrics (Washington Heights/Inwood)

Dr. Stephen Adjl (Brooklyn)

Brooklyn pediatrician options, reviewed by local parents


Birth and Newborn Photographers

Laura Vladirmirova

Gwen Schroeder


New parent resources:

New Parent & Lactation Group in our Park Slope office space

New Mom Talk Groups (in Chelsea + Inwood)

Kelly Mom: Great resource for breastfeeding questions/issues

La Leche League


Online parenting groups by neighborhood:

Bowery Babes (Manhattan below the 30s)

Boccoca (Boreum Hill, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens)

Park Slope Parents

Hudson River Park Mamas (Lower Manhattan/FiDi)

Madison Square Park Moms

Upper East Side Moms

Brooklyn Baby Hui (Williamsburg + Greenpoint)


Mental health:

Women’s Therapy Centre Institute

The Motherhood Center

Cornell Women’s Reproductive Psychiatry

Ellen Chuse (Perinatal therapy specialist)

Ellen Krug, MSW, LCSW (Perinatal therapy specialist, Park Slope, sliding scale fee)

Lauren Ezell Minear MSW (body/food issues specialty)

Cobble Hill Counseling (at-home counseling available)


Prenatal yoga:

Bend + Bloom (Park Slope)

Ma Yoga (Bowery)

Karma Kids (Chelsea)

Yoga Glo (online subscription streaming service with excellent prenatal classes, especially those by Elena Brower)




Making Babies: A Proven 3 -Month Program for Maximum Fertility by Sami S. David, MD and Jill Blakeway, LAc

The New Essential Guide to Lesbian Conception, Pregnancy and Birth by Stephanie Brill

Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler


Pregnancy guides (never read What to Expect!!):

Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn: The Complete Guide by Penny Simkin

Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth by Boston Women’s Health Collective and Judy Norsigian


Expecting Better by Emily Oster

A Child is Born, 4th Ed by Lennart Nilsson

Dos and Don’ts in Pregnancy: Truths and Myths by Nathan Fox: A great evidence based article in the Green Journal



The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin: Great information about labor and labor support for both pregnant people and their partners

The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin

Childbirth Without Fear by Grantly Dick Read & Ina May Gaskin

The Doula’s Guide to Empowering Your Birth by Lindsey Bliss



The New Basics A-Z: Baby & Child Care for the Modern Parent by Michel Cohen: Very common sense based book re the care and feeding of your newborn by a French trained pediatrician

Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Marc Weissbluth: Sub optimally edited but still an excellent guide re what to expect week by week in terms of your baby’s development as it relates to sleep

The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp

Mayo Clinic Guide to Your Baby’s First Year

Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman


Other Web Resources

Birth Hour PodcastPodcast with varied birth stories

It’s Conceivable: The path to parenting isn’t always straight, Blog dedicated to gay fertility, pregnancy and parenting.

Fertility Awareness CenterInformational site on natural methods of fertility awareness

Check It Out GuysThe ins and outs of Pap Smears for trans men

Beautiful Cervix Project teaches cervical self-exam and fertility awareness as a revolutionary path of promoting respect, confidence, and health.  Amazing pictures of cervices through the menstrual cycle