Pregnancy and Childbirth Resources
Knowledge is power in pregnancy and birth. An abusive birth culture counts on families not knowing their rights. The following resources can help you choose a provider, better understand pregnancy and childbirth, and get help when you need it. Click on any link to be taken to the resource. Don’t see something that should be here? Contact us.
Motherhood Beyond Bars: Offers doula support, education, baby showers, and more to incarcerated mothers and pregnant women.
Georgia Maternal Mortality Review Committee (MMRC): Issues reports on maternal deaths in Georgia. Currently offers reports for the years 2012 and 2013.
Project Healthy Mom: A project of Mental Health America, Project Healthy Mom of Georgia offers a wide range of resources to people experiencing pregnancy and birth-related mental health issues. For prompt help with postpartum mental health issues, contact their warmline at 678-904-1966.
Embrace Refugee Birth: Offers a wide range of support to Georgia refugees giving birth, as well as volunteer opportunities for doulas and people interested in supporting Georgia’s refugees.
Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia: Offers a wide range of resources for maternal and infant health, including help finding providers.
ICAN of Atlanta: Georgia’s chapter of the International Cesarean Awareness Network offers support, data, and a message board. The group’s Facebook page is very active, and full of helpful information about providers and hospitals.
Georgia Birth Network: Lists doulas, childbirth classes, and a wide range of other resources.
Georgia Moms for Better Birth: A very active Facebook community that offers provider reviews, information about local hospitals, and tried-and-true Georgia birth tips.
Georgia WIC Clinic and Authorized Store Locations: Provides a list of statewide WIC clinics.
Georgia Department of Public Health Breastfeeding Page: Offers Georgia breastfeeding data, information on breastfeeding law, and links to a wide range of nursing resources.
Southeastern Lactation Consultant Association: Provides links to lactation consultants as well as news about breastfeeding.
data on pregnancy and childbirth
Evidence Based Birth: Provides easy-to-understand explanations of research on common pregnancy and birth issues, such as the safety of vaginal birth after cesarean and eating during labor.
CDC’s Pregnancy Mortality Surveillance System: Provides details on pregnancy and childbirth-related deaths, as well as links to numerous studies and other resources.
Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs: Offers national policy and advocacy strategy for a wide range of maternal and child health issues.
Report from Maternal Mortality Review Committees: An overview of data from state-level maternal mortality review committees.
Discrimination in maternity care
Black Mamas Matter Alliance: Organization advocating for policy change, providing research, and offering training on issues affecting mothers of color.
SPARK Reproductive Justice Now: Offers comprehensive reproductive justice advocacy, including programs addressing poverty, maternal mortality, and maternity care for incarcerated people. Regularly hosts training on effective legislative advocacy.
PRegnancy and Birth LEgal Help
State Bar of Georgia: The State Bar of Georgia can help you find a lawyer. You can also verify whether a person giving you legal advice is licensed to practice law in Georgia.
Georgia Birth Advocacy Coalition: We are not a law firm, but we can refer you to lawyers knowledgeable about and committed to the cause.
National Advocates for Pregnant Women: National organization that offers comprehensive self-help advice, details about the law as it pertains to pregnant people, and help accessing legal services.
Georgia Legal Services Program: Offers civil legal help to people with very low incomes. Can help with family law issues, domestic violence, consumer law, and some other issues.
The Network for Public Health Law: Comprehensive resource offering white papers and other data on issues in public health law.
Pregnancy and Childbirth Advocacy
VBAC Facts: Offers details on the safety of vaginal birth after cesarean, as well as advice about advocating for the right to a VBAC.
Birth Monopoly: Working to topple the monopoly on childbirth, Birth Monopoly offers data, advocacy strategies, and consulting. Check out “Birth Allowed Radio,” a birth-centric podcast.
ImprovingBirth.org: This national organization offers birth resources, advocacy, and support to people recovering from birth trauma.
International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN): An international collection of local groups advocating for fewer c-sections and evidence-based birth practices. Offers support groups and comprehensive self-help tips.
Human Rights in Childbirth: An organization that advocates for greater rights in childbirth from a human rights, woman-centered perspective.
Maternal Mental Health
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: If you need emergency help, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
Postpartum Progress: Offers a wealth of resources for people in need of postpartum support.
Psychology Today Directory: Find a therapist who specializes in postpartum and maternal mental health.
Motherwise Support Group: The Atlanta Birth Center’s weekly support group for pregnancy and postpartum women. You don’t need to be an ABC client to join the group.