Birth Resources

There are so many incredible organizations in our area and beyond. We have compiled a resource directory of some of our favorites:


Pregnancy, Labor, and Birth

Lamaze International

Optimal Fetal Positioning–Spinning Babies

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)

Dr. Sears Resource for Parents

Evidence Based Birth

DC Healthy Start

Help Me Grow DC



Breastfeeding/Nutrition Assistance

La Leche League

Hand-expressing Breastmilk Videos

DC Breastfeeding Coalition

DC Breastfeeding Center

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Women, Infants, and Children WIC DC


When Babies are Premature

Benefits of Kangaroo Care

Children’s National–Resources for Families in the NICU


Pregnancy and Infant Loss

DC Peer Support Group

DC Area Moms–List of Resources in the DMV



Early Childhood Innovation Network

Postpartum Support International

DC Postpartum Resources

Perinatal Mental Health Community Resources

Safe Sleep Program

DC Paid Family Leave

Parenting and Childhood Education Support Groups



Giving Birth in Water

DC Metro Maternity–Home Birth or Hospital Birth


Quit Smoking and Substance Use

DC Quitline Program


LGBTQIA+ Family Resources

Rainbow Families DC


For Teens

Teen Parent Assessment Program

Crittenton Services of Greater Washington PEARLS

Catholic Charities Teen Parent Program (Faith-based)


For BIPOC Parents

National Association to Advance Black Birth–Black Birthing Bill of Rights

Mocha Moms

District Motherhued


Mental Health Resources 

Mental health challenges such as depression and anxiety are the #1 complication of pregnancy and childbirth. If you are experiencing distress during your perinatal journey, you are not alone and you will feel better with the right support. Please see below for some of our favorite mental health resources. 

The Maternal Mental Health Hotline is a 24/7 free, confidential hotline for pregnant or postpartum people to speak with professional counselors about their mental health and get the help they need. Call or text 1-833-852-6262 to speak to a counselor in English or Spanish (interpreter service available in 60 languages)

National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255 is a 24/7 free, confidential suicide prevention hotline offering support, prevention and crisis resources for people with suicidality by trained professionals.  

Mary’s Center Perinatal Mental Health Program offers care coordination, individual therapy, group therapy and psychiatry in DC and MD. Accepts Medicaid and folks who are uninsured.

Medstar Georgetown’s Women Mental Health Program offers outpatient therapy and psychiatry in DC. Accepts Medicaid and other insurances. 

Postpartum Support International offers free education, resources and support groups for the postpartum period. 

New Mom Mental Health Checklist a free download to help new moms have a conversation with their medical provider about their mental health symptoms 

Postpartum Pact is a free download to help new parents communicate their specific needs and experiences to their partner in postpartum 

Mothers’ Mental Health Toolkit is a resource for service providers who support pregnant and postpartum families to increase knowledge and confidence in identifying and treating perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Includes many worksheets for supporting perinatal mental health.

Pregnancy and Postpartum Hard Reduction Toolkit offers educational material and supportive resources for people who are using drugs during their pregnancy or postpartum periods.This toolkit can also be used by loved ones and/or service providers. 

Mother to Baby offers research-based information on risk and exposure to baby during pregnancy and breastfeeding for a wide range of medications and substances. 

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