Pregnancy, Birth, and Parenting Resources in Williamsburg, VA!

Below is our handy list of resources for pregnancy, birth, and parenting in Williamsburg, VA (most popular pages in boldface)!  Suggestions and feedback welcome. Williamsburg Mothering is not affiliated with any of the listed providers and has received no financial compensation for these listings. Inclusion on the list does not indicate endorsement of the service provider by Williamsburg Mothering.

Williamsburg women are also welcome to join Williamsburg Mothering Group, a positive, closed Facebook group for mother-to-mother support. In WMG we also archive local moms’ resource suggestions in the group’s Files section. WMG has a firm “be kind and respectful” policy and an equally firm “if you will profit from it, don’t post it” policy, too.  Williamsburg mamas, if you are looking for a warm and supportive mothering community, join us!


Did You Know? (24 July 2015)

  • The Rise of “Mama”. Do you go by “mama” rather than “mom” or “mommy”? Are these the reasons why? (Longreads)
  • Exploring Birth and the Microbiome. From birth through adulthood, our health is affected by our microbiome — the bacteria, fungi, and viruses who share our bodies with us. We are continually learning about the many ways our microbiome is influenced by how we are born (vaginal vs. C-section; high-intervention or low-intervention), where we are born (hospital vs. home), and how we are fed as infants (breast vs. bottle). (Science & Sensibility)

Did You Know? (16 Feb 2015)

  • Hormonal physiology of Childbearing. Exciting new report on the hormonal physiology of childbirth by Dr. Sarah Buckley! Conclusion: “The country’s maternity care system is… routinely intervening in labor and delivery in ways that interfere with, instead of promoting, supporting and protecting, innate biological processes that result in healthier outcomes for women and newborns.” (Transforming Maternity Care)
  • What’s Right About a 6-Year-Old Who Breastfeeds.”Nursing large-bodied mammalian offspring for many years, until their first permanent teeth erupt (5.5-6.0 years in humans), is ‘natural’ for humans in the sense of being what the underlying evolutionary, biological/physiological norm is for us as a species. There is no research to suggest that normal durations of breast-feeding for humans as a species — 2.5 to 7+ years — lead to ‘harmful emotional dependency.’ There is some evidence that longer-term breast-feeding (along with co-sleeping in childhood) results in children who are more independent and score higher on measures of social competence.” (NPR)
  • Sad Dads. Dads can develop postpartum depression, too. (Psychiatry)

Did You Know? (10 Nov 2014)

  • Babygate: Know Your Rights. Fantastic new guide to pregnancy and parenting laws (nationwide and state-by-state), written in plain English! Know your rights as a pregnant woman and as a parent! (A Better Balance)

Did You Know? (10 Sept 2014)

Another roundup of links that first appeared on Williamsburg Mothering’s Facebook page – “LIKE” Williamsburg Mothering on Facebook to get the latest links as soon as they’re up!

  • Pretending to Understand What Babies Say Can Make Them Smarter.  I totally talk to my babies this way, and have been teased for it more than once — now I feel vindicated! “By acting like they understood what their babies were saying and responding accordingly, the mothers were helping to introduce the concept that voices, more than just instruments for making fun noises, could also be tools for social interaction. The takeaway of all this is that how parents speak to their infants may be as important as the frequency with which they do it. ” (The Atlantic)
  • How Toddlers Thrive. Great podcast interview on parenting toddlers with Tovah Klein, director of the Barnard College Center for Toddler Development. Loved what she had to say about how to help kids learn empathy, sharing, independence, and how to navigate sibling relationships — the answers aren’t what many parents first think! (Motherlove)

Did You Know? (26 July 2014)

Another roundup of links that first appeared on Williamsburg Mothering’s Facebook page – “LIKE” Williamsburg Mothering on Facebook to get the latest links as soon as they’re up!

  • I Miss the Village.  “I miss that village of mothers that I’ve never had. The one we traded for homes that, despite being a stone’s throw, feel miles apart from each other. The one we traded for locked front doors, blinking devices and afternoons alone on the floor playing one-on-one with our little ones.” The village is in my daydreams, too. (Huffington Post)
  • Goodbye, Dr. Spock. Really loved this essay from the Anna Quindlen archive! (Anna Quindlen)

Did You Know? (19 June 2014)

Another roundup of links that first appeared on Williamsburg Mothering’s Facebook page – “LIKE” Williamsburg Mothering on Facebook to get the latest links as soon as they’re up!

  • My Breech Baby is an fantastic evidence-based website with information on different breech-baby-turning strategies, the best time in the pregnancy to utilize them, statistics on ECV, vaginal breech birth, cesarean breech birth, and more.
  • Green Poop: When Should You Worry? Green baby poop has many possible causes, including mama’s diet, a tummy bug, oversupply, an anatomy issue like a tongue tie, or sensitivity to a food or drug that mama or baby is taking. Find out when (and when not) to worry about it! (Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC)
  • Dads Who Share the Load Bolster Daughters’ Aspirations. Did you see the recent finding that “fathers who help with household chores are more likely to raise daughters who aspire to less traditional, and potentially higher paying, careers”?(Association for Psychological Science)
  • Cool Kids Lose, Though It May Take A Few Years. “Kids who try to act cool in early adolescence are more likely to have problems with drugs and alcohol, and have trouble managing friendships as they grow older. And their popularity tends to fade by the time they’re 22.” (NPR)

Did You Know? (18 Mar 2014)

Another roundup of links that first appeared on Williamsburg Mothering’s Facebook page – “LIKE” Williamsburg Mothering on Facebook to get the latest links as soon as they’re up!

  • What Mothers Do Especially When It Looks Like Nothing.  If only this book, What Mothers Do Especially When It Looks Like Nothing, were standard issue to every new mother, especially those who have left paid work to now care for their babies at home! Just finished re-reading it, and my love for it, which was already ample, has only grown! Highly recommended. (Naomi Stadlen)
  • The Human Microbiome: Considerations for Pregnancy, Birth and Early Mothering. Babies born via C-section miss out on being colonized by their mothers’ healthy vaginal flora. We are only beginning to understand the long-term health consequences of this, as well as the consequences of the prophylactic antibiotic treatment that so many women receive in labor. Great summary at MidwifeThinking of where pregnancy/birth-related microbiome research stands, future directions it should take, and suggestions for ways to ensure your newborn is colonized with a healthy flora! (Midwife Thinking)

Did You Know? (30 Jan 2014)

Another roundup of links that first appeared on Williamsburg Mothering’s Facebook page – “LIKE” Williamsburg Mothering on Facebook to get the latest links as soon as they’re up!

  • Excellent Breast Storage Capacity Infographic by Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC.  Feeding on cue (and not comparing/matching your baby’s feeding patterns to other mothers’/babies’ patterns) is the best way keep your little one well-fed and to protect your milk supply long-term. Mothers vary in how much milk their breasts can hold. Mothers with small storage capacity can feed their babies just as well as mothers with large storage capacity — they just need to nurse more often, and that’s okay! (Nancy Mohrbacher)
  • Have American Parents Got It All Backwards? Loved this when it came out in May, still love it now! Especially the part about Finnish children not beginning formal academics until age 7, spending less time in school (and lots of school time outdoors), and still ranking among the top students in the world (U.S. students rank somewhere in the middle). (Huffington Post)
  • Millennials Want Children, But They’re Not Planning On Them. “[T]he percentage of students planning to have children dropped from 78 percent to 42 percent in just 20 years… A majority of millennials in the study said they wanted to have children someday; they simply didn’t see how they could make it work… [T]hese findings are a wake-up call that our social and economic institutions need to change so that people who want to be parents can see a path to becoming parents.” (New York Times)
  • How Over-Praising Kids Is Holding Them Back.”[A] new study suggests that when adults shower children with compliments to try to boost their self-esteem, it has the opposite effect, sending the message that they must continue to meet very high standards and discouraging them from taking on new, confidence-boosting challenges, lest they fail.” I am so prone to automatically saying, “Good job!” that I actually have to keep a reminder list on my fridge of alternatives, including things like “Ask questions,” or, the hardest one for me, “Say nothing.”
    (Huffington Post)
  • Why You May Want to “Labor Down” Before Pushing in Birth. Reaching 10 cm dilation doesn’t necessarily mean it’s time to push. Following natural urges to push — even if they come 1-2 hours after full dilation is reached — can conserve a mama’s energy and help bring baby gently into the world. (Giving Birth With Confidence)