Pregnancy Support

Improving Birth - Evidence/Facts/Rights

BirthWithoutFear - Blog/Birth Stories/Empowerment 

ICAN of Central Illinois - Cesarean Support and Information

VBAC Facts - For those families planning to VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean)

Lamaze International - Support for your journey to a safe and healthy start with your baby

Spinning Babies - Fantastic resource on fetal positioning

Evidence Based Birth - Find all kids of information and evidence to support your birth

Childbirth Connection - Evidence based info on pregnancy, labor and birth, and the postpartum period

Plus Size Birth -  Tips that empower plus size women to have a healthy pregnancy and transformative childbirth

Birth Trauma Resources - Resource guide for navigating the very real experience of a traumatic birth


Ina May's Guide to Childbirth - Ina May Gaskin

Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering - Dr. Sarah Buckley

Orgasmic Birth - Elizabeth Davis and Debra Pascali-Bonaro

Birthing From Within - Pam England and Rob Horowitz

Born in the USA: How a Broken Maternity System Must Be Fixed to Put Women and Children First - Marsden Wagner

Birth Matters - Ina May Gaskin

The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth - Sheila Kitzinger

Pushed - Jennifer Block

Spiritual Midwifery - Ina May Gaskin

The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth - Henci Goer

The Amazing Newborn - Klaus


Don't forget to utilize your local library!  If your library doesn't have the book you're looking for, can you request it through the inner library loan system?

I also have a lending library that you're more than welcome to borrow from!

Midwifery Care

The Birth Center of Bloomington Normal
6 Westport Court
Bloomington, IL


Home Birth Providers

Jenni Collins, CNM
Hopedale, IL 61747
Home Sweet Homebirth

Laura Lawson, CNM
1300 Franklin Ave, Suite #270
Normal, IL 61761
Her Choice Midwifery Services

Brande Ruskusky, CNM
1924 W. Laura Ave
Peoria, IL 61604
With Woman Midwifery


Dr. Bamidele Ogunleye M.D
2111 E. Oakland Avenue, Suite B
Bloomington, IL 61704


Dr. Rachel Dalton, DO
1302 Franklin Ave, Suite #2800
Normal, IL 61761

Birth Photography

Jessica Worland is happily married with two cute crazy kids! A southern girl born and raised in Kentucky. Lover of Christ. World traveler and Indian food fanatic. She studied photography at Columbia College Chicago and has a BA in Anthropology and Master's Degree of Public Health. She's also a DONA trained birth doula with over 4 years of experience. 

Chiropractic Care

Dr. Staci Hieronymus Kong
110 S.E. Vine Street, Unit 2
Atlanta, IL 61723
(217) 648-5555


Dr. Susan Mitchell
1210 Towanda Ave, Ste 17
Bloomington, IL 61701


Beth Johnson, DC
419 Broadway Street
Lincoln, IL 62656
Salt Creek Chiropractic

Breastfeeding Support

KellyMom website - Evidence-based breastfeeding support
Eats on Feats Illinois - Milk Sharing resource
Central Illinois Milk Share - Milk Sharing resource
La Leche League International  
W.I.C. (Women Infant Children) - Logan County Department of Public Health
WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor 217-860-1190

Local Breastfeeding Support Group: Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital
Wednesday 12-1:30 p.m. 

Professional Counseling

Sarah Tierney, MA, LPC
3000 Lenhart Road - Springfield
217-698-7150 ext 207


Ashley Reynolds, LCPC
112 Boekyens Pl Suite 3A
Normal, IL 61761

Kelley Munger, LPC
Global Counseling Network
Contact through Global Counseling Website:

Abby Bokus, LCSW

Postpartum Support

Surviving to Thriving - peer to peer support group

The Birth Circle
First Thursday of each month
7PM - OSF Breastfeeding Resource Center, Peoria, IL
Hosted by Marcia Mattern