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
1700 N. Jefferson St
Lincoln, IL 62656


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

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