Women of all ages need support through pregnancy and beyond. The joys of motherhood can be exciting and overwhelming and the same time. San Francisco has many resources to help support you and hold your hand.
• San Francisco Maternity clothing stores
• Cord blood choice: Private fears vs. public. At issue is who really should preserve their own child’s cord blood for future medical needs, and who would be better off contributing to the public supply.
• ivillage.com presents pregnancy and parenting video clips. Clips include: Newborn Care, Nursing 101, Premature Babies, New Dad Basics, and much more.
• Stroller Strides Fitness classes meets daily except for Sundays in various parks around San Francisco. Please check the website for a complete schedule..
• Perinatal Services provided by Dept. of Public Health.
• Family planning services by Dept. of Public Health.
• San Francisco Doulas Group is a community of doulas practicing in the Bay Area.
Meet Local Doulas every second Saturday of the month at Natural Resources, 1367 Valencia Street. FREE
• Urbanbaby.com shares that studies have shown that, except in rare cases, breast milk is the healthiest food for your baby. It contains immune factors that help protect against disease and has the perfect ratio of water, fat, protein, vitamins, and minerals that your baby needs at any particular time. Find more Bay Area breastfeeding resources from Urban Baby.
• Nursing Mothers Council (415) 386-2229 offers support and information to nursing mothers.
• La Leche League: Get breastfeeding technique help, learn about breastfeeding and the law, find resources for health care providers or Leader resources. The local group meets monthly at the Excelsior Branch library.
• The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) organization offers nutrition education, breastfeeding support and education from specialists, supplemental foods (milk, cheese, cereals, eggs, and juice), and referrals to health care and community services. Pregnant, breastfeeding, or postpartum women, infants, and children under 5 years of age who live in SF and meet federal income guidelines are eligible. Working families may qualify.
• Read the California Lactation Law.
• Breastfeeding Resources is a guide to breastfeeding: positioning, getting started, how to tell if the baby is getting milk, breast care and more. Offered in Chinese, English, and Spanish.
• PumpingExpressing Ettiquette from Babble.com
• San Francisco Breastfeeding Promotion Coalition
•Perinatal Outreach and Education (POE) POE helps women have healthy babies through encouraging prenatal care
in the 1st trimester. POE primarily targets African- American & Latina women, whose rates of early prenatal care are substantially lower than the current goal of 90%.
• Depression After Delivery (908) 575-9121 provides support for new mothers suffering from postpartum depression.
• Marin Birthing and Parenting offers San Francisco Bay Area parents and parents-to-be resources from doulas, breastfeeding specialists, pre-and post-natal massage, and counseling.
• Postpartum Depression Help: check to see if you have the symptoms for many mood disorders.
• City Search offers a Pregnancy Guide for maternity clothing, spas for pregnancy treatments, staying fit with yoga and more.
Shopping for maternity clothes?
See our listing for maternity items.
Parenting Classes and Organizations
• Day One: A Center for New and Expectant Parents offers many items for expectant mothers and the family. You will find comfort products for pregnancy and labor, including birth balls, as well as maternity clothing, lots of toys, baby clothes, breast pumps, support, and more. They offer pre/postnatal workshops and classes including CPR and infant massage.
• Natural Resources is a safe haven for pregnant moms, new parents and their babies. They offer labor preparation classes, breastfeeding support, and doula training classes, as well as nanny- and babysitter-finder binders. Become a member for a nominal yearly fee and gain access to their reference and video library for new and expectant parents.
• California Pacific Medical Center's Newborn Connections: In conjunction with the Women and Infants Center at California Pacific Medical Center, Newborn Connections provides resources and information to expectant and new parents. They offer breastfeeding services, including lactation consultations, as well as breast pump rentals and sales.