Doula Certifying Organizations
DONA International – Professional Doula Association
CAPPA – Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association
toLabor – The Organization of Labor Assistants for Birth Options & Resources
ICEA – International Childbirth Educators Association

Approaches to Childbirth
The Bradley Method
Birthing From Within

ACNM – American College of Nurse Midwives
CHOICE – Center for Humane Options in Childbirth Experiences
Citizens for Midwifery
Midwives Alliance of North America
Ohio Friends of Midwives
Ohio Midwives Alliance

Resources for Parents
Questions to Ask When Hiring a Doula
Childbirth Connection – Evidence-based information on childbirth
Patient’s Bill of Rights
ICAN – International Cesarean Awareness Network
Sidelines – Support for high risk pregnancies
Spinning Babies – Fetal positioning for optimal childbirth
La Leche League – Breastfeeding information and support
CIMS – Coalition for Improving Maternity Services. Check if your provider and hospital are mother-friendly!
Postpartum Outreach and Encouragement for Moms (POEM) – Resources, information and support are available for women suffering from Postpartum Depression. Regular meetings are held at: 1110 Chambers Road Columbus, Ohio.
Columbus Area Babywearing Support – Regular group meetings for supporting families in their parenting journey through babywearing and attachment parenting philosophies.


The Complete Book of Pregnancy & Childbirth
by Sheila Kitzinger

The Birth Partner
by Penny Simkin

The Doula Book
by Marshall H. Klaus, John H. Kennell, and Phyllis H. Klaus

Mothering the Mother
by Marshall H. Klaus

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
by Ina May Gaskin

Birthing From Within
by Pam England & Rob Horowitz

The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Childbirth
by Henci Goer & Rhonda Wheeler

Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way
by Susan McCutcheon-Rosegg

Active Birth
by Janet Balaskas

Gentle Birth Choices
by Barbara Harper

The VBAC Companion
by Diana Korte

Ended Beginnings
by Claudia Panuthos, Catherine Romeo & Peggy O’Mara McMahon

The Nursing Mother’s Companion
by Kathleen Huggins

The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers
by Jack Newman & Teresa Pitman

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding
by La Leche League International

The Baby Book
by William Sears, Martha Sears, Robert Sears & James Sears

The Vaccine Book
by Robert Sears


Doula Certifying Organizations

DONA – DONA International
CAPPA – Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association
toLabor – The Organization of Labor Assistants for Birth Options & Resources
ICEA – International Childbirth Educators Association

Doula Networks in Ohio

Akron, Ohio
Meets the 3rd Monday of each month from 7-9 PM at The Village at St. Edwards in Fairlawn (directions on the web site).
Contact person: Jess Brown
Recent topics: Unnecessary c-section, breastfeeding support

Athens, Ohio — The Birth Circle
Usually meets last Thursday of each month from 7-9 pm at the Athens Public Library
Contact person: Brandi Holloway, 740-592-5875,
Past topics: surviving toddlerhood, homebirths, benefits of doulas, history of obstetrical anesthesia, preventing c-sections

Cincinnati, Ohio
Meets the 3rd Sunday at 1:30 PM in Montgomery, Ohio (directions on web site).
Contact person: Pam Kleingers (513) 779-2685 or

Cleveland, Ohio
Meets 1st Tuesday of each month from 7-9 PM at Talkies Film and Coffee Bar (directions on web site).
Contact person: Kathy Maistros

Dayton, Ohio — Dayton Area Labor Support (DALS)
Meets the second Tuesday of every month at 10:00am at the homes of various members
Contact person: Andrea Batteas, CLD; (937) 426-9195

Northeast Ohio — Doula Network of Northeast Ohio
Quarterly meeting (January April, July, October) at the Maple Hts. Branch of Cuyahoga county Library (directions on web site).
Contact person: Sunday Tortelli (440) 572-2574 or
Recent topics: Optimal Fetal Positioning and how to use Rebozos.

Toledo, Ohio
Last Thursday of each month from 7-9 PM at the Oregon Branch library in Oregon.
Example topics: writing a birth plan and comfort measures.