Resources

Jharna  Ahmai, Certified Professional Midwife, RN

Jharna offers private consultations regarding postpartum depression as well as birth trauma. Jharna has 28 years experience as a midwife (CPM - Certified Professional Midwife) and 20 years experience as a psychiatric registered nurse. She can be reached by text or cell phone at  413-265-0274 or BirthingYourSelf@gmail.com

 

Juice Plus+

Juice Plus+ is 26 raw fruits, vegetables and anti-oxidant rich berries  with the water, sodium and sugar taken out and the remaining fruit and vegetable compound is placed into a capsule.

Studies have shown that whole food is the most effective way to prevent disease. New research has proven without a doubt that what is consumed in pregnancy has the ability to change the  genetic makeup of your unborn child. An extensive pregnancy research study showed that Juice Plus+ participants had no pre-eclampsia, no underweight newborns, no hypertension and several other positive markers of pregnancy health.

4 independent double blind pacebo controlled studies showed that Juice Plus+ increases the immune system by 66% in 28 days.

Jharna has partnered with the Juice Plus+ company in the effort to bring this product to more families.

If you are interested call or text Jharna at  413-265-0274 or http://jharna.juiceplus.com

 

Pediatricians

Dr. Jerald Feinland is Board certified in Family Practice. Dr. David Slack is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Internal Medicine. This practice is homebirth friendly and has worked with River Valley Midwives for years. They often are able to provide a postpartum home visit for the newborn after a homebirth. You can contact them at: Valley Medical Group in Easthampton, MA, 238 Northampton Street, Easthampton, Ma 01027, 413 - 529-9300.

Dr. Kate Atkinson, Atkinson Family Practice. Dr. Kate had a homebirth and her staff has served many RVM families. They offer a newborn appointment in the home after a home birth and have a wide array of medical and supporting services for the whole family.   Learn more at: https://atkinsonfamilypractice.com,  Offices in Amherst and Northampton.

Dr. John Dallenbach is friendly to home birth and has served several RVM clients.  He will visit the client’s home after a homebirth to do a full inspection of the newborn.  His wife, Helen Dallenback, is a lactation consultant and has worked with several of our client’s to ensure successful breastfeeding. Find them at: East Elm Pediatrics, 426 East St, Pittsfield, MA 01201, 413-442-8267

Dr. Deborah Wright Pediatric Associates of Hampden County, Inc., 477 Southwick Road

Westfield, MA 01085, 413-562-5256 or 413-568-4757. She comes highly recommended from several clients, described as a good listener and communicator and open to vaccination discussions and alternative plans with families. 

Pediatric Services of Springfield, East Longmeadow and Wilbraham, MA. Open to discussions about vaccinations and planning alternate schedules. 413-525-1870, info@pediatricservices.org

Other pediatric practitioners that we have gotten excellent feedback from our clients about:

Dr. Meaghan Gump-Valley Medical Greenfield 413-774-6301

Dr. Ann Bingham Greenfield 413-774-6301

Dr. Stefan Topolski Ped/family doc - Dr. Topolski will do a postpartum homevisit for homebirth families, 111 Bridge Street, Shelburne Falls 413-625-6240

Dr. Vitaly Nazarov, Great Barrington, 413-528-4047

 

 Acupuncture

Amy Mager, MS LicAC, Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine, Specializing in Women’s Healthcare & Acute and Chronic Pain, www.WellnessHouseNorthampton.com, 413-222-8616, amy@WellnessHouseNorthampton.com, 27 Brewster Court 1L, Northampton, MA 01060.  Amy also provides care in Springfield by appointment.

Verena Johanna Smith, Lic. Ac. Dipl. Ac. Gift of Health, Natural Healing Center, 19 Cosby Ave, Amherst, MA 01002-2003, 413-549-2830.  See more about Verena at http://giftofhealth.com/about-verena/

The People’s Acupuncture Clinic Inc., 228 Triangle Street, Amherst, MA 01002, 413-695-8123, https://www.thepeoplesacupunctureclinic.com/

Greenfield Community Acupuncture, http://www.trygca.com/index.html, Emily Hildebrand, L.Ac., MSTOM, Dipl. Ac. has assisted our clients at their homes while in labor. She focuses on women’s health and is a trained postpartum doula.

CLINIC  Alternatives Medicines-CLINIC Alternative Medicines is a community of wellness practitioners.  We aim to be diverse and comprehensive. Healing modalities include Acupuncture, Massage Therapy, Herbal Medicine, Andean Shamanic Healing, Homeopathy, Hypnosis for Adult and Children, Zen Shiatsu and Psychotherapy. www.clinic-northampton.com/ 98 Main St Northampton, MA 01060          413.341.5224          

 

Chiropractic Care

Dan Garfield, DC. Specializes in working with pelvic girdle to optimize fetal position for birth, removing torsion of the ligaments that support the uterus, reducing interference with vital nerve systems, and improving maternal function.  Find Dr. Dan at Wellness House Northampton, 27 Brewster Ct, Northampton, MA. 413-218-3894. Services also available in Springfield.

Rebecca Scandura, Dr. Rebecca Scandura is trained to work with pregnant women and babies and seeks to make treatment plans that are tailored to meet an individual’s and a family’s needs. Find Dr. Scandura at Whole Focus Chiropractic, 92 Main Street, Suite 202, Florence, MA, drscandura@gmail.com    www.wholefocuschiropractic.com

Dr. Brenna Werme- Embodied Chiropractic- Dr. Werme has special training in prenatal and pediatric care. She is versed in the Webster Technique. 226-D Russell St. Hadlley MA 01035  413-387-0213 www.embodiedchiropractic.com

Dr. Lee Kane- Amherst Family Chiropractic- 228 Triangle Street

 Amherst, MA 01002

Dr. Andrey Okhrimenko, Dr. Okhrimenkos works with adults, children and infants.  $10 service for infants. 53 Springfield Street, Chicopee, MA, 413-331-5023

 

Osteopathic Care

Dr. David Stuckey, Board Certified in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment, Specializing in Cranial Osteopathy and Metabolic, Nutritional and Functional Medicine, www.pvosteo.com,  413-320-4191, 17 New South Street, Suite 101, Northampton, MA 01060.  Functional Medicine and Osteopathy, used together, can be helpful during the prenatal period, as the body changes to accommodate the fetus, and for the newborn and postpartum mom. 

Cranial Sacral Therapy

Kristen Bernard, RN  -Cranial Sacral Therapy Practitioner, Lactation Consultant.  Serves Northampton area, Athol and Orange area, Wendell. Cell: 413-824-8829

 

Tongue/Lip Ties

Dr. Robert W. Shamey, DMD, 244 West Street (Rte 32), Ware, MA 01082, 413-967-4550, Comprehensive care and laser treatment for tongue, lip, or bucchal ties. The laser treatment is precise and virtually painless procedure, and heals more quickly than other methods of revision. Dr. Shamey is focused on providing the best possible breastfeeding success and partners with cranial sacral practitioners to assist with post-operative care. RVM midwives will help to identify if there is a tie present.  Read more at: http://www.drshamey.com/BREASTFEEDING.html.

 

Placental Encapsulation

Laura Fortin, Crimson Roots, www.crimsonroots.info, laura@crimsonroots.info

Laura lives in Easthampton and serves a wide area. Read about placental encapsulation benefits and process at: http://placentabenefits.info/.

 

Tanita Council, Springfield Area, westernmassbirthjunky@gmail.com

 

Kelli Bottari (Empowering Presence Doula), Serving areas of Western MA, Central MA, & Northern CT. See more information at http://www.empoweringpresencedoula.com/contact/

Contact Kelly  (413) 284-2211  EmpoweringPresenceDoula@gmail.com

 

Western MA Doulas - Birth Doulas/Postpartum Support. They also offer placental encapsulation services.. Contact Karen Kurtigian, 413-775-3965, karenkurtigian@westernmadoulas.com, www.westernmadoulas.com

 

 

Doulas

Green River Doula Network , www.greenriverdoulas.org

Springfield Community Based Doulas (particularly useful for finding doulas of color) contact Erika Laquer, cbdispringfield@gmail.com, also on Facebook

Childbirth Education (look up on Green River Doula Network)

River Valley Midwives, Childbirth Classes for Homebirth, Day-long course that is offered 2-3 times a year, depending on the demand!  Contact Kristin Brennan, CPM, 413-256-6166

Vicki Elson, Vicki teaches childbirth education in Northampton.  The class includes healthy pregnancy, physiology of birth, a wide variety of tools for labor, informed decision-making, newborn care, breastfeeding, and parenting. vickielson@gmail.com, 413-329-3778.

Bellyful birth - Marissa Potter. http://www.bellyfullbirth.com/ Shelburne Falls/Greenfield, MA 413-522-3949

Warm Welcome Birth - Michelle L’Esperance, CPM.  Michelle is Northampton, MA and occasionally offers childbirth classes.  http://warmwelcomebirth.com/childbirth-classes/

Our Baby Class Stacy Minmaugh and Jennifer Hydefrost, Greenfield, MA. Offerings include: The Better Baby Class, New Parent/Newborn Classes, Partners in Parenting, Returning to Work, Your Older Baby.  www.ourbabyclass.com, 413-829-BABY, pioneervalleyobc@gmail.com, www.pioneervalleyourbabyclass.com

 

Lactation Consultants

 

Lex Beach, IBCLC, 413.230.1631, lex.ibclc@gmail.com, http://lexbeachibclc.com 

Kristen Bernard, Wendell, Orange, Athol : 413-824-8829

Kimberly Congden, Baystate Springfield, 413-794-0256

Ada, WIC Services of Springfield, 1771 Boston Road, Springfield, MA 01129, 413-693-1029 

La Leche Northampton, http://www.facebook.com/lllno.

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Therapy

Nicole Stevens LICSW 413-320-1108

Binda Colebrook LICSW 413-358-4998

Clover Anne Lewis LICSW 413-344-2817

 

Psychiatric APRN (medications)

Shoshana Marchand 413-650-1402