• First-Time Mom Resources in Hoboken, Jersey City, + Beyond

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    As a first-time mom, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the different types of help being offered during your pregnancy, delivery, and even after childbirth. Luckily, there are a variety of local resources in Hoboken and Jersey City that can help during this amazing journey — ranging from midwives and doulas to lactation consultants. The most important thing is to find what makes you most comfortable and to utilize that resource for as long as you need it. To help you out, our mama contributor Ashley has rounded up a list of first-time mom resources in Hoboken, Jersey City, and beyond:

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    Doulas

    What is a Doula?

    According to the American Pregnancy Association, a doula is professionally trained in childbirth and provides emotional, physical, and educational support to a mother who is expecting, is experiencing labor, or has recently given birth.

    In most cases, a doula is utilized during pregnancy to prepare a woman for birth and then present during the delivery to ensure the mother-to-be is calm, breathing correctly, and focused during delivery. They are trained professionals who can assist in natural pain relief for those looking for alternatives to medicine.

    See More: 10 Tips on Settling Into Hoboken as a Mom

    Local Doulas 

    Little & Loved Doula Services {Northern New Jersey}

    Jessica Parisik is a DONA International trained labor and postpartum doula supporting women in Northern New Jersey. She also currently works at Integrative Obstetrics and Mindful Midwifery in Hackensack, Hoboken, and Jersey City.

    Tapestry Birth Collective {Jersey City}

    Tapestry Birth is a collective of birth professionals founded by Marci Mathew, Cara Birnbaum Harmon, and Lisa Schillo Acevedo.  The company offers services in childbirth education, postpartum doula care, and more.

    Hoboken Doulas {Wyckoff}

    Owned by Trang Onderdonk, Hoboken doulas serves Hudson County, Morris County, the Northern NJ area, and New York City. Onderdonk aims to support women and provide them with top-notch yet personal care so they can feel empowered and experience birth in the best way possible.

    Lactation Consultants

    What is a Lactation Consultant?

    If you are having issues with breastfeeding, this is where a lactation consultant would come in to help and work their magic. Most will come to your house and assist you in feeding your newborn with the proper breastfeeding techniques while ensuring comfort and privacy.

    Keep in mind that some hospitals will also provide a lactation consultant to visit you and your new bundle of joy during your stay after delivery. Although you might still want to see one when you arrive home, it is worth checking with your hospital to see if this free service is available.

    Local Lactation Consultants

    Carmen Baker-Clark {201-214-7222}

    Carmen Baker-Clark helps in teaching mothers how to breastfeed in her role as Manager of Lactation Services at Hoboken University Medical Center.

    La Leche League of Jersey City/Hoboken {lllofjc@gmail.com}

    As a local company serving residents of Hudson County, La Leche League gives information, support, and more for mothers looking to start lactation practices.

    Mahala Mom {917-312-5700, Hoboken + 908-509-1083, Hackettstown}

    This company is a breastfeeding center based out of Hackettstown with an additional location in Hoboken providing lactation consultations for mothers.

    Read More: Prenatal Massages at Hoboken Women’s Wellness

    Midwives

    What is a Midwife?

    Although a doula can assist you during labor, a midwife is trained in actual delivery. A midwife is with you throughout your entire pregnancy and then will deliver you at a birthing center or within the comfort of your own home.

    According to The Bump, a midwife is “a professional trained specifically in assisting women with every aspect of pregnancy, from prenatal care to delivery. What’s more, her job doesn’t necessarily end with pregnancy. You can see your midwife for just about all your women’s health needs, including your annual exam, contraceptive counseling and prescriptions.”

    Local Midwives

    Midwives of NJ {Hoboken}

    With a new office in Hoboken, Midwives of NJ delivers at Morristown, Hoboken, and or the comfort of your home. They have over five midwives on staff, so you can meet with a few and see which one works best for you and your birth plan.

    Integrative OB {Hackensack and Jersey City}

    With offices in Hackensack and Jersey City, Integrative Obstetrics gives women the most up-to-date obstetrical care and provides them with information to make important and informed choices about childbirth

    Avalon Midwives {Morristown + West Caldwell}

    With a team of eight practitioners, each nurse-midwife works closely a client and her family to provide health care and support. Adopting a holistic approach, your specific practitioner will help you deliver your baby in the most gentle way possible.

    Seventh Moon Home Birth {Montvale + Upper Montclair}

    Offering homebirth services to expectant mothers, Seventh Moon Home Birth is by certified professional midwives Vicki and Raizy. They’ll help with prenatal care, labor, and postpartum care.

    The Childbirth Center  {Clifton}

    Established for over three decades, this Clifton based childbirth center provides family-planning, prenatal care, postpartum care, and more for all of its clients.

    Post-Pregnancy Recovery

    After giving birth, your body undergoes some serious changes. Below are resources to help mamas recover and feel their best after they give birth.

    Liberty Physical Therapy {Jersey City}

    Liberty Physical Therapy offers therapy for women’s pelvic floors to help strengthen the bones, muscles, fascia, and ligaments down there after {or even during} pregnancy.

    Have you tried any of these local mom resources? Have some to add?

    Let us know in the comments! 


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    Ashley is a thoroughbred Jersey girl who has lived in Hoboken for 7 years. After graduating from Fordham University with a degree in Journalism and Psychology, she pursued a career in the AdTech space. (think banner ads and website analytics) Although hard to say goodbye, she can now be found focusing on full time mom business and contributing to multiple blogs. She is always on the lookout for the next family fun event or mommy & me class. She is hoping her investigative nature will help other #hobokenmoms find fun things to do!


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