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Compete Bellingham Birth Resource Guide

My husband and I have called Bellingham home since 1999 and our last five babies were born here. We love raising our kids surrounded by forests, mountains, and the ocean. Bellingham has an active and thriving birth community with resources to help every expecting family. Here is a list of the very best birth resources in Bellingham and all of Whatcom County.

The Very Best Bellingham Birth Resource Guide

Your baby’s birth is unique. Whether you have a home birth, hospital birth or choose a birth center, whether you go all-natural, get an epidural, or have a c-section; I capture your story. No matter how it goes, your baby’s birth is truly unique.

Mace was born at home in the water surrounded by love and family. Bellingham birth photographer.

I have put together this free birth resource guide that includes printable birth affirmations, a birth plan guide, coloring pages to help you prepare for your birth, a baby essentials list, and more. This detailed guide will help you plan for your birth as you embark on this exciting journey.

Download the Free Birth Guide Here
Lifestyle newborn photos by Bellingham newborn photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

Helpful Articles to Help You Prepare for Birth

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Local doula Molly Seimears talks about the reasons some couples choose a doula as labor support.

How to Survive Morning Sickness When You Have a Toddler

Tips from me (a mom to 14 kids) about surviving morning sickness when you have older children.

Minimalist Baby Essentials

What to buy and what to skip when you are planning for your new baby.

Bellingham doula offers support during labor.

Doula Resources in Bellingham and All of Whatcom County

North Cascade Doulas

North Cascade Doulas focuses on providing Whatcom County and Skagit County families with unbiased support through the life-changing transition that comes with having a baby.

Birth By Design Doula Services

“A Certified Doula serving Whatcom County for the last 13 years. I offer a Biblical Perspective on Childbirth. I have expertise with hospital births and always love a good home birth or birth center birth!

Doulas of Bellingham offers group and private childbirth education.

Classes and Childbirth Education in Bellingham and Whatcom County

Whatcom County Pregnancy Clinic

The Whatcom County Pregnancy Clinic has an Earn While You Learn program where pregnant women can learn about pregnancy, childbirth, and baby care all while earning baby bucks to be spent at the clinic’s store.

Childbirth Education at Bellingham Technical College

BTC offers traditional Childbirth Education classes for pregnant women and their partners. Some insurance companies even cover the cost of childbirth education so check with our provider.

Bringing Baby Home Workshop

The Bringing Baby Home workshop is a research-based and research-tested psychoeducational workshop that is dedicated to improving the quality of life for babies and children by strengthening their families.

Drayton Harbor Doula

Katie from Drayton Harbor Doula offers childbirth education classes as well as labor and postpartum support.

Marissa Peterson Birth Worker

Marissa Peterson Birth Worker offers childbirth education in addition to her birth and postpartum doula services.

Asa is a very special rainbow baby born less than a year after his stillborn brother, Matthew. Bellingham, WABooks Every Mom Should Read During Pregnancy

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth

This book is part technical and part personal stories. It is my personal favorite book on childbirth.

Spiritual Midwifery

This book was also written by Ina May Gaskin. It was originally published in 1975. Warning, this is a book written by a hippy about a hippy. I love it for the real and raw birth stories it tells without apology.

The Birth Partner

This is the classic guide for dads, doulas, friends, or anyone else planning to be present for the birth.

“A book full of practical information on choosing the best type of birth experience for you and your baby and what to do in the final 8 weeks to prepare.”

Stand and Deliver! And Other Brilliant Ways to Give Birth

A collection of personal birth stories.

Baby Catcher

A beautiful memoir by midwife Peggy Vincent. She tells stories of the births she attended over her decades-long career as a nurse-turned-midwife.

Dad cradling his newborn baby in hospital.

Options for Birth in Bellingham and Whatcom County

We are very fortunate here in Bellingham to have birth facilities to choose from in addition to homebirth.

Bellingham Birth Center

“Founded in 2004, and with over 1200 births under our roof, Bellingham Birth Center is the most established freestanding birth center in Whatcom County.”

Birthroot Birth Center

“Located in the heart of Bellingham at 1600 Broadway, our birth center features two large birthing suites designed to optimize the natural birth experience. Each suite is fully equipped with a deep, free-standing birth pool, a full bathroom including a walk-in shower, comfortable furnishings, and room to move.”

Lynden Birth Center

Lynden Birth Center is a free-standing, midwife-run birth center in the heart of Lynden, WA. 

PeaceHealth Childbirth Center

“At PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center, we strive to make this miracle a family-centered event. You and your family will enjoy closeness and privacy during your entire stay. To encourage the bonding of your family, your partner/coach will be invited to stay with you and your baby. “

Felix's Fresh 48 Session. Bellingham newborn photographer, Renee Bergeron.

Other Birth Resources in Bellingham and Whatcom County

Bellingham Reiki with Christine

“Supporting others to feeling peaceful, relaxed, and at ease through Reiki. Interest in pregnancy, postpartum, child loss, trauma, maternal depression, and anxiety.”

Mobile Mama Therapy

“Our goal is to provide excellent mindfulness-based, behavioral cognitive psychotherapy for women at every stage of motherhood.”

Tending Moon Center

Tending Moon Center “offers intentional care, support, and resources to empower women to empower their families and empower our communities.”

Pregnancy resources in Bellingham.

Postpartum Resources in and Around Bellingham and Whatcom County

Perinatal Support Washington

“Perinatal Support Washington is a nonprofit organization committed to lifting the veil on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and treating them effectively.”

Drayton Harbor Doula Placenta Encapsulation

“Placenta encapsulation is thought to aid the process in this transition as a hormone therapy; reported to improve mood, energy, and decrease the likelihood of perinatal mood disorders.”

Doula Q Placenta Services

“Your placenta is prepared specifically for your needs.” Doula Q offers encapsulation or truffles made with your placenta.

A beautiful breastfeeding session with Mace and his mama by Bellingham Photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

Breastfeeding Support in Whatcom County

La Leche League Bellingham

“These informal meetings provide an opportunity for both new and experienced parents to share their questions and concerns, and talk with one another about the special joys and challenges of parenting and nursing their children. Babies, children, and support people are always welcome!”

Breast Pumps Through Medicaid & Insurance

Here is a great article about how to get a breast pump through insurance. 

Be sure and check out my Pregnancy and Birth Pinterest board for more resources!

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