• Women’s Mental Health

    Lactmed – Database on the safety of medications as related to lactation.

    Marcé Society – The Marcé Society for Perinatal Mental Health: An International Society for the understanding, prevention and treatment of mental health disorder.

    Massachusetts General Center for Women’s Mental Health – Informative site and blog on women’s mental health issues.

    Motherisk – Resource site on exposures and other health issues during pregnancy and the postpartum period.

    Postpartum Support International – Support and resources for mothers suffering from antenatal and postpartum illness; support and educational materials also provided for families and for the community.

    Office on Women’s Health – US Department of Health based website promoting women’s health and wellness. Contains well-written articles about various issues affecting women, and explanations of multiple women’s health related topics.

    The Seleni Institute – Women’s mental health center, providing psychotherapy (individual, group), lectures and support for women.

    Women’s Mental Health Consortium – Network of clinicians and researchers in NYC who collectively share a commitment to the mental health needs of women throughout the lifecycle. Dr Snyder has a profile on the site.

  • A Helping Hand

    Frances Stewart Agency (Baby Nurses) – Baby nurse agency providing warm, knowledgeable and seasoned baby nurses to help in the first days, weeks or months of parenthood.

    Little Green Gourmets  – Healthy, kid friendly food delivery-service for children, including snacks, lunches and dinner options. Food is delivered to your door Monday and Wednesday mornings, with no obligation at any time.

    Nannies Who Know – Specialists in the fields of psychology, nursing, social work, and the law, who help educate nannies on child development, and the social and emotional well being of children. They will work with your current nanny, can help place a nanny with your family after she has completed their training program, and/or assist you with any nanny-related issues or concerns.

    Seedlings Group – A site devoted to providing information on parenting and child growth led by child development educators and psychologist with informative, helpful tools for parents.

    Sensible Sitters – Sitter service that provides reliable, warm and caring sitters, either for a few hours to allow for a date night, to help with kids during a party, for travel, and/or for more consistent daily or weekly child care.

  • Supplements

    Doctor’s Clinical Nutrients – Hand-selected supplements.

    Healthwave Virtual Dispensary – Online supplement and natural product dispensary with personalized suggestions and physician-chosen supplements highlighted for benefit. Patients can view their prescription online, and order from the comfort of home. Products are quickly drop shipped after order is placed, and all previous doctor recommended products and all orders are kept for future reference and easy reordering.

    Gaia Herbs – Quality supplements with informative website content on various supplements and optimizing health.

    Women’s Daily Supplement – Daily formulas for women at different stages of life: pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, peri-menopausal, menopausal and more.

  • Infertility Support

    American Pregnancy Association – Fertility treatment options, alternative options, causes and review of different forms of female and male infertility, and information on using donor egg, sperm or embryos, among other topics.

    Earth and Sky Healing Arts | Katinka Locascio – Wellness Center focusing on healing and supporting women from pre-conception through pregnancy and beyond using massage and bodywork, herbal practices and doula services to help with relaxation and total body health. Katinka has a unique certification in fertility awareness counseling using cycle charting to help improve fertility rates.

    Grow Wellness Acupuncture | Erin Borbet L.Ac, MSTOM, Doula – Acupuncturist, herbal medicine and nutritional counseling for women. Erin works with fertility patients often and provides supportive, nurturing and beneficial treatment with acupuncture and Chinese herbs as needed to help improve a woman’s chance of conception.

    Natural Fertility Info – Source for fertility information and support, blog posts and informative articles.

    Resolve – Infertility support by national association with online support groups, resources and information for women with infertility.

  • Favorite Blogs and Newsletters

    Dr. Frank Lipman – An informative blog and weekly newsletter about healthy lifestyle and clean living. He presents clear messages on health and wellness and provides concise and effective tips to improve wellness.

    Goddess Huntress – Blog and magazine devoted to clean beauty tips, suggestions and reviews.

    Hypothyroid Mom – A well written blog on hypothyroidism focusing on increasing the awareness and understanding of hypothyroidism, especially as it pertains to pregnancy.

    Perinatal Information Resource Center – Well written, educational articles by Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Women’s Reproductive Health clinicians. Recently released papers are reviewed in a clear, concise and understandable, timely way.

    Nanny – The Art of the Interview – An informative article on interviewing for a nanny.

    Net Mums – In addition to providing chat forums, informative articles, and blog posts, this site also has an online clinic with health professionals trained to assist women suffering from various mental health concerns, including postpartum depression.

    Positive Prescription – Dr Samantha Boardman, psychiatrist, writes a newsletter and a blog that is both witty and informative.

    Aviva Romm, MD – Physician and midwife, Dr. Aviva Romm brings a unique, well informed and thoughtful take on many of the most common questions women ask about their health and the health of their families.

    Stroller Traffic – Witty, savvy and informative. One of my favorite blogs and newsletters about raising children in the city up to age 3; their sister site, Scooter Traffic, provides similarly smart and helpful weekly emails for parents of preschoolers and beyond.

  • Clean Products

    Babo Botanicals –Created on an organic farm in the US, Babo Botanical products are chemical free, without dangerous dyes or fragrances, allergy tested and made only of pure flower and plant extracts. All products are baby safe, and rich in vitamins, anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories. Products include a wide array of personal care products for everyone in the family.

    Goddess Huntress – Blog about clean products.

    Honest Company – Providing safe, natural, non-toxic and eco-friendly diapers, baby and personal care products, cleaning supplies and more. You can order one time, or opt for the monthly delivery service.

    Juice Beauty – Organic, clinically validated healthy skin care and cosmetics products.

    Michael Todd – Organic cosmetic and skin care products made in the USA with no added water, no parabens or triclosan, phthalates or sulfates, no mineral oil, artificial color or synthetic fragrances, and no animal testing.

    Nine Naturals – Chemical and toxin free skin care products for women in advance of and through pregnancy (and beyond).

    Restorsea – Excellent, algae based skin products that leave skin looking awesome.

    Skin Deep | Cosmetic Product Safety Information – The Environmental Working Group’s Product Safety files related to cosmetics.

    Well + Good NYC – New York-based healthy living website with product reviews.

  • For Mommies-To-Be

    The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists – Guide to toxic chemicals during pregnancy, with a goal of helping women understand how to prevent the negative impact of toxic chemicals on their fertility, and to have as clean and healthy a pregnancy as possible.

    American Pregnancy Association – A national health organization promoting reproductive and pregnancy health and wellness. The site provides useful resources and clear explanations of numerous fertility and pregnancy related issues.

    Baby Time Bags – Another pre-packed hospital bag option.

    Bundle Organics – Organic juices formulated with especially for expecting and new moms, as a complement to daily prenatal vitamins. The juices are delicious, made with USDA organic fruits and vegetables, and are completely safe in pregnancy, which provides needed nutrients and also piece of mind. Orders can be made online, and can be bundled with monthly subscription options.

    Earth and Sky Healing Arts, Katinka Locascio – Wellness Center focusing on healing and supporting women from pre-conception through pregnancy and beyond using massage and bodywork, herbal practices and doula services to help with relaxation and total body health.

    Grow Wellness Acupuncture, Erin Borbet L.Ac, MSTOM, Doula – Acupuncturist, herbal medicine and nutritional counseling for women; Erin works with women from pre-conception through pregnancy and beyond, providing supportive, nurturing and beneficial treatment with acupuncture and Chinese herbs as needed to support a healthy pregnancy.

    Hatch –  Providing one of the best pre-packed hospital bags around.

    The Honest Company – Eco-friendly, baby friendly, non-toxic baby care and cleaning supplies delivered directly to your home on a monthly basis. A truly awesome resource!

    Isabella Oliver – Chic, bold and stylish maternity clothes at any budget. Great wear for any time in pregnancy, and beyond.

    Juice Beauty – Healthy, organic skin care regimen for pregnant women.

    Lactation Consultant | Ayelet Kaznelson – Engages and assists women during the postpartum to breastfeed successfully, either in the woman’s home or at Seleni Institute.

    Maternal Massage and MoreSpecializes in prenatal massage, labor support, postpartum and baby massage. The pregnancy massage specialists will give relief to your pregnant belly, sore back and tired feet.

    Mayo Clinic – Pregnancy and Fish, What’s Safe to Eat? –  Clear, well written explanation of mercury levels in various fish and how to balance interest in eating fish for the various health benefits, with concerns regarding elevated mercury levels in certain fish.

    National Resources Defense Council – Consumer guide to fish in mercury: lists derived from the Environmental Protective Agency’s recommendations for intake of various fishes prior to and during pregnancy to minimize elevated mercury levels.

    The New York Doula, Stephanie Heintzeler – Doula who was a midwife and acupuncturist in her native Germany who came to New York and became a Doula. Supports women emotionally and physically at any point in pregnancy through the delivery and postpartum period.

    Nine Naturals –  Chemical and toxin free skin care products for women in advance of and through pregnancy (and beyond).

    The Pregnant New Yorker – provides alternative, fun health events in NYC and Brooklyn on a monthly basis. Guest speakers are chosen to educate and inform, not judge.

    Rosie Pope – Maternity wear that remains chic and stylish, plus fun blog on pregnancy and motherhood.

    Samantha Lynch Nutrition – Registered dietician specializing in women of reproductive age with a focus on helping pregnant women eat for their health and for the health of their pregnancies.

    SkoogFit | Jenny Skoog – Emmy nominated ‘Bride to Baby’ personal trainer, with additional training and expertise in nutrition counseling, childbirth education and is available as a birth coach in the delivery room.

    Storq – Clean, stylish and well made basics to last through your pregnancy; they also offer chemical free, pregnancy-safe products.

  • Parenting

    Baby Bundle App – Developed by pediatrician Jennifer Trachtenberg to help parents feel confident and secure with their infant from birth through 24 months. This is the essential one-stop parenting app, with potential to chart and track baby’s schedule, intake and output, and sleep habits; the app also includes a baby monitoring system when used with two devices, and can sync between two parents and a caregiver. The app includes connection to other moms through their online forum, and is completely free!

    Earth and Sky Healing Arts | Katinka Locascio – Wellness Center focusing on healing and supporting women from pre-conception through pregnancy and beyond using massage and bodywork, herbal practices and doula services to help with relaxation and total body health.

    Grow Wellness Acupuncture Erin Borbet L.Ac, MSTOM, Doula – Acupuncturist, herbal medicine and nutritional counseling for women; Erin works with women from pre-conception through pregnancy and beyond, providing supportive, nurturing and beneficial treatment with acupuncture and Chinese herbs as needed to support a healthy pregnancy.

    Healthy Child, Healthy World – A California-based non-profit whose mission is to help parents create healthier environments for their children. The site is a comprehensive, informative guide to reducing toxin exposure in children, providing easy, manageable modifications in day-to-day life to accomplish this goal.

    Honest Company – Providing safe, natural, non-toxic and eco-friendly diapers, baby and personal care products, cleaning supplies and more. You can order one time, or opt for the monthly delivery service.

    Lactation Consultant | Ayelet Kaznelson  – Engages and assists women during the postpartum to breastfeed successfully; she meets either in the woman’s home or in a group setting at the Seleni Institute

    Mother and Child Health – Site focusing on natural pregnancy, birth, children’s health and parenting resources.

    Samantha Lynch Nutrition – registered dietician who specializes in working with women of reproductive age, and has a focus on helping pregnant women eat for their health and for the health of their pregnancies. She also works closely with women during the postpartum period, with the goal of maximizing healthy food choices while nursing.

    SkoogFit | Jenny Skoog – Emmy nominated ‘Bride to Baby’ personal trainer, with additional training and expertise in nutrition counseling, childbirth education and is available as a birth coach in the delivery room. Jenny works with woman during the postpartum period also to help them return to their pre-baby weight in a safe and effective way.

    Sunscreen Guide | Environmental Working Group – List of the best toxin-free sunscreens, including sport, child and moisturizer-based versions. The list is populated each year with up to date information on the best, safest sunscreens. The site also provides tips on sun safety, and ways to choose the safest sunscreens.

  • Healthy Lifestyle

    The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics – An informative website that aims to help people understand what is in their products and to choose safe alternatives to chemical and toxin based options.

    Environmental Working Group – Informational site on toxins, pesticides, and other chemicals present in common products used in daily life, with ways to minimize exposure. Their app for immediate information on specific products is called ‘Skin Deep.’

    Mind Body Green – A site focusing on living a healthy lifestyle, with tips, advise and encouragement.

    Green Med Info – An extensive database with articles regarding integrative medicine viewpoints; please note, many of these opinions are highly polarized – read accordingly.

    The Yin Ova Center – A complementary medical center, providing acupuncture, massage, nutritional advise, and support groups, among other healthy lifestyle resources, in a spa-like setting.