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Below we list local support organizations and provide some resources for finding a childbirth educator, doula, or midwife. BirthNet does not endorse any particular provider of these services, but makes this information available for use by consumers and others. Where possible, information about organizations has been taken from the organizations' own materials (noted by italics).

Support Organizations

New York Friends of Midwives (NYFOM)
69 Van Dam Street
Saratoga Springs, NY  12866
( 518) 584-6619
nyfom@birthnewyork.org

NYFOM advocates for women in New York to have access to the Midwives Model of Care for more women in more settings at every stage of life. 

Family Life Center
20 Elm Street
Albany, NY  12202
(518) 465-0241,
www.familylifecenter-albany.org/ 

Provides education and support to women and families during the childbearing year.  Childbirth education classes, doula service, labor pool rental, and early parenting support.

Women With Women
37 Saunders Lane
Ballston Lake, NY  12019
(518) 885-1806

Provides childbirth support services � has a resource listing of pregnancy, labor, and postpartum support services.

The Doula Network of the Capital Region

www.thedoulanetwork.org

A local group of doulas serving Albany, Schenectady, Saratoga Springs, Troy, and surrounding areas. Labor doulas and postpartum doulas certified by various organizations.

La Leche League International

Meets monthly in Delmar, NY
Leaders: Traci (518) 459-0180 ; Pat S (518) 439-9104
Albany Chapter

Meet monthly in Scotia and Niskayuna, NY
Leaders: Suzi (518) 396-6342 ; Jeannine (518) 588-4343
Schenectady Chapters

Meets monthly in Sand Lake (Greenbush) and Troy, NY
Leaders: Jennifer (518) 283-5187 ; Tracie (518) 283-3032
Rensselaer Chapters

Meets monthly in Clifton Park and Saratoga, NY
Leaders: Holly (518) 877-7645 ; Laura  (518) 587-4272
Saratoga Chapters

La Leche League is an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing education, information, support, and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed. All breastfeeding mothers and pregnant women interested in breastfeeding are welcome to come to our meetings or call our Leaders for breastfeeding help. To receive notices of our meetings in the mail or by e-mail, please contact a Leader listed above.

Community Cradle
2 EComm Square 3rd Floor
Albany, New York 12207
(518) 426-1153
info@communitycradle.org
www.communitycradle.org
Parent Resource Directory available on Web site.

The Mission of Community Cradle, formerly Maternal Infant Network of the Capital Region (MINCR), is to take a leadership role in achieving optimal health for mothers and babies in our communities through: education, collaboration, resources. We strive to remove barriers to accessing community and health services needed by infants and women of childbearing age by offering community education and resources and by facilitating collaboration of consumers, health providers, and human service providers.

New York State Association of Licensed Midwives
3188 Knapp Road
Vestal, New York
13850
www.nysalm.org

NYSALM is a group of licensed practicing midwives in NYS that seeks to promote the health and well-being of women and infants through midwifery care; to facilitate the professional practice of licensed midwives in the State of New York; and to encourage and maintain collegial relationships with healthcare providers, institutions, and organizations.

Childbirth Educators

We do not have a listing of local independent childbirth educators. However, a good resource for this information is:

Women With Women
37 Saunders Lane
Ballston Lake, NY  12019
(518) 885-1806

Also, the Web sites of the major childbirth education organizations list their certified educators by state (links below are to the organizations' directories):

Labor and Postpartum Doulas

We do not have a listing of doulas in the Capital Region. However, good resources for this information are:

Women With Women
37 Saunders Lane
Ballston Lake, NY  12019
(518) 885-1806

The Doula Network of the Capital Region

www.thedoulanetwork.org

Also, the Web sites of the major doula-training organizations list their certified doulas by state:

  • DONA (DONA International)
  • CAPPA (Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association)
  • ICEA (International Childbirth Education Association)
  • Birthworks

Midwives

You can find midwives using several resources:

Hospital Statistics

New York State is one of only a few states that require hospitals to make their statistics available to consumers.  The NYS Department of Health has also made statistics available on their website's Hospital Profiles page.. 

To access the statistics, click the link below:

NYS Hospital Maternity-Related Procedures & Practices

Choices in Childbirth has the hospital statistics for all NYS hospitals going back to 2000.

The Birth Survey also lists all facilities and licensed providers around the US together with overall ratings based on survey results (where available).