Pregnancy, Birth, and Parenting Resources in the Treasure Valley
Whether during pregnancy, birth, after the baby is born, or beyond, the support of experienced caregivers, classes, groups and more can greatly improve your experience. Let this be your one-stop-shop for local resources for your parenting journey! Come back often as this site is intended to be ever-changing and up-to-date.
A birth center is a health care facility for childbirth where care is provided in the midwifery and wellness model. The birth center is freestanding and not a hospital. Birth centers are guided by principles of prevention, sensitivity, safety, appropriate medical intervention and cost-effectiveness.
While breastfeeding comes naturally to some, many new mothers face challenges and need help! Finding a professional to assist in this new adventure can make an incredible difference in your breastfeeding journey.
There are many great resources out there on parenting, how do you ever pick? Below are a few books that we at Building Villages think would be a great place to start.
The early years are the most important learning and development years for young children. In fact 90 percent of the brain develops before the age of five. Choosing child care is a big decision for families and can be an overwhelming task. It is important to start early and consider factors such as type of care, location, and environment.
For most pregnant women, even if you already have a child, labor and birth process can be both overwhelming and joyful. Many women and their partners choose to attend childbirth classes to gather information and prepare for childbirth.
As our children grow, they begin to see and learn about the world through every interaction. Children's activities help our little ones engage, interact, and learn about the world around them in a supportive and fun environment.
A doula is a a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible.
An obstetrician/gynecologist is a physician specialist who provides medical and surgical care to women and has particular expertise in pregnancy, childbirth, and disorders of the reproductive system. This includes preventative care, prenatal care, detection of sexually transmitted diseases, Pap test screening, family planning, etc.
Programs of support and education that impact the lives of children and families have an opportunity to improve lifelong health and community outcomes. Parental support and education are foundational to the healthy development of children.
A pediatrician is a medical doctor that specializes in the care of infants, children, and adolescents. The best time to start looking for a pediatrician is between 28 and 34 weeks into your pregnancy, when you likely know what you want and have some times to do your homework. Take time to find someone who is a good fit for your child and a personal connection for you.
There are many aspects of raising healthy children. To be truly healthy, it is important that parents foster physical health, but we can't forget that a child’s emotional health must be nurtured and strengthened as well. Find professionals and resources who can support this journey with your child.
Postpartum care is about much more than just the physical recovery from pregnancy and birth. New moms are typically feeling overwhelmed physically, emotionally, and spiritually, and truly believe that there is no time or energy to even think about themselves. However, it is so important for new parents to engage in self-care.
A woman's health is essential to the good health of her baby. Women who eat well and exercise regularly along with regular prenatal care are less likely to have complications during pregnancy. They're also more likely to successfully give birth to a healthy baby!
Programs and services available in Idaho that engage children and parents in building protective factors and solidifying and supporting strong and healthy families.
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Note: Building Villages does not specifically endorse any of the listed physicians or businesses, nor can not attest to the quality of the services provided. This list is for informational purposes only. Please take time to research and choose providers and services based on your own personal experience and judgement.