23: Postpartum: Support, Breast Feeding & Depression


April Haugen earned her Master of Science of Midwifery and Bachelor of Science in Herbal Science from Bastyr University in 2014. Between 2010 and 2014 she attended over 160 births as a student midwife.  And from the year 2000 till now she has also been working as a doula.
April is trained in herbal medicine and uses its ability to support the body’s natural healing in her midwifery care.

Her master thesis was titled “Using herbal medicine for labor induction and augmentation: An evidence-based practice guideline for Licensed Midwives”


Organic Catnip Tincture: http://amzn.to/1SBwewA

Organic Rasberry Leaf Tea: http://amzn.to/1SkaxC6

Supplements for lactation support recommended by Midwife April:

Go-Lacta: http://amzn.to/1QuwOrl

Motherlove: http://amzn.to/1SBwKKM


Reducing fear of birth in U.S. culture: Ina May Gaskin at TEDxSacramento

How to Calm a Crying Baby in 5 Seconds (This REALLY works!)

After watching that videos, get his book http://amzn.to/1VK5KwJ so you can learn his technique for calming crying babies.  Also, this book is an amazing gift for expecting parents. I was so thankful a good friend of mine gave me a copy when he found out I was pregnant!

This is a MUST watch for all future parents and loved ones. We must support parents in delayed cord clamping!
Penny Simkin on Delayed Cord Clamping


The Womanly Art of Breast Feeding (Latest edition does not have a purple cover)

Childbirth Without Fear: The Principles and Practice of Natural Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin

Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding:


It is recommended that you look up local breastfeeding classes from:
La Leche League

For breast milk donation (to receive or give) Facebook search HM4HB (Human Milk For Human Babies) and Eats On Feets. You will find local Facebook fan pages and Facebook groups to join. Ask them for guidance and recommendations. They are a great supportive community.

April’s site: http://sunrisemidwifery.net/

Orgasmic Birth: www.orgasmicbirth.com

Midwives’ Association of Washington State:


Penny Simpkin: https://www.pennysimkin.com/

The BIG Push for Midwives: