Local Resources

Local Resources

The first “Brains Trust” began as a term for a small group of advisors (experts in their fields) usually brought together to advise a presidential administration. The term has since morphed to refer to any group of trusted advisors to a decision maker.

In your family… isn’t that decision maker YOU? So, who is in YOUR brain trust?

I have compiled a list of trusted advisors, consultants and providers here for you to explore, interview and if you choose, incorporate into your own personal Brain Trust.


Freestanding Birth Centers:
Boise Birth Center
Treasure Valley Midwives & Birth Center
Mercy Birth Center

St. Alponsus
St. Luke’s

Out-of-Hospital Midwives:
Idaho Midwifery Council
Idaho State Board of Midwifery

Nurse Midwives:

Georgianna Ainslie, CNM

Kristi Rhodes, CNM

St. Alphonsus Nurse-Midwives

St. Luke’s Nurse Midwives

St. Alphonsus Breastfeeding Support and Encouragement

Mother’s Milk & More

Lynnelle King, IBCLC : 208-856-0564

Placenta Encapsulation:

Grethen Vetter

Idaho Birth Services

Postpartum Support

Trista Kovach

Cranial Sacral Therapy

Pat Babendure: 939-2239

The Lotus Tree
Laurie Appel or Kathy Weinert: 208-433-9152

Prenatal Yoga/Pilates

Thrive Physical Therapy and Pilates

Car Seat Safety Checks

St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital Schedule

Parent Education

Mike Malterre – Dad’s Pizza and Parenting Class
Positive Discipline

Communication/Couples Counseling & Mediation


Kam Taylor Photography

Lindy English Photography

A Full Cup Birth Photography
I started looking at maternity and birth photography in Seattle in 1996 (our birth center had a very long hall way that serves as a gallery for local photographers to show their work). We got so many requests to hang work and it was my job to “curate” them so I have been looking at birth photography for 15 + years. Anyway, I was so impressed with Debbie’s photos when I saw them last year and feel she has the gift of telling the story in the way I love to do with my clients. SO, if you can hire a photographer JUST for the photos…please contact Debbie.

Other FUN stuff for babies and kids (and their parents, too)in the Boise, Idaho area:

Mommy’s Own A locally owned, on-line store with oodles of good stuff/resources for moms and babies. Here you can find nursing bras or breast pumps in Boise, Meridian, Nampa, Idaho.

Just Kiddin’ Around Indoor creative play place for kids and families.



Lamaze International
Yes, it started out as the hee-hee-hoo technique but Lamaze International is no longer a technique. It is instead, a philosophy: birth is NORMAL and and there are many ways women and their partners will find to give birth confidently. Parents will find many useful tools and resources through Lamaze, not the least of which is…
The Lamaze Healthy Birth Practices

Childbirth Connection
A rich resource for parents and birth professinoals, Childbirth Connextion provides up-to-date evidence-based information and resources on planning for pregnancy, labor and birth, and the postpartum period.

CIMS – The Coalition to Improve Maternity Services
The Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) is a coalition of individuals and national organizations with concern for the care and well-being of mothers, babies, and families.
CIMS is responsible for the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative and The Birth Survey If you have given birth in the past 3 years, please visit The Birth Survey and share your experience about your care provider. If you are pregnant, please check out The Birth Survey to learn more about the providers in your area.

Cesarean and VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) Information and Education
I-CAN – The International Cesarean Awareness Network with two Chapters in Idaho including Boise. There is a reason the US has a cesarean section of rate of 30+%. Learn how to avoid unnecessary cesarean section and how to increase your chances of a successful VBAC.


Breastfeeding Made Simple

Kelly Mom

Dr. Jack Newman

Best for Babes


DONA International
Doulas of North America International is the premiere doulat training and certifying agency. The founders of DONA were responsible for starting the modern birth support movement, coining the term, doula (which means “woman’s servant”). DONA is at the leading edge of training both birth and postpartum doulas and providing enriching continue education to its nearly 7000 members worldwide.

Find doulas in your area. Learn about their experience, training, fees and availability.


Women Who Rock My World:
Penny Simkin

Brene Brown