Resources

Want to know what parental leave your state offers? Or what medications you can take while pumping? Or where to find support for a grandparent caregiver? Here are links to places that can help. If you know of an organization we should add, please drop us a line at contact@thefifthtrimester.com

 
 
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CHILDCARE

For a comprehensive (but generalized) look at the way various childcare choices impact children's development, check out the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development, which pulls together hundreds of research papers studying 1000+ children over many years. (If you are a fan of The Princess Bride, and you would like to, as Prince Humperdinck commands of his wedding efficient, "skip to the end," know that the upshot is this: Your emotional health and comfort with your childcare choices are paramount.)

Daycare resources

Child Care Resources, Inc.
National Association for Early Learning Leaders
National Association for the Education of Young Children
National Child Care Association

in-home Daycare resources

National Association for Family Child Care

Caregiver agencies

The Association of Premier Nanny Agencies
Care
Babysitters Registry
International Nanny Association
Nannies4Hire
SitterCity
Additionally, many colleges and universities have babysitter job boards.

Au pair agencies

Agent Au Pair
American Cultural Exchange
American Institute for Foreign Study
American Professional Exchange
AuPairCare
Au Pair Foundation
Au Pair International
Cultural Care Au Pair
Cultural Homestay International
EurAuPair International Child Care Programs
Expert Group International Inc.
InterExchange
The International Au Pair Exchange
USAuPair

support for stay-at-home dads

City Dads Group
Fatherly
National At-Home Dad Network

support for grandparent caregivers

Foundation for Grandparenting
Generations United
Grandparents' Guide for Family Nurturing & Safety
Legacy3

 

 
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Career development

comparison of company benefits

Fairygodboss
List Your Leave

flexible freelance employment options

Apres
Flexcel Network
Inkwell
Path Forward
Werk

for freelance benefits

Freelancers Union

 

 
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Breastfeeding and pumping

supplies and pump rentals

Ameda
Medela
The Upper Breast Side
Yummy Mummy
The Pump Station & Nurtury
Babyation

milk donation

The Human Milk Banking Association of North America

advice

Pumping and nursing questions: KellyMom
Medication while breastfeeding: InfantRisk Center 
Lactation consultants: International Lactation Consultant Association; La Leche League
Alcohol consumption and lactation: The Recovery Village
Legal: federal and state laws 
Hand-expressing how-tos: The Milkin MamaJane Morton, MD on youtube.com