To give your pregnancy brain a break from researching everything, we polled our readers to find their favorite local resources for moms-to-be, from childbirth classes to doulas. Here are the winners—consider it our baby shower gift to you. (These resources originally appeared in the February issues of CollinChild, DallasChild, FortWorthChild and NorthTexasChild magazines.)
Best Childbirth Class
Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources’ six- toeight-hour Prepared Childbirth course covers the stages of labor, comfort measures, anatomy and the medical interventions of which you may or may not decide to take advantage. Register online for a one-time Saturday course or three-session weekday course. Stuck on bed rest? Prepared Childbirth is offered online too.
Multiple locations; texashealth.org
Best Hospitals to Have a Baby
Collin County // Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano
With private labor and delivery suites and a level III neonatal intensive care nursery, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano takes care of you and baby in all stages of your birthing experience. Nurses bring you and Dad a complimentary steak and lobster dinner (vegetarian and vegan options available) and shareable dessert after delivery. Once baby arrives, an in-house lactation consultant helps you get the hang of breastfeeding, and the Mother’s Gift Shop offers breast pumps and equipment for rent. From 1–4pm, the postpartum unit dims the lights for quiet time so you can
bond with your baby and catch up on sleep.
6200 W. Parker Road, Plano, 972/981-8000; texashealth.org/plano-baby
Dallas County // Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas
The nurses, doctors and midwives of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas help you achieve the birth you desire. Request birthing balls, labor bars and rooms with tubs for alternative labor support, and if a C-section is necessary, opt for a gentle cesarean, which uses clear drapes instead of blue so you can see baby the moment she arrives. The in-hospital spa service pampers moms with a soakless manicure and pedicure plus a hand and foot massage. For ultimate relaxation, book a luxury suite that includes a fridge, coffee machine, floral arrangements, spa products and concierge services.
8200 Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas, 214/345-6789; texashealth.org/dallas-baby
Denton County // Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Flower Mound
Local mamas trust Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Flower Mound with their labor and delivery care, and it’s easy to see why. From private labor suites equipped with birthing peanuts and labor bars to the level II neonatal intensive care unit to breastfeeding support, the hospital takes care of your every need before and after baby arrives. That includes the need for privacy—bond with your new bundle during Serenity Time, a daily two-hour window without visitors, testing or other interruptions.
4400 Long Prairie Road, Flower Mound, 469/322-7000; texashealthflowermound.com
Tarrant County // Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth
Moms-to-be choose Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth because they like options. Water birth? No problem. Want to see the birth of your child, even during a C-section? Absolutely! The gentle cesarean will let you experience that magical moment. Whether you’d like nitrous oxide during labor, or you want that epidural ASAP, the hospital will work with you to achieve your ideal birth—and offer pre- and postpartum support through yoga classes, childbirth classes, an on-site breastfeeding boutique and a mobile app.
1301 Pennsylvania Ave., Fort Worth, 817/250-2000; texashealth.org/fw-baby
Best Birthing Centers
Collin County // Allen Birthing Center
A home away from home for expecting mamas, Allen Birthing Center provides two birthing suites with a tub for water births, private bathroom, kitchen, four-poster bed and labor accoutrements (e.g., peanut pillows, oil diffusers and massage tools). New this year: Sign up for a free, one-hour baby-wearing class. If you’re not feeling up to attending classes, take advantage of the center’s lending library of birthing and parenting books and DVDs.
406 Main St., Allen, 214/495-9918; allenbirthingcenter.com
Dallas County // Birth and Women’s Center
Nearly 4,000 baby footprints adorn the walls of Birth and Women’s Center, a testament to all the local moms who’ve trusted the center’s certified nurse midwives with their pregnancy and delivery care. Book a free tour of the center to see why so many Dallas babies have made their debuts there—if the fourposter bed, Jacuzzi tub, Victorian ambiance and fully stocked kitchen don’t convince you, the low emergency C-section and hospital transfer rates will.
3100 Swiss Ave., Dallas, 214/821-8190; birthcenter.net
Denton County // Inana Birth and Women’s Care
Since Inanna Birth and Women’s Care opened in 2006, over 1,500 North Texas babies have been delivered at the quaint Victorian-style birthing center, which has two birthing suites equipped with tubs (for relaxation or water birthing) and plenty of room for your loved ones. Staffed by certified nursemidwives, the center boasts low C-section and hospital transfer rates. Free tours are available most Saturdays at 2pm; call in advance to sign up.
1823 N. Locust St., Denton, 940/483-1569; inannabirth.com
Tarrant County // Fort Worth Birthing & Wellness Center
Our readers appreciate the one-on-one care and compassionate culture at Fort Worth Birthing & Wellness Center. Staffed by four certified nurse-midwives, the birthing center combines modern furnishings with Cowtown accents and is home to two birthing rooms complete with tubs, birthing balls and stools, and en-suite kitchens. The center is both licensed and accredited and, unlike many birthing centers, performs on-site ultrasounds. In case of a medical emergency, laboring moms can easily be transferred to Harris Methodist downtown.
622 Hemphill St., Fort Worth, 817/878-2737; fwbirthcenter.com
Collin County // Jessie Prim, Confident Birthing
Repeat winner Jessie Prim has 34 years of experience helping moms feel confident about giving birth. She’s worked with single and multiple births, medicated and unmedicated, and she’s passionate about supporting mom before, during and after the baby arrives.
Dallas County // Melissa Espey-Mueller, North Dallas Doula Associates
Readers have again voted Melissa Espey-Mueller the best doula in Dallas for her nearly two decades of creating connections with local families and empowering moms to advocate for themselves. She is the owner and founder of North Dallas Doula Associates, which provides doula services—plus placenta encapsulation, lactation support and more—to 400–500 families per year.
Dallas-Fort Worth area, 469/360-3810; northdallasdoulas.com
Denton County // Maria Pokluda, Great Expectations Birth
After struggling with infertility, Maria Pokluda has been practicing as a doula for 13 years now and is the founder and owner of Great Expectations Birth. She’s also created her own doula certification company that trains women nationwide to become doulas. Pokluda’s most basic Simply Doula package costs $795, with add-ons such as childbirth education and postpartum care available.
Dallas-Fort Worth area, 214/223-0226; greatexpectationsbirth.com
Tarrant County // Barbara Davis, Birth Fort Worth
Mom of two Barbara Davis is dual certified as a birth and postpartum doula, and she’s a birthing class educator, placenta encapsulation specialist, trained breastfeeding educator and owner of Birth Fort Worth. After a free consultation, receive on-call labor support, a prenatal and postpartum in-home visit and guidance as you create your personalized birth plan. Add-ons like belly binding and placenta encapsulation are available too.
Fort Worth area, 682/777-3932; birthfortworth.com
Collin County // Amy Giles, Allen Birthing Center
The owner of Allen Birthing Center, certified nurse-midwife Amy Giles has made it her calling to help every woman feel empowered by her birth experience. And our readers know it too—a multiyear winner, Giles maintains her place at the top by providing nitrous oxide at her birthing center, acquiring midwife privileges at nearby Baylor Scott & White McKinney and evolving her center to meet a mother’s emotional, physical and mental health needs with a network of holistic health professionals.
406 Main St., Allen, 214/495-9918; allenbirthingcenter.com
Dallas County // Adrienne Jones, Midwifery and Family Wellness
Certified nurse-midwife Adrienne Jones offers personalized pregnancy, labor and well-woman support within the hospital setting (Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, to be exact) for moms who want the best of both worlds. Through appointments that feel more like catching up with an old friend than a clinic visit, she implements a care plan for every mom and mom-to-be based on their physical, social and emotional needs.
8160 Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas, 214/345-6817; texashealth.org/dallas
Denton County // Kassia Walcott, Singing Tree Midwifery
As a certified professional midwife and owner of Singing Tree Midwifery, Kassia Walcott aims to help women from all religious and socioeconomic backgrounds have safe, comfortable births. Walcott sees patients for prenatal care at her office in Addison, then the majority of her patients deliver at home or in a birthing center. After baby arrives, Walcott provides six weeks of in-home postpartum visits.
Dallas-Fort Worth area, 509/592-5279; singingtreemidwifery.com
Tarrant County // Kaitlyn Wages, Origins Birth Services
After complications following her own hospital delivery, Kaitlyn Wages began midwifery training so she could help women give birth with as few interventions as possible. Now a certified professional midwife, Wages creates a unique birth plan for each family. Prenatal and postpartum appointments and deliveries take place at the farmhouse-style Origins Birth Services center, which she cofounded and co-owns.
10345 Alta Vista Road, Keller, 817/562-2828; originsbirth.com