The joy of having a baby is second to none. But with all the joy comes a lot of questions. Where to deliver? Should you have a midwife or OB-GYN? What about a doula? How do you help baby find a good sleep schedule? Who should you trust to care for baby when you’re at work? Where can you get baby moving and learning? OK, let’s take a deep breath. The moms who read DFWChild are great at sharing, so they can help answer all those questions. Our annual Best: Moms & Babies survey compiles their recommendations for everything from hospitals and birthing centers to swim classes and sleep consultants. Read on for this year’s winners in Collin County.
Best Hospital to Have a Baby: Medical City Plano
It’s no surprise that when the big day arrives, moms trust Medical City Plano as the best place in Collin County to bring their little ones into the world. The hospital offers modern amenities to make your stay comfortable (and safe)— memory foam beds, a gourmet post-delivery meal for your celebration, and an enhanced infant security system. During your labor process, Medical City Plano professionals can provide a variety of options for pain management, from an epidural to nitrous oxide or aromatherapy. Post-delivery, you have access to on-site breastfeeding support through the Texas Ten Step Program and a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) just in case your baby needs some extra care. Moms also feel safe because Medical City Plano is keeping up to date with the latest COVID-19 protocols and testing to minimize exposure.
3901 W. 15th St., Plano; medicalcityplano.com
Best Birthing Center: Allen Midwifery & Family Wellness (Formerly Allen Birthing Center)
For a birthing center experience, our Collin County readers choose Allen Midwifery & Family Wellness. Located in a fully renovated, historic home with two birthing suites—each with a private bathroom and birthing tub—AMFW provides moms a comfortable setting for labor and delivery. When it opened in 2003, AMFW was the first birthing center in Collin County. As of last fall, the center expanded its offerings to include primary care and family wellness, holistic fertility and hormone therapy. With four nurse midwives on staff as well as a family nurse practitioner and a traditional Chinese medicine specialist, the team at Allen Midwifery & Family Center has a variety of services to help care for your family.
406 W. Main St., Allen; allenmidwifery.com
Best Midwife: Dr. Teri Mitchell of BundleBorn Midwifery
Collin County mamas who use a midwife are sure to know about Dr. Teri Mitchell of BundleBorn Midwifery. Mitchell felt called to midwifery at an early age and spent 20 years getting the education to help families through the process of childbirth and the postpartum period. After earning associate and bachelor’s degrees in nursing, became certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners. She went on to earn a doctorate in nursing practice degree in midwifery in 2014 before becoming certified as a midwife by the American Midwifery Certification Board. She is passionate about supporting growing families and specializes in home births, water births and house calls.
8501 Wade Blvd., Suite 630, Frisco; bundleborn.com
Best Doula: Stacy Hutchins of Birthing… Naturally
Stacy Hutchins of Birthing… Naturally has had a passion for birth education since the birth of her first child in 2004. Serving Colling County and the entire DFW Metroplex, Hutchins created Birthing… Naturally with fellow doula and childbirth educator Shelly Brittain to ensure that families are always supported on this amazing journey. Hutchins works in a variety of birth settings, including home, hospital or birthing center. Now a mom of four, she wants to empower and educate other parents so they can have a positive birthing experience.
Best Childbirth Class: Prepared Childbirth at Medical City Plano
For first-time parents in Collin County, there is no better class to gear up for a hospital birth adventure than the Prepared Childbirth Class at Medical City Plano. Due to the pandemic, classes are currently being held virtually, but each class still includes a tour of the labor and postpartum units—so you can check that off your list as well. The three-hour class covers an array of topics, from the signs and symptoms of labor to what to pack for the hospital and postpartum care for mom. The free Prepared Childbirth class takes place about once a month, but for a fee of $45 you can receive access to an online class you can watch anytime.
3901 W. 15th St., Plano; medicalcityplano.com
Best Infant Sleep Consultant: Live Love Sleep
Our Collin County readers choose Live Love Sleep to help their little one get on a schedule that minimizes tears and maximizes rest—for babies and parents. Live Love Sleep’s baby program lasts two weeks, and founder Kaley Medina says it’s amazing how quickly infants learn sleep skills. Her team of sleep consultants will come up with a detailed, around-the-clock plan to help your family better adjust. From changes to bedtime routines and strategies for helping littles fall asleep to handling early wakeups and a feeding schedule that promotes good sleep, Live Love Sleep’s plan will have you covered. And if you run into bedtime troubles with an older kiddo, Live Love Sleep can help there too.
Best Child Care Center for Infants: Primrose Schools
The Primrose name has become synonymous with excellence in child care, so it makes sense that our Collin County readers (and those in Dallas and Denton counties) turn to Primrose Schools to care for their little ones. With multiple private preschool locations in Collin County (and 62 throughout the Metroplex), parents have high-quality care just around the corner. Primrose prides itself on its balanced learning curriculum, which combines teacher-guided learning with child-initiated play. Primrose offers early childhood education for children from 6 weeks to 6 years, and an after-school program for children up to age 12—providing a consistent environment throughout childhood. All Primrose teachers have experience in child development and are trained in CPR and first aid.
Multiple locations; primroseschools.com
Best Babysitting Service: Mom’s Best Friend
With virtual learning, increased cleaning and more meals at home than ever, parents have a lot on their plate. Add in a new baby and moms are swamped. So it’s no surprise that they turn to Mom’s Best Friend for help. Our Collin County readers and their Denton County neighbors recommend Mom’s Best Friend when you’re looking for a professional babysitter (anyone need a date night?)—and to give parents an extra peace of mind, all of Mom’s Best Friend caregivers are screened in a 10-step process and are certified in CPR and first aid. Need other household help? Mom’s Best Friend is a full-service agency that connects families with full-time or part-time nannies, housekeepers, personal assistants, cooks and senior care specialists. Contact Mom’s Best Friend for information on COVID protocols.
Best Parent & Baby Classes: The Little Gym
Parents have been sending their kids The Little Gym for nearly 45 years—and Collin County readers tell us it’s their favorite place for parent-and-baby classes. You can start your little one at 4 months, with other classes available for kids up to age 12. The Little Gym (with locations in Plano and Frisco) provides a great environment to build confidence and strength. Infant classes are 45 minutes and include music, movement and and a variety of age-appropriate activities that change each week. Babies develop strength, balance, special awareness and social skills. The Little Gym has virtual and in-person class options for Collin County families. It’s also the Best Parent & Baby Classes winner for Tarrant County.
Best Infant Swim Class: Emler Swim School
Our readers in Collin County (and across the Metroplex) say Emler Swim School is the place to get baby splashing. With locations in Allen, Central Frisco – McKinney, Frisco – West, Plano and Sachse, Emler has Collin County parents covered. There are offerings for infants as young as 2 months (a free semester called Bathtime Babies, introducing them to the water). As your child grows, they’ll learn to kick and submerge under an experienced instructor’s guidance. Some classes are designed for Mom or Dad to join their little in the water. You won’t mind: The saltwater pools—with a max depth of 4 feet—are always 90 degrees. And Emler is committed to a safe environment, with UV water purification systems and enhanced cleaning protocols.
Multiple locations; emlerswimschool.com