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 Denton County.
Best Hospital to Have a Baby: Medical City Lewisville
At Medical City Lewisville, dreams are born—with our Denton County readers touting the care they’ve received through pregnancy, labor, delivery and beyond. The hospital provides a safe and supportive environment as well as comfort and privacy. You’ll stay in luxurious birth and postpartum suites, and the hospital has a Level III NICU if baby needs special care. Medical City Lewisville patients also have access to high-risk pregnancy services, breastfeeding support, on-site lactation consulting, cord blood donation and more. And of course, you’ll receive top-level care no matter the situation: same-sex partners, birth mothers, adoptive parents … Everyone is in good hands at Medical City Lewisville—whether this is your first baby or your fifth.
500 W Main St., Lewisville; medicalcityhealthcare.com
Best Birthing Center: Inanna Birth & Women’s Care
Inanna’s Birth & Women’s Care is a mainstay on our Best: Moms & Babies list for good reason. The center’s registered nurses and midwives have seen over 5,000 births in the last two decades, and our Denton County readers appreciate their expertise and outstanding care. The quaint and comfy birthing center features two spacious birthing suites, an exam room and kitchen. Childbirth classes are taught by Inanna’s midwives; the center also hosts postnatal fitness and CPR classes. Take a tour and get ready for your baby’s big day.
1823 N. Locust St., Denton; inannabirth.com
Best Midwife: Heather Caudell
Looking for a midwife? Our Denton County readers recommend Heather Caudell, certified nurse midwife and five-time DFWChild Mom Approved provider with Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates and, now, Medical City Lewisville. Caudell has been serving women for more than two decades, and her patients greatly value her expertise and compassion. She completed training at the Parkland School of Nurse-Midwifery at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center; Caudell is also a Marcus High School graduate—so she’s right at home in Denton County.
Best Doula: Ashlyn Biedebach, By The Brook Birth Doula
Want to welcome your baby with grace, peace and joy? Doula Ashlyn Biedebach can help you do just that. Our Denton County readers recommend the founder of By The Brook Birth Doula because of her reassuring experience and knowledge (Biedebach earned a bachelor’s of nursing at Texas A&M University Health Science Center); her kind, nurturing personality; and her passion for birth. She’s been caring for moms professionally for almost four years, assisting at 150 births and establishing her own practice. Biedebach fosters relationships with clients at every stage of pregnancy while working towards her midwifery license. From creating your birth plan to support during active labor and delivery, she will support you every step of the way.
Best Childbirth Class: Paula Hanna’s Prepared Childbirth, Medical City Lewisville
Before it’s time to head to the hospital, Medical City Lewisville’s Prepared Childbirth class will make sure you’re ready. You’ll get an overview of the birth process, options for controlling pain, labor support, relaxation techniques and more. And you’ll learn in the comfort of your own home; Prepared Childbirth is currently being offered online due to the pandemic. Our Denton County readers love the reassurance and knowledge they get from instructor Paula Hanna, who has been honored as one of DFW’s Great 100 Nurses; Hanna is also a certified childbirth educator and a lactation consultant who strives to be an “experience changer” for patients. With Hanna on your side and Prepared Childbirth under your belt, you’ll be calm and confident heading into the home stretch of pregnancy.
Best Infant Sleep Consultant: Live Love Sleep
When do you let baby nap, and when should they be awake? What are the optimal feeding times for the best sleep? How do you get a baby to sleep through the night? New parents have a lot of sleep-related questions, and our Denton County readers trust Live Love Sleep for the answers. Founder Kaley Medina and her team of sleep consultants create an around-the-clock, personalized plan for each family they serve. The baby program lasts about two weeks, and Medina says most parents are seeing big improvements within three or four days. The Live Love Sleep team also works with toddlers and elementary kiddos. Better rest is within reach for the whole family.
Best Child Care Center for Infants: Primrose Schools
Our Denton County readers love Primrose Schools for its longtime experience and outstanding reputation in child care. And then there’s the convenience: Primrose has multiple private preschool locations in Denton County (and 62 throughout the Metroplex—Primrose is a favorite of our readers in Dallas and Collin counties, too). Teachers provide early childhood education for children from 6 weeks to 6 years, and an after-school program for children up to age 12—providing consistency in care over the years. Primrose prides itself on its balanced learning curriculum, which combines teacher-guided learning with child-initiated play. All Primrose teachers have training in child development and can provide CPR and first aid.
Multiple locations; primroseschools.com
Best Babysitting Service: Mom’s Best Friend
Need a night out? As much as you love your little one, it can be nice to reconnect with your partner. Our Denton County readers (and those in Collin County) use Mom’s Best Friend to find a professional babysitter. Parents can rest easy knowing f 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: Win Kids
Win Kids comes out on top among our Denton County readers and their littles. During 45-minute classes, kiddos as young as 6 months get the foundation for gymnastics. As they grow, they’ll graduate to everything from rolls and trampoline skills to handstands and cartwheels. Have a budding ninja on your hands? Win Kids is also offering Nina Tots class for toddlers, which still focuses on basic gymnastic skills while incorporating obstacle course activities. Call for a free introductory class.
3000 Waketon Road, Flower Mound; winkids.net
Best Infant Swim Class: Emler Swim School
Emler Swim School has a long history of introducing little ones to the water, and for the past five years, Denton County parents have had an Emler school of their own in Flower Mound. Our readers love Emler’s experienced instructors, 90-degree saltwater pools, shiver-proof air temperatures, enhanced health and safety measures, and the classes designed for babies as young as 2 months. Your kiddo will progress from getting comfortable in the pool to kicking independently and holding their breath under water and more. Classes are semester-based and held all year long. And Emler offers parents the “Emler Sure” guarantee that their child will learn to swim.
3000 Waketon Road, Suite 102, Flower Mound; emlerswimschool.com
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