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 Tarrant County .
Best Hospital to Have a Baby: Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth
When it comes to hospital births, our Tarrant County readers love Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. From tub births to gentle cesareans, Texas Health Fort Worth will work with you to achieve the birth you want while keeping you comfortable and safe. The hospital features uniquely designed, private maternity suites that comfortably accommodate families. Each spacious suite includes a flat-screen TV, full-size private bathroom, a bed for mom’s support person and the ability to control your room’s temperature. To help celebrate baby’s arrival, parents can enjoy a complimentary celebratory meal during their stay. And if little ones need extra support after birth, Texas Health Fort Worth also has a Level III NICU on-site. Whether it’s your first or fourth baby, each birth is unique, and Texas Health Fort Worth is committed to providing support and care for a safe, memorable childbirth experience.
1301 Pennsylvania Ave., Fort Worth; texashealth.org/fw-baby
Best Birthing Center: Fort Worth Birthing & Wellness Center
Our Tarrant County readers who prefer a birthing center wholeheartedly recommend Fort Worth Birthing & Wellness Center (FWBC). Located in Cowtown’s Medical District, FWBC offers comprehensive certified nurse-midwifery care and a safe birth experience in a modern, relaxing, beautiful home-like environment. (You’ll want to borrow some design tips!) The FWBC team also provides prenatal, postpartum and well-woman services, and strives to build a strong bond with patients and families. Then there’s the state-of-the-art equipment, such as the Neopuff infant resuscitation machine. In the rare case a mom or baby needs to be transferred to a hospital, it’s just two blocks to Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth and Cook Children’s Medical Center, where FWBC midwives have privileges.
622 Hemphill St., Fort Worth; fwbirthcenter.com
Best Midwife: Carla Morrow, Fort Worth Birthing & Wellness Center, Fort Worth Midwife Associates
For more than two decades, Carla Morrow has been providing personalized care for women and their families. A certified nurse midwife with a doctorate in nursing from Baylor University, Morrow has attended more than 1,800 births. In 1993, she founded Fort Worth Birthing & Wellness Center, the only CABC (Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers) accredited Birth Center in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and a repeat winner for our Best Birthing Center in Tarrant County. Midwifery seems to run in the family: Morrow’s daughter Taylor Houser is our readers’ choice for Best Midwife in Dallas. They collectively own Fort Worth Midwife Associates, Arlington Midwife Associates and Dallas Midwife Associates. Morrow is committed to empowering women and helping them make the best decisions for their families.
Best Doula: Barb Davis with birth ǀ Fort Worth
Support without judgment: that’s what you get when you choose Barb Davis, founder of birth ǀ Fort Worth, as your doula. Our Tarrant County readers love Doula Barb—a repeat winner in this category—for her extensive knowledge of all things birth and her ability to emotionally connect with the families she serves. Davis is a dual-certified birth and postpartum doula, a certified childbirth educator (check out Davis’ Your Best Birth Class, another Best: Mom & Babies winner) and Texas Department of State Health Services lactation educator, with a background in early childhood education. Her goal is to educate, inform and inspire everyone she works with—so they find the strength and beauty in their birth experience.
Best Childbirth Class: Your Best Birth, taught by Barb Davis with birth ǀ Fort Worth
To prepare for childbirth, our Tarrant County readers love the Your Best Birth class, taught by Barb Davis (also voted Best Doula in Tarrant County). Your Best Birth gives soon-to-be moms and dads the information, confidence and skills to have—you guessed it!—the best birth experience possible. It’s not all business, though; Davis (better known as Doula Barb) cultivates a fun and laid-back atmosphere to put expectant parents at ease. There are in-person and virtual options, and Your Best Birth is recommended between 30 and 35 weeks. You’ll be totally prepared (well, as prepared as any new parent can be), with the class covering everything from the countdown to your due date to settling in with baby.
Best Infant Sleep Consultant: Live Love Sleep
When our readers in Tarrant County find sweet dreams hard to come by, they turn to Live Love Sleep for a personalized plan for their family. And it’s not just about the nighttime hours. Founder Kaley Medina and her team of professional sleep consultants put together an around-the-clock plan that will maximize rest and minimize tears. Live Love Sleep will help you determine optimal feeding times, develop a new bedtime routine, handle overnight wakeups and troubleshoot napping—and within days parents typically see some big improvements, and you’ll be resting much easier by the end of Live Love Sleep’s two-week baby program. There are also services for older kids so that everyone can reap the benefits of a good night’s sleep.
Best Child Care Center for Infants: Premier Academy & Premier Prep School
Our readers in Tarrant County entrust their precious little ones to the experts at Premier Academy and its partner campus, Premier Prep School. Premier Academy (with locations in Trophy Club and Sendera Ranch in Haslet) and Premier Prep (in Keller) provide a nurturing atmosphere for infants as young as 6 weeks old. Babies enjoy a stimulating environment, large classrooms with natural light, and toys and activities that build strength and understanding. Teachers are trained to evaluate progress, and infants advance to the next classroom based on development—which ensures surroundings and programs continually meet their needs. Premier Academy and Premier Prep, which are Christian-based child care centers, are committed to working collaboratively with families and delivering the same level of care and safety of home.
915 Trophy Club Drive, Trophy Club
14081 Willow Springs Road, Haslet
4040 Heritage Trace Parkway, Keller; premierprepschool.com
Best Babysitting Service: Nannies On the Go
Nannies On the Go is upping the babysitting game. To make sure your kiddo is in good hands, the agency uses an eight-step process to vet nannies prior to their employment (think full background check, sex offender check, criminal record check, driving record check, social security check and more). The agency offers a board-certified psychiatrist who can provide assessments for parents looking for a live-in nanny. Plus, there’s a 24/7 answering service, so someone can always be reached if there’s an emergency. If you do hire a permanent nanny through Nannies on the Go, your membership comes with complimentary backup service—so if your nanny is late, on vacation or on maternity leave, you don’t have to worry. Talk about service!
Best Parent & Baby Classes: The Little Gym
With multiple locations in Tarrant County (Southwest Fort Worth, North Fort Worth, Keller and Arlington/Mansfield), The Little Gym provides a fun, active, educational experience that is close to home. Classes at The Little Gym run 45 minutes, with parents helping their littles through developmentally appropriate activities and exercises—with a new theme, music and gym setup each week. You can start the parent-child class when your baby is 4 months old and continue on through toddlerhood, helping them develop strength, balance, spatial awareness and social skills. And each location has plenty of scheduling options that will work for any busy mama. Have an older kiddo? The Little Gym has gymnastics and sports skills classes, too.
Best Infant Swim Class: Emler Swim School
Moms and dads in Tarrant County build their babies’ comfort in the water at Emler Swim School. At Emler’s locations in Fort Worth and Southlake (and across the Metroplex), you’ll find 90-degree saltwater pools with a max depth of 4 feet, experienced instructors, UV water purification systems and a shiver-free ambient air temperature. Classes are designed for babies as young as 2 months, and as your infant grows, they build their skills and confidence in the pool. In Emler’s program for kiddos 6 months to 36 months, for example, they learn to kick independently for 10 feet and hold their breath underwater for 8–10 seconds. Emler has a long history of serving local parents, with the first school opening in Tarrant County in 1975.
6250 Southwest Blvd., Fort Worth
280 Commerce St., Suite 180, Southlake
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