Dallas Moms Pregnancy Guide: Education & Support Resources

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The more you know! We’ve compiled links to lots of helpful resources, from breastfeeding to childbirth classes to VBACs. Arranged alphabetically by topic.

BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT

Generally, you’ll receive at least one lactation consultation whether you’re in a hospital, a birth center, or at home with your midwife. Some of the midwife practices in particular are committed to continuing support as you figure things out with your new baby. But if you find yourself in need of more help or you want to know the real rules about freezing and thawing breastmilk, don’t worry, you’ve got options.

I had a particularly nasty bout of mastitis with my second. I was so sick and home remedies weren’t working. I knew I’d probably need antibiotics but didn’t feel great about it. I called up LLL and was able to talk through my worries and feel better about moving forward. It was such a help to talk it out for a bit with a supportive expert.

La Leche League is an international non-profit breastfeeding advocacy organization with several area-based Dallas groups. They hold monthly meetings for informal discussions, up-to-date breastfeeding info, and support through sharing experiences. The Central Dallas Group meets at Café Brazil, for example. Laid back.

You can also just call ‘em up if you have a question. Best part? It’s free!

Lactation Care Center through the City of Dallas
Support for breastfeeding mothers provided by certified lactation consultants free of charge, in a calm, friendly environment. Facebook page here.

Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas
“Mothers of premature infants often struggle to produce adequate breastmilk due to stress, their own medical conditions or a number of other factors. For these mothers, donor human milk is a welcome gift during this stressful time in their families’ lives.”

Some newborn care companies also offer lactation consultation services:

Hush Hush Little Baby Newborn Care – Infant care (including nights), postpartum doulas, labor doulas, lactation support, sleep training, newborn care consultation, multiples and preemie care.

We Baby Momma – Birth doula, postpartum doula, newborn care, lactation support, sleep training, meal prep.

CLASSES

Birth centers and hospitals offer an array of relevant classes, with hospital-based classes typically the most affordable. Here are some additional spots:

Natural Beginnings
Classes on childbirth (group or private), parenting and breastfeeding.

Great Expectation Doulas
Many different class options from childbirth to breastfeeding to baby care basics. Includes private and online options, too.

Bishop Babies
Classes on breastfeeding, infant/child CPR, baby care basics, lactation consultations and more held at Oak Cliff Pediatrics. They also offer a couple in-home options.

Dallas Birth Doulas
Classes on childbirth, infant massage and babywearing, and infant & child CPR. Private, in-home options offered.

Natural Beginnings
Classes on birth, parenting and breastfeeding, phone consults, in-office and in-home consultations, breast pump rentals.

Cherish Birth
Emphasis on unmedicated childbirth. Christian-based childbirth classes available.

Sweet Dreams Infant Care
In-home class on all aspects of infant care.

DFW Birth Resource
Classes on Hypnobirthing and the Bradley Method. Group and private options available.

FURTHER READING

You know we’ve got relevant posts in our archives!

My Hospital Birth, My Birth Center Birth, My Homebirth

My Quest to VBAC in Dallas

Prenatal Care at a Birth Center

I Ate My Placenta

My Breastfeeding Journey

10 Tips for Your Nips: A Guide for a Pumping Mama

Formula Awareness Day: When Breastfeeding Doesn’t Work

I Don’t Know What I’m Doing {Favorite Resources from DMB Contributors}

Where to Take the Baby Stuff: 10 Organizations That Need Your Used Baby Items

I Don’t Know How You Do It: Parenting a Medically-Complex Child

MOM GROUPS

Support from other moms can really help with your emotional recovery after childbirth (and beyond!). Mom groups can also facilitate getting out of the house, which is healthy for lots of reasons. Check out our Neighborhood Groups to connect with other moms in your area. We also have groups for working moms, if you want to connect with women who understand those particular challenges.

POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION RESOURCES

Dallas Postpartum Support

Postpartum Support International, Texas Resource Guide

The Symptoms of Postpartum Depression & Anxiety (in Plain Mama English)

Directory of Pregnancy/Prenatal/Postpartum Therapists in Dallas

VBAC RESOURCES

VBACfacts

ICAN International Caesarean Awareness Network

DFW VBAC/Caesarean Support Facebook Group

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Katie Lewis
Katie grew up in Dallas, went to SMU, and spent 10 post-college years in Austin, where she and her husband Mick welcomed Gemma in 2011 and Ryker in 2013. They all moved to central Fort Worth almost 4 years ago and have found it to be quite fun and a great place for kids. Katie is horrible at social media but will admit to a preference for her Twitter timeline these days. Favorite uses for her phone: reading library books and listening to comedy podcasts. Least favorite uses: making and receiving calls. She's forever down to watch any show that's British, supernatural, or on The CW. If you can quote Death Becomes Her, Big Business, or the 1987 Shelley Long flop Hello Again, please get in touch because you are most certainly kindred spirits.

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