The major Dallas hospitals and birth centers are generally pretty well-equipped to provide support services during pregnancy and childbirth. But in a big city like Dallas, if you want more, you can find more.
DONA International – Not sure if you want a doula? Start here and read all about it. Also includes a doula locator for your area. Browse around on the websites below to learn even more about what a doula can do for you during labor (or after).
Our Birthing Home – also offers chiropractic services, massages (including induction and postpartum massages), and psychotherapy
Project H.A.P.P.Y. – primarily for underserved communities and women who may not otherwise be able to obtain doula services
PROFESSIONAL NEWBORN CARE
If you’re looking to outsource or supplement aspects of newborn care in any way, you might start here. Many of these companies offer a variety of services ranging from night nannies, multiples care, parent education classes, sleep training, postpartum doulas, lactation consulting, and more.
What is a Night Nanny?
An experienced infant care giver (sometimes a certified newborn care specialist or even a nurse with NICU background) who helps manage sleep training, night time feedings, soothing, etc. during the night.
This service comes with a pretty steep price. If you’re interested but the cost makes you balk, consider asking for a few nights with a night nanny as part of a group baby shower gift. Or book a single night and see what you think before deciding whether to make such an investment.
What is a Postpartum Doula?
Typically hired for a minimum of 4-8 hours but can help out as often as 7 days a week, postpartum doulas are basically an extra set of hands. They’ll help with emotional and physical recovery, breastfeeding support, errands, assistance with baby and any siblings, things like that.
This is another one that could be a good group shower gift. And depending on your insurance, you can sometimes pay for this service using a health savings account.
Sweet Dreams Infant Care – Infant care (including nights), postpartum doulas, sleep training, parent classes, and multiples care.
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.
Gibson Newborn Services – Newborn care (including nights), sleep consultations, multiples care, reflux/colic/sleep issues, car seat installation.
Newborn Nightingales – Night nursing and sleep consulting.
We Baby Momma – Birth doula, postpartum doula, newborn care, lactation support, sleep training, meal prep.
Mom’s Best Friend – Night nannies.
CAR SEAT SAFETY CHECK
Dallas Police Department car seat checks by appointment. For newborns, please schedule at least 1 month ahead of due date. Free.
Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas by appointment. Free 30-minute appointment.
Children’s by appointment every Wednesday in English or Spanish. Free.
Texas Department of Transportation. Free at the district office in Mesquite.
Addison Police Department by appointment. Free.
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