By: Danielle Sullivan
We all know that it takes a village to raise a baby, and expectant and new moms need support in many areas. The good news is that there is more help out there than ever before. Whether you are seeking support in breast feeding, searching for an encouraging childbirth class, trying to find just the right nursing bra or breast pump, or find some relaxation through yoga, you will find it below!
A Mother’s Haven
Established in 2002, A Mother’s Haven has become a premier resource for new and expecting parents within the San Fernando Valley and beyond with their variety of classes. The two-classroom education center provides private and intimate classes for families before baby through toddler age. Prenatal class options include Infant CPR, Prepared Childbirth, Caring for a Newborn, Breastfeeding 101 and Sleep 101. Postnatal classes include Mommy and Me, Daddy and Me, Sign language, Music, and Preschool Readiness. A Mother’s Haven also offers a 2000 sq/ft shopping boutique with a variety of parent and baby necessities including Medela pumps & pumping supplies, nursing bras, clothing, toys, books, specialty items, and more.
Bellies, Babies and Bosoms
From pregnancy support belts to adorable layette to lacey nursing bras, Bellies, Babies and Bosoms carries it all. Their mission is to educate, encourage, and empower a mom with her choices. Bellies specializes in supporting new moms with lactation, and offers a free pre-natal breastfeeding class, as a way of giving back to the community. Bellies also provides excellent prenatal, lactation, and postpartum support with a staff, who are mothers themselves, committed to nurturing new moms with impeccable service and courtesy. Product selection is hand tested by staff, and chosen with detail and care. From classic to trendy, this store stocks the necessities, the indulgences, and the classics.
Bini Birth is a space dedicated to providing support and education for expecting parents, new families, and birth professionals. Their philosophy is built around the principle that birthing and parenting are intimate, normal, and highly individualized processes. Bini Birth’s ultimate goal is for parents to have a positive experience knowing that they are validated, supported, and loved throughout the process. This philosophy and approach is based on current scientific evidence in the field of childbirth and is non-judgmental and friendly. Bini Birth embraces different choices and options that expecting and new parents make based on cultural, religious and personal history and backgrounds. The Bini Birth team, along with founder Ana Paula Markel teach classes on childbirth education, doula training, and childbirth education training.
The Family Room
The Family Room is a resource center for expectant parents and young families to help individuals thrive, as they transition into parenthood and beyond. Supporting families from prenatal to preschool, The Family Room offers a wide array of classes and workshops from Childbirth Prep, to Mommy & Me, to Stress-Free Toddler Feeding, in the following areas: Before Baby, After Baby, Nutrition & Exercise, Twins, and Toddlers. In addition to popular classes, The Family Room provides many opportunities for families to connect and share the journey of parenthood and have fun!
Los Angeles Birth Partners
Los Angeles Birth Partners offers a wide range of childbirth education classes, developmental play groups, new mom support, and parenting lectures. All programs are taught by experts in the field with many years of experience. Class sizes are small, giving clients personalized attention. They fill up quickly, so keep that in mind when viewing their schedule. Pregnancy, delivery, and childcare classes are available during the week and on weekends. Sessions range from one day to six weeks. Also offered: New Mom Support, Developmental Play, Parenting Support, and Developmental Workshops. Groups meet weekly or monthly.
Silver Lake Yoga
Silver Lake Yoga continues to stand as one of the east side’s oldest yoga studios, going on 22 years now. It has always been a mom and pop, community style yoga studio, serving the general population, but in particular it has focused on prenatal woman, moms and babies, toddlers, and families. It offers 10 prenatal classes a week for both working moms who are looking for classes during the evening hours and weekends as well as classes during the mornings and at lunchtime. Two of their classes are labeled “Community Prenatal” for moms on a budget in which classes are only $10. Additional offerings include 4 Baby & Me classes, Toddler & Me, A Parent & Me for everybody in the household on Sundays, a Labor Support Prep class for couples, hypno birthing, and a postnatal focused class for moms. Silver Lake Yoga’s philosophy is that no matter who you are as a pregnant woman, either brand new to yoga or a seasoned pregnant yogi or a new Mother, everyone is welcome at any stage of their journey.
Supported Birth educates couples to make conscious choices about the birth of their baby, based on a combination of technical knowledge, confidence in the natural process of birth, rediscovering and trusting instincts, and many time-proven pain-coping tools and techniques. There is no right way to give birth. Supported Birth explores the factors that can influence labor, what are true complications, and when medical intervention is appropriate. However the naturalness, normalcy, femininity, and primitiveness of birth are emphasized. Supported Birth wants each woman to know that she already instinctively knows how to give birth, when given the freedom to labor with as much support and privacy as possible. A woman’s need to feel safe in her birthing environment can be greatly enhanced by experienced labor support. Supported Birth offers low-cost, mid-range, and full price doulas from the Supported Birth Directory. Birth is the bridge into the major life transition of parenthood, and Supported Birth classes also explore issues facing couples, fathers, and mothers as they confront the challenges of enormous change. Giving birth can be a transformational experience. Supported Birth wants it to be an empowering and positive one.
Two Doulas Birth
Two Doulas Birth offers award-winning childbirth education classes and workshops, birth and postpartum doula matchmaking services, and community events for new and expecting families in the Los Angeles area as well as community support, continuing education, and mentoring to LA doulas. Founded in 2012, Two Doulas Birth classes and events integrate core knowledge about pregnancy, labor, birth, and the early postpartum time, with practical experience gained by years working as doulas locally. Two Doulas Birth strives to meet families where they are, in an unbiased way, and support them as they navigate welcoming a baby into their family
Two Hearts Yoga
Created by Georgina O’Farrill, Two Hearts Yoga is a community studio where prenatal and postnatal moms can enjoy expert, convenient, and nurturing yoga classes. Baby & Me, Kid’s Yoga, Yoga4Fertility, and Restorative Yoga are also offered. O’Farrill firmly believes that practicing yoga will serve a vital and evolving role in your life as you build and raise a family. Two Hearts Yoga is committed to enhancing the quality of life for the entire family and ultimately for the entire community. They offer weekday, evening, and weekend classes to accommodate different schedules, including those of working parents. An informed and creative teacher, Georgina’s style and her unique approach to pre/post-natal yoga have made her a popular teacher, with pregnant students traveling from all over the city to attend her classes. She has also taught workshops and teacher trainings based on her extensive pre/post-natal teaching experience.
Other Valuable Resources
Anne M. Dennis M.A., LMFT postpartumhelp.org
Association for Wholistic Maternal & Newborn Health wholisticmaternalnewbornhealth.org
Avida Women’s Health Care avidawomen.com
Babytalk la babytalkla.com
Berlin Wellness Group doctorberlin.com
Birth and Beyond birthandbeyond.net
The Birth Concierge thebirthconcierge.com
Birth Happens Naturally birthhappensnaturally.com
UCLA BirthPlace birthplace.uclahealth.org
The Cradle Company thecradlecompany.com
Del Mar Birth Center delmarbirthcenter.com
Empowered Pregnancy empowered-pregnancy.com
Eisner Pediatric & Family Medical Center pedcenter.org
GreenLeaf Yoga Studio, Whittier greenleafyoga.com
Integrative Childbirth Services, Rena Koerner integrativechildbirth.net
Joanne Ameya Cohen joanneameyacohen.com
Knead Love Doula kneadlovedoula.com
L.A. Breastfeeding labreastfeeding.com
LA Birth Keepers labirthkeepers.com
The Land of Milk and Mommy landofmilkandmommy.com
Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers lcmh.org
The Los Angeles Birth Keepers labirthkeepers.com
Ma Yoga mayoga.com
Milkmade LA milkmadela.com
The Moving Joint themovingjoint.com
Natural Birth & Women’s Center LLC naturalbirthwomenscenter.com
One With Child onewithchild.com
The Pump Station & Nurtury pumpstation.com
The Purple Doula purpledoulalaura.com
Rebecca Benenati rebeccabenenati.com
Sherry Nafeh M.A., LMFT postpartumgroup.com
Tender Loving Childbirth Midwifery Care and Women’s Health Center lamidwife.com
Together In Birth togetherinbirth.com
UCLA Obstetrics and Gynecology obgyn.ucla.edu
Well Baby Center wellbabycenter.org
Yoga House yogahouse.com
Yoga Vista yogavista.com
If you’re searching for an OB-GYN, midwife, doula, or lactation consultant, there’s no shortage of qualified people in the LA area, and some of them are in your local hospital.
Start by asking trusted friends for recommendations, but don’t take their advice as the last word. Follow your instincts. Make sure to check in with your local hospital or women’s health center to see what options are available for you and your family.