Editor's Picks: Top Picks for New Moms
Mother's Day is here and it's time to honor the moms you know! Motherhood at any stage is a challenge but seasoned moms have experience on their side. To help the newbies, we've rounded up some local services and events that provide support specifically to new mothers.
COBA Baby Cafes
If you plan to nurse, have just started nursing or want to know more about breastfeeding, the Coalition of Oklahoma Breastfeeding Advocates (COBA) has two local Baby Cafes where moms are offered encouragement and professional guidance. Women meet from noon to 2 p.m. the first and third Friday of each month for lunch at the Oklahoma City location (901 N. Lincoln Blvd.) and from 1-3 p.m. every Wednesday for snacks at the Edmond location (4801 Integris Pkwy., second floor guest lounge). It's a great way to meet other area moms and get your breastfeeding questions answered.
This mom-owned store specializes in eco-friendly products, but the biggest draw for new parents has to be their schedule of special events. The events are geared toward all types of parents but cover a lot of topics concerning new moms like breastfeeding, car seat safety and cloth diapering.
Bump to Baby & Beyond: Maternity Coaching and Education
The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center has a new program to support women through birth and all the transitions that follow. New moms can purchase services that include one-on-one help from a team of maternity health nurses provided face-to-face and/or via telephone, or email coaching sessions where qualified nurses discuss anything from pregnancy nutrition to how to successfully pump when you return to work. Services are offered as bundled packages or a la carte.
FIT4MOM North Oklahoma City and Edmond
A great way to connect with other new moms and take some time for self-care is found at FIT4MOM classes, offered at different locations throughout Oklahoma City and Edmond. The exercises are specifically tailored to a post-pregnancy body and babies are welcome. Classes range from simple bodyweight exercises to programs that incorporate ballet and pilates. There's even a run club for moms who want to train for a race.
Thrive Mama Collective
This Plaza District business features a collection of services aiming to help new moms from the moment they find out they are pregnant all the way through baby's first year. The Collective can help connect moms with all types of professionals they might need leading up to delivery and beyond including midwives, doulas, lactation consultants, professional counselors, birth and newborn photographers and prenatal massage therapists. A unique service is the postpartum concierge which can be tailored to match specific needs ranging from errands and meal prep to housework and baby care.