Baton Rouge Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Guide

The pregnancy and postpartum period can be filled with lots of joy, but it can also be overwhelming when researching all of your options. There are so many questions to be answered :: Where should I give birth in Baton Rouge? Who will help me after the birth of my baby? What photographer should I use? Where should I shop? What gifts are available locally to send to a new Baton Rouge mom? Once my baby is born, will I ever sleep again???

It is our hope that this guide helps answer some of those questions for new moms in Baton Rouge. We would also like to thank all of the featured sponsors and businesses that are listed here. We appreciate your participation! To our readers, we sincerely hope that you will find this guide to be a helpful part of your journey into and through motherhood.

Baton Rouge Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Guide

Baton Rouge Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Guide


Fertility & Hospital Care // Birth Preparation & Doulas // Maternity Fashion  // Pediatric Health Care // Sleep Resources // Gifts For New Moms // Birth Photography // Postpartum Resources

Baton Rouge birth hospitals

Baton Rouge General Hospital Birth Center

When it comes to a truly exceptional birthing experience in Baton Rouge, you’ll quickly realize BatonRougeGeneralwhy women are choosing Baton Rouge General’s Birth Center for the birth of their babies. From their boutique birthing suites and spacious visiting accommodations, to their first class amenities and cuisine, Baton Rouge General focuses the attention on you and your family by creating individualized birthing experiences for each of their patients. You can also expect the most comprehensive medical care – for baby and for you – under one roof. Welcome to Baton Rouge General Birth Center. We’ve been expecting you!

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Woman’s Hospital

Having a baby is the most amazing journey you will ever take. WomansLogoNot only will your belly grow, but you will grow as a person too. Because you’re not just having a baby – you’re becoming a mother. From the moment you find out you’re pregnant to the day you hold your baby in your arms, Woman’s Hospital is there for you. Get ready for your little one with breastfeeding and baby care classes, and even a prenatal massage! And when your baby is ready, Woman’s caring, attentive nurses will support you with everything you need for the happiest birth day, from labor tubs to peanut balls to breastfeeding support.

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Ochsner Baton Rouge

Designing your ideal birth is easy at Ochsner Baton Rouge. From day one, your expert care team will help you to build a delivery plan exactly the way you want it to be.

Whether you want to have your baby natural and holistic or pain-free, our Family Birthing Center allows you to have these options. Our center includes large birthing rooms, suites with built-in tubs, as well as birthing stools and swings, all-private rooms and family waiting areas. As the first designated baby-friendly hospital in Baton Rouge, this means we are dedicated to offering an optimal level of care for you and your baby. Our compassionate and friendly team is committed to your great beginning! 

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Baton Rouge Birth Preparation

Balance Holistic Health

Did you know mothers who exercised during pregnancy were rewarded with a 55% decrease in the need for intervention? Anna Bernard with Balance Holistic Health is a pre/postnatalBaton Rouge Holistic Health corrective exercise specialist and core consultant who believes training for birth is necessary for a healthy pregnancy, labor, and delivery. She is passionate about helping new and soon-to-be-mothers achieve and maintain total wellness during pregnancy and beyond.  At Balance Holistic Health, we work together on establishing and conquering concepts/goals pertaining to pregnancy and the birthing process so women feel empowered and educated on all of these aspects and readily make mindful decisions for their health and the health of their baby. Contact Balance Holistic Health for more information on preparing for the marathon of birth.

Want to learn more about Balance Holistic Health? Check out some of Anna’s tips on how to avoid “labor” in labor HERE

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Services to Help You Obtain a FREE Breast Pump

Under the Affordable Care Act, breastfeeding services and supplies are benefits covered by breastpumpsla_printinsurance plans. Breast Pumps Louisiana can help you to determine which breast pumps are covered by your insurance plan, answer any questions about your insurance coverage, submit all necessary paperwork to your insurance company on your behalf and arrange for the delivery of your breast pump directly to your home before your baby is born. Simply submit an application via and you will be contacted by a representative to review your benefits and discuss your options for a FREE breast pump.

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Maternity clothes Baton Rouge

Baby Bump Maternity

Baby Bump maternity and children’s is a family owned boutique located in New Orleans and Baby BumpBaton Rouge. Julie and Robbie Allen opened Baby Bump in 2007 to fulfill the needs of expecting and nursing moms. Baby Bump specializes in every day fashion to special occasion wear, especially baby shower attire. Our customers love that we also provide nursing bras, accessories, and breast-feeding accessible fashion. The great news is you can also shop for newborn baby up to size eight years old. We have an abundance of baby shower gifts like diaper bags for mom and adorable clothes for baby. We also schedule appointments to help you create your custom baby shower registry.

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pediatricians in Baton Rouge

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At The Baton Rouge Clinic, they understand that healthcare for children takes a special touch that includes compassionate care and attention to their unique needs and concerns. The Baton Rouge Clinic pediatricians and staff are dedicated to providing personalized, gentle care in partnership with parents to ensure that the best possible treatment is provided for the children. Parents, rest assured that physicians are all board certified in pediatrics and will treat your children with kindness as well as the latest medical procedures – as will all of their nurses and support staff. We look forward to growing with you!

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West Pediatrics, LLC

West Pediatrics, LLC is Baton Rouge’s only house call based pediatric practice that provides 24/7 access to your doctor, Dr. Kortney West, a board certified pediatrician. Dr. West enjoys bringing this convenient,West Pediatrics Baton Rouge optimal health care to Baton Rouge.
Families that join West Pediatrics are given Dr. West’s personal cell phone number and are encouraged to reach out to discuss all aspects of their child’s health, from buying baby’s crib to summer camp and sport physicals for teenagers. Say goodbye to office hours and answering services and say hello to Dr. West, West Pediatrics’s only employee. No more waiting rooms and delayed appointments because Dr. West’s office is your house, office, or wherever is convenient for you. In person visits are provided as your schedule demands. Dr. West does not want to be a last resort in your child’s health; she wants to be a collaborative partner, there for your family when you need it most.

Read more about Dr. West and how her practice works HERE

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Children’s Hospital Outpatient Center of Baton Rouge

Did you know that Children’s Hospital provides care in Baton Rouge? Children’s Hospital Outpatient Center of Baton Rouge provides patients with the opportunity to receive the very best pediatric specialty care, close to home. The facility is home to 21 pediatric specialists. CH-BR-logoThese world-renowned physicians from Children’s Hospital travel to see patients from Baton Rouge and surrounding areas. The Center offers cutting edge treatment and technology with ease of access to 13 different pediatric specialties, including Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Genetics, Hematology/Oncology, Nephrology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Otolaryngology (ENT), Pediatric Forensic Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Rheumatology and Urology. The Center is also home to Children’s Pediatrics-Baton Rouge. This clinic is facilitated by a seasoned nurse practitioner and staff that see patients regularly. Pamela Shriver, NP has specialized in several areas of pediatrics and knows and understands the needs of her patients and their families.

Some of our favorite topics recently covered by Children’s Hospital include ::

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Sleep Consultants Baton Rouge

Little Z’s Sleep Consulting

Babies bring all sorts of new adventures into your life. Little Z’s Sleep Consulting is owned by Rebecca Campbell, a Certified Child Sleep Specialist, where her success has been built on helping families understand the importance of healthyLittleZLogo sleep from a young age. Rebecca believes it’s never too early to build a foundation of healthy sleep. Families can learn about sleep goals and expectations even before their child is born, and you can work one-on-one during your child’s pivotal first three months. From newborn to toddler, Rebecca specializes in creating custom sleep plans that fit your family. She works with clients from all over the United States, and has specifically helped many families find sleep right here in Baton Rouge. Schedule a FREE 15 minute call with Rebecca to share your current sleep(less) situation and make a plan to give your child the gift of sleep.

Read about one mom’s experience with Little Z’s Sleep consulting HERE.

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Sleepless in NOLA

Sleepless in NOLA is a sleep consulting program for any family across the United States whose children are having difficulties going to sleep as well as staying asleep through the night. Dr. Nilong Vyas is a board certified pediatrician and mother of two beautiful boys. She passionately Sleepless Final Imagebelieves that well-rested children develop better socially, emotionally as well as educationally with fewer behavior problems. And if the child is sleeping well, their caretaker will sleep better too and the result will be a more harmonious household for all. Dr. Vyas is following her passion to teach families how to achieve optimal and sound sleep through the night in a loving and safe manner. Just as a child needs to be taught to eat, read or dress themselves – they also need to be taught how to sleep. For if they master the skill to soothe themselves, this leads to the ability to master many other aspects of their overall being. Click HERE to schedule a free phone consultation with Dr. Vyas.

Interested in learning more about Dr. Vyas and her philosophy? Check out :: Signs Your Child May Need “Sleep Training” {aka Parent Training}.

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Counting Sleep

If more sleep is what your family needs, Katie Dallimore of Counting Sleep can help.  Katie is a Certified Infant and Child Sleep Consultant and mom of 4 who felt compelled to help other families after one of her triplets suffered from the effects of severe sleep deprivation. She has worked with families across the United States via phone consultations, but Baton Rouge locals have the option of meeting with Katie in the comfort of their own home. Each child she works with is unique, therefore there is not one specific approach when it comes to shaping their sleep habits. Upon consulting with Katie, she will spend time assessing the family’s needs in detail, while considering parenting styles, family values as well as their child’s personality and needs to create a customized sleep plan. Families will also be educated on the importance of developing healthy sleep habits so that they are prepared for the future. Katie is a firm believer that sleep deprivation affects a child’s quality of life. By improving their sleep habits, you will be improving their mental and physical well-being.  

Click here to request additional information about Counting Sleep. 

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Bedtime Bliss Sleep Consulting

Having a baby is such an exciting time that brings all sorts of new things! Danielle Daly is a Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant and owner of Bedtime Bliss Sleep Consulting, helping families understand the need for healthy sleep. She passionately believes that well-rested children are happy, energetic and eager to learn. From newborns to toddlers, Danielle works one on one with families to create a custom sleep plan that suits the needs of your child. She works with families from all over Louisiana and the U.S. to share her knowledge and passion for building a foundation for healthy sleep. Learning to sleep well is a wonderful skill. It is a gift you can give to your child before they even arrive by learning healthy sleep goals and expectations through a private consultation and one on one support. Schedule a FREE 15 minute call with Danielle to talk about your child’s sleep situation and how together you can achieve healthy sleep.

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Leave Dinner to June

Leave Dinner to June is a weekly meal delivery service. Our meals are freshly cooked, family-sized servings ready for you when you need them. LDtJWe cook real food for your family, just like you would if only you had more time! You can stick dinner in the oven to heat while the kids get their baths and start homework. Then have dinner around your table – or on the couch! Check out our {ever-changing} menu HERE.

The RSMB team loves the idea of ordering dinner for a friend with a new baby! The best gift is that of relaxation and not having to cook! Are you with us?!

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Babies R Us

babies r usShop and register for Baby Gifts at Babies”R”Us, the leading Baby Registry for unique baby gift ideas and baby shower gifts. Come visit Babies “R” Us to find the perfect gift. We carry everything from clothing to diapers to strollers and furniture.

Did you know that registrants earn 10% back from purchases made from their registry with NO limits?

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birth photographers Baton RougeCher Bebe Birth Stories

Cher Bebe Birth Stories is proud to be the only full service birth photographer in Baton Rouge. Joylynn Breaux has had the honor of capturing over 150 births in her 4 years as a birth photographer. She has experience at every hospital in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas along with birth centers, home births, water births, cesarean, VBAC, epidural, surrogate, preemie, twin and triplet births. The anticipation, emotion, and excitement of your child’s birth story are all memories you will want to relive. The first breath, first cry, first kiss and first cuddle are moments you will cherish. Having a professional photographer capture those special memories will allow dad and other family members to focus on the mother and baby while we document the day you meet your baby.

Do you have personal questions about birth photography that you may be afraid to ask (but shouldn’t be)?  HERE are your answers. 

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Cassie Treuil Photography

The most special moments experienced are those followed after birth. Those first hours spent in the arms of mommy and daddy, snuggled up with big sister or big brother, taking in this new big world. Document your baby’s first day with the Cassie Treuil Photography Fresh Look session. Intended to capture those candid moments and tiny details, the Fresh Look session will be something cherished for years to come. Fresh Look is a lifestyle session taking place within the first 48 hours following birth. 

“What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.”
— Karl Lagerfeld

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Are you looking for a photographer for your newborn? Check out our list of photographers in and around Baton Rouge and don’t wait to book! Newborn photography is generally best when done within two weeks of birth! 

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