Looking for newborn care basics? This stork delivers. From hospitals and how-to lessons to shops and loads of support, our FREE guide is here for you. Tweet Metro Parent Editorial • 08/24/2016 • Edit Dear Southeast Michigan Parent, Got a bun in the oven or a new arrival? Congratulations! Bringing a child into the world is a thrilling experience. And – let’s be real – it can also be incredibly overwhelming, whether it’s your first baby or your fourth. There are so many decisions to make, details to capture and, of course, diapers to change. Fortunately, there’s a huge, dedicated support network here for you in southeast Michigan. These pros definitely weren’t born yesterday! Maybe you’re grappling with how to breastfeed. Or on the prowl for an expert in newborn photography. Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find hundreds of options waiting for you in Metro Parent’s FREE Pregnancy & Baby Resource Guide for Southeast Michigan, brimming with eight total directories. Baby’s big arrival begins at a birth center. Metro Detroit boasts 25 experienced, reputable, hospital-based birthing centers in Michigan that deliver top-quality care and comfort. Take a tour to see what’s in store – and if it’s the right for you. The amenities truly are astounding. You’ll find resources like neonatal intensive care units, hydrotherapy tubs, certified nurse midwives and high-tech security. Plus approaches like couplet care and immediate skin-to-skin contact. And perks ranging from private suites and sleeper sofas to yummy-healthy menus. Here are just a few of the birthing centers you’ll find the FREE Pregnancy & Baby Resource Guide for Southeast Michigan: Beaumont Hospital, 10 locations: This growing network of hospitals has birthing centers throughout Oakland and Wayne counties, including the standout Karmanos Center for Natural Birth at its flagship Royal Oak hospital. Henry Ford Health System, four locations: Find its state-of-the-art birthing centers in Clinton Township, Detroit, West Bloomfield and Wyandotte. St. John Providence Health System, five locations: Whether you’re near Detroit, Novi, Southfield or Warren, these birthing centers are here to help. St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor: The state’s first hospital to offer nitrous oxide for pain management, this Washtenaw County birth center is an innovator, as well. Bonus: Many hospitals also host prenatal classes, allowing you to easily schedule in crucial birthing classes well before your due date, too. Whether it’s breastfeeding, general childbirth classes/Lamaze classes, dads-only offerings, infant care, prenatal exercise classes or even mommy and me classes, find the advice you need. Ever wonder, “What is a doula?” or “What does a doula do?” Many moms-to-be are adding these non-medical support experts to their birthing plans. In Metro Parent’s FREE Pregnancy & Baby Resource Guide for Southeast Michigan, find a certified doula who can help with labor, birth and even postpartum issues. When it comes to newborn care basics, it can be hard to know where to start. Whether it’s that list of 36 caring, experienced doulas or a class, our FREE Pregnancy & Baby Resource Guide for Southeast Michigan hooks you up. Plus, you’ll get a FREE subscription to Metro Parent magazine. It’s packed even more baby tips and parenting advice – plus fun things to do with kids, all created especially for families who live in southeast Michigan. One thing’s certain: Babies eat. A lot. Sure, it’s only “natural.” But for some moms, breastfeeding newborns can be painful – physically and emotionally. If you need guidance on how to breastfeed, this is the place. Lactation education resources abound in southeast Michigan. After all, no two infants and moms are exactly alike. But with this roundup of 34 certified experts, both independent and hospital-based, you’re sure to find the right lactation consultant for your needs. Many lactation consultant pros provide one-on-one or in-your-own-home help with establishing and maintaining latch – along with pump rentals and even nursing bras. Another fact? Your sweet cherub will grow lighting quick! Be sure to capture their darling gummy smiles (or sleepy little mugs) with a newborn photography session. Baby photography in southeast Michigan is booming, with plenty of pros eager to snag those perfect baby photos, whether candid or staged to too-cute perfection. Consider pregnancy pictures, too. With the skilled aim of these 38 camera masters, your maternity pictures and baby photos – some even offer a “bump to baby” options – will be something you’ll cherish. Just book your appointment early, particularly with newborns. Sessions fill up fast! One more truth: Baby consignment stores may be your new best friend. Newborns need lots of stuff, too. Granted, some you’ll want to buy brand-new at retail baby stores. But others you can score at great bargains from second hand baby stores. Luckily, with our FREE Pregnancy & Baby Resource Guide for Southeast Michigan, you’ll quickly get answers to, “Where are baby stores near me?” We trust you’re familiar with Buy Buy Baby, Babies “R” Us and kids clothing stores like Carter’s. Why not try something more unique and local? We conveniently divide our list of 41 baby stores into retail and resale, along with typical hours (of course, check ahead to be sure nothing’s changed). You’ll find: Children’s Orchard in Sterling Heights, a resale shop stocked with designer outfits Grow With Me Resale Shop in Ann Arbor, covering ages 0-16 Lil’ Goods in Detroit, offering Michigan-themed tees, onesies and more Mommies Must Haves in Farmington, among other great second hand baby stores Hatched: Newborn to Ninety, LLC in Romeo, offering a mix of natural products from toys to teethers No matter what baby stage you’re at, odds are you’ll need at least some direction with those newborn care basics. With the FREE Pregnancy & Baby Resource Guide for Southeast Michigan, you’ll get those resources in a snap. And, last but not least, if you’re grappling to locate safe places for your kids to stay and socialize, this PDF booklet is a goldmine! For anyone who has ever asked, “Where are good playgroups in my area?” prepare to meet dozens. Our list of play groups covers fun preschool-friendly venues for play dates and established clubs that let kids and moms mix and mingle – so both of you can socialize. Sometimes older siblings are welcome too; be sure to inquire. We’re also in your corner for one of the toughest cookies working moms and dads face: child care. When parents fret, “How can I find good daycares near me?” the FREE Pregnancy & Baby Resource Guide for Southeast Michigan rises to the occasion. Whether a child care center or live in nanny, find buckets of choices. Simply put, if you’re seeking info on newborn care basics and the resources to help you get the job done, consider Metro Parent’s FREE Pregnancy & Baby Resource Guide for Southeast Michigan your own personal “binky.” A pacifier can help soothe an infant. And the right info can help keep new parent panic in check! Don’t forget, this guide is totally FREE – and it comes with a FREE subscription to Metro Parent magazine, giving you new tips and info every single month. From local events to the best of southeast Michigan for families to kid-friendly restaurants, Metro Parent has it all. Need a bit of a baby boost? We’ve got you covered, mom (dad too!). Get your FREE copy of the Pregnancy & Baby Resource Guide for Southeast Michigan and your FREE subscription to Metro Parent magazine right now. We at Metro Parent are just as excited about your new arrival as you are. We look forward to helping you with this stage – and many more to come! PS: You could aimlessly Google through heaps of listings in all eight categories. But this guide is a much more targeted jumping-off point! These 24 pages put it all at your fingertips. Download it now. PSS: Have siblings in the mix, too? When it comes to child care, stores, play groups, photographers and even classes, many cater to your entire family. Grab this comprehensive guide for tons of options sure to suit your unique needs – today. Note: This guide is current as of August 2016. Always be sure to check ahead to ensure hours, contact info and other details haven’t changed.