Whether you want to dive into natural parenting with a medication-free delivery plan or you prefer to dip your toes in the water with organic clothes and nontoxic toys, there are many ways to parent naturally in New Orleans. Here are some resources to help you in your endeavor:
Better Bottoms Diaper Delivery 1500 Edwards Ave., Suite F, Harahan, (504) 731-7500; www.betterbottomsbaby.com Busy parents can sign up for weekly pickup of soiled cloth diapers and delivery of clean ones.
Idea Factory 838 Chartres St., (504) 524-5195; www.ideafactoryneworleans.com All wooden toys sold at this French Quarter institution have a natural, nontoxic finish.
Kid to Kid 3501 Severn Ave., Metairie, (504) 455-5865; www.kidtokid.com School uniforms, maternity clothes, dance costumes, toys and books are available to buy or sell at this kids' resale giant.
La Leche League of Jefferson (504) 952-3951; www.llljefferson.com The Jefferson Parish chapter of breastfeeding support group La Leche League International holds monthly meetings to counsel moms through breastfeeding to weaning.
Le Leche League of New Orleans Courtney Landry, firstname.lastname@example.org Reactivated in July, Le Leche League of New Orleans meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Zuka Baby.
Mothers' Milk Bank of Mississippi (601) 898-7979; www.msmilkbank.org Mothers who are currently lactating are urged to donate surplus milk to help save sick and premature infants.
Na'Zyia Doula Collective 1904 Bartholomew St., (504) 947-4790; www.nazyiadoulas.com Birth plan assistance, pain management and lactation consultations are among services the labor support group offers.
NOLA Bliss Born (504) 302-0131; www.nolablissborn.com Clinical hypnotherapist and birth hypnosis educator Mariah Sinclair teaches a five-week course of birth hypnosis classes to women in their third trimester of pregnancy.
NOLA Maternal Instincts Massage Therapy 908 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, (504) 914-8878; www.nolamaternalinstincts.com Fertility massage, prenatal massage and postpartum pampering are offered.
Nola Nesting (504) 655-1819; www.nolanesting.com Placenta services, belly casting and registry concierge services are offered in addition to traditional doula amenities such as birth tub rental, birth plan guidance and pain management.
Swap for Kids 7722 Maple St., (504) 218-5996; www.swapforkids.com Hand-selected kids' consignment clothing, strollers, diaper bags and other accessories from brands including Bugaboo, Baby Bjorn and Lilly Pulitzer are found at this kid sister to Swap.
Zuka Baby 2122 Magazine St., (504) 596-6540; www.zukababy.com This Green Light District store holds parenting classes in addition to specializing in cloth diapers, baby-wearing, breastfeeding, natural toys and organic layette.