You have many options for your childbirth education. You can take a class at your hospital, at your birth center, or with an independent educator.
- Baby+Co – The local Knoxville birth center offers numerous classes on pregnancy, breastfeeding, the postpartum period, and parenting.
- Independent Educators
- FreeSpirit Doula Services Barb offers both a refresher class as well as a full 7-week childbirth preparation class. She trained with Birthing From Within.
- Queen Bee Hypnobabies – Tiffany offers a variety of options for her childbirth preparation classes based on the Hypnobabies.
- Tennessee Center for Reproductive Acupuncture – Sarah is a licensed acupuncturist who works with families prior to conception, during pregnancy, and after delivery.
- Thrive Chiropractic – Drs. Kristin and Ryan offer chiropractic care to families and children (including infants). They are both certified in the Webster technique for pregnant patients. They are located at Merchant's Drive and Clinton Highway.
Jerviss Family Chiropractic – Dr. Jerviss offers chiropractic care to families and children (including infants). She is certified in the Webster technique for pregnant patients. She is located in Seymour and at the Wellhouse.
Transformations Massage and Wellness- Lisa Birnesser LMT for prenatal and postpartum!
- Gina Baker – Gina works out of Glowing Body Yoga Studio and provides craniosacral and myofascial therapy.
- Home Birth with a Midwife
- Roots and Wings Midwifery – Rachel and Rebekah are a team who offer prenatal care as well as home birth services in Knoxville. They are both certified professional midwives and they are great!
- Birth Center with a Midwife
- Baby+Co. – This is a free-standing birth center staffed by midwives. They offer prenatal care, well-women/pediatric care (up to age 18), childbirth classes, lactation assistance, and birth services.
- Hospital Birth with a Doctor or a Midwife
- Physician's Regional Medical Center – This is a large hospital with many services and resources available, including prenatal care, maternal/pediatric care, childbirth classes, lactation assistance, birth services, and a Level II NICU. There is an option for midwife-based care at this location and it is the only hospital with birth tubs.
- UT Medical Center –This is a large hospital with many services and resources available, including prenatal care, maternal/pediatric care, childbirth classes, lactation assistance, birth services, and a Level III NICU.
Knoxville support groups and lactation consultants
- La Leche League International – This is a group who provides information as well as 24/7 support to breastfeeding families. The link above is to their international website but they have a local website as well: http://www.lllofkytn.org/knoxville. Check out the LLL Facebook page for the most up-to-date information about their meeting schedules. All breastfeeding and pregnant parents interested in breastfeeding are welcome to come or call for breastfeeding help/information.
Calani Lactation – Kristin offers both prenatal breastfeeding classes and home lactation consultations after baby is born. She also runs a breastfeeding support group with monthly meetings and has a very active Facebook Group called Knox Breastfriends.
Genesis Lactation – Ashley offers both prenatal breastfeeding classes and home lactation consultations after baby is born. She also runs a breastfeeding support group with monthly meetings and has a very active Facebook Group called Genesis Lactation Support Group.
- TN Department of Health Breastfeeding Information –This includes information on the 24/7 Tennessee Breastfeeding Hotline: 1-855-423-6667 which provides referral information on outpatient lactation services, Women, Infant and Children (WIC) programs, breastfeeding support groups, breast pump rental locations and La Leche League support groups.
- The Wellhouse – The Wellhouse is a community resource center for parents, children, and families. It hosts baby-friendly exercise classes, babywearing groups, and video screenings. They also serve as the office for Roots and Wings Midwifery and Dr. Jerviss Chiropractic.
- Knoxville Mom's Blog – This is a website with lots of helpful information for parents in Knoxville. According to their Facebook page, their purpose is to support moms and help connect them with other moms, events & local businesses. They have lots of great information on everything from daycare to summer camp to low-cost activities.
There are two main local non-profit organizations to promote babywearing. They both hold local events each month and allows parents to borrow, buy and sell wraps, slings, and carriers.
- East TN Valley Babywearers – Local Knoxville non-profit.
- Babywearing International of Knoxville – Local Knoxville branch of the national non-profit Babywearing International.
If you choose to encapsulate your placenta after birth, there are two people in Knoxville who can help.
- KidCentralTN – A state website with TONS of information and resources for raising children in Tennessee.
- Dolly Parton's Imagination Library – This is a wonderful organization that provides a FREE, age appropriate book each month until children reach age 5. This is the link to their affiliate who handles Knox County specifically.
- Knox County Library – The Knox County Library has books to borrow for the entire family. They also host readings (aka play dates) and music events for toddlers and children. There are various locations around Knoxville.
Take Care of Yourself
Because we understand that being a parent can be really hard sometimes.
- Toll-Free Adult Statewide Crisis Telephone line: Reach them by phone at 1-855-CRISIS-1 or 1-855-274-7471
- Helen Ross McNabb Center – This group provides mental health services. Reach them by phone at 1-800-255-9711
- Domestic Shelters – This page includes a listing of local shelters, including phone numbers.
- Project Gabriel – This group is dedicated to supporting families who experience miscarriage, stillborn, or infant death. They also have in-person support groups for parents both when they experience a loss and when they become pregnant again after a loss.