Birth and Baby Resources for East Bay Expectant Parents - 510 Families

Birth and Baby Resources for East Bay Expectant Parents

Thanks to East Bay Music Together for sponsoring this guide to resources for new parents and babies in the East Bay. East Bay Music Together has both an online class for parents and caretakers of young babies as well as gatherings together either indoors or out. Find what works best for your family! Email info@eastbaymusictogether.com to get the savings code for health care workers, first responders, and teachers.

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What to Know Before Baby

Where to shop locally to gear up

Berkeley Parents Network Marketplace (Berkeley and vicinity) is a moderated email newsletter of baby- and kid-related items up for grabs at usually good prices (Must subscribe to participate).

Craig’s List and Next Door (Your Neighborhood) are other hyperlocal social networks where folks may be offering up the baby gear they want to get rid of. Unlike the Facebook group mentioned below, these boards are not dedicated to parents, so you’ll have to be patient for the right listings.

Rooster and Buy Nothing Groups (Your Neighborhood) are another way to tap into used baby gear but for FREE. (Check out Rooster — where everything is FREE — and search Facebook for a Buy Nothing Group near you). In this community model, we share and pay it forward.

A Baby Registry just for you. Oakland-based start-up BabyList lets you create a registry that combines your must-haves with all the pretty little things on Etsy you might like to have. See how it works >

Rent the bigger ticket items. Loop gives you month-to-month access to the best baby and children’s products, without the clutter or expense of ownership. Use code 510LOOP and save 25% off your first month of products on Loop. See how it works >

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Photo: East Bay Music Together

Maternity and Before-Baby Services

NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) will check your car seat installation for free or point you to a fire station near you that will do it. Click here to see the list of places to get car seat inspections and the phone numbers to make an appointment.

photographer-guidePregnancy Pictures. Browse our list of top family photographers in the East Bay to find someone who will take beautiful photographs of your pregnancy.

Prenatal Massage. Browse our list of best prenatal massage spots in the East Bay.

Prenatal Yoga and Exercise.  I’m so high-strung, pregnancy is just about the only time I’ll do yoga. Stretching out my expanding body just feels right (Right now our favorite East Bay prenatal yoga classes are online and in the park)! 9 East Bay Yoga Studios for prenatal yoga >

Acupuncture. Julie used acupuncture to help rotate her breech baby and is now a big believer. Here’s another acupuncture practice we like in Oakland.

S P O N S O R E D   M E S S A G E

The joyful, musical, magical teachers of East Bay Music Together and Canta y Baila Conmigo will lead activities for you and your baby to sing, play, and jam along to via in-person gatherings or weekly interactive Zoom classes and Livestream events. Your baby will begin on their path of musical development while reinforcing the message that music is important to your family.

Classes are appropriate for newborn and up. Register for Babies Music Together >

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Parents get support and lots of ideas nurturing a baby’s musical exploration from a special parent guide for the Music Together class sessions. | Photo: East Bay Music Together

Where to take Pregnancy & Childbirth Classes

Alta Bates Summit Pregnancy & Childbirth Services (Berkeley) offers parent education classes and support groups. Prenatal classes include Childbirth, Breastfeeding, VBAC, and Childbirth Refresher classes for second-time parents. See the list >

Kaiser Prenatal Health (Oakland) hosts classes so many for their patients, including a Cesarean prep class for mothers who are having planned C-sections. Browse all the topics here >

Then Comes Baby (Oakland) was designed as a community gathering spot for newborns and their adults with classes, comfort, and couches. As virtual destinations, they are still providing essential services to new families, but with fewer pillows.

Intrinsic Birth (Oakland) offers relevant and intentional childbirth education for the modern parent.

Black Infant Health & Pregnancy Care (Berkeley) helps African-American pregnant women and those mothering babies less than three months old to connect with resources in healthcare and pre-natal or post-partum counseling. Learn More >

Find more East Bay prenatal and birthing classes >

Help When the Baby is Here!

New parent support resources

where-to-meet-moms-oaklandWhere to meet other moms. We have assembled a massive list of new mom groups, activities, and tips for making new friends out in the world. Many of our fave classes, like Music Together, are now happening both online and in person. Click here to check it out.

Therapy for new moms and dads. Parenthood is a joy and also a new source of stress. Extra support in a non-judgmental setting is a frequent need of new parents. Local experts Gina Hassan, Rachel Morgan Tucker, and Bruce Linton (especially for dads) have explicitly invited parents to seek support in their therapy practices.

Postpartum support. Postpartum doulas come to the home, provide help with sleep, breastfeeding, food prep, and general clean up, including overnight. One lovely postpartum doula we met recently is Megan Shinkle.

Diapers. We are big fans of ReDiaper powered by EarthBaby. These compostable diapers and wipes show up at your home. Soiled diapers are collected weekly, professionally composted, and turned into nutrient-rich topsoil in 14-16 weeks. Wow, right? Us code 510FAMILIES to receive 1 pack of wipes, 1 pack of diapers, and 1 month of service for free.

For new moms interested in Jewish life. Jewish Families of the East Bay is a local organization available to help families interested in learning about early childhood programs or simply connecting with other Jewish families with similar interests. Also, PJ Library provides free Jewish books and music to children from six months to seven years of age. For more information or to sign up >

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Activities and fun

Take Music Together Online classes. In the special class for parents with babies under nine months old, you’ll learn lots of fun, interactive music activities that will support your baby’s socio-emotional growth, language acquisition, and early brain development. Babies classes are currently available outdoors in Alameda and indoors in Rockridge. Register for Babies Music Together In-Person or Online >

All classes — outdoors, indoors, and online — for newborn to 5 years include beautiful music, instructions to make everyday items and activities more musical, CD/downloadable music, an award-winning songbook, access to the family music zone online, and makeup classes. As a family music class, siblings are welcome to attend together. Register for Mixed-Age Music Together Online >

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Zoom Music Together classes are available for introducing music to babies at home | Photo: East Bay Music Together

Rookie Moms: 52 weekly challenges is a list we wrote on our other website, suggesting one activity to help new moms get out of the house — with baby in tow — each week for the first year. If you’re on Instagram, use hashtag #510families to share them with us, so we can give you a virtual thumbs up!

Professional family photographs. Browse our list of top family photographers in the East Bay to find someone who will take beautiful photographs of your new baby.

Exercise classes for moms and babies are a tremendous way to get moving and build a parenting community, several we like are listed here > (Take your first Baby Boot Camp class for free.)

class-guide-thumbmailMore classes for Parents and Babies – from swimming to music, we have a wonderful guide to all the fun activities for babies that involve weekly session-based classes. Here it is >

Family Date Night with newborns The New Parkway in Oakland hosts a Baby Brigade night. Dinner will be delivered to your seat and your pre-walking baby is welcome inside the theater. Alternatively, the drive-in theater in Concord enables you to watch first-run movies with a baby in your arms from the comfort of your own car.

Our {510} Families calendar has dozens of activities for babies and parents. You can check it daily and we’ll keep on updating it until you can get your shoes on in time for storytime, yoga, or drop-in swimming. Upcoming baby-friendly events from our online calendar:

Childcare Information and Resources

BANANAS is a local, Oakland nonprofit that helps train, educate, and connect caregivers with employers. They offer supporting materials and specific listings.

UrbanSitter.com, SitterCity.com, and Care.com work on a membership model that allows matching of potential babysitters with your family based on the criteria you set.

Thanks to East Bay Music Together for sponsoring this guide. We’re big fans!

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3 thoughts on “Birth and Baby Resources for East Bay Expectant Parents”

  1. I’m very disappointed by the lack of diversity in the resources and providers/birth workers mentioned on this page especially given the diversity of parents in the East Bay. There are many doulas and midwives of color and LGBT resources that should be promoted so people can receive culturally affirming and sensitive support and care.

  2. What a great list! I wanted to add Intrinsic Birth here as well. We are a new childbirth education company founded by me, Ottilia (L&D nurse) and my partner Cody (health educator). We are excited to offer relevant and intentional childbirth education for the modern parent that is based on evidence-based information, uses engaging activities, and helps parents prepare for the unexpected.

    We have great yelp and google reviews if you want to check us out there (https://www.yelp.com/biz/intrinsic-birth-oakland-5).

    We can be found at our website intrinsicbirth.com and on Instagram @intrinsic.birth.

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