Are you expecting a new baby? Or are you a pregnant mom who has recently moved to the Lakeland area? Start your parenting journey with our resources for a healthy and happy pregnancy. In this Guide you’ll find listings for hospitals, OBGYN’s, midwives, doulas, lactation consultants, baby stores, new mom support, pediatricians, and more.
Plus, once your new bundle of joy arrives, we have plenty of information to help you enjoy the Lakeland area with your little one(s).
Our Pregnancy & New Mom Guide contains both sponsored and free listings.
What to expect during Pregnancy?
- LRH has a guide for the First, Second and Third trimester on its website.
- BabyCenter is a great online resource and will send you weekly emails to track your pregnancy
- The Office on Women’s Health website is full of helpful information
What to bring to the Hospital?
LRH has a great list on its website
Car Seat Checks
- Be sure you have an infant car seat prior to giving birth. Use the Car Seat Guide from Safekids to find the right seat.
- Jennifer Cipriano, BSN, RN, CMSRN, is the Trauma Continuum of Care Coordinator for Lakeland Regional Health and is a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. Call her at 863.284.1882 to schedule a free appointment.
- The Lakeland Fire Department does NOT offer car seat instillation, however several area organizations do. Visit their website and look for the Car Seat Installation link to see a list of local providers.
Assistance with Medical Care
- Check the Medicaid website to find out if you’re eligible.
- If you don’t qualify for Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) can help you find low-cost medical care. Call 866-762-2237 for more information or visit the Access Florida website.
- Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a nutrition program for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding or who have recently been pregnant, infants & children under age 5. Visit their website or call 1-800-765-5942 to see if you qualify.
- Healthy Start is a free home visiting program that provides education and care coordination to pregnant women and families of children under the age of three. They are a helpful contact for finding local resources – 863-534-9224.
- Call 211 for help locating local resources for health care, food, and other needs
- Healthy Families Polk is a voluntary, home visitation program designed to promote and enhance the healthy development of children and families. Call (863) 534-5257 for info.
- Peace River Center provides a 24-hour crisis line: (863) 519-3744 – and a Crisis Response Team for any type of emotional crisis, both during and after your pregnancy. (Call 911 if you are in danger)