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Big News! We’re excited to announce we’re expanding our classes into Frederick. Our signature educational series with the same committment to evidence-based curriculum will now be hosted at Indigo Physiotherapy.

Uplifting the local community that we serve is always a goal of ours so we’ve gathered 5 of our favorite spots from our two favorite Frederick residents on the team.

Join us on May 4th for our one day Birth Basics class and then head to one of our favorite spots and make a day of it!


Curious Iguana Bookstore


Monday & Tuesday 10AM–6PM

Wednesday – Sunday 10AM-8PM

Website: https://curiousiguana.com/

Instagram: @curiousiguana

Address: 12 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701

Curious Iguana is an independent bookstore located in downtown Frederick. Since 2013 they have offered a wide array of books written by diverse authors for children and adults alike. In addition to being a mainstay gathering space, they’re also a benefit corporation, donating a portion of their sales to different non-profits. Enjoy the warm and inviting atmosphere and pick up a new favorite read while you’re there!


Dancing Bear Toys


Sunday – Tuesday 10AM–6PM

Wednesday – Saturday 10AM-8PM

Website: https://dbeartoys.com/

Instagram: @dbeartoys

Address: 15 East Patrick Street, Frederick, MD 21701

First opened in 2000, Dancing Bear Toys is owned and operated by the very same people who brought you Curious Iguana! A fiercely Frederick-loving space, Dancing Bear believes that fun, play, and giving back are important for all. Carrying a wide array of toys that help spark imagination and creativity, you’ll find everything from the latest slimes and fidget toys to retro and classic toys like stuffed animals and wooden blocks.


Food & Beverages

Frederick Coffee Co & Cafe


Monday – Sunday 6AM-6PM

Website: https://fredcoffeeco.com/

Instagram: @FrederickCoffeeCo

Address: 100 N. East Street, Frederick, MD 21701

A part of Frederick since 1991, Frederick Coffee Co & Cafe moved into its current location, which was previously a southwestern furniture store, one year after they opened. Creating specialty coffee drinks like their Sweet Bee or Almond Joy as well as offering classics like a Chai Latte and a London Fog, coffee and tea lovers alike will easily find their favorites. In addition to a full drink menu, the Cafe also offers wraps, sandwiches, and soup combos!


Prospect Point Brewing


Monday – Wednesday Closed

Thursday 3PM-7PM

Friday 3PM-9PM

Saturday 12PM-9PM

Sunday 12PM-6PM

Website: https://www.prospectpointbrewing.com/

Instagram: @prospect_point_brewing

Address: 5500a Jefferson Pike, Frederick, MD 21703

Located on Carroll Farms, Prospect Point Brewing is just outside of Frederick. Offering outdoor seating, this family owned and operated brewery is child and pet friendly! Indoors, the taproom offers a view of the brewery’s operations alongside large windows for a bright and beautiful experience. Offering a draft list ranging from IPA to Sours and Seltzers as well as Sodas and Juice boxes for the kids, this is a great spot to come with friends, on a date, or the whole family.


Black Ankle Winery


Monday – Thursday 12PM-5PM

Friday 12PM-9PM

Saturday 11AM-9PM

Sunday 11AM-6PM

Website: https://www.blackankle.com/

Instagram: @blackanklevineyards

Address: 14463 Black Ankle Road, Mt. Airy, MD 217713

Outside of Frederick you’ll find the beautiful Black Ankle Winery. Worth the short drive, this sustainable and ethical Vineyard offers handmade wine in a gorgeous setting. With regular food trucks and live music, you’ll be able to make a full trip to their tasting room. They pride themselves on growing all the grapes used to make their wine and offer both indoor and outdoor seating.


Frederick is an understandably up-and-coming area with incredible pride for their city and tons of opportunities to support small, family-owned businesses. We couldn’t be more excited to share our evidence-based education with the community and help share this vibrant place with others!


To register for our upcoming Spring Session of Birth Basics visit this page.

There isn’t a handbook for pregnancy, birth, or parenthood and that can be overwhelming. If you’re finding yourself with notebooks or spreadsheets full of information to wade through, you’re not alone. We have access to an entire internet full of recommendations, be they current or outdated. Finding reasonable, science-backed answers can feel like an uphill battle and a lonely one at that. Are childbirth classes really necessary? Are newborn care classes worth it?Where can I find newborn classes and childbirth education in Baltimore?

That’s a call only you and your partner can make.

Childbirth Education

What is Childbirth Education?

Childbirth Education Classes are educational programs taught by experienced instructors well versed in the field of Pregnancy, Birth, and Postpartum. Childbirth Education curriculum varies and classes attended are generally chosen based on your preferences. Some focus heavily on a larger, trademarked curriculum such as Evidence Based Birth or Lamaze, while others are completely unique to the instructor such as Doulas of Baltimore’s signature Complete Childbirth Education Series.

Childbirth Education classes can be taught in person, online, in a group setting, or on an individual basis. There are many options and approaches, the bottom line is finding one that someone you trust teaches.


What should my class cover?

While there are many different types of curriculum, and the benefits of childbirth education still require more official study, it’s well known that access to education increases positive outcomes. When looking at classes, ensure yours covers these basic topics:

  • Decision making strategies to ensure you remain an active participant in your birth story
  • Tips for staying healthy and comfortable in late pregnancy
  • Physiology and the process of labor and birth
  • Common interventions and medication options
  • How to create and communicate your birth preferences
  • Hands-on coping, comfort and relaxation techniques 
  • Preparing for the postpartum experience


Whether you’re planning on going through childbirth without an epidural or are open to medication, understanding these key topics can help you create the birth and postpartum experience that will set you up for success.


Doulas of Baltimore is hosting our Spring session of our Complete Childbirth Series on Saturdays beginning April 6th, 2024 in Baltimore and our One Day Baby 101 workshop in Frederick. Our Complete Childbirth Series runs 4 weeks and covers 12 hours of science-backed education in an affirming and open environment. Our Baby 101 workshop is a one day intensive that gives new parents all the essential information they need. Learn more and register here!

Newborn Care Classes

What are Newborn Care Classes?

Newborn Care Classes are educational sessions for anyone who needs updated information on the care and keeping of newborn babies. Experienced teachers lead these classes who have taken professional training and work in the field. There are many different options for taking these classes including Hospital-based programs and more uniquely designed curriculum created by individuals. Ensure the source and how frequently the materials are updated are considered when searching for your classes. Safety standards for newborns and infants change regularly and ensuring you have the latest information ensures you’re able to keep your baby safe and those around your baby updated.

What should my class cover?

All Newborn Care classes should cover the basics of baby care such as feeding and diapering as well as:

  • Preparing your home and family for a newborn
  • Common baby gear and gadgets
  • Normal newborn characteristics
  • Hygiene including diapering, bathing, and dressing
  • Crying and newborn communication
  • Comfort and bonding techniques
  • Newborn sleep patterns and safe sleep
  • Feeding options and techniques
  • Hunger and satiation cues
  • Common feeding obstacles


Doulas of Baltimore has an opportunity for Newborn Care Education this Spring. Join us in Baltimore for our 4 Week Essential Newborn Care Series. This class runs 4 weeks and covers 12 hours of science-backed education in an affirming and open environment. Learn more and register here!


When considering the question, “What childbirth classes should I take?” consider who is teaching it, what the course covers, and if the curriculum is aligned with your birth wishes. If you’re searching for infant care classes for new parents we recommend ensuring that the course is based in science and has up-to-date information on safety and development for newborn babies. We recommend if you’re searching for Newborn classes and Childbirth Education in Baltimore or Frederick, consider Doulas of Baltimore!


We believe education is one of the most important things you can invest in. Above all when we educate ourselves we empower ourselves to make sound decisions, enter any situation with confidence, and create a great environment for a positive experience. Generally taking classes with your birth partner prior to giving birth can deeply connect you to one another creating a sense of safety and support.

Pinterest graphic about classes for new parents to take

This year was one of tremendous growth for Baltimore families and the DOB family alike!

Our Doulas of Baltimore Team

Our small but mighty team of 5 who weathered the first years of the covid pandemic together, expanded to a team of 10 in 2022. This year our team has grown again – we now have 17 incredible birth professionals

We work hard but like to have fun, too. Lots of fun team outings this year, including some lovely lunches, a happy hour at Union Craft Brewing, and an Orioles’ game!

Childbirth Education & Parenting Workshops

We have had the privilege of working with 41 different families in our childbirth and parenting education workshops this year! This included 13 group workshops in our gorgeous studio, as well as four virtual group sessions and two private in-home classes! 

While both Emily and Debbie have been thoroughly enjoying spending time in the studio, on Zoom, and in-home educating new parents, the demand (particularly for group classes) has exceeded our capacity. So two of our incredible doulas are joining our education team!

We are now able to expand our offerings and 2024 will be bringing new opportunities for Baltimore families. Among the things we are most looking forward to is our brand new infant care class – the Essential Newborn Series! Keep an eye on our social media for more updates on our class offerings coming in 2024. 

Birth Doula & Postpartum Doula Support

We were honored to support 91 growing Baltimore families over the course of 2023!

GBMC took the number one spot this year, up from tied for number 2 last year. While 20 families choose GBMC as their birth location this year with Mercy and Hopkins remaining in the top 3 (18 and 17 respectively). St. Joe’s, Howard County and UMMC remained popular birth locations with our clients as well. 

Our team worked nearly 4,000 hours of in-home postpartum doula and newborn care support!*

(*That’s over 165 days!)

Maryland Medicaid Doula Program

This year also marked a huge step forward in the accessibility of doula support for many Maryland families utilizing the Medicaid Doula Program. We were able to support several families under this new system. We are looking forward to serving more families while ensuring our doulas are adequately compensated for their time, expertise, and knowledge. 

New Office Space

Don’t worry, we are at the same great location! In addition to our lovely studio space, we now have a cozy office for client meetings, private classes, and team meetings.

In early December, we hosted a gathering of growing family professionals there and it was such a delight. Finding resources to share with our clients and connecting with like-minded professionals? Yes, please!

Giving Back

In addition to maintaining our longstanding commitments to Maryland Families for Safe Birth, Fluid Movement, MOMCares, and The Family Tree, this year we were fortunate to be able to donate over $5000 and to expand our contributions to include the following worthy causes:  

    • There Goes My Hero – an organization dedicated to supporting families impacted by blood cancers, founded by Erik Sauer, our incredible business coach and leukemia survivor;
    • The Bloom Collective – a perinatal wellness cooperative in Baltimore dedicated to advancing racial and reproductive justice, advocacy, and human rights;
    • Black Mamas Matter Alliance – a national network of women-led and Black-led birth and reproductive justice organizations and multi-disciplinary professionals, working across the full-spectrum of maternal and reproductive health;
    • Baltimore Family Alliance – an independent alliance of thousands of families, educators, and community activists & organizations committed to city life and improving the lives of all Baltimore residents.

We also had a hugely successful supply drive as part of our holiday open house for Growing Family Professionals.

We collected menstrual and dental hygiene supplies for our local food bank – GEDCO CARES. And many thanks to all the generous donors!

As we close the chapter on 2023, the DOB family is grateful for a year of growth, community impact, and unwavering commitment to supporting Baltimore families, and we eagerly anticipate the possibilities that lie ahead in the coming year.

Find out our busiest birth month, zip codes with the most DOB clients, and more of our 2023 stats on our Instagram page!

Cozy sweaters, warm drinks in hand, fall is upon us!

Whether you’re expecting your first, have your hands full with preschoolers, or your kids can now pick (and carry!) their own pumpkins, a farm visit is a great fall activity!

Here are some local favorites for fall farm fun:

Clark’s Elioak Farm
10500 Clarksville Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21042

With a pumpkin patch, corn mazes, loads of farm animals, your family will have a great time at Clark’s Elioak Farm! You can visit the Enchanted Forest or take a cow train while you’re there. Weekends in October have live music, face painting, and food trucks. Get your tickets ahead of time or purchase when you arrive.

Hybridoma Organic Fruit Farm
13734 Baldwin Mill Road
Baldwin, MD 21013

A favorite for our clients looking for organic berry picking in the spring, Hybridoma also has lots of fall activities including live music and delicious food, pies, and lemonade!

Local Homestead Products
2425 Marston Road
New Windsor, MD 21776

DOB co-owner Debbie’s fall favorite! Local Homestead has a huge playground, great pumpkin patch, and wonderful market store, all in a beautiful setting looking out over the farmland. The pumpkin patch is open weekends through early November!

Weber’s Cider Mill Farm
2526 Proctor Lane
Baltimore, MD 21234

Hayride, a boo barn, petting zoo, and all around family fun can be found at Weber’s Cider Mill Farm! There’s apple cider donuts and slushies too! You can get tickets for your fall harvest visit by visiting this link.

And if you can’t get enough of fall farm fun, here are The 21+ Best Pumpkin Patches in Maryland according to @kidfriendlymaryland!