Top 10 Essential Services for New Parents

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As incredibly exciting as having a new baby (or babies!) is, it can also be a little overwhelming and come with periods of fatigue and self-doubt. Fortunately, the Portland community has plenty of resources that offer support. Lift your spirits, skills, and/or sanity with these local services designed with new parents in mind! Read on to find out more.

Bridgetown Baby

Perhaps you had a doula for your birthing process, but what about a postpartum doula? Families need support after the baby is born as well, and Bridgetown Baby will help you through those busy and bumpy first months. Services include infant sleeping solutions and soothing techniques, support with postpartum recovery, sibling care, and even cooking and light housekeeping. This is a great resource for new parents who don’t have a lot of family or friends nearby who can assist, or for those needing extra support and overnight care.


Ready, Set, Eat!

Believe it or not, you don’t have to be Oprah to have your own chef. Ready Set Eat’s Personal Chef Services provides healthy, gourmet meals prepared in your home. Have a chef come prepare a week, or even an entire month’s worth of lunches and dinners to store in your freezer to have ready-to-eat meals at your fingertips for those first busy months after a baby. This is perfect for those with special dietary restrictions in lieu of a traditional “meal train” from family and friends. Gift certificates are also available.



Let’s be honest, we might be able to deal with the sleepless nights, endless bottles and diapers, and crying, but do we have to deal with laundry, too? Tumble PDX will literally take your dirty laundry off your hands! Their valets work seven days a week, picking up your laundry and dropping it back off, clean and folded, within 48 hours. Magic? We think so. Wash and fold rates are $1.99/lb with a $5.99 delivery fee.


La Leche League

The La Leche League’s mission is to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed, through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother. The Portland chapter offers monthly meetings for moms seeking support on their breastfeeding journey. Check their website for local listings.



Sometimes the simple act of running to the grocery store can be a chore for parents, especially those with young children. Now, you can outsource it from the comfort of your home! Shop for groceries and household necessities from local stores like Food Front, New Seasons, and Green Zebra, along with other larger merchants. Delivery is available same-day, and they offer free delivery on your first order.


Miracle of Nurture

Have you made it through pregnancy, childbirth and those first few weeks or months home, and now it’s time to return to work? Ease the stress of this important transition time with Miracle of Nurture’s “Back-to-Work Preparations Visit”. The experts will provide guidance about common questions and experiences that come up when parental leave ends, plus they will create a personalized plan to help ease your transition. Other services include milk expression education and communicating with caregivers. This service is typically 1-1.5 hours, with a standard fee of $125, or a sliding scale reduced range of $50 to $115.


Baby Blues Connection

Baby Blues Connection provides support, information and resources to families at risk for or experiencing postpartum depression or anxiety. There are a number of groups geared specifically for women, as well as specialized dad’s support groups, which focus on the male perspective of pregnancy and parenting. Infants are welcome to join. All groups are free of charge, LGBTQ friendly, and confidential.

Offered at various times in multiple locations throughout the Portland Metro area

Mother & Child Education Center

Located in the Hollywood District, the Mother & Child Education Center offers free classes on parenting, breastfeeding, and caring for babies. Workshops are geared towards parents from pregnancy through five years of age. Babies four months and younger are welcome to join caregivers at the classes. The Center also offers clothing, wipes and diapers to families in need during their monthly Client Care Days.

1515 NE 41st Ave


While FIT4MOM is primarily an exercise-based program for new moms, they also host weekly playgroups, monthly Moms' Nights Out events, and other fun family activities, like playdates and theme nights. Check out their Body Back fitness and nutrition program, or Stroller Strides, a full-body fitness class that parents can do with their children in strollers. Event days, times and locations are listed on their Facebook page. Class prices vary, but the first class is free.

Offered at various times in multiple locations throughout the Portland Metro area

Book Babies

Book Babies is an ongoing class offered at Multnomah County Library through multiple branch locations. Caretakers and babies from birth to a year enjoy songs, books, and playtime together. Not only is it free to attend, but you’ll meet other new families to create lifelong friendships with.

Offered at various times in multiple locations throughout Multnomah County

What are your favorite local family resources? Let us know in the comments below!

— April Hasson


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