2014 Family Favorite Award Winners: Maternity

Best Midwife

Kaleen Richards
Feel empowered with Kaleen Richards, a nurse practitioner midwife at Tree of Life Birth and Gynecology in Deland. After starting her career as a doula and birth educator, Richards soon moved to midwife, where she works to develop strong bonds with her patients. She’s respectful of your wishes and will empower you to achieve a natural childbirth. Check out the new birth center opening in College Park in December. Tree of Life Birth Center, 335 S. Woodland Blvd., Deland, 386-279-0145, www.treeoflifebirthfl.com

Cynthia Koerner DoulaBest Labor Doula

Cynthia Koerner
Cynthia Koerner has been working in the birth field since 2002, and (bonus!) she is also a lactation consultant and massage therapist. Her passion for supporting women has driven her to educate soon-to-be parents on the many birth options available. She strives to help you choose the right one for you and your baby. Birthingwithheart@gmail.com, 407-341-6718, www.birthingwithheart.com

pat lindsey lactationBest Lactation Consultant

Pat Lindsey
With more than 30 years’ experience helping moms breast-feed and babies nurse successfully, Pat Lindsey is a board-certified lactation consultant with a special touch. She started her career with La Leche League in Orlando and later established her private practice in Maitland. An office visit with Pat includes a complete assessment of mother and baby, allowing Pat to offer guidance and support for a comfortable breast-feeding experience. Maitland, 407-215-0400, patibclc@aol.com, www.patlc.com

Best OB-GYN

Dr. Melissa Moore
Dr. Melissa Moore of Winter Park OB-GYN has been practicing in Orlando since 1999. In this time, she has developed an outstanding reputation and has been nominated several times as one of the best baby doctors in Orlando. Dr. Moore also is very involved in Juvenile Diabetes Research, currently serving on the board of directors. Winter Park OB-GYN, 100 N. Edinburgh Dr., Ste. 200, Winter Park, 407-645-5565

Best High-Risk OB-GYN

Dr. Ahmed Al-Malt
Dr. Al-Malt at Fetal Diagnostic Center of Orlando specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and management of high-risk pregnancies. Dr. Al-Malt is committed to providing the highest level of expertise through compassion and dedication to excellence. Fetal Diagnostic Center of Orlando, 615 E. Princeton St., Ste. 240, Orlando, 407-897-3737, www.fetaldiagnostic.com

Best Fertility Doctor

Dr. Gary W. DeVane
Dr. Gary W. DeVane developed the first in vitro fertilization (IVF) program in Orlando, earning him recognition as a leading fertility doctor. His goal is to provide high-quality IVF treatment using cost-effective minimal approaches to ensure that all couples have access to this treatment. You can find Dr. DeVane at the Center for Reproductive Medicine, of which he is a founding partner. Offices in Orlando, Lake Mary and Celebration, 407-740-0909, www.ivforlando.com

Best 3-D/4-D Ultrasound

Little Life Imaging
Little Life Imaging uses cutting-edge 3-D/4-D ultrasound technology in its Winter Garden location to bring images of your unborn baby to life. Have your gender determination celebration at Little Life’s office for up to eight guests. 213 S. Dillard St., Ste. 110, Winter Garden, 407-892-1059, www.littlelifeimaging.com

Best Support Group

Lika’s Leaking Ladies
Lika’s Leaking Ladies has a mission to help local mothers breast-feed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information and education. The group, which is overseen by an experienced lactation consultant, offers a safe place to ask questions, get answers, and share frustrations and beautiful moments with other mothers. The free group meets every Thursday at 11 a.m. Tree of Life Birth and Gynecology, 819 E. 1st St., Ste. 4, Sanford, 407-878-2757

Best Pregnancy Yoga Class

Full Circle Yoga
Full Circle Yoga’s prenatal yoga class includes work on breathing awareness, flexibility and strength to help make pregnancy more comfortable and prepare your body for birth. Open to all levels and babies who are not yet crawling. Full Circle Yoga, 972B Orange Ave., Winter Park, 407-644-3288

Best Moms Group (It was a tie!)

Baldwin Park Kids Club
www.meetup.com/Baldwin-Park-Kids-Club

The Heathrow Modern Moms
www.meetup.com/Heathrow-Modern-Moms

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Best Hospital for Delivery

Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies
Winnie Palmer Hospital is home to leading physicians, surgeons and specialists, as well as one of the nation’s largest and most successful neonatal intensive care units. Delivering 12,000 to 15,000 babies a year, the neonatal unit is the fourth-largest in the United States. 83 W. Miller St., Orlando, 321-843-9792, www.orlandohealth.com/winniepalmerhospital

Best Pediatrician

Dr. Lorena Acosta
Dr. Lorena Acosta is a graduate of the University of Florida and has extensive training in pediatric emergency medicine at Arnold Palmer Hospital. She has found her home at Middleton Pediatrics, where she continues to do what she loves—keep children healthy! Middleton Pediatrics, 200 E. Marks St., Orlando, 407-284-6460, www.middletonpediatrics.com

Hidden Gem

Dr. Cornelia Franz is the founder and owner of The Franz Center in Orlando, a pediatric practice specializing in integrative medicine, homeopathy and Chinese medicine. Dr. Franz also recommends and refers to massage therapists, craniosacral therapists, and practitioners in acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine. The Franz Center, 3160 Southgate Commerce Blvd., Ste. 64, Orlando, 407-857-8860, http://drcorneliafranz.com

Editor’s Choice

The Baby Place at Florida Hospital Altamonte features amenities often found in private birth centers. It is the only one of its kind located in a hospital. This special unit allows mothers to customize their labor and delivery experiences. Experience immediate skin-to-skin contact with your baby while working with a midwife and relaxation aides to assist with a natural birthing process. 601 E. Altamonte Dr., Altamonte Springs, 407-303-5405, www.floridahospital.com/altamonte/labor-delivery

Words by Juliana and Samantha Geisler

Juliana and Samantha Geisler are sisters-in-law and founders of The Prego Expo, Central Florida’s premier pregnancy, parenting and baby expo. The Prego Expo is designed to help expecting and new parents plan for the bumpy road ahead by bringing the best local and national services, baby products and experts under one roof. The Prego Expo is scheduled for March 29 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel. www.thepregoexpo.com

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