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2016 Family Favorite Winners: Maternity

Full Circle Yoga

Full Circle Yoga

Prenatal Yoga

972 N. Orange Ave. B, Winter Park
These specialized prenatal yoga classes focuses on breath awareness, flexibility and strength to increase comfort during pregnancy. Yoga prepares your body for the birthing experience. This class is open to all expectant mothers, no matter how far along in their pregnancy. Once your special one leaves the womb and enters the world, bring him or her to Mom & Baby yoga classes at Full Circle. No prior yoga experience is required.

Baby Concierge/Planner

Bringing a new baby home can be overwhelming. Call on Alisha Champ to help with setting sleep and feeding schedules, calming fussy babies as well as assistance with potty training and more.

Birth Hospital

83 W. Miller St., Orlando
Winnie Palmer Hospital helps more than 14,000 babies enter the world each year. This prestigious hospital is known for the world-class experience of its doctors and nurses — just what a mama-to-be needs to put her mind at ease. Winnie Palmer is home to one of the nation’s largest and most successful neonatal intensive care units. The hospital staff will also assist mothers with developing a birth plan, including exploring resources and options available at the facility for before, during and after delivery.

Postpartum Doula

The goal of Doulas of Orlando is for their clients to feel heard, supported and like a part of the decision-making process when it comes to the birth and postpartum experience. The expert team strives to provide each family with professional and customized emotional, physical and educational support throughout pregnancy, birth and postpartum.


In 1998, Maggie began her journey as a certified doula and is now a licensed midwife. She’s worked as a birthing doula, childbirth educator, hypnobirthing instructor and prenatal massage therapist, offering patients a plethora of experience. As a midwife, Maggie serves pregnant women and their families in the greater Central Florida area, offering services such as home birthing, full prenatal care, lab work, childbirth education and more.

Birthing Center

213 S. Dillard St., #340, Winter Garden
The Birth Place Center allows you to have your baby your way. With a midwifery team ready to assist you, the team offers comprehensive prenatal care and delivery at a natural birth and water birth center, delivery at the hospital, childbirth consultant concierge services, postpartum office visits, six-week postpartum exams and in-house lactation consultations.

Obstetrics and Gynecology

531 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland
Ellen Eye is a well-practiced obstetrician and gynecologist at Premier Obstetrics and Gynecology located in Maitland. Dr. Eye has a passion for helping women of all ages. From puberty to menopause, Dr. Eye will be there every step of the way, backed by her years of experience and studies.

Maternity Massage

1804 N. Mills Ave., Orlando
The Salt Room offers prenatal massages to pamper expectant mothers. The prenatal massage reduces muscle pain and swelling, increases circulation and induces relaxation. The session also includes salt therapy, which offers an organic immune boost for both you and your baby.

Baby Prep Class

83 W. Miller St., Orlando
Winnie Palmer provides a variety of childbirth classes to prepare you for all stages of your pregnancy. The Preparation for Birth class provides the mother and father with lessons on the Lamaze technique. Certified and knowledgeable instructors share information about the labor and birth process and other topics, such as labor options, pain relief, Cesarean birth and postpartum recovery. Other classes include Baby Inside You, Prenatal Breastfeeding, Prenatal Yoga and Preparing for a Healthy Baby.

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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,

Cynthia Koerner Doula Best 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., 407-341-6718,

pat lindsey lactation Best 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,,


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,

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,

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,

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

The Heathrow Modern Moms


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,

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,

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,

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,

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.

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