The Best of Grow: Experts for New and Expecting Philly Parents | 2023 LOVE Award Winners and Family Favorites
Find resources for new and expecting parents in Philly with these local businesses our Community LOVES.
Read some great endorsements from local parents in our Philly Community about who they love and then pop over to our Best for Families Guide to find more neighborhood gems!
LOVE Awards Celebration and Luncheon photos by AMC Photography.
2023 LOVE AWARD WINNER: BEST BABY GEAR
“Emily answers quickly and has great products! She is a pleasure to work with and we always get our rentals from her! She is always so accommodating and flexible and we have had nothing but a great experience the many times we rented from her!”– Amie D.
2023 FAMILY FAVORITE BABY GEAR
“I’m so thankful to have found Baby Gear Group! I made my first rental when the stroller bassinet I was looking for was no longer being manufactured by the brand. Luckily Baby Bear Group had it available for rent! I was so excited and grateful. Since then I’ve rented other items and look forward to renting more because it’s so cost effective, sustainable, and space saving. I also enjoy being able to try before I buy–though with babies growing so fast I’m not sure if I’ll ever have to buy?!”– Kristy L.
2023 LOVE AWARD WINNER: BEST BABY PROOFING
“We had Safer Babies baby proof our home when our daughter was nine months old and we couldn’t be happier with the results. As she has grown, she has aged into needing some of the baby proofing solutions that didn’t matter as much when she was smaller. It has given us such peace of mind to know that our house is safe for her in the years to come. Having a professional look at our space and recommend items that made the most sense and then expertly install them, saved us time to research and purchase and install ourselves, and made sure the end result was as safe as it could be!“– Amanda R.
2023 LOVE AWARD WINNER: BEST BIRTH CLASSES
“Brittany at Blossoming Bellies taught us so much as first-time parents in her Birth Class! She combines an extensive knowledge of current research and personal doula experience to present information about birth without judgement and help each parent make the right choices for themselves. She is extremely kind and supportive and answers any questions you may have. One of the best teachers I’ve had in a while :)”– Katerina K.
2023 FAMILY FAVORITE BIRTH CLASSES
Mama Bird Birth
2023 LOVE AWARD WINNER: BEST BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHER
“Rachel documented my daughter’s birth in 2021 and captured amazing images while also being a steadfast support throughout my labor and delivery.“– Zoe A.
2023 LOVE AWARD WINNER: BEST DOULA
Well Born Baby
“From the moment I hired Well Born Baby, I knew I was in good hands! As a first time mom, I was very nervous about giving birth and knew I wanted to have the support of a Doula but I didn’t realize how lucky I got when I found Christina. She was able to quickly answer all my questions to put me at ease and is so incredibly knowledge beyond belief. I was able to have the birth I wanted because of her and can’t imagine this journey without Well Born Baby. I’m now pregnant with my second and hire Christina again. I can’t imagine going through this life event without Well Born Baby and Christina.”– Amy D.
2023 FAMILY FAVORITE DOULA
Moon Sage Mama
2023 FAMILY FAVORITE DOULA
Day and Night Doula
“Kate Elise helped me face a birth that was not what I expected or wanted. I did not have a partner and Kate stepped into that role. She was able to work within the hospital environment to support me in birth. She does postpartum doulaing too and I’m sure she’s wonderful. She is a wealth of birth and postpartum knowledge.”– Rae S.
2023 FAMILY FAVORITE DOULA
“Nicole was welcomed back into our home for postpartum support after our second son was born in June. I really needed support and especially sleep after a difficult labor and emergency C-section, so Nicole was a true gift for some nights where I was just desperate for sleep. I completely trusted her with the care of my newborn and would highly recommend her to any new parents in need of postpartum support.”– Krista K.
2023 LOVE AWARD WINNER: BEST FITNESS FOR NEW AND EXPECTING MOMS
Active Mom Fitness
“I’ve been working out with Active Mom Fitness since my first pregnancy and through two postpartum period and she is hands down the reason why I am strong for my little girls! The support, encouragement and activity I get from my workouts is the best part of my week!”– Y. S.
2023 FAMILY FAVORITE FITNESS FOR NEW AND EXPECTING MOMS
“They are a great way to get in shape after baby while meeting other moms. These women have become my go to a for any and everything.”– Philly Family Community Member
2023 LOVE AWARD WINNER: BEST LACTATION SUPPORT
“Veronica Briggs has been such a vital resource in my journey into motherhood. She has been very attentive , caring , and extremely knowledgeable. She has provided me with essential resources to feel confident in providing the best care for my child.”– Jessicalee M.
2023 FAMILY FAVORITE LACTATION SUPPORT
Stephanie Brown, IBCLC
2023 LOVE AWARD WINNER: BEST LOCAL ENTREPRENEUR
“Alison provided invaluable support to help me on my breast feeding journey. Her insight and experience provided me with guidelines to make me feel confident that I was successfully feeding my baby. Her calm demeanor and patience really put me at ease. The online booking tool that she uses made it possible for me to connect with her almost immediately after giving birth.”– Sarah R.
2023 LOVE AWARD WINNER: BEST NEWBORN CARE SPECIALIST
“Christine was a godsend. She swept in and took over care of our newborn overnight, and left the house cleaner, more organized, and quieter than when she arrived. She gave us advice on stuffy nose, and gassy bellies.”– Elyse W.
2023 LOVE AWARD WINNER: BEST PARENTING COACH
Brandi Davis, Your Parenting Partner
“Brandi brings her expertise to help families who are struggling with their children’s behavior, family structure and the stresses that comes with family life. She provides a safe space to talk through issues and helps in a down to earth, funny but real way.”– Corey R.
2023 LOVE AWARD WINNER: BEST PLACENTA ENCAPSULATION
Placenta Encapsulation Services
“Heather is the best. Her attention to detail from pick up to delivery is amazing. The package is so adorable and so thoughtful! Every client that Heather works with gets such amazing care and attention. Heather holds various credentials including APPAc which makes me feel safe and she’s so amazingly knowledgeable about birth and post partum and wellness. “– Lynn M.
2023 LOVE AWARD WINNER: BEST SLEEP CONSULTANT
Not A Peep
“Maria Lopez with Not A Peep changed our family’s life. We had just had our second baby and were deep in the throes of sleep deprivation. It was taking us over an hour to put our second child down to sleep, creating lots of jealousy and outbursts from our second, and all the while our baby would be up every thirty minutes. I was seeing my doctor about starting therapy and antidepressants because the situation was drowning me into PPA and PPD. I stumbled on Maria’s website at 2:00 AM after a particularly terrible evening of “sleep”. Maria was an angel. She came to our home to help identify the issues and created solutions right away. Two nights after implementing Maria’s recommendations, we all got a four hour stretch for the first time in over FOUR MONTHS. Maria has been supportive, kind, approachable, and most importantly available to me 24/7. Maria deserves this award more than anyone for saving our family and giving two kids their mom and dad back.”– Brittany L.
2023 FAMILY FAVORITE SLEEP CONSULTANT
“Reliable, informative, able to “hold your hand” virtually, and help parents navigate various sleep stages. Also key to guiding parents towards being on the same page for their child. The team having relevant and personal experiences in all stages for years is key.”– Shaina K.