BIRMINGHAM BEGINNINGS: Guide for New Parents in Birmingham Alabama

The largest city in Alabama, Birmingham is known for its many impressive landmarks: Sloss Furnaces (the rumored-to-be-haunted industrial museum), Vulcan (the massive cast-iron statue that moons the city), and the renowned Civil Rights Institute. Birmingham is also a terrific place to raise a family.

Expectant parents have many birth options, including multiple hospitals and midwives. The Magic City is also home to several birth and postpartum doulas, breastfeeding support groups, and parenting groups.

Baby-friendly activities abound. Strap your baby in your carrier or buckle her in the stroller, and explore the Birmingham Zoo, the Ruffner Mountain Nature Center, or one of the many local parks. Shop for fabulous baby clothes, toys, and nursery decor at one of the many cute boutiques.

Families can also explore the surrounding cities, including Hoover, Pelham, Helena, Alabaster, Vestavia Hills, Mountain Brook, Homewood, and Trussville.

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