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Every family needs different kinds of support. Below is a comprehensive list of the various kinds of assistance available in the Austin, Texas area. Click on each section for more information. If you need help finding the resources you need, contact Melissa Bentley at info@melissabentley.net  or (512) 920-3737 or Alexis Edwards at alexismedwards@live.com or  512-956-9599.

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Support Groups

Studies have shown that support groups are highly effective in treating Perinatal Mood Disorders (PMDs). Groups offer peer-to-peer support with a professional leader. Below are some local support groups you can find in the Austin, Texas area.

  • All For One (General Drop-in Support Group) | Todos Para Uno (Grupo de apoyo general) [ View On Map ]

    YWCA Greater Austin
    Wednesdays 10 or 11 a.m.
    English and Spanish
    $10/session

  • Any Baby Can/Mama Mariposa [ View On Map ]

    Weekly, open ongoing support group for pregnancy and postpartum anxiety and depression. Children up to 2 years old welcome.

    Cost: Free
    Time: Thursday 10-11:30 a.m.

    Mama Mariposa

    En este GRATIS grupo, nuevas mamás y sus bebés se reunirán para compartir sus experiencias. Se ofrece apoyo, consejos y un lugar para hablar sobre las realidades de ser madre. Invitamos a todas las mamás, bebés y hermanos pequeños.

    Por favor llama a Dyann Avila LCSW al número (512) 851-3317 para más información.

    Tiempo: Los martes, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

    Costo: Gratis

    (512) 454-3743
    www.anybabycan.org

  • Audry Steelem MA, LCP [ View On Map ]

    Specializing in helping people understand and resolve concerns related to:

    • Relationships

    • Parenting

    • Stress and/or Anxiety

    • Depression

    • Health and Body

    512.619.5714
    http://audrysteele.com/

  • Austin Birth Parent Support Group [ View On Map ]

    A support group for birth parents who have placed their child for adoption.

    Meets the 1st Tuesday of each month

    Contact Heather Rogers to attend

    heather.rogers@gladney.org

    512-383-8496

  • Austin Parents of Multiples [ View On Map ]

    St. George’s Episcopal
    Last Monday of every month, 6:30-9 p.m.
    $35 yearly membership fee.
    (512) 693-9233 (checked bi-monthly)
    www.austinparentsofmultiples.org

  • Birth Trauma Support Groups [ View On Map ]

    PPHA is currently unaware of any local birth trauma support groups. If you know of any, or are interested in starting one, please contact us at info@pphatx.org.

  • Breastfeeding Cafe [ View On Map ]

    Breastfeeding Cafe at AustinBorn

    • Fridays, 10am-12pm
    • 4th Saturday 10am-12pm
    • Pre-registration NOT required
    • Babies welcome
    • Refreshments provided
    • $15 drop-in or save by buying a Mama Thrive pass when you come in! (5 visits for $65 or 10 visits for $99. Good for The Breastfeeding Cafe and The Circle.)

    512.222.5655
    info@austin-born.com

    http://www.austin-born.com/#/thebreastfeedingcafe

  • Breastfeeding Circle [ View On Map ]

    Gina Giordano offers a weekly place for new moms and newborns to find support and answers during the beginning stages of breastfeeding. They address the practicality of breastfeeding along with the emotional adjustment that breastfeeding may bring up. This circle is a casual, conversation-based setting.

    $15.

    Drop-in.

    Mondays 10-11:30

    Pachamama: 1907 Forestglade Drive Austin, Tx 78745 @ Manchaca, near Ben White Blvd.

  • Circle of Security | El Circulo de Seguridad [ View On Map ]

    8 week relationship based parenting program | programa de 8 semanas enfocado a la relacion entre padres e hijos
    YWCA Greater Austin
    Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.
    $20/session, $30 for couples/family

  • Early Pregnancy Loss Group [ View On Map ]

    Early Pregnancy Loss Group (up to 20 weeks)
    for Women and Partners
    1st and 3rd Mondays of the month, 7-8:15 PM
    at Austin Center for Grief and Loss
    There is a one-time intake fee (sliding scale and additional funding available)
    Visit www.austingrief.org for more information and to register
  • For the Love of Christi [ View On Map ]

    Grief Support Groups

    Suicide Loss – Tuesday evening, at the Christi Center in Austin or every 3rd Thursday from 6:30-8:30pm at the Georgetown Community Resource Center

    Free

    Please call before coming to your first group for information.

    Call us.  We’re here to help. (512) 467-2600

    www.fortheloveofchristi.org

  • Free Postpartum Support Groups [ View On Map ]

    Free drop-in Postpartum Support Groups led by Dr. Kelly Boyd, Licensed Psychologist

    Thursdays from 7-8:30 p.m.

    First Thursday – Postpartum Support Group
    Second Thursday – Pregnancy Support Group
    Third Thursday – Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Group
    Fourth Thursday – Pregnancy After Loss Support Group

    Seton Williamson Hospital, Room SMCW LC 3

  • Hand to Hold [ View On Map ]

    NICU Support Groups and Bereavement Support Groups
    Matches parents with babies in the NICU and parents who have experienced loss with other parents who have been in a similar situation.
    http://handtohold.org/ Call (855)424-6428

  • HOPE Group [ View On Map ]

    Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Group

    HOPE Group is a closed group, meaning the same individuals attend each of the six consecutive weekly meetings. In Austin on Monday nights from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. 3-4 times per year in the Community Room of the Ronald McDonald House at 1315 Barbara Jordan Blvd. The Ronald McDonald House and Charities of Central Texas sponsors the groups so they are free of charge.

    The next group starts Mon., Oct. 23 and registration is still open here: https://rmhc-ctx.org/what-we-do/healing-hearts-program/

    For additional information, please contact Jessica McDaniel, LPC, group facilitator, at 832-454-5377 or jessica@austinstonecounseling.org.

  • International Cesearean Awareness Network (ICAN) [ View On Map ]

    Cesearean Support Groups
    International Cesearean Awareness Network (ICAN)
    www.ican-online.org
    Austin Chapter
    Contact: Brielle Epstein
    Email: brielle@moonstonebirth.com
    Telephone: 512.203.6097
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/ICAN-of-Austin/155939594565290

  • Mama Bloom Postpartum Groups [ View On Map ]

    Mama Bloom is a 6 week closed postpartum group for mamas with babies under 1 year old. The group will be a safe space for mamas to gain support, connection, community and greater fulfillment. Groups meet weekly for 2 hours and cover themes like identity as a new mama, radical self-care, practicing greater presence, and self-love and compassion. Expect to finish this series and have a greater sense of who you are as a mama and be able to embrace the challenges and joys of motherhood with greater acceptance and ease.

    Wednesdays from 1:30pm-3:30pm.
    Babies always welcome.
    Cost is $125.
    Location: Birthwise Birth Center, 1709 Rio Grande St. Austin, TX 78701 Groups led by ATX birth doula and life coach, Nicole McCharen.
    Contact Nicole with questions at nicole.atxdoulas@gmail.com.
    http://www.mama-bloom.com/

  • Mamas for Mamas [ View On Map ]

    Support group for pregnant and postpartum women facing symptoms of Depression, Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
    Mondays, 6:30-8 PM

    Austin Center for Therapy & Assessment
    8103 Brodie Lane Suite 1
    Austin, TX 78745
    (we recommend entering the parking lot on Thomas Kincheon Street)

    Free, babies 0-12 months welcome.
    Facilitated by Melissa Bentley, MA and Amy Duckwall, PsyD
    info@melissabentley.net or dramyduckwall@gmail.com for more information

  • Motherhood in the First Year [ View On Map ]

    10 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Thursdays at Birdsong Pilates on Anderson Lane.
    Donation-based, with the collection donated to a local agency working on behalf of new parents. Every month we have have rotating topics and facilitators for our circles.

    Week 1 – Postpartum Support Circle with Kim; in this circle we will dive into all the things related to postpartum emotions, feelings, fears, anxieties, joys, celebrations, and accomplishments!!

    Week 2 – Focus on Feeding with Stephanie; Join Stephanie to talk about feeding in it’s various forms. Breast, bottle, pumped, formula, and solids, she will cover it all! Stephanie also brings a scale for weighed feedings.

    Week 3 – Mindful Mamas with Chelsea; Chelsea grew up in the Yoga business and now she brings that focus on the mind body connection to you. Journey with Chelsea into the realms of visualizations, meditations, and how to stay grounded during those times you need it most.

    Week 4 – This week will focus on things Mamas really need; clothing and toy swaps, guest speakers, park outings, hikes, yoga, and more!!!

  • New Mama Happy Hour Support Group [ View On Map ]

    Free Support Group for Expectant and Postpartum Moms! Both expectant and new moms are welcome to join on a drop in basis to come together as women and support each other in this journey from pregnancy to motherhood. This group is facilitated by experienced birth and postpartum doulas who will offer evidence based information, local resources, loving guidance and non-judgmental support.

    Where: Thrive Chiropractic 15501 Ranch Road 620 N., Suite 1200, Austin TX 78717
    When: Wednesdays 12-1:15 p.m. (Bring a snack or brown bag lunch if you wish!)
    Come as you are. Older siblings are welcome (childcare NOT provided). For more info contact Shelley (512) 468-8526 or shelley.scotka@gmail.com.

  • PARA SIEMPRE EN EL CORAZON [ View On Map ]

    En la YWCA de Austin comprendemos que las madres de hijos que han muerto, frecuentemente se viven aisladas en su dolor. Los familiares y amigos bien intencionados suelen minimizar, invalidar o descalificar el dolor de estas mujeres en un intento de ayudarlas a “superar” el duelo. Empero, esto solo causa mayor soledad, rabia y tristeza. Quienes han vivido y viven la experiencia de perder un hijo saben que no hay tragedia más grande que la muerte de un niño (nacido o no nacido). El duelo, no se cura, se asimila la pérdida. Nunca se va a olvidar a ese hijo muerto, pero si aprender a convivir con la tristeza.

    PARA SIEMPRE EN EL CORAZON es un grupo de apoyo que se reúne todos los jueves a las 7 de la noche en la YWCA de Austin, es en español y tiene un costo de $5.

    Para inscribirse, favor de llamar a Eva o Laura al 512-326-1222.

  • Partners in Parenting [ View On Map ]

    Partners in Parenting (PIP) organizes and facilitates neighborhood-based groups for new parents. The PIPsqueaks Groups help parents connect and thrive as they transition to parenthood. Groups meet once a week for 12 weeks to share their ups and downs, joys and obstacles, and much-needed tips and tricks they’ve picked up In the past few days! Participants start out as just neighbors or even strangers, and finish the program having become a strong, intentional community of support for one another. The group discussions are led by trained volunteers who have all the resources of PIP at their fingertips, including access to an extensive list of professionals who are available as guest speakers for PIPsqueaks Groups. It takes a village – let PIP help you find yours!

    www.pipaustin.org
    512-397-1747
    info@pipaustin.org

  • Pregnancy Loss Support Group [ View On Map ]

    Pregnancy Loss Support Group: Meets the 1st Sunday of the month from 2-4pm in the Auditorium at South Austin Hospital. For families who have lost a baby due to miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillborn or early infant death. Free childcare upon request. Call (512)282-4123

  • PSI – Grupo De Apoyo En Línea [ View On Map ]

    La reunión es informal y generalmente de tamaño pequeño. Cada mujer se presenta y, si es cómoda, cuenta un poco de su historia. Las mujeres suelen encontrar preocupaciones similares y compartir ideas. El enfoque del grupo está en la curación, la aceptación, y el mantenimiento / el inicio de buenos hábitos de autocuidado.

    Tiempo: Martes 7:30 pm
    Costo: $5.00
    Llamarte Laudy Burgos por mas informacion: laudyburgos@aol.com
  • PSI – Online Support Group [ View On Map ]

    Postpartum Support International online Perinatal Mood Support Group.

    Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m.

     

    PSI Online Support Meetings

  • The Circle at Austin Born [ View On Map ]

    The Circle is not a class, workshop, or seminar. It is a safe place to come as you are and share the joys and the struggles of becoming a mother. We are all in this together, and we are all about unconditional support and encouragement.

    We are here for you, and are ready to listen and support in any way we can, as you navigate all that comes with being a new mother. You will learn about the wide range of emotional changes that can happen after childbirth, practice self-care and relaxation strategies, and connect with mothers in the same boat. Facilitated by professional postpartum doula.

    Open to mamas and babies of all ages.

    Time: Wednesdays​, 10am-12pm​ and 2nd Saturday of the month 10am-12pm
    Cost: $15 per session or purchase a multi-pass for reduced rate.
    512-222-5655 (general info)
    512-574-2789 (Kim)
    http://www.austin-born.com/the-circle/
    kim@austin-born.com


Psychiatrists

– Medical practitioners specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness.

Providers on this list have agreed to see women with Perinatal Mood Disorder (PMD) symptoms within 10 days, when feasible. However, at any given time one of our providers may be out of the office and there may be a longer wait time. When calling or leaving a message, please identify yourself as someone experiencing a PMD and ask for an expedited appointment.

Therapists

Therapists are people trained in methods of treating illnesses especially without the use of drugs or surgery and who help people deal with mental or emotional problems by talking about those problems.

“Talk Therapy” is highly effective in treating Perinatal Mood Disorders (PMD). It can include individual counseling, couples counseling, family counseling, and group counseling. Counselors can be psychiatrists (MD), psychologists (PhD), Licensed Counselors (LPC), or Licensed Social Workers (LCSW).  Counseling sessions will help to educate you about the disorders and learn coping skills to minimize your symptoms and stress.

Look for a counselor who can see you within a week and who has training in Perinatal Mood Disorders (PMDs). Finding a counselor who you feel comfortable with is important, so do not hesitate to look for a new one if you need to.


OB/GYNs


Midwives

Your childbirth medical provider may be the first person you contact if you feel you may have symptoms of Perinatal Mood Disorders (PMDs). They may be able to screen you for PMDs, prescribe initial medications, and link you with other professionals.

If your symptoms persist, you may need to seek the assistance of a psychiatrist and look into other support services, such as counseling or support groups. If you feel that your provider is not sensitive to PMDs and your needs, check out one listed below. These Austin-area providers have been screened by PPHA to meet minimum standards.


Doulas

A Postpartum Doula provides evidenced based information on things such as infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, mother–baby bonding, infant soothing, and basic newborn care. A Postpartum Doula is there to help a new family in those first days and weeks after bringing home a new baby.


Lactation Consultants and Breastfeeding Support

  • Breastfeeding Cafe [ View On Map ]

    Breastfeeding Cafe at AustinBorn

    • Fridays, 10am-12pm
    • 4th Saturday 10am-12pm
    • Pre-registration NOT required
    • Babies welcome
    • Refreshments provided
    • $15 drop-in or save by buying a Mama Thrive pass when you come in! (5 visits for $65 or 10 visits for $99. Good for The Breastfeeding Cafe and The Circle.)

    512.222.5655
    info@austin-born.com

    http://www.austin-born.com/#/thebreastfeedingcafe

  • Breastfeeding Circle [ View On Map ]

    Gina Giordano offers a weekly place for new moms and newborns to find support and answers during the beginning stages of breastfeeding. They address the practicality of breastfeeding along with the emotional adjustment that breastfeeding may bring up. This circle is a casual, conversation-based setting.

    $15.

    Drop-in.

    Mondays 10-11:30

    Pachamama: 1907 Forestglade Drive Austin, Tx 78745 @ Manchaca, near Ben White Blvd.

  • Central Texas Breastfeeding Coalition [ View On Map ]

    The purpose of this coalition is to promote breastfeeding. We hold a variety of yearly events, including:

    • Hosting World Breastfeeding Month activities
    • Presenting the Hero of Breastfeeding Award
    • Participating in the international Breastfeeding Challenge “Latch on” and “Quintessence challenge”
    • Introducing legislation that benefits breastfeeding mothers, and
    • Networking with other breastfeeding coalitions in the state.

    http://keepaustinbreastfeeding.org/
    info@keepaustinbreastfeeding.org

  • Dawn Martin, IBCLC, CD (DONA) [ View On Map ]

    Lactation Consultant, Doula
    Specializing in multiples
    512.554.9144
    tx.ibclc@gmail.com

  • Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin [ View On Map ]

    Non-profit accepting donated breastmilk, pasteurized for safety and then provided to NICUs and outpatients to save preterm and ill infants.
    Free lactation support and parenting classes.

    Contact: Kelsey Heineman
    kelsey@milkbank.org
    512-579-3971
    https://www.milkbank.org/

  • Stephanie Spitzer-Hanks, CD&PCD(DONA), CLC, ICCE [ View On Map ]

    Stephanie Spitzer-Hanks, CD&PCD(DONA), CLC, ICCE
    revdoula: Doula, Lactation Counselor, Childbirth Educator
  • Tanya Philips, CD & IBCLC [ View On Map ]

    Placenta Encapsulation
    Doula
    Lactation Consultant
    512.560.3732
    www.MotherNurtureDoula.com
    www.Placentacare.Weebly.com


Acupuncture


Massage Therapy


Yoga

  • Lisa J. Young, RYT, MA [ View On Map ]

    Prenatal Yoga Teacher
    lisa@austinprenatalyoga.com

  • Summer Greenlees [ View On Map ]

    Massage and Prenatal Yoga
    512.944.9924
    summergreenlees@gmail.com


Placenta Encapsulation

  • Amy Tucker [ View On Map ]

    Postpartum Doula (DONA)
    Placenta Encapsulation (PBi Certified Specialist)
    amy.tucker@placentabenefits.info or amytucker09@gmail.com
    512.692.9468
    www.mamapeace.com

  • Lindsey Roberts [ View On Map ]

    PBi Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist
    (512) 699-3998
    Lindsey@PlacentaBenefits.info
    http://placentabenefits.info/lindseyroberts
    www.EncapsulateYourPlacenta.com

  • Tanya Philips, CD & IBCLC [ View On Map ]

    Placenta Encapsulation
    Doula
    Lactation Consultant
    512.560.3732
    www.MotherNurtureDoula.com
    www.Placentacare.Weebly.com

  • Vicki Meinhardt [ View On Map ]

    (512) 653-7892


Reflexology and Aromatherapy


Practical Support

In today’s society, new mothers tend to live far from their families and friends. We expect ourselves to be “supermom”- have a happy baby, a perfectly clean house, and to be bright and cheery. This is just plain impossible. When you are experiencing a mental health crisis on top of this, it is time to ask for help. Right now, you need to concentrate on taking care of your baby and taking care of yourself. Let as much else go as possible. Here are some ideas to make your life a little easier:

Care Calendar:

A “care calendar” is a way for you to tell your friends and family what kinds of help you might need. Many people will use these as a way to schedule people to bring meals. This helps you to feel less isolated and also gets your family a great meal. You can also ask people to help with errands, cleaning, etc. If you are shy about setting it up yourself, ask a good friend to do it for you. Remember: People like to help! They are usually just too shy to do it without being asked. Free. www.carecalendar.org

Postpartum Doula:

A postpartum doula is a trained professional assistant for new mothers, providing education, breastfeeding instruction and more directly following the birth of a child. A postpartum doula’s main priority is the well-being of the mother. She can assist with newborn care, family adjustment, meal preparation and light household tidying. Check out our list above of approved doulas in Austin. Rates: usually around $25 per hour.

If a postpartum doula is not affordable for your family, the Central Texas Doula Association has a “pay what you can” option.

Lactation Consultants:

Education and support around breastfeeding. Check out our list above of lactation consultants in the Austin area.

Parenting Classes:

A great way to gain coping skills, meet other parents, and understand your baby’s needs.

Any Baby Can
Variety of classes (preparing for your newborn, the first three months, toddlers, etc.) in English and Spanish. Call 512-454-3743 for more information. Free. Childcare provided. www.anybabycan.org

Bethany Prescott, M.A
2312 Western Trails Boulevard, Suite 404D
Austin, TX 78745
512.775.5160
bethany@bethanyprescott.com
Website

Katie Malinsky, LCSW – One on one Parent Coaching Therapist
1704 West Koenig Lane
Austin, TX  78756
512.940.4477
katie@katiemalinski.com
www.katiemalinski.com

Lanell Coultas
Mothers Unfolding
http://consciousbirthingaustin.com/classes/mothers-unfolding/

Circle of Security – eight week relationship based parenting program
El Circulo de Seguridad – progama de 8 semanas enfocado a la relacion entre padres e hijos
Tuesdays/Martes 6:30 p.m.
$20/session, $30 for couples/family (pareja/familia)
YWCA Greater Austin
2015 S. IH 35, Ste 110
Austin, TX 78741

Moms Arising is a judgment-free peer-to-peer group offering support during pregnancy and the postpartum period.
https://www.facebook.com/momsarising

Sleep Consultants:

Desperate for your baby to sleep through the night? Wondering if your baby is sleeping as long or as well as they “should” be? Sleep Consultants can help your learn YOUR baby’s needs, patterns and developmental stages and provide you with strategies to best support her.

For a list of local Austin Sleep Consultants,  http://austinexpecting.com/sleep-consultants/

Government Support:

There are a variety of government programs that you may qualify for, including WIC, Medicaid, and TANF. You may qualify for the following programs, which offer practical support:

WIC (Women, Infants, and Children):

Provides nutrition education, breastfeeding education and support, referrals to other social services and benefits for healthy foods.  For a family of three, your income must be less than $37,167. Call 512-972-4942 for an appointment. www.dshs.state.tx.us/wichd

Food Stamps (SNAP):

Call 2-1-1 to see if your family qualifies for SNAP.

Insurance:

Call 2-1-1 to see if your child qualifies for Medicaid.

To see if your child qualifies for CHIP, call 877-543-7669 or go to www.chipmedicaid.org.

TANF (Temporary Aid for Needy Families):

You may qualify for cash assistance if you have very low income. Call 2-1-1 for application locations.

Free or Low Cost Activities for Families:

Getting out of the house with your child can make your days go faster and can help you to reconnect with the world. Click here for some activity ideas.

Local Blogs/Websites:

www.livemom.com– check out the “weekenders” section

www.freefuninaustin.com

www.multitaskingmumma.com/

Mothers Groups:

Moms Clubs

$25 per year, join one in your zip code

momsaustinsouth.wordpress.com/

www.momsclubswoaks.webs.com/

momsclubcp.webs.com/

momsclubrrne.wix.com/momsclubrrne 



Mothers Unfolding

Lanell Coultas

http://consciousbirthingaustin.com/classes/mothers-unfolding/

Meals:

Eating regular, healthy meals is essential to feeling better. If you can afford it, consider getting delivered or take out meals from services such as these:

Snap Kitchen: www.snapkitchen.com

Simply Fit Meals: www.simplyfitmeals.com

Baby Food

The following business offers delivered baby food, or can assist you in learning to make your own:

Taste and See Healthy Baby Food: www.tasteandseehealthybabyfood.com/


Self Care

To be a good parent, you must take time to nourish your own body and soul. Take care of yourself so that you can take care of your baby. Try joining a book club, getting regular massages, acupuncture, joining a gym, or going for a walk. Many gyms include free childcare, and exercise is shown to have a significant effect on depression and anxiety.  Eating healthy snacks and meals can also minimize depression and anxiety. Check out our list above of massage and acupuncture practitioners in the Austin area. For more self care tips click here.


Legal Care

If you are in need of legal assistance related to a mental health disorder, please expand the list below.

Legal Resources for divorcing parents with children who cannot afford an attorney:
http://www.texaslawhelp.org/documents/clusters/TX/525/English/Div_w_Kids_kit_Final.pdf

Free Legal Resources (general)

Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas
512.476.5550
http://vlsoct.org/what/advice.htm
Free, in-person legal advise at the intake clinics held every week. VLS has caring attorneys, many of whom are pro bono, volunteering their time.

Monday Evening Clinic
Martin Middle School
1601 Haskell Street
Austin, Texas 78702.

Wednesday Advice Clinic
Webb Middle School
601 East St. Johns Street
Austin, TX 78752

Domestic Violence Clinic UT Law
512.232.1358

Legal Aid Society
512.374.2700

The Office of the Attorney General’s Access & Visitation Hotline Attorneys that answer the phone provide free legal information
about child custody, visitation, paternity and child support.
1 (866) 292-4636
Monday – Friday, 1-7 p.m.
www.texasaccess.org