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Prenatal and Baby Guide




CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION

BABY CARE

BREASTFEEDING

IN NEED OF ASSISTANCE

MISCELLANEOUS

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CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION 


Center for the Childbearing Year


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guiding, educating and inspiring expectant parents …

Center for the Childbearing Year is a thriving community center where expectant parents prepare for birth and new parents gather with their babies. They offer a variety of interactive childbirth preparation programs at their cozy Ann Arbor center, as well as online childbirth classes hosted by Patty Brennan.

Online classes allow you to:
Enjoy the convenience of self-paced learning. 
Customize your education, choosing only topics relevant to your needs. 
Learn current, evidence-based information and strategies from a trustworthy source. 
Review information and practice techniques any time, as needed. 

Classes will help you to:
Increase your chances of having a healthy baby. 
Overcome your fears. 
Master natural approaches to pain management. 
Practice comfort techniques to support your partner. 
Make informed choices. 
Plan for a birth without trauma (avoid unnecessary cesareans!). 
Integrate holistic approaches into your care. 
Breastfeed with confidence. 
Learn the basics of caring for your newborn. 
Know what to expect in the early weeks postpartum. 

They have over 30 years’ experience helping expectant parents make informed choices and realize their own best vision for their baby’s birth. If you don’t know that you have choices, then you may as well not have any! 

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patty@center4cby.com

Childbirth Education - St. Joseph Mercy Brighton

800.231.2211

Labor and delivery preparation class for expectant mothers and their labor support coach. Information regarding natural childbirth techniques, relaxation exercises, medical intervention and Caesarean births is included. Please bring two pillows (or more), something suitable to use on the floor during breathing exercises, and your labor coach. Bring drinks/snacks if desired. Register online at stjoeshealth.org $75 per couple. Reimbursed by some health insurance plans.


BABY CARE 

101 Answers for New Parents

St. Joseph Mercy Primary Care Pediatrics, Howell

517.545.6600

A free one-hour question and answer session with a board certified pediatrician. Common topics include but are not limited to fussiness, colic, fevers, breastfeeding, digestive concerns, sleep positions, cold symptoms and infant breathing patterns. Register online at stjoeshealth.org FREE

Happiest Baby on the Block

St. Joseph Mercy Brighton

800.231.2211

Sleepless nights, crying baby, parent stress? Learn an extraordinary approach to calm your baby in the Happiest Baby on the Block class. New parents will learn step by step how to help babies sleep longer and how to soothe even the fussiest babies in minutes. Class fee includes parent kit: Happiest Baby on the Block DVD and Soothing sounds CD. Register online at stjoeshealth.org $30 per couple

Infant Care

St. Joseph Mercy Brighton

800.231.2211

Class for expectant mothers and their partners to learn about normal newborn characteristics and care, both in the hospital and at home. The class includes information on feeding, burping, bonding, diapering, bathing, infant safety and much more. Register online at stjoeshealth.org $25 per couple

Survival Skills for New Moms

St. Joseph Mercy Brighton

800.231.2211

This prenatal class is for women expecting their first baby. You will learn lots of practical information on caring for yourself, and adjusting to life with a new baby. New mother "survivors" with their babies will share successful strategies. This class is offered at the same time and location as Boot Camp for New Dads. Register online at stjoeshealth.org $25

Boot Camp for New Dads

St. Joseph Mercy Brighton

800.231.2211

This unique three-hour orientation workshop is for the first time father. Taught by Boot Camp Veterans (along with their babies) under the direction of a trained coach, this program enables new fathers to step up to the challenge of being dad and feel confident bringing their new baby home. Register online at stjoeshealth.org $25

Livingston OB/Gyn Associates

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Taking exceptional care of women, across their life span, is the focus of the St. Joseph Mercy Livingston obstetrical and gynecologic practices.

Our provider group includes board-certified obstetricians and gynecologists, and certified nurse practitioners. Our nurse practitioners are especially skilled to provide personalized care to women, from adolescence through menopause.

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BREASTFEEDING 


Breastfeeding Preparation

St. Joseph Mercy Brighton

800.231.2211

This class is taught by certified lactation consultants and offers expectant mothers and their partners (optional) instruction on breast-feeding techniques to help you and your baby to get off to a good start. Register online at stjoeshealth.org $25 per couple.



IN NEED OF ASSISTANCE 

Pregnancy Help Clinic

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Dedicated to supporting women in crisis situations, PH provides free pregnancy testing, ultrasound, nurse consultation, STD and HIV testing. Through the Earn While You Learn program PH provides maternity and infant clothing newborn to size 2T, diapers, formula, baby food, baby supplies, combined with parenting education. The Dad’s Team offers an Earn While You Learn program, providing a dad mentor and the opportunity for men to earn the supplies every infant needs New Dad's Baby Care Boot Camp the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. Mon 10am-5pm, Tue 10am-7pm, Wed 10am-4pm, Thurs 10am-7pm, 2nd & 4th Sat 10am-2pm

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MISCELLANEOUS 

Pet Preparation Before Baby Comes

St. Joseph Mercy Livingston Hospital

800.231.2211

These days, many couples make the first "child" in their household one with four legs. When a human child enters the picture, even the most well mannered pets can develop behavior problems. This class will educate dog and cat owners about common behavior problems that occur and strategies to prevent these issues. Register online at stjoeshealth.org $20 per couple

NOCIRC of Michigan

248.642.5703

Half of all American parents now choose to keep their sons intact (not circumcised). NOCIRC of Michigan can assist parents in understanding the risks of circumcision. NOCIRC is internationally recognized as the center of expertise on circumcision. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association have both declined to recommend routine infant circumcision, but much misinformation still exists. Since 1994, NOCIRC has been a clearinghouse offering the latest information on routine infant circumcision. They inform parents and healthcare providers in Michigan about the impact of circumcision on children and about the proper care of intact genitals. They protect consumers from fraudulent medical claims. They promote the benefits of normal genitals. Call for their FREE FACT Kit. Find out what your doctor may not tell you—but your baby boy would sure like you to know. NOCIRC also offers free pamphlets and article reprints to health care providers.

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Yoga Center for Healthy Living, LLC

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BABY & PARENT YOGA CLASSES (birth until 9months)

2 for the price of 1, $65 for 5 classes, or $15 per class

Wednesdays ~ 11:40am-12:40pm

TODDLER & PARENT YOGA (crawling until 2 1/2 yearrs)

2 for the price of 1, $65 for 5 classes, or $15 per class

Mondays ~ 11:35am

PRENATAL YOGA

$65 for 5 classes, or $15 per class

Wednesdays ~ 6:10-7:10pm

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Child Connect for Family Success

Early Childhood Resource and Referral

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Child Connect for Family Success, is a private nonprofit incorporated in 1993 as a 501c3. They serve as the Southeast Michigan Great Start Resource Center Hub for Genesee and Livingston counties. Child Connect works to enhance the quality of child care through training, consultation, technical assistance, assessments and early childhood personnel support services. Helping children have a great start to succeed in school and life.

Free services include child care referrals, including enhanced referrals for families having children with special needs and military families. They have an onsite lending library including activity backpacks and learning kits for children, books, brochures, cassettes, videos, booklets and handouts about early childhood education, parenting, and child development. They provide support and consultation services for children exhibiting challenging behaviors in child care.  

Fee based services include American Heart CPR/First Aid Training to parents, child care providers, or company employees; parent education opportunities and laminating services to the public. They offer on going early childhood education training for providers and parents.

In November they host the annual “Community Sharing for Healthy Caring“ Regional Early Childhood conference, for anyone interested in the welfare of young children.

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Tot Spot Preschool, Childcare and Friendship Center

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Tot Spot's award winning Preschool, Childcare and Friendship Centers care for and educate children ages 6 weeks through 6th grade. Their program provides children with a variety of experiences and activities focused on their development.  Children are also provided the opportunity to interact socially with children their own age to help them grow more independent and confident.  Tot Spot's teachers are experienced, talented leaders and positive role models who encourage young imaginations to flourish and grow in a safe environment. 

Tot Spot is part of Brighton Community Education which is part of Brighton Area Schools.  Tot Spot's Preschool and Childcare are located at the Miller Intergenerational Center. All of our Friendship Centers are located at the child’s elementary school and/or Maltby Intermediate School. For tours or for more information, please call 810-299-3819.  

Hours are 7am-6pm, Monday through Friday. 

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Great Start Livingston

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Great Start Livingston is involved with Kindergarten Readiness activities, Livingston Promise preschool scholarship program, Backpacks for Kids/Connect for Kids and many other community activities that support early child development.

Great Start Livingston Collaborative:  This Collaborative of parents and professionals is working to build a comprehensive support system for children 0-5 and their families in the five key areas of child care & early education, pediatric & family health, social & emotional health, family support and parent leadership.  The goal is to provide a great start for every child  in Livingston County to help them succeed in school and life.

Great Start Livingston Parent Coalition: This Coalition provides parents and caregivers a chance to have a voice in a truly “grassroots” effort to advocate for the children of Livingston County. Parents have access to training in leadership and advocacy to empower them to speak out on behalf of Livingston County’s children, as well as providing them with a supportive network of friends and the opportunity to have fun and make a difference in our community. The coalition is open to all parents/caregivers in Livingston County with children ages birth to 12 who are committed to ensuring a great start for every child.  There are many different ways to get involved with the parent coalition, and all are kid friendly!

Attend one of their monthly meetings or activities and find out how you can be a part of advancing our community by making children to be safe, healthy, and eager to succeed in school and life. 

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