New Parent Resource Center Offers New Moms & Dads A Wealth of Resources

Classes and Support Groups Help New Moms Feel Less Isolated, More Connected, and More Informed

Getting ready for a new baby is thrilling but also challenging for new parents, especially moms.  Advice about infant care is everywhere, from books and the Internet to family and friends, and this can be a bit confusing with conflicting information coming from many directions!

Being a new parent can also feel isolating as life changes in so many ways.  Studies have shown that new parent support groups and classes create positive opportunities for both moms and their infants that they might not otherwise have.  They give moms a place to gain information, learn new things and talk to other new parents who are going through the same experiences.  Support and up-to-date advice from a nurse also reassures new parents and gives them something to look forward to each week.

“New moms often tell us they feel isolated,” says Sheila Dedrick, a registered nurse and international board-certified lactation consultant who manages the Community Memorial Health System New Parent Resource Center.  “It’s nice for them to know there are others going through the same thing.”  The New Parent Resource Center offers a wide range of support groups, classes, and resources for new parents.

The New Parent Resource Center is a place where parents can feel supported and form lasting relationships with other new parents.

“New moms can feel insecure,” continues Sheila.  “They are often tired and feeling the physical changes that happen after pregnancy.  At these classes and support groups, they see that everybody’s in the same boat and nobody will judge you if you didn’t wash your hair that day.”

The New Parent Resource Center is a welcoming place where parents feel comfortable and accepted.  Parents can form lasting relationships with other new parents starting with the prenatal classes and also in the post-natal classes and support groups.  Babies can cry, parents can cry, babies can be fed and diapers changed – all without parents feeling like they are bothering the people around them!  The New Parent Resource Center is a home away from home and a supportive community for many new moms attending groups and classes several times per week.

Sheila’s Top 5 Tips for New Moms:

  1. Take care of yourself!  It’s not selfish, but necessary to take care of yourself.
  2. Trust your instincts, they are there for a reason.  If you have a concern about your baby or yourself, follow your instincts and call your physician.
  3. Pick your baby up when he or she cries or is showing a need.  An infant isn’t old enough to be manipulative.  When babies show a need, they have a need.
  4. Seek help with breastfeeding early if needed.  Breastfeeding doesn’t always come easy at first, and seeking help with a lactation consultant can be very beneficial.
  5. Seek and develop support networks.  Don’t be afraid to ask others for help.  It’s not a cliche to say it takes a village to raise a child.

The New Parent Resource Center is located at 2580 E. Main St. in Suite 101.  Parking is available on San Nicholas Street.  If you have any questions, please call 805-658-2229 (BABY), visit us online at www.cmhshealth.org/mch or email us at newparentresourcecenter@cmhshealth.org.

Classes at the New Parent Resource Center:

Maternity Tour:  Come see our Maternal Child Health Department, where your baby will be born!  Learn about our philosophy of care, being pre-admitted and what to expect while here.  It’s free and you don’t need a reservation.  Come to the second floor for the tour.  Tours in English are held every Tuesday at 5, 6, and 7pm, and tours in Spanish are held every fourth Monday of the month at 7 and 8pm.

Prenatal yoga is one of the most effective ways to prepare for a relaxed labor!

Prenatal Yoga:  Prenatal yoga is one of the most effective ways to prepare you for a relaxed labor and birth.  Fees are accepted at class and pre-registration is not required.  All supplies are provided and no previous experience is necessary.  All classes are taught by a certified yoga instructor.  CLICK HERE for class dates, times and fees.

Childbirth Refresher Course:  This two-hour class is ideal for those who previously had a baby but would like to review coping techniques, pushing, breathing, and relaxation.  Pre-registration is required.  CLICK HERE for class dates, times, and fees.

Evening Prepared Childbirth Course:  These classes help soon-to-be moms and their coaches prepare for the birth.  Classes are held one evening a week for six consecutive weeks.  Highly trained registered nurses provide insight into pregnancy, the birthing process, the coach’s role, coping techniques, recovery, pain management, unexpected labor situations, newborn care and breastfeeding.  Pre-registration is required.  Classes fill up quickly so register early.  CLICK HERE for class dates, times, and fees.

The New Parent Resource Center offers Prepared Childbirth Courses to help new Moms and their coaches prepare for birth.

Weekend Prepared Childbirth Course:  The information provided in this course is the same as in the evening course series, but condensed into one Saturday from 9am – 4:30pm and one Sunday from 9am – 12:30pm for those with a busy weekday schedule.  Again, you must pre-register and classes fill up quickly!  CLICK HERE for class dates, times, and fees.

Natural Childbirth Class:  Get prepared and learn about alternative therapies so you will be less fearful, trust your body, by less likely to have unnecessary interventions, and be more satisfied with your birth experience.  The class also includes newborn care and breastfeeding help.  Classes are once a week for six consecutive weeks and you must pre-register.  CLICK HERE for class dates, times, and fees.

Sibling Class:  Help prepare siblings ages 2 -8 for the arrival of a new baby brother or sister and tour the postpartum areas.  Classes are held on Sunday afternoon.  CLICK HERE for class dates, times, locations, and fees.

Baby and Me – Birth to Crawling:  Learn up-to-date recommendations about infant care, infant development, and ways to cope with the emotional, social and physical transitions into parenthood.  No pre-registration required, just drop in!  CLICK HERE for class dates, times, locations, and fees.

Baby & Me classes cover a number of topics including infant development and the transition into parenthood.

Community Forum:  Community speakers who are experts in their fields address topics like teething and dental care, postpartum exercise, and other topics.  CLICK HERE for topics, dates, times, and additional details.

Breastfeeding Support Group:  Led by a registered nurse and international board-certified lactation consultant, you can ask questions, share advice, or just listen in a relaxed and welcoming environment.  The group meets Thursdays at 3pm at the New Parent Resource Center.  No fee or pre-registration required.  Just drop-in!

Well Mama:  Postpartum emotional wellness and support group that meets every Wednesday at 10am at the New Parent Resource Center.  Pregnant women, new mothers, and lap babies are welcome.  No fee or pre-registration required.  Just drop-in!

Friends and Family CPR:  The leading cause of death for children under the age of 5 is preventable accidents.  Learn how to make your child’s environment safe, how to prevent the most common childhood accidents, and infant/child CPR and choking techniques.  No babies or children should attend this class.  Classes are offered on Saturdays.  CLICK HERE for class dates, times, and fees.

Babysitting 101:  This class is for children 11 and older who want to learn how to be a responsible babysitter and learn infant and pediatric CPR techniques.  A pediatric CPR participation card is provided to all participants.  Classes are on Saturdays.  CLICK HERE for class dates, times, and fees.

Please Note:  Unless otherwise indicated, pre-registration (with payment) is required for classes.  Please plan ahead and enroll in Prepared Childbirth Classes by your 5th month of pregnancy.

Call 805-658-2229 (BABY) to enroll in a class today!