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Essential Resources for New and Expecting Parents

From pregnancy to postpartum, these resources are essential for new parents

Published on: November 01, 2009

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Postpartum depression and other difficulties

Beyond the Baby Blues. Services for families experiencing emotional difficulties while adjusting to parenthood, offered by Wellspring Family Services. 206-826-3050.

Postpartum Support International. A toll-free phone number, 1-800-944-4PPD (4773), for mothers or family members with questions about symptoms of postpartum depression. All calls will be returned by a trained volunteer within 24 hours.

Postpartum Depression. Help and resources from the Children’s Trust Fund of Washington. 1-888-404-7763.

Postpartum support group. Postpartum support group. Free drop-in group held the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, 11 am–noon, at the Kindred Spirit Learning Center, 2804 Grand Avenue, Suite 311, in downtown Everett. 206-604-0996.

Pregnancy and new parents

Baby Boot Camp offers indoor and outdoor stroller-based classes to help moms and dads get fit.

Birth and Beyond. A Seattle retail store which offers several parenting classes, taught by nurses and lactation specialists, including a First Weeks class ($10 donation). 206-324-4831.

Boot Camp for New Dads. Support and education for fathers.

Bringing Baby Home. Workshops for expecting and new parents. 206-832-0355.

Conscious Fathering Program. Offered by Parent Trust of Washington. 206-233-0156, ext. 227.

Family Works. Parent support groups, play groups and classes. 1501 N. 45th St. Seattle. 206-694-6727.

Great Starts Birth and Family Education. This nonprofit educational agency offers a variety of classes on topics such as childbirth and parenting preparation, sibling preparation, newborn care, infant CPR and baby safety. 2517 Eastlake Ave. E., Seattle; 206-789-0883.

Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Washington State (HMHB). The coalition helps families in Washington access information they need, from pre-pregnancy planning through childhood. 206-284-2465.

pregnant in parkListening Mothers. Mothers of babies up to 1 year old meet in small groups with a trained leader. 206-275-0104.

MOMS Club. Local chapters of this international organization offer support for at-home mothers.

Northwest Association for Postpartum Support (NAPS). Based in Seattle, NAPS offers referrals for postpartum-support doulas. 206-956-1955.

Parent Trust for Washington Children. Free support groups for parents throughout Washington and a free Family Help Line. 800-932-HOPE (4673).

Parenting a new baby. Parent/infant classes at Seattle Central Community College Parent Child Center. 206-587-6906.

Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS). A PEPS-trained leader facilitates weekly meetings for parents of babies from birth to 4 months of age. 206-547-8570.

Puget Sound Midwives and Birth Center. This Eastside birth center offers classes on topics ranging from breastfeeding to vaccine awareness. 13128 Totem Lake Blvd. N.E., Suite 101, Kirkland. 425-823-1919.

Reflective Parenting. Classes teach techniques that help parents understand and regulate their emotions, and better communicate with their child. 206-275-0104.

South Seattle Community College offers preschool and a parent/infant class.

Stroller Strides

Stroum Jewish Community Center offers many classes for parents, including Shalom New Baby and Listening Mothers.

Toddlers and beyond

Lake Washington Toddler Group

Mercer Island Preschool Association

MOPS — Mothers of Preschoolers. A support group for moms of kids under 6. Daycare available while the moms meet.

Redmond Toddler Group offers family, infant, toddler and preschool classes for kids & parents.

Miscellaneous education and support

Adoption Resource Center. Services for families adopting children. 3300 N.E. 65th St., Seattle. 206-695-3200.

Adoptive Friends and Families of Greater Seattle. Support and education for adopting families, and those waiting to adopt. 425-903-9664.

Bates Technical College. The Home and Family Life Department offers its Parent Infant/Toddler Program at many Pierce County locations. 253-680-7500.

Bellevue College Parent Education program offers classes for parents and children.

Child Care Resources of King County. A nonprofit that helps parents find child care.

Fostering Together. 206-437-2488

Eastside Families of Multiples

The Holistic Moms Network. 877-465-6667.

Mothers and More. This national organization, with local chapters, offers support, playgroups, social events and more for the stay-at-home mother. Local chapters in Redmond, Bellevue and Lynnwood.

Parents Without Partners. Ongoing support and friendship for single-parent families.

Puget Sound Adlerian Society offers information, classes and support to parents and others who work with kids, based on Adlerian psychology.

Talaris Research Institute. A Seattle nonprofit dedicated to discovering how children under five think, feel and learn.

Teen parent support group. Offered by FamilyWorks, Saturdays 4-6 p.m. at the North Seattle Family Center, 3200 NE 125th St.; 206-694-6729.

Woodinville Family Preschool. Weekly classes lead by qualified educators from Shoreline Community College. 425-481-9707, ext. 3

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