Parenting Programs / Infant Classes / Support Services

Alabama Department of Public Health  (Sponsored Ad)

All Kids- Children’s Health Insurance Program. www.adph.org; 1(888)373.5437. A low-cost, comprehensive healthcare coverage program for children under age 19.  Benefits include regular check-ups and immunizations, sick child doctor visits, prescriptions, vision and dental care, hospitalization, mental health and substance abuse services, and much more. Women, Infants and Children (WIC), 1(888) 942.4673, a supplemental nutrition program for pregnant women, breastfeeding women, women who had a baby within the last six months, infants, and children under the age of five. One must meet income requirements and have a nutritional risk that proper nutrition could help to improve. Plan First Family Planning for Women- 1-888-737-2083, Alabama’s Plan First Program is a family planning program for women ages 19 to 55. Family planning can help you and your family have a better life.

 

Baptist Health Centering Pregnancy Classes  (Sponsored Ad)

273.4445
Childbirth Preparation Boot Camp: A fast paced one day class that includes the same information offered in our weekly series.  Maternity Area Tour is also included as a part of this class.  Fee is $60 per couple (includes 2 box lunches) payable at class by cash or check. Space is limited. Registration is required.
Childbirth Preparation Class: This comprehensive four-week series covers all aspects of the labor and delivery experience, admission process, medication and anesthesia options including epidurals, Cesarean sections, coping and comfort measures including breathing and relaxation techniques.  Postpartum care and newborn characteristics are included.  A maternity area tour is also included as a part of this class.  All of our classes are taught by registered nurses certified in childbirth education. This class is $60 per couple.  Space is limited. Registration is required.
Prenatal Breastfeeding Class: Class provides expectant mothers with information about breastfeeding including various factors influencing lactation, advantages of breastfeeding, basic anatomy and physiology of milk production, specific techniques to promote a successful breastfeeding experience and breastfeeding equipment and supplies. Classes are taught by IBLCE instructors. Partners are encouraged to participate in this class.  This class is $20 per couple.  Space is limited.  Registration is required.
Maternity Area Tour, Baptist Medical Center East:  A tour of the Labor and delivery area and Recovery, Postpartum and Nursery Areas. Space is limited. Registration is required.
Caring For Your Newborn

Our newborn care class helps new families become familiar with the basics of caring for your infant in the first six weeks after birth. This interactive class covers routine hospital newborn procedures along with bathing, diapering, swaddling and soothing, normal infant behavior, and appearance and sleep patterns. Partners are encouraged to attend. This class is $20 per person. Space is limited. Registration is required. Please call 273.4445 for more information.

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Jackson Hospital Mom & Baby Center
1725 Pine Street, 293.8600
PreNatal Tours:  Free
Prepared Childbirth Class: Understanding Birth – so you will understand
The role of the labor support person, the process of labor and delivery as well as coping with the pain of labor.  Sessions taught throughout the year. Fee per class
Breastfeeding Class:  Breastfeeding instruction, taught by a certified lactation consultant. Fee for class
Lactation Support: You may encounter problems during your breastfeeding.  We make lactation support available to you after delivery by phone of appointment.   FREE
Infant CPR: Taught by a certified instructor, so you have peace of mind knowing that you’re prepared for any situation.  Fee for class
Please visit www.Jackson.org/classes or call 293.8497
La Leche League of Montgomery
6880 Winton Blount Blvd. (East Montgomery Imaging Center)
Evening series Meeting in Millbroook, 1st Tuesday of every month at 6-7:30 p.m. at the Once Again Consignment store.
Breastfeeding Café in Montgomery, 2nd Thursday of every month at 6-7:30 p.m. at Dalraida United Methodist Church.
Morning Series meeting in Montgomery, 3rd Friday of the month at 10-11:30 a.m. at 6880 Winton Blount Blvd. Baptist East Imaging Center.
Leaders are experienced breastfeeding mothers who have completed an accreditation program and are familiar with breastfeeding management techniques as well as current research.  Meetings are free and open to all women. Expecting moms, babies and children are welcome.  If you need information before the next scheduled meeting, please visit our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LLL.Montgomery.AL.

The Parenting Assistance Line (PAL)
1(866) 962.3030.
http://www.pal.ua.edu/index2.php
A collaborative service of the University of Alabama Child Development Resources and the Alabama Children’s Trust Fund. When callers call the toll-free number, a parenting resource specialist will answer the phone, listen to you, then offer helpful information and support .Parenting is tough! Call for FREE confidential help. Parent Resource Specialists are available from 8:00am-8:00pm Monday- Friday.

 

Infant Classes

Kindermusik of Montgomery
271.3264; Music and Movement classes for children. Newborn -5 years. Visit us online at www.kindermusik.com

YMCA Tot Swim Classes
2435 Bell Rd., 271.4343; 3407 Pelzer, 272.3390
www.ymcamontgomery.org
6 months to 3 years. Parents and tots swim classes offered year round.

 

Support Services

Footprints Ministry
A 501(C) 3 organization that assists families with children in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. They serve Montgomery, Birmingham and Huntsville. Footprints distributes gift bags to NICU families that contain many items to provide hope and comfort. Footprints also assists with hotel stays, gas cards and funeral expenses. Footprints walks alongside NICU families during their child’s stay in the NICU and encourages them on their difficult journey. “We now offer “The House of Hope” residence for out of town families. If you know a NICU family that needs to be ministered to please contact Kim Wilson at 391.1594. You may also visit http://www.footprintsministry.info for more information.

Honoring Angels Like Owen, Inc. (HALO)
328.1202
Halo offers family-oriented, Christian-based grief support groups that meet monthly. These groups are for families who have lost a child from 20 weeks gestation up to the age of 2 years old. Our parents’ group is for mothers and fathers. Our siblings’ group is for children ages 6-15. Both groups meet at the same time and place. These groups offer faith-based healing through sharing and emotional support. Meetings offer an outlet for sharing your child’s memory and your day to day struggles, while receiving support of others who have been in similar situations. Please feel free to bring photos of your child to share. HALO also offers free professional photography for families facing the loss of a child up to the age of 2 years old and needs-based financial assistance for their burial. Visit www.honoringangelslikeowen.org

 

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