Support GroupsIf you know of a free or low-cost group or class focusing on postpartum support that you would like to see added to this list, please send an email to email@example.com .
Affiliated Support Groups
Clallum County, Port Angeles . FREE. Parenting/maternal/child support programs, PPMD support groups, and teen parenting programs. First Step Family Support Center. Call 360.457.8355 to register and for dates and times.
Clark County, Vancouver. FREE. Baby Blues Connection support groups; contact 866.616.3752 for specific information and times or visit http://www.babybluesconnection.org/bbc/finding-help/bbc-groups
Grant County, Moses Lake. Support provided by Christy Youngers. Crossroads Resource Center 1555 South Pilgrim Street, Moses Lake. 509.765.4425.
King County, Issaquah. Life After Birth Meets Wednesdays from 11:30 to 1:30 at Village Green Yoga 317 NW Gilman Blvd, Suite 1 Issaquah, WA 98027. lifeafterbirthsupport.com Or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LifeAfterBirthSupport or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Drop-in fee $19.
King County, Kirkland. FREE. "This Is Not What I Expected" Meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month at 7 pm in Room TAN 117; Evergreen Hospital, 12040 NE 128th Street, Kirkland. Facilitated by Erin Boone, Early Parenting & Lactation Educator, and Tish Rogers, LICSW. Call the EvergreenHealth Postpartum Care Center (425.899.3602) or EvergreenHealth Healthline (425.899.1000) for more information or e-mail email@example.com.
King County, Seattle. FREE. Adjusting to Parenthood. Drop-in Support group meets 1st, 3rd, & 5th Friday 12:30-2 at the Good Shepard Center 4649 Sunnyside Avenue North Seattle, WA 98103 Room 326. Facilitated by Mia Edidin, LICSW. For more info call Mia at 206.659.7773 or Mia_Edidin@ppmdsupport.com.
New group! King County, Seattle. Mother and Baby Circle. Every Friday from 11:30am-1:00pm at the Seattle Holistic Center (7700 Aurora Ave N, Seattle), Fee: $10, no one turned away for lack of funds. Babies up to one year old welcome. Facilated by Sarah Tyack RN, BSW, IBCLC . http://www.seattleholisticcenter.com/classes/parenting/mother-and-baby-circle
King County, Seattle. The 4th Trimester. Wednesday mornings from 10:30 – 12:00 at Swedish Ballard 5300 Tallman Ave. N.W. Seattle, WA 98107-3932. http://the4thtrimesterseattle.com Facilatated by Anita Shelton, M.Ac and Sarah Palmer, LMHC.
King County, West Seattle. Early Days. 12-2pm every Wednesday in West Seattle. Limber Yoga, 6019 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98136 Facilitated by Meg Gluckman and Alyson Campbell. http://www.theearlydays.org Contact Meg at earlydaysWS@gmail.com or 425-243-2355.
King County, West Seattle. Early Days 2nd Location now every Saturday STARTING NOV. 1st, 2014 10:30am-12:30pm At Nurturing Expressions 4746 44th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116. Facilitated by Meg Gluckman and Alyson Campbell. http://www.theearlydays.org Contact Meg at earlydaysWS@gmail.com or 425-243-2355.
South King County, Federal Way. Balance After Birth. 2nd and 4th Saturday, 10:00am – 11:30am at St. Francis Hospital, Education Room.34515 Ninth Ave. S. Federal Way, WA 98003. Facilitates By KC Johnston. For more info please call Franciscan Family Education (253) 382-8573 or email: Familyeducation@FHShealth.org. More info at https://www.chifranciscan.org/Classes-and-Events/Classes/Family-Education/
South King County, Burien. 2nd Location Balance After Birth. 2nd and 4th Monday, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm Highline Medical Center, Cedar Conference Rooms 1&2, 16251 Sylvester Road SW. Burien, WA 98166. Facilitated by Sarah Tyack RN, BSW, IBCLC. For more info please contact Franciscan Family Education(253) 382-8573 or FamilyEducation@FHShealth.org. More info athttps://www.chifranciscan.org/Classes-and-Events/Classes/Family-Education/
Kitsap County, Poulsbo. FREE. Poulsbo Hope Circle. 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month at 6:30-8:30 at Well Being Health Center 19045 Hwy 305 Suite 190 Poulsbo, WA 98370. Facilitated by Crystal Gurney 360.990.8901 or firstname.lastname@example.org or see www.kitsaphopecircle.org or facebook.com/KitsapHOPECircle.
Kitsap County, Bremerton. 2nd location of Kitsap Hope Circle. 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 6:30pm at Chiropractic Lifestyle Center 991 NE Riddell Rd Bremerton, WA. Facilitated by Crystal Gurney 360-990-8901 or email@example.com or see www.kitsaphopecircle.org or facebook.com/KitsapHOPECircle.
Kitsap County, Gig Harbor. FREE. Gig Harbor/Port Orchard Hope Circle. 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at 6:30-8:30 at Gig Harbor Family Wellness Center, 11505 Burnham Dr. Gig Harbor. Facilitated by Erinn Stinson & Marie Richmond firstname.lastname@example.org or see www.kitsaphopecircle.org or facebook.com/KitsapHOPECircle.
Snohomish County, Edmonds. 2nd location of Adjusting to Parenthood meets 1st, 3rd, & 5th Tuesdays 1:00-2:30 at Swedish Hospital Edmonds. Check back soon for start date. The room has yet to be determined. The group is for all new mothers, not just ones who are struggling. It is also well-suited to those with depression/anxiety etc. While donations are accepted, mothers can attend for free. Babies up to 12 months are welcome. Facilitated by Terri Buysee and Jannine Bussa. For more info contact Terri Buysee at 425-773-7251 or email@example.com or Adjusting to Parenthood: A Postpartum Emotional Support Group.
Thurston County, Olympia. FREE Thurston County support group meets every Tuesday from 12:30 -2:00 pm. 110 11th Ave SE, Olympia, WA 98501~United Churches of Olympia in the Yellow Room. It is in the back and downstairs. There is a parking lot right by the room. Facilitators: Stacy Dell, MA LMHC (360)-799-5773, Lisa Iverson, MA LMHCA (360)-790-2273 http://www.lisaiverson.net; Robyn Sowers, MA LMFTA (360)-556-6374 http://robynsowerscounseling.com.
Yakima County, Yakima. Postpartum Support Group, meets every Monday 4-5 pm at the Lincoln Avenue Medical Center 2205 W Lincoln Ave. Facilated by Jennifer Sumner, RN. For more info please call Jennifer at 509-457-6540 or jennifersu@YVFWC.org
Other Programs of Interest
Balance after Baby. FREE drop in suuport group at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays 7pm-8:30pm at Overlake Hospital Medical center in PACCAR Education Center.
For more info call 425 688 5259.
Bringing Baby Home. Workshops for expecting and new parents. This program, designed by Drs. John and Julie Gottman, helps you maintain a strong relationship with your partner while giving your baby solid, consistent love and care.
Connect, A Mother's Group. Support and education during the first year of baby's life. For questions about times, dates, or to register please contact Tina at 425.941.9061 or firstname.lastname@example.org . Please visit www.doulaservicesnw.com for additional details.
Conscious Fathering. Offered at various locations in King and Pierce Counties. Contact the Conscious Fathering program at Parent Trust for more information. Offers "Skills for New Dads" classes for expectant and new fathers.
The goal of the program is to provide basic infant care skills and encouragement to men on the eve of fatherhood. By providing the male partner with knowledge of how to care for and nurture his infant child he will be better equipped to create a strong positive bond with his new baby and strive for equal responsibility when parenting.
For further information, locations, and times, contact Bernie Dorsey, Founder and Program Coordinator, at Parent Trust for Washington's Children, 206.233.0156 ext. 227 or email@example.com . In Tacoma, contact Bates Technical College, 253.680.7500. Please visit www.consciousfathering.org for additional details.
Evergreen Health Parent Baby Program. Since 1991, EvergreenHealth has been providing support and education for new families. Taught by certified lactation and parenting educators, the topics include; transition to parenthood, feeding, post-partum adjustment, sleep, safety and more. 0-3 month groups are FREE and open to all parents in the community no matter where the baby was born. Groups meet every Tuesday and Wednesday from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. at Evergreen Hospital, Room TAN 1-140, 12040 NE 128th Street, Kirkland. Groups for parents with older babies from 3-15 month groups are $97 for each 3-month session. Visit the website: www.evergreenhospital.org/parent-baby or call 425-899-3000 to register.
Father's First Steps. A small group program to help new fathers with the challenges of babies, develop confidence in their parenting and build a secure relationship with their babies. Fathers will explore what babies need to thrive, why attachment is vital for babies, how to be confident in their parenting style, the importance of the fathers' role, and ways to maintain the relationship with their partner. New Parent Services- Bellevue - provides many servies to pregnant and postpartum families, including:
" Listening Mothers ." Small groups for new mothers and their babies designed to help mothers adjust to parenthood and develop secure attachment with their babies.
Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders. This group meets every Saturday from 11-12:30 in Lakewood, WA. Clients may join the group at any time after meeting with the group facilitator 1-2 times to complete a brief intake and establish individual client goals to address during group. The cost is Pay What You Can, with a suggested minimum of $5 per group session and a maximum of $10 per group session. Any pregnant or postpartum (within first two years after birth) woman by join. This group offer professional and peer support. The average number of group sessions per client is 12-16. Common concerns related to interpersonal relationship difficulties, role transition, grief and loss, scary thoughts, medication adherence and complicated pregnancies will be addressed as well as client's individual issues identified during intake session.Please contact Meghan Milliron at 253.279.9409 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in attending this group.
Reflective Parenting Workshop. This Parenting Workshop is for parents with children 1-3 years old. This innovative 10-week workshop provides parents with a model which Family Services calls reflective parenting that views children's behaviors as meaningful communications that need to be understood. During groups, parents explore their children's thoughts, feelings, and motivations, as well as their own. This process helps parents understand and respond to their children's behaviors in appropriate and sensitive ways.
For more information on any of these services call 425.450.0332, email email@example.com or go to www.family-services.org.
Classes and Groups at Birth and Beyond-Seattle:
Donation-suggested support group for mothers, infants, and families from birth to 12 weeks. New parent survival skills, breastfeeding support, information about soothing babies, and more.
"Next Months ". Donation-suggested support group for families and their infants from 3 - 6 months of age. Support and information about infant development, feeding, and predictable challenges of babies this age are discussed.
These groups currently meet at Birth and Beyond in Seattle. For information about these groups call 206.720.0511 or email Ann Kepler at
dates and times.
Cooper House . Provides therapy and developmental support for young children and their families. Loving relationships are the foundation of early emotional development. Children develop confidence and manage their feelings and impulses more effectively when they feel safe and nurtured. We know all parents want the best for their young children and try to create relationships that are loving and harmonious. But sometimes problems creep into the picture and make the first few years of the child’s life more difficult than they need to be. Mother-infant groups available see website for details. www.cooperhouse.org
LifeCircle Gatherings. These counseling groups in the Seattle metropolitan area are specially designed to facilitate learning, healing, and growth. They offer both peer and professional support in a compassionate and therapeutic setting. Each Gathering meets once a week for eight weeks and is attended by about 6 to 10 registered members. Gatherings are led by Cynthia Good Mojab, an experienced Clinical Counselor and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant whose specialties include working with people during their reproductive and parenting years. Each 8-week-long Gathering focuses on a specific experience, such as infertility; pregnancy loss or infant death; difficult or traumatic birth; perinatal stress, depression, and anxiety; breastfeeding loss, grief, and trauma; parenting a child with special needs; or adoption. Members share companionship on their journeys, harness their strengths, develop and practice new skills, allow grief to unfold, and move toward growth, change, and healing. The sliding scale fee ranges from $240-$400 for a full eight-week group counseling series. For more information or a free 30-minute phone consultation, please visit http://www.lifecirclecc.com/lifecirclegatherings.html or call 425.320.4710.
Little Miracles. Mom and baby support group. A variety of topics are covered in this group, such as socialization, sleep, feeding, and safety issues. Meets Tuesdays from 10:30 am - 11:30 am for 0 - 6 month olds; Tuesdays from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm for 6 - 12 month olds. Located at the Family Birth Center at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup; 407 14th Avenue SE. Fee is $10 per month, drop in basis. Facilitated by Janet Dill; please call 253.697.5366 for more information.
Mom and Baby Support Group. FREE group for moms and babies that meets every Wednesday at Tacoma General Hospital, to address current issues and adjustments. Group for 0 - 6 months: 10:30 am - 11:30 am; 6 - 12 months: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm. Call 800.342.9919 for more information.
Mommy and Me Tea. Pierce County, Tacoma, Dash Point, and Gig Harbor. FREE event, sponsored by Bates Technical College, moms and babies 0 - 6 months meet with a parent/child specialist for socialization and support in postpartum parenting. Call 253.680.7511 for locations and times.
Mom2Mom. One-on-one program for first time mothers who are matched with trained mentors. Mentorship lasts 3 months. Offered through the Stroum Jewish Community Center, serving the greater Seattle area. For more information contact Marjorie Schnyder at 206.461.3240 ext. 3146 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
P.S. of Puget Sound. Parent Support for Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Newborn Death. To confirm times and locations, and for more information, call 206.782.0054 or visit www.psofpugetsound.org.
Parent Trust for Washington Children. Statewide support for families with children. Offers various classes and support groups, many are FREE. For a listing of groups, please call 800.932.HOPE (4673) or 206.233.0139 or visit www.parenttrust.org.
Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS). Offering various support groups for new parents. Newborn Program is for parents with babies under four months old; day and evening groups available. Baby Peppers is for parents and older babies. Little Peppers is for families with two children under the age of three. Groups meet for 8 12 weeks. Each week, parents discuss the highs and lows of parenting, sing songs, and discuss topics of interest. Cost range is $150 200. Scholarships available for those who qualify. Groups meet throughout King County, and south Snohomish County. Call 206-547-8570 for more information or visit www.pepsgroup.org .
Real Moms: Letting Go of Perfect at Swedish's new Lytle Center for Pregnancy and Newborns. Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders are the most common complication of childbirth. Support is available through this 8 week group for any mother experiencing postpartum distress or identifying with the symptoms of a postpartum mood or anxiety disorder (within two years of giving birth). This group will offer peer and professional support for the work of dealing with post-birth emotional challenges while caring for an infant or child. The group will also offer techniques for managing difficult emotions, increasing self-regulation skills, and developing networks to obtain the care that mothers need to thrive and feel successful as parents. Mothers are welcome to bring infants up to age six months along.
$150.00/eight-week series(some scholarship may be available on a case-by-case basis).
Thriving Instead of Just Surviving . Postpartum preparation class at Swedish Medical Center, Seattle. This 2-hour class will give expectant and new parents tools and understanding to help ensure an easier adjustment to life with new baby and postpartum recovery. Cost is $40 per couple. Call 206.215.3338 for registration.
Valley Medical Center Parent Support Groups. FREE Every Wednesday. The excitement of becoming a parent usually comes with questions and concerns. Our parent support groups offer new parents a valuable resource to meet other parents and have children meet and play with other children their age. If you have questions about what other parents may do about sleeping, soothing, feeding, teething, or have other questions, attend one of the groups. The groups are facilitated by VMC's lactation consultants. Baby Group: 0 to 6 months 1 to 2:30 pm Crawler Group: 6 months to 12 months 11:30 to 1 pm Toddler Group: 12 to 24 months 10 to 11:30 am For more information or to sign up, call 425-228-3440 ext 2526 Peggy Selle. MSW Maternity Support Services Valley Medical Center 4033 Talbot Rd S. #440 Renton WA 98055 p- 425-656-5321 f - 425-656-5319
Welcome Baby. FREE programs in Mount Vernon (Skagit County). Parent infant/toddler groups; parent education and support; PPMD group and individual support, information and referral. Call Meredith Baker at the Welcome Baby warm line, 360.419.3324, for more information.
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