Parenting: Additional Parenting Resources
University of Michigan Health System
Comprehensive information and support for parents
A non-profit, consumer-advocacy group promoting awareness of the benefits and availability of healthy, normal childbirth through information and support. Meetings cover a range of topics; currently a meeting in Macomb and Oakland counties and in Toledo, Ohio.
Depression after Delivery, Inc.
Non-profit organization offers free local support groups for women, partners, and family members. Groups meet regularly at Catholic Social Services (on Packard at Golfside). Call 734-302-0033 for information.
La Leche League of Ann Arbor
La Leche League is an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing support, encouragement, information, and education to women who want to breastfeed. On these pages you will find information on the La Leche League groups in the Ann Arbor area, and information about La Leche League International. Groups meet in Ann Arbor and Chelsea. Call 734-332-9080 for a schedule, or visit the website at http://www.lllaa.org/
Lamaze Family Center of Ann Arbor
2500 Packard Suite 111
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Mothering Arts Group
Free sessions open to all parents of little ones. Held at The Center for the Childbearing Year, 722 Brooks St., Ann Arbor. Call 734-424-0220 for information.
Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor
Parent-infant group for babies 6 weeks to crawling. Free group for parents to share in weekly discussions about caring for the very young child, to share resources, and to learn songs and make simple toys in a nurturing environment. Call 734-995-4141 for information.
Signing Smart Baby Sign Language
Designed for hearing infants and toddlers 6 months-2 years, Signing Smart Uses family-friendly American Sign Language (ASL) signs, children can express themselves months before they can speak! Play, learn, and bond with your baby through engaging songs and activities in our parent-child play classes. Learn to sprinkle signs into everyday life while speeding your child’s spoken language development and strengthening cognition skills. Call 734-389-3459. www.ssannarbor.com
Information about domestic violence
Students with Children Web site -- U-M/Ann Arbor-area resources
Boot Camp for New Dads
Taught by fathers, this workshop builds pride and confidence in caring for your baby. You’ll learn lots of practical information on parenthood, baby care, becoming a family and supporting the new mom. You’ll even get hands-on experience in holding and comforting a baby with the help of “veteran” dads who bring their baby to class. http://dadsadventure.com/
Fatherhood Classes: Michigan Fatherhood Coalition: http://michiganfatherhood.org
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Fatherhood Initiative: fatherhood.hhs.gov/
Child Trends offers a selection of articles giving research and statistical information about fathers. www.childtrends.org
Afterschool -- federal resources that support children and youth during out of school hours: www.afterschool.gov/
Consumer Product Safety Commission -- recalls and related press releases: www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prerel.html
State of Michigan Department of Human Services: http://www.michigan.gov/dhs.
Michigan’s Children is a statewide, multi-issue, independent, broad-based advocacy group which acts as a voice for children: www.michiganschildren.org/
Washtenaw County (Michigan) Intermediate School District -- support for special education students, their families and staff: www.wash.k12.mi.us/
NICHCY provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues for families, educators, and other professionals. Their special focus is children and youth (birth to age 22). www.nichcy.org/index.html
The Urban Institute is a nonprofit policy research organization established in Washington, D.C., in1968. The Institute's goals are to sharpen thinking about society's problems and efforts to solve them, improve government decisions and their implementation, and increase citizens' awareness about important public choices. Includes recent publications on child care, teens, working women, etc. www.urban.org/
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Birth Network (also see listing above): www.birthnetwork.org
La Leche League of Ann Arbor (also see listing above): www.hvcn.org/info/lll/
Lesbian Moms Network: www.lmnetwork.org/
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