Parenting Support

Services at Mother & Child

Client: noun 1. Anyone who receives a service through Mother & Child Education Center. 2. Mother, Father, Parent, Support Person.  All services are at no cost, unless noted. Services are NOT restricted by income, demographic, employment, etc.

 

Pregnancy Testing

Drop-In during Regular Hours (NOT Client Care Days - the second Saturday of each month and the following Wednesday - as these days we are open for this event only, see below for details).  Results Now, State Certified.  Please bring valid ID.  Proof of Pregnancy provided with positive test & valid ID.

 

24-Hour Parenting Support Line

English (503) 249-5801  Espanol (503) 913-9360

Because parenting doesn't stop our lines are answered locally - day and night - to give you the support and connection you need. If you are experiencing a life threatening emergency please call 911.

 

Counseling & Wellness Coaching - OPENINGS Available

Learn strategies for dealing with worry and stress, find hope, improve your relationships, start recovery, receive support and improve your quality of life. Lynne Nanson, MC is available - by appointment - Monday and Friday at 10:30am, 11:30am, or 12:30pm. Contact Lynne directly 503.983.1134 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Classes, Connections, & Parent Enrichment

Staff and volunteers assist mothers, fathers, and all who are parenting from pregnancy through toddler stage in meeting the needs of their children while offering encouragement during the challenges and joys of parenting. Come browse our lending library with books on parenting, breastfeeding, child development, hot topics, and transitions & the heart.If you are a parent experiencing transitional housing, DV, postpartum, or more, we would especially love to connect with you and share our knowledge and access to local resources and organizations that specialize in these areas - please ask!

Interested in classes? Click the button below to view our current list of classes and workshops:

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Supplementary Supplies: Infant-Toddler, Maternity, & Nursing

Supplies provided through Mother & Child are gently loved, donated by individuals and businesses, and shared in supplementary supply

1st Time Visit / Initial Supplies:

Haven't been in before? Drop in during our regular operating hours (**Mon-Thurs 10am-5pm, **Fri-Sat 10am-3pm, Sun Closed), and allow yourself 30 minutes to sit and have some tea, while we hear how to best connect. Please arrive no later than 30 minutes til closing on the 1st, 4th, or 5th week of the month, to avoid weeks of **Client Care Day. Client Care Days occur each 2nd Saturday of the month, and the following Wednesday.  Parents may attend Client Care Day for their initial visit, if they prefer; however we encourage parents to come in and get to know our staff and volunteers prior to attending a Client Care Day.
Maternity & Nursing Supplies:

Come visit our Maternity Room to pick out clothing to keep you more comfortable during pregnancy.  Women who are pregnant may visit our maternity room once a month either the 1st, 4th, or 5th week of the month during regular hours or during a Client Care Day.

Nursing or planning to nurse?! Let us give you the "support" you need!  Moms who have been nursing 2+ weeks may drop-in anytime during regular hours (please avoid Client Care Days: 2nd Sat of each month & the Wed following) and choose 2 nursing bras to take home. If you are pregnant and planning to nurse, give us a call and let us see how we can help, as other supplies are available & a breastfeeding class is offered monthly.  Mother & Child asks moms please nurse for 2 weeks prior to receiving a nursing bra(s), as it takes 2 weeks for milk to fully come in, which may affect bra size.  Not producing enough milk?  Ask about our milk tea, attend Client Care Day to receive supplementary formula, or give us a call.

Secondary Visits / Monthly Support:

Once a parent has come in for their initial visit to Mother & Child, we encourage parents to attend a Client Care Day for supplementary support (yes, you can attend each month!). Mother & Child gives the option of two Client Care Days each month, and asks you choose the Client Care Day that works best for you. Those in need of supplies are encouraged to register online for a timeslot which opens the 1st of each month at 10am). Pregnant?  Come each month to prepare for baby, and shop for maternity clothing for yourself! Mother & Child works to see all families who attend receive supplementary items, for each of child as needed: 1 bundle of size Preemie-5T clothing and 1 bundle of size NB-6 Diapers.  Additionally, parents are able to shop & choose hats, socks, blankets, seasonal items (winter coats, swimwear, etc), baby food, formula, and larger items as available. Our Maternity Boutique is also open during Client Care Days for women who are pregnant. Women may choose up to 7 items from this room each month, during Client Care Day or our regular hours. Click Here and choose our "Client" e-mail list to receive Client Care Day reminders each month!

"Second Saturday" Client Care Day
This Client Care Day is held the Second Saturday of each month from 9:45AM-11:45am. Those in need of supplies are encouraged to register for a timeslot online (online registration opens the 1st of each month at 10am and closes at 10am two days prior to event).Dress in layers - ONLY 1 PARENT may go through the center to shop as his/her name is called. We invite the entire family to join on this day as our back parking lot is reserved entirely for this event with refreshments, a "kids corner", and educational piece geared towards the family.  If you do not have a spouse, support person, friend, or older child to watch your children outside as you shop, they may stay with one of our assigned volunteers in the "Kids Corner" - our "safe zone" and play area for kids.  If this is not something you are comfortable with please plan for children to stay home.  Only 1 parent may shop, no children or support persons, unless child is under 1 year and held (no strollers!).   If you plan to arrive early, please make sure to use the bathroom ahead of arriving.  We have one restroom for use during this event, and do not open our doors until 9:45am.
"Wednesday Following" Client Care Day

This Client Care Day is held the Wednesday after (or "following") the second Saturday of the month, from 1pm-4pm. Those in need of supplies are encouraged to register for a timeslot online (online registration opens the 1st of each month at 10am and closes at 10am two days prior to event)Dress in layers - ONLY 1 PARENT may go through the center to shop as his/her name is called.

The Wednesday following is our smaller scale/follow-up Client Care Day without the refreshments, kid's corner, or extra educational piece. This event is especially for parents who work on Saturday, struggle with social anxiety, or were unable to attend our Client Care Day on the second Saturday for other reasons.  Due to limited space, we also ask ONLY ONE PARENT go through the center to shop on this day.   If you plan to arrive early, please make sure to use the bathroom ahead of arriving.  We have one restroom for use during this event, and do not open our doors for this event until 1pm.

 

Emergencies & Pre-Approved Situations

If you have an emergency need for yourself and/or baby please do not hesitate in contacting our staff. It is best to phone ahead to be certain we have what you need, if you are able able.  Mother & Child also realizes unforseen cirsumstances & life occur; and many families face unique situations and challenges. If you feel you have a unique need or ongoing situation, please make an appointment to meet with one of our staff members (outside of Client Care Day) to have this considered for approval.

 

Pass It On Policy

As Mother & Child offers supplies at no cost, we ask clients receiving items through Mother & Child be for their own intended and needed use, and as items exceed his/her family's need, each item be passed on to another individual or organization at no cost. Mother & Child is not an exchange or bartering service, though gladly accepts items from clients living in smoke-free homes which are still in good condition, in order to share with more families. Families who receive and seek to sell items from Mother & Child shall have services terminated and may be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

 

Referring Agency or Advocate

No appointment or paperwork necessary!  If coming in with a mom and/or dad for their first visit, please see '1st Time/Initial Visit' above.  Agencies and advocates are welcome to come in with parents and/or refer them to come in on their own (feel free to share our Overview of Services).

 

More questions? Check out our Client FAQ.