Prenatal Services

MOTHER & CHILD Education Center

1515 NE 41st Ave Portland, OR 97232 

503.249.5801 (English)

503.913.9360 (Español)- texto repuesta más rápida o llame al

Prenatal Services

Who We Help

Mother & Child's mission is to support parents during their pregnancy and childrens' early infancy years (approximately 0-5 years). We simply ask that you are a main caregiver: Mother, Father, Foster Parent, Support Person, or Family Member during 0-5 years. All services are offered at no cost, unless otherwise noted. We do NOT restrict services based on income level, demographic, employment, county where you live, etc.

Referring Agencies or Advocates: No appointment or paperwork necessary!  If coming with a mom or dad for their first visit, please see '1st Time/Initial Visit' below.  Agencies or advocates are welcome to come in with parents and/or refer parents to come in on their own.


First Visit/Initial Intake

We welcome drop in visits during regular business hours Monday-Saturday, however, due to low staffing on Wednesdays, please set up an appointment if you plan to come in on a Wednesday (although we prefer you pick a different day to come in unless it is an emergency). Also, caseworkers, community health workers and advocates, please call ahead of time to make appointments so we can be prepared for you. Due to the major increase in the number of clients we are serving, it really helps us when community workers make an appointment so we can be adequately staffed otherwise we cannot guarantee meeting your client's needs. Call 503-249-5801. Please set aside 30 minutes in case there is a wait and to give time to connect.  Visits take an average of 15-30 minutes, and should not exceed 45 minutes. Once you have visited Mother & Child and are in need of supplies only, please attend a Client Care Day [see supplies dropdown].


Pregnancy Testing + Prenatal Vitamins

Not sure if you're pregnant? Need Proof of Pregnancy paperwork to receive services for you and your child elsewhere? Come see us at least 4 weeks after your last menstrual cycle (pregnancy tests will not show positive until 4 weeks after your last missed period).  Give us a call or come in during business hours to receive a pregnancy test. Valid ID is Required to Receive Proof of Pregnancy paperwork, as MCEC is a State-Certified Provider. Please AVOID the second Saturday and the Monday that follows each month, as we do not provide Pregnancy Tests on our Client Care Days. Prenatal Vitamins are also important in helping keep mom and baby healthy during pregnancy. Please consult your Healthcare Provider before taking any new vitamin, especially if taking additional supplements or medication. In 2019, MCEC became the recipient of a Vitamin Angel Micronutrient Grant making it possible for us to provide pre-natal vitamins to every expectant mother who walks in our doors.


Maternity Clothing

Women who are pregnant may come in and try on maternity clothing, receiving up to 7 items each month during business hours or at a Client Care Day [see supplies dropdown].


Childbirth & Caring for Baby [Education]

Get the tips and knowledge you need to prepare for your child - sign up online for one of our no-cost classes or come in and borrow a book from our library. We encourage anyone who will be caring for the child to sign-up and attend class. [see classes dropdown]


Counseling + Wellness Coaching

Learn strategies for dealing with worry and stress, find hope, improve your relationships, start recovery, receive support and improve your quality of life. We have two counselors available by appointment only. Contact Lynne Nanson, MC at 503.983.1134 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Or contact Natalie Buller 503.381.6201 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you have a life threatening emergency please call 911.  Or, if you or someone you know is having a mental health emergency, please call the Multnomah County Mental Health Crisis Line at 503.988.4888.


Baby Items

If you haven't been to Mother & Child and do not plan to attend a class, we encourage you to come in for an initial intake during business hours so we can connect. Please allow 30 minutes so we can get basic info and hear how we can support you. Once you have completed your first trimester, we welcome you to begin shopping at no-cost for baby supplies at Client Care Day.  Parents may attend one Client Care Day each month. Supplementary supplies for a child typically consist of a Bundle of 8 Diapers, 2 Outfits (plus 1 pajama if available), and a small baggie of wipes. When shopping at Client Care Day a parent may also choose accessories such as bibs, blankets, burb cloths, hats, shoes, and socks. All supplies are donated to Mother & Child in size Preemie to 5T clothing/accessories and Preemie to Size 6 Diapers (some pull-ups); and are gently loved (except the diapers and wipes!).We also have cloth diapers available. Mother & Child works hard to make sure items are available to all in need, in your child’s current size, but cannot be guaranteed. [see supplies dropdown]


Emergency or Pre-Approved Situations:

If you have an emergency need for baby, please do not hesitate to contact our staff. It is best to phone ahead to be certain we have what you need. Mother & Child realizes unforeseen circumstances & 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 (not on Client Care Day) to have this need considered for approval. 503-249-5801