Postnatal + Early Infancy Services

MOTHER & CHILD Education Center

1515 NE 41st Ave Portland, OR 97232

503.249.5801 (English)- Call for needed donations!

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Postnatal Services-Early Infancy Support

Who We Help

Mother & Child's mission is supporting parents during pregnancy and children’s early infancy years. We simply ask that you are a main caregiver [Mother, Father, Foster Parent, Support Person, Family Member, etc] during pregnancy or during a child’s early infancy years of 0-5 years old.  All services are offered at no cost, unless otherwise noted. Services are NOT restricted to income, demographic, employment, county you live in, etc.

 

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

 

First Visit/Initial Intake

Drop in on the 1st, 4th, or 5th week of the month, during business hours. 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. If you are only in need of supplies, you may attend a Client Care Day for your initial visit, if you prefer. [see supplies dropdown]

 

Classes + Connections + Education

Come browse our lending library with books on parenting, breastfeeding, child development, and more. Mother & Child offers a rotating schedule of Childbirth, Caring for Baby, Signing with Baby, and Parenting Classes. [see classes dropdown] 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/organizations that specialize in these areas - please ask!

 

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. Lynne Nanson, MC is available by appointment only. Contact Lynne directly 503.983.1134 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.

 

Breastfeeding Supplies

Moms who are at least two weeks post delivery may drop-in during regular hours to choose a few nursing bras to take home. Please avoid our Client Care Days on the 2nd Saturday of each month & the following Wednesday. If you are pregnant and planning to nurse, give us a call to see how we can help, as other supplies are available (ie. nursing covers, pillows), and a breastfeeding class is offered monthly.  If you feel you are not producing enough milk, please ask about our milk tea or give us a call at 503-249-5801. Supplemental formula is available to those not breastfeeding. We encourage all to attend M&C's Breastfeeding Class. prior to baby’s arrival.

 

Baby +Toddler Items

If you have not 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 (see “Initial Visit/Intake” above). 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 some 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 and consist of Preemie to 5T clothing/accessories and Preemie to Size 6 Diapers (some pull-ups); in gently loved condition (diapers & wipes are new). We also have cloth diapers and covers 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 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 (not on Client Care Day) to have this need considered for approval.

 

Pass It On Policy

Mother & Child offers supplies at no cost and asks once families no longer need an item, that it is passed on to another family or other organizations at no cost. Mother & Child is not an exchange or bartering service or a clothing closet.Families who receive items and seek to sell items from Mother & Child shall have services terminated and may be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.