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If you would like to add your organization's programs or services to our listing, contact All About Baby & Child at gcalistro@allaboutbaby.com.

For Moms and Dads Just Getting Started

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The Welcome Addition Club: 800.Babyline

Enfamil Family Beginnings: 800.Baby123

Carnation Baby Formulas: 800.CARNATION

Beechnut: 800.523.6633

Gerber Information Hotline: 800.443.7237

Earth's Best Information Line (organic grown baby food): 800.442.4221

Hospitals and Birth Centers

Women's Education Life Learning (WELL) at Yale-New Haven Hospital 203.688.WELL

Offers programs from pregnancy through mid-life: Natural Childbirth Class, Breast Pump Rental/Sales, Breastfeeding Couples, Childbirth Preparation, VBAC, Dancing Thru Pregnancy & AfterDance, Infant/Child CPR, Parentmaking and more. See W.E.L.L.'s ad on our back cover and receive an extra 10% off any class when you mention All About Baby & Child.

Children's Hospital at Yale-New Haven 203.785.5146

The Pregnancy & Birth Center at Middlesex Hospital, Middletown 860.343.4000

Providing a full range of childbirth education programs including new classes "Just for Dads", infant massage, car seat safety and Dancing Thru Pregnancy & AfterDance, call 860.344.6699.

Connecticut Childbirth & Women's Center, Danbury 203.748.6000

The area's only freestanding childbirth center.

Hospital of Saint Raphael, New Haven 203.789.3300

Offering a full range of childbirth education programs in Guilford, Hamden, Milford and New Haven.

Danbury Hospital, Family Birth Center, Danbury 203.778.BABY

Bridgeport Hospital, Bridgeport 203.384.3000

Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Hartford 860.545.9000

The Childbirth Center at Griffin Hospital, Derby 203.732.7250

Milford Hospital, Milford 203.876.4140

St. Mary's Hospital, The Birthplace 203.575.7270

Connecticut's only in-hospital birth center.

Doula Services

Doulas of North America (DONA) 206.324.5440

Call for a list of doulas in your area.

Birth Partners 203.729.9963 or www.birthpartnersdoulas.com

Birth and postpartum doula care, pregnancy/birth photography, pregnant belly casts, childbirth education, labor/birth tub rentals, sibling support. Now offering at-home prenatal breastfeeding education and postpartum breastfeeding counseling and assistance.

Mothers Care Doula Services of Greater Connecticut 203.375.5719 or www.motherscaredoula.com

Specializing in providing support for expectant and new moms through professional doulas: emotional and physical labor support, guidance for newborn and sibling care, breast feeding support, instruction and breast pump sales, household help, overnight services, labor baby-sitting for siblings.

Midwives

Friends of Midwives in Connecticut, Inc. 860.688.4703 or www.fominct.org

A non-profit organization supporting the midwifery model of care through education, advocacy and activism.

The Connecticut Chapter of the American College of Nurse Midwives www.Connecticutmidwives.org

A brand new web site providing a list of midwifery practices and birth sites in CT and information about midwifery services.

Support Groups

Young Mother's Program Contact Suzanne 203.688.2316

Support group for mothers (13 - 18 yrs. old) offering prenatal care, social work services and education.

Parents Available To Help (PATH) 800.399.PATH

A network of parents of premature babies, children with special needs, or parents who have lost a young child or who have endured a high-risk pregnancy. Call to be linked to a fellow parent who shares your experience.

Mom & Child Support Groups at the Women and Family Life Center 203.458.6699

Discussion and support groups and mom and me activity groups. Call for more information.

Answers 203.732.7252

Postpartum group for new moms with babies up to 6 months old provides the opportunity to get together and chat with fellow moms about life since baby's arrival. Meets weekly.

La Leche League of Connecticut. Contact Leslie, 203.426.8784 or www.lalecheleague.org

Local chapters meet to educate and support fellow breast-feeding moms. New Haven/Milford, Diana 203.387.7305, Easton/Monroe, Christine 203.445.7806.

Sidelines National Support Network
Call Beth, 203.226.8301 or www.sidelines.org

Telephone and e-mail support for women and their families who are experiencing "high risk" or "complicated" pregnancies. Nationally: 949.497.2265.

Home-based Working Moms 512.918.0670 or www.hbwm.com

For parents who work at home and those who would like to.

FEMALE- Formerly Employed Mothers At The Leading Edge 800.223.9399

To find a chapter nearest you.

Mothers at Home: 800.783.4666

Support for mothers who choose to stay at home with their children.

The MOMS club of Branford (open to all --not just Branford people) 

The MOMS Club (Mothers Offering Mothers Support) is a non-profit organization that provides support and education to mothers who are at home during the day with their children. Fun activities on a weekly basis for children of all ages. For more information call Jeri at 203-483-0882 or Pat at 203-481-0727.

Future Moms Program: 1.866.347.8360

Anthem sponsors 24/7 toll-free phone access to a registered nurse to discuss pregnancy related issues or questions.  Also provides a pregnancy book  which includes a daily pregnancy calendar, an immunization chart, wallet card with list of key contacts, magnetic note board to post important information for babysitters. Call as soon as you know you are pregnant. Available in Spanish.

Postpartum Support

Postpartum Support International, 927 North Kellog Avenue, Santa Barbara, CA 03111; 805.967.7636.  For Connecticut, Postpartum Support International Connecticut Coordinator is C. Dianne Zweig, M.S., 860.675.7763

Depression After Delivery, 212.295.3994, 800.944.4PPD (information request line) or www.depressionafterdelivery.com

Provides support for women with postpartum depression, postpartum psychosis and the baby blues. Focus includes education, information and referral for women and families coping with mental health issues associated with child bearing, both during pregnancy and postpartum.

Especially For Dads

Father's Network of Southwest Connecticut Contact Christopher, 203.576.3750 or clibrandi@aol.com

Group for "dads" of children of all ages with disabilities and/or life threatening diseases. Open to any father or grandfather, biological or not. Meets on the third Wednesday of each month, 6:30 - 9:00 pm at FEROLETO Children's Development Center, Trumbull.

"Just for Dads" Classes at The Pregnancy & Birth Center, Middlesex Hospital, Middletown 860.344.6699.

Single Parenting

Parents Without Partners

Educational and social support for single parents and their children. Meeting locations statewide: Fairfield: 203.334.6534; Hartford: 860.645.7722.

Multiples

Mothers of Multiples Clubs

For the chapter nearest you call 877.540.2200 or www.nomotc.org; New Haven 203.783.9762; Waterbury 203.879.5113; Bridgeport 203.459.9351; Hartford 860.205.8471. Meetings, activities, clothing and toy swaps for parents and parents-to-be of twins and higher order multiples.

Multiple Angels Contact Leah 203.661.0788

Support group for loss in multiple births, pregnancy through childhood.

Mothers of Twins:  Monthly meetings, the 1st Thursday of each month except June, July and August.  Our info line, updated monthly,  gives an overview of the club and phone numbers to contact membership. Please call (203) 931-3308.

Mom & Tot Programs

Gymboree Play and Music of Milford 203.877.9856 or www.gymboree.com

Classes for children birth to 4 years of age featuring play in a highly supportive environment. Over 20 years of experience as providers of proven tools for your child's social, physical and intellectual development - from certified teachers to age-appropriate activities.

Mothers of Preschoolers, Linda at 203.255.1801

A program meeting bi-monthly in Fairfield. Nominal fee includes activities for moms of preschoolers, guest speakers, group discussions, crafts, child care.

Childcare & Nannies

Children First, Inc. 800.244.5317

New: Keep an eye on Children First's Expansion of Corporate sponsored backup childcare. The fastest-growing segment of child care industry is available to employees' families when they experience a planned or sudden break down of their regular child care arrangements. Up-to-date information is available at www.Childrenfirst.com; 27 centers nationwide including New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts.

International Nanny Association: 800-297-1477 or www.nanny.org

National Resource Center For Health and Safety in Child Care: 800-598-5437 or http://nrc.uchsc.edu

Child Care Aware: 800-424-2246: referrals to licenced local child care centers.

State of Connecticut Childcare Infoline 800.505.1000

Statewide referrals to all state-licensed childcare facilities, nannies and summer camps.

www.Careguide.com: Your personal on-line resource to finding child care and elder care.

For Moms and Dads

Women's Sports Foundation 800.227.3988 or www.WomensSportsFoundation.org

The leading educational research organization to encourage girls and women to lead healthy lives. .Includes parents' guide to girls' sports, training essentials for young women in sports and fitness, scholarship and grant information and women's sports facts.

myGoals.com is a web-based service that helps people set any kind of goal and then keeps them on track with user-defined e-mail reminders until the goal is accomplished. You can also call 602.391.5691.

Must Know Numbers: Health and Safety Information

State of Connecticut Poison Control Emergency: 800.343.2722.

Non-emergency Information Service and Education Line: 860.679.3531.

United States Food and Drug Administration, Consumer Information Line; 800.532.4440.

United States Food and Drug Administration, Food Safety Information Line; 800.332.4010.

Food and Drug Administration :Hartford; 860.240.4289; Bridgeport; 203.579.5822.

UCONN Fluoride Testing Center 860.679.2805

UCONN Health Center will provide you with a kit to test the fluoride level in your water, $15.

International Association of Infant Massage 800.248.5432

This organization can refer you to an infant massage instructor in your area.

Auto Safety Hotline 800.424.9393

For information about infant car seats and recalled, defective seats.

Consumer Protection Department of Connecticut, 165 Capitol Avenue, Hartford; 800.842.2649.

Consumer Product Safety Commission, Office of Information and Public Services; 800.638.2772; www.cpsc.gov.

ConnecticutSafe Kids 203.545.4377

A non-profit Connecticut-based organization dedicated to preventing unintentional childhood injuries.

Better Business Bureau of Connecticut, 821 North Main Street, Wallingford; 203.269.2700.

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