PRENATAL & PARENTING CLASSEs
Eight to Nine compact and informative sessions for moms who are currently pregnant or parenting an infant. Mothers receive education on various topics such as newborn care, safe sleep nutrition for mom and baby, parenting, prenatal development and car seat safety. We have two certified car seat technicians on staff. As mom completes each 2 hour topic lesson, she receives necessary items for her baby. At the end of the program, she will have earned all of the essential items for baby care and safety.
Each of our programs offer the component of life coaching. Coaching is based on the principle that our mothers are resourceful and have the capacity to find solutions to the challenges in their lives. Life Coaching focuses on building self-esteem, confidence, reducing stress, problem solving and goal setting which in return helps our moms to realize their own personal gifts and talents. Through the coaching process, clients are encouraged to make meaningful changes to improve their lives and the lives of their families.
A six month class which meets twice per month, Well Life is a maternal wellness and life skills group which empowers women in their important role as mothers. Sessions promote success for today’s busy parent by offering tools for self-care, baby bonding, healthy eating, budgeting, fitness, career planning and other related topics. Each class encourages learning, mindfulness, physical wellness, and connecting with others to build lasting relationships because a happy mom makes a happy family!
Client advocates encourage our mothers to seek the resources they need to insure they are receiving proper medical attention and professional therapy if needed. Center staff routinely refer clients for medical services, such as ultrasounds and STI testing at equipped pregnancy care centers and medical clinics, as well as assist with health insurance referrals through the county and referrals to mental health clinics.
Our center offers adoption referrals and counseling, using licensed adoption agencies.
The center uses local food shelves and free clothing agencies as referrals as well as requesting used clothing items from center volunteers and donors. We also provide free maternity clothing to expectant mothers through our Learn While You Earn and Life Coaching programs.
The center refers clients experiencing domestic violence to the regional navigator for the east metro. We also assist clients in accessing free legal aid services if needed.
The center uses state and federally funded agencies, as well as privately funded agencies, for our referrals. We assist clients in completing needed county paperwork such as monthly household report forms.
The Center also offers financial assistance to mothers facing financial hardship who have completed our Learn While You Earn program. The agencies used by the Women’s Life Care Center are Cradle of Hope, the St. Paul Foundation and The Life Fund of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.
Our clients earn car seats by participating in the Learn While You Earn education program. Two of the center’s staff are certified car seat installers who train car seat recipients in the proper installation and use of the seats.
Help in preparing for the General Educational Development (GED) test is provided on as as-needed basis by our program director, a well-experienced educator.