Thursday, July 18, 2013

New Location for Lamaze Family Center Blog!

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Friday, July 12, 2013

The Value of Childbirth Education

According to a recent New York Times article, childbirth is an expensive business. Even with insurance coverage, the cost of giving birth can run into the thousands of dollars. When confronted with all of these expenses, some families may choose to skip childbirth education classes. While it is true that childbirth education classes are an added expense, they can also give you great value for your money by increasing your chances of having a positive childbirth experience.

Some of the benefits of taking an evidence based childbirth education class at the Lamaze Family Center include:

  • Learning things you never knew about labor, delivery, and postpartum care. You'll find out how to identify the signs of labor and what happens to your body as your baby makes his or her way into the world. Understanding the different stages of labor can demystify the birth process and increase your confidence.
  • Connecting with your partner or labor coach. Childbirth education classes aren't just for moms to be. Childbirth classes provide your partner with education about the childbirth process and teach them how to support you during labor. Good labor support can make a world of difference in your experience of childbirth!
  • Discuss options for handling pain. During your childbirth classes you will learn and practice various methods for coping with contractions, including breathing techniques, relaxation, massage, and visualization. You will also learn about the pros and cons of common medications such as epidurals. At the Lamaze Family Center no one will tell you that you should or should not have an epidural, but we will give you the information to make the best choice about pain medication for you and your family.
  • Get information on common medical interventions. As the NYT article above outlines, medical interventions, such as labor induction, epidural anesthetics, and c-sections all increase the cost of childbirth itself. Of course, sometimes these interventions are necessary and even life-saving. During childbirth classes, you will learn more about common interventions and how they affect the birth process. This knowledge will give you the confidence to better advocate for yourself during labor, and to opt in or out of common interventions.
  • Create a social network. During childbirth classes, you will meet other pregnant women and their families, and learn about their experiences. You can share your joys and your concerns with others in similar situations. 

Would you or someone you know benefit from a childbirth education class? Click here to learn more or to register for a class.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Lamaze Family Center Silent Auction Saturday September 28th--Save the Date!

WHAT?:Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor Sweets, Treats and Silent Auction
WHEN?: Saturday September 28th, 2013 from 7pm-10pm
WHERE?: Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor, 2855 Boardwalk, Ann Arbor 48104
WHY?: Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor is a 501c3 nonprofit. In addition to our fee-based childbirth preparation, infant, and toddler classes, we also offer several free community programs.  These include:
  • Two free support groups: the Postpartum Depression Support Group and the Miscarriage and Newborn Loss Support Group. 
  • Free Teen Childbirth Preparation classes tailored to the unique needs of teen parents. Offered in conjunction with The Corner Health Center.
  • A Scholarship Program for our Childbirth Preparation Classes. Lamaze Family Center believes that everyone should have access to childbirth preparation, regardless of ability to pay. 

The proceeds from the silent auction will help us fund these valuable community programs. If Lamaze Family Center has made an impact on your life, please consider attending our silent auction. Enjoy an evening of drinks, desserts, and bidding! We will have lots of great items to auction off. Past donors include the Toledo Zoo, the Ann Arbor Hands on Museum, Cheryl Hall Photography, Liberty Athletic Club and many more...

Stay tuned to the Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor blog, twitter feed, and facebook page for more information!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Praise for Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor!

The Lamaze Family Center was a winner in the 2012 "Family Favorites" contest put on by the Ann Arbor Family Press!

Lamaze Family Center was voted the "Best Support Group for Moms," an honor we have now received several years in a row.The Ann Arbor Family Press also recognized the Lamaze Family Center as a runner up in the "Best Place to Nurse a Baby" category.

To read more and see all the 2012 "Family Favorites" check out the Ann Arbor Family Press website.

Are you a new mom, or do you have friends or family who are? Experience our Mother's Groups for yourself! Our Mother's Groups are a great place for new moms to meet other moms, and to discuss the the joys and challenges of caring for a newborn. Each week the facilitator of the Mother's Group picks a topic for general discussion. Topics include : getting your baby to sleep, life with a newborn, how to survive the challenges of being a mom, places to go around town with your baby, and changes to your relationships. As a past participant of a Mother's Group, I cannot stress enough how important this group was to improving my over all well being in those first few months of motherhood. Where else can you go in wrinkled clothes, covered in baby spit-up, and nobody even blinks an eye?!

To learn more about Mother's Groups or to register for an upcoming group (a new group starts in July!), visit our website.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Early Pregnancy Workshop

Are you pregnant or planning a pregnancy? Join Cara Genisio, Certified  Childbirth Educator & Certified Birth Doula to learn more about nutrition, exercise, physical and emotional changes during pregnancy, preparing for childbirth and much more on March 14, 2013!!! Check out the calendar for more details on joining this awesome event and other events and classes that Lamaze Family Center has to offer.

Plymouth District Library
223 South Main St.Plymouth, MI 48170

Sponsored by:
University of Michigan Health System
Women’s Health Program
and the Lamaze Family Center – Ann Arbor

To register go to the “Events” tab at

For more information please call Lamaze Family Center at 234-973-1014 or call the UMHS Women’s Health Program @ 734-936-8886.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013


Breastfeeding is a special experience that creates a bond between mother and baby that no one else can experience. It is a great way to save money on formula and there are health benefits for both baby and mother.  According to WebMD " Breast milk contains antibodies that help your baby fight off viruses and bacteria. Breastfeeding reduces your baby's risk of having asthma or allergies. Babies who are breastfed exclusively for the first six months, without any formula, have fewer ear infections, respiratory illnesses, and bouts of diarrhea. They also have fewer hospitalizations and trips to the doctor."

At Lamaze Family Center our two-hour class, to be taken before your baby arrives, covers the basics of breastfeeding plus information on life with a breastfeeding baby, nutrition, proper latch, how fathers/partners can help, and avoiding or managing problems. Each couple will have an opportunity to practice various breastfeeding positions. Have you registered for a class yet? 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Childbirth Preparation

Childbirth, especially if you are having your first child can be unexpected and scary. Even for those who have had children staying on top of changes in childbirth are excellent ideas. And the best way to counteract those fears and meet new changes head on is to prepare. How do you prepare? Our premier, comprehensive childbirth class is designed for pregnant women and their partners. This in-depth, interactive 12-hour series meets on weekday nights at three different locations throughout Ann Arbor. The series covers a wide range of topics in-depth based on Lamaze International's Six Healthy Birth Practices , including:
  • the various stages of labor, birth, and early postpartum including early breastfeeding overview;
  • relaxation and breathing techniques, comfort measures and positions for labor and delivery;
  • partner's role with laboring mom; 
  • pain management options and birth interventions; hospital procedures, and Cesarean birth.
  • Class fee includes a free breastfeeding class.
All of our childbirth educators are highly trained, active in the birth community and are Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educators (LCCE). The University of Michigan endorses our prenatal classes and one of our class series is taught in the new University of Michigan Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital. Have you started studying the Six Healthy Birth Practices? Which one is your favorite?

To register for one of our premier classes visit our website at or call 734-973-1014.