Don't go it alone. The following is a list of organizations, resources, and support groups that can help you adjust to the changes and challenges of a new baby or a high risk pregnancy.
Becoming Parents Program
Free program for couples having a baby, taught by nurses. Teaches practical skills to young parents in how to communicate with each other, handle stress of a new baby, and understand what the baby is saying. Free parking and child care.
206-686-1880, or 1-800-898-6378
Doula Service for women in White Center, with or without medical coupons. Will soon offer Spanish and Somalia speaking doulas. Clients must be having their first baby or first delivery in US.
White Center Early Learning Initiative
Partnership of Seattle King County Public Health and the Gates Foundation to create services for pregnant and parenting families in White Center which has a very diverse population. Goal is to ensure that all kids in the community begin school ready to succeed. Intensive follow up by public health nurses in the home, training services for child care and early learning staff and caregivers. 5 year program. Must live within the White Center area. To make a referral, fax PhN referral form to Seattle-King County Public Health.
Informal group that meets at the First Hill and Balllard campuses of Swedish Medical Center for eight 1/1/2 sessions. A wide variety of topics are discussing including feeding, and sleep issues, the emotional adjustment to parenthood, and maintaining couples’ relationships. Facilitated by a licensed group facilitator.
206-386-3321 - First Hill
206-781-6061 - Ballard
Understanding the Moods of Motherhood
This is a free drop-in support group for new mother interesting in recognizing and working with post-partum mood disorders. Registration is not necessary.
Group meetings facilitated by professionals who are especially trained in infant social emotional development. The group explores the importance of mom/baby relationship as the foundation for healthy development. Moms bring their baby to class and learn techniques to nurture their bond and understand your baby’s needs among a group of other new moms and their babies. Groups meet at different sites around Puget Sound. Groups are sponsored by Wellspring Family Services
Mothers Milk Bank
Located in Santa Clara California. Member of the Human Milk Bank Association of North America. Closest donation site to Seattle.
Start Where You Are Grief Support Group
Support Group for Women who have terminated a pregnancy due to genetic or developmental abnormalities. Facilitator is a former UW Hospital Social Worker.
Teresa Williams, 206-434-7609. $20 per session if client is able to pay.
Provides professional photographs free of charge of children and parents facing life-threatening conditions. Provides a positive record of the child’s brief life and a legacy for the children of parents lost to terminal illness.
Songs of Love
Creates personalized, original songs for children and teens with chronic or life-threatening illnesses, free of charge.
Stepping Stones –Pediatric Care and Hospice
Pediatric palliative care and hospice program open to any child with a life-limiting illness in King County, including Vashon Island.
Provides assistance with care planning coordination, nursing visits and emotional and spiritual support. Team consists of nurses, medical social workers, home health aides, chaplains, physical therapists, grief support counselors and volunteers.
Seattle Children’s Hospital Journey Program
Grief support for any family has experienced the death of a child. It provides support to help families cope with death, loss and the grieving process. Support groups and individual and family counseling is provided.
The Healing Center
A grief-support community for adults, children and families experiencing a variety of losses, including the death of a partner, parent, sibling child or infant. Provides a unique long-term multi-faceted approach to grief support, combining structured and informal events and social networks.
Compassionate Friends - Seattle-King County Chapter
Assists families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive. This is a national nonprofit, self-help support organization that offers friendship and understanding to bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings. There is no religious affiliation and there are no membership dues or fees.
Maternal and Fetal Specialty Center1229 Madison
First Hill Campus, Nordstrom Tower, Suite 750
Seattle, WA 98104
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The Obstetrix Medical Group at Issaquah
751 N.E. Blakely Dr.
Issaquah, WA 98029