Parenting is about learning on the job. We’ve put together a list of our guests’ favorite books and resources on pregnancy, the 4th trimester, newborn and infant care.
CHESTER COUNTY BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT GROUPS
- Breastfeeding Resource Center: This is a friendly and supportive atmosphere where you can connect with other local mothers and babies. An International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is present for the first hour and our scales are available for weight checks.
- Chester Chester County Hospital: FREE support group for breastfeeding mothers and their partners and loved ones. You will be able to talk with other moms, share your breastfeeding experiences in a non-judgmental environment, and check your baby’s weight on the scale. 610-738-2300. Held on the 1st Saturday and 2nd Monday of the month.
- Main Line Health: Come for an opportunity to speak with other breastfeeding mothers, share your breastfeeding experiences, and check your baby’s weight. Call 1.866.CALL.MLH (225.5654).
- Breastfeeding Mothers Group @ Bryn Mawr Hospital: Every Thursday from 2:00 to 3:00 pm.
- Breastfeeding Working Mothers Group @ Bryn Mawr Hospital: Limited only to moms who are currently back to work. Every other Saturday. 11:00 am to 12:00 pm.
- Breastfeeding Mothers Group @ Henrietta Hankin Library: Held on the third Wednesday of the month. 9:45 to 10:45 am.
- Mommy and Me @ Lankenau Medical Center: Held on the third Monday. 2:00 to 3:00 pm.
- Breastfeeding Mothers Group @ Riddle Hospital: Every Tuesday from 12:00 to 1:00 pm.
- Phoenixville Hospital: This educational and support group for breastfeeding mothers meets monthly. Community Health Education at 610-983-1288. Held on the 3rd Monday of the month. 10:30 am to 12:00 pm.
- Moms Supporting Moms @ Chester County Hospital: This is a free support group is for mothers or moms-to-be who want to connect with other mommas and talk about how they are feeling about motherhood. Call Mitzy Liriano, MS, BSN, CCE, CBC at 915-471-0621. Held on the second Thursday of the month. 7:00 to 8:30 pm.
- Monday Moms Support Circle @ Erin Saddic, MS PMH-C LPC Postpartum Emotional Wellness: A support group for both new and experienced moms. $15 per group. Pre-registration is appreciated, but drop-ins are welcome: (610) 931-5547 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Held on the 1st or 3rd Monday of the month. 10:45 am to 12:00 pm.
- Lean on Me @ Mother Me LLC: A group for new and new again moms supporting each other through the joys and woes of caring for yourself while caring for others. Receive breastfeeding peer support along with professional guidance from our own CLC, Melissa. Free. (610) 232-2592.
- New Dad Meetup @ Paoli Library: Attention new dads and birth partners. Come join this fun, interactive, and informative meetup group. The focus is on navigating the stressors, challenges, and mental health issues that come as a new parent. Meets monthly in the Children’s Room.
- Postpartum Adjustment Group @ Phoenixville Hospital: This educational and support group for new mothers meets monthly. Expectant mothers are welcome. Contact Community Health Education at 610-983-1288. Held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. 6:30 to 8:00 pm.
- West Chester Postpartum Adjustment Support Group @ West Chester Area YMCA: The purpose of this group is to create a safe space for Chester County pregnant and postpartum women to prepare and share their experiences with adjusting to motherhood. Held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. 7:15 to 8:30 pm.
Pregnancy and Postpartum Education
Bringing Baby Home – The Family Hive: Bringing Baby Home is the acclaimed workshop on relationship skills. It is designed to provide research-based knowledge and skills that dramatically strengthen your relationship. By offering the Bringing Baby Home program, they hope to empower new parents to strengthen their relationships and embrace their new roles.
Main Line Family Education: Main Line Family Education provides evidence-based education, support, and community for both parents-to-be and young families in their comfortable studio.
Safe Kids Chester County: Not only does this organization provide a wealth of information on how to keep your little one safe; they host free car seat inspections at local police stations.
The First Year
- “When We Became Three: A Memory Book for the Modern Family“
- “What to Expect the First Year” – Hedi Murkoff
- “The Happiest Baby on the Block; Fully Revised and Updated Second Edition: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer” – Harvey Karp
- “Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child” – Marc Weissbluth M.D.
- “Baby 411: Your Baby, Birth to Age 1! Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask about your newborn!” – Ari Brown
Toddler Years and Beyond
- “Caring for Your Baby and Young Child, 7th Edition: Birth to Age 5” – American Academy of Pediatrics
- “The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind” – Daniel Siegel
- “Healthy Child Healthy World: Creating a Cleaner, Greener, Safer Home” – Christopher Gavigan
- “Toddler 411: Clear Answers & Smart Advice for Your Toddler” – Ari Brown
- “Oh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right” – Jamie Glowacki
- The Baby Sleep Site: There’s a lot of good if you want schedules and charts and, you know, explanations of the four-month sleep regression, I think that’s a really great resource
- The Good Night, Sleep Tight Workbook: Gentle Proven Solutions to Help Your Child Sleep Well and Wake Up Happy” – Katie Holloran and Kim West
On Raising world children
- Raising World Children: The online resource was created for parents, featuring over 100 writers has quickly grown to be a global platform featured on various parenting sites and news networks.
- Multicultural Kid Blogs: For families and educators raising world citizens, through arts, activities, crafts, food, language, and love.
- Are Those Your Kids: A website dedicated to raising biracial kids in today’s world.