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Support groups aimed at helping whole family
Achieving a healthy lifestyle happens because of access to information and tools. That is why MultiCare provides a wide variety of classes and support groups for Mom, Dad and the whole family. Below is a small listing of the classes and groups provided by MultiCare.
Boot Camp for New Dads
This three-hour class trains first-time fathers to become knowledgeable, confident dads. Taught by experienced fathers who bring their own babies, this class teaches participants about feeding, diaper changing and supporting Mom.
Fee: $25; preregistration is required.
Call 253-697-5300 for more information.
Children’s Diabetes Education and Clinic
Individual education for children newly diagnosed with diabetes and for their families. By appointment for those who need further education or review. Classes, camps and support groups also available.
Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital
Parenting: Love and Logic
Based on the parenting philosophy that allows children to live with the consequences of their choices, while giving guidance and support with love. Offered in partnership with Bates Technical College.
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Bates Technical College
Signing with your Baby Series
For parents, grandparents, and caregivers, a four-week series full of signs, songs, and fun practicing basic sign language for early communication with the baby
Fee: $53/family (2 adults, baby is free)
Classes are held 6:30-7:30pm
Tuesdays, Jan. 20-Feb. 10, 2009
Bates Technical College
Choose the best feeding option for mom and baby with current information.
Fee: $15/couple; free with childbirth class
Good Samaritan Hospital Childbirth Preparation
Five-week sessions as well as some weekend and one-day sessions for first-time parents-to-be.
Fee: $85 or medical coupon; $75 for one-day class
Tacoma General Hospital Childbirth Preparation
Five-week weeknight series or intensive weekend classes. Includes a tour of the Tacoma General Family Birth Center.
Massage for Pregnancy and Labor Class
Massage techniques for labor support partner and mom.
Children ages 3 through 7 who are about to become big brothers or sisters will love this. The one-hour class provides nonmedical, nontechnical information about childbirth.
Mom and Baby Support Group
The Mom and Baby Support Group discuss a variety of topics and have a wonderful group of speakers who contribute to the group.
No sign-up necessary
$3 per session
Moms of babies to 6 months, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Moms of babies 6 to 12 months, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Puyallup Public Library
324 S. Meridian
For more information, call Janet Dill, C.C.E. at 253-697-5366 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Support Group for
Parents of Children with Special Needs
Shoulder to Shoulder: An Ark Angels Support Group a part of the Children’s Therapy Unit
Second and Fourth Tuesdays
7 to 8:30 p.m.
South Hill Starbucks
4423 S. Meridian
Call Carrie at 253-232-3570
Get Fit and Healthy for kids
Pierce County Gets Fit and Healthy offers healthy meals for kids through our newest program, Kids Get Fit and Healthy Dining. More than 25 restaurants in Pierce County have signed up to offer one or more healthy kids’ meals on their menu. This program is provided by MultiCare Center For Healthy Living, the YMCA of Tacoma–Pierce County, Tacoma–Pierce County Health Department, Washington State Restaurant Association and Pierce County Council. The kids’ dining program advertises healthy kids’ meals on fun place mats. Each place mat offers a free three-day guest pass to any Pierce County YMCA.
For a list of participating restaurants, visit www.piercecountygetsfit.org.
Free Tour of the
Good Samaritan Family Birth Center
Saturdays, 1 p.m. No registration required.
Custom-Fit Bike and Boarding Helmet Sales
Get custom-fit helmets, available in both child and adults sizes to use with bikes, scooters, skateboards and skates. Wearer must be present.
Bike helmet: $7
Skateboard Helmet: $10
Ski/Snowboard Helmet: $15
Visit multicare.org/childhoodsafety for times and locations.
MultiCare offers many more classes, support groups and services. For more information, visit multicare.org and click on classes for a complete listing.