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October 20, 2020

Parent and Child Voices: Fathering and Co-Parenting

Are you interested in learning about the Supporting Father Involvement (SFI) program? Join Brazelton Touchpoints Center on October 20 for their webinar, “Parent and Child Voices: The Importance of Fathering and Co-Parenting.”

About

This webinar will feature the voices of children, fathers, and mothers on the importance of fathering and co-parenting. Presenters will explore how the SFI program helps parents learn to hear what their partners and children need, and figure out—together—the routines, parenting strategies, and future plans they want to keep or change to best sustain their family. The webinar will include short videos of children talking about what their father’s presence or absence means to them, and of parents discussing how SFI changed their families.

Registration

To register and learn more, visit the Brazelton Touchpoints Center website.

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September 3, 2020

Single Mom Defined: Babysitting Cooperative

Attention single moms! Single Mom Defined launched a new countywide babysitting cooperative to strengthen single mom’s support systems and provide mothers with temporary relief to address personal needs such as sleep, medical treatment, or alone time.

About

Through Single Mom Defined’s babysitting cooperative, mothers will take turns watching each other’s children and participate in online and in-person programs at no cost. Participating mothers will also receive training and certifications, such as CPR.

Eligibility

Single Mom Defined’s babysitting cooperative is open to mothers in Clairton, East Hills, Homewood (including Lincoln, Larimer, and Lemington), and the Hilltop (including Arlington, Beltzhoover, and Knoxville). Space is limited.

To become a member, complete the online Babysitting Co-Op Interest Form. After submitting the form, a member of the Single Mom Defined team will contact you to follow up.

More Information

For questions, email hello@singlemomdefined.com.

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February 27, 2020

Community Baby Shower | Hosanna House

Beverly’s Birthdays, a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit that provides birthday cheer for children experiencing homelessness and families in need, is hosting free community baby showers in 2020 for expecting women/partners who would benefit from services and resources. Attendees will receive lunch, play games, win prizes, receive a newborn care package, and connect with resource providers.

These events are designed for expecting parents or individuals caring for a newborn (0-3 months).

Available Dates

Learn More

To see if you qualify and to register, contact Beverly’s Birthdays at 724.590.5106 or getinvolved@beverlysbirthdays.org.

Learn more about Beverly’s Birthdays by visiting their website.

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January 23, 2020

Breastfeeding Class

Are you interested in learning more about breastfeeding? Attend Breastfeeding Classes at The Midwife Center for Birth & Women’s Health in Pittsburgh!

About

Whether this is your first baby or you have breastfed before, if you want to learn more about the new information available about breastfeeding, join The Midwife Center for their fun, informal classes. Partners are encouraged to attend, as well as any other family members. Classes designed for women who are between the 33rd and 37th week of pregnancy.

Classes will feature information on:

    • breast care and problems;
    • positioning and latch-on;
    • how often and  how long to nurse;
    • how to determine if your baby is getting enough;
    • pumping and storing milk;
    • and more!

Registration

To register for a Breastfeeding Class, download the Class Registration Form or call 412.321.6880.

Please note that a scholarship fund is available for people who meet the income requirements.

More Information

For more information, visit The Midwife Center website.

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November 15, 2019

Pennsylvania Expands Home Visiting Support

In October 2019, the Wolf Administration announced that, under the guidance of the Department of Human Services (DHS), it is expanding home visiting supports to first-time mothers and mothers of children with special needs covered by Medicaid. The expansion, made possible in collaboration with physical health Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs), will guarantee at least two home visits to new parents and families with children with additional risk factors across Pennsylvania, expanding access to evidence-based models that promote and support healthy child and family development.

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Since 2015, investments totaling nearly $16.5 million in state funds have helped increase the number of children and families who can receive home visiting supports in communities around Pennsylvania. Guaranteeing a minimum of two home visits to all first-time mothers and mothers of children with special needs through Medicaid continues this work.

“Being a parent can be a challenge for anyone,” said Secretary Miller. “Because children don’t come with an instruction manual, home visiting programs create support systems for families to learn to better understand children’s needs, monitor milestones, and identify other opportunities for support that can continue to facilitate healthy long-term growth.”

The home visiting expansion is effective January 1, 2020 through the MCOs’ 2020 agreement. Under the new agreements, MCOs will be required to establish an evidence-based, standardized maternal, infant, and early childhood home visitation program for all first-time parents and parents of infants with additional risk factors. All parents and children identified through this effort will receive at least two home visits at no cost, and depending on need, may be referred to other established home visiting programs to continue these services. DHS expects that these programs will be in place with eligible new parents receiving home visiting services by July 1, 2020.

“There is no more important focus of my administration than giving all children and families a strong start,” Gov. Wolf said. “By expanding access to evidence-based home visiting programs, we will put more kids, parents, and families on a path to a healthy, happy future.”

What is Home Visiting?

Evidence-based home visiting family support programs have a family-centered focus and strength-based approach that works with both the child and parent. A home visitor can help parents gain the skills and connect to resources necessary to improve their family’s health, safety, economic security, and success in early childhood education.

Studies of various nurse-family partnership programs have shown positive impacts for the mother and baby during pregnancy and after birth, such as a decrease in domestic violence and smoking during pregnancy, a significant decrease in pre-term births, and a majority of babies being born at a healthy weight. Home visiting can also improve parents’ child development knowledge and skills, help develop social support systems, and improve access to education, health, and community services.

Examples of services include:

    • monthly parent meetings;
    • regularly scheduled home visits with trained family development specialists; and
    • routine screenings to identify post-partum depression and detect potential problems with vision, hearing, growth, and learning age-based milestones.

What You Can Do

While there have been increased investments in home visiting, only 15,900 children are estimated to be served in the current state fiscal year. That’s only five percent of the children who would benefit from these services the most. Join the statewide campaign Childhood Begins at Home in advocating to maintain and build on state investments in evidence-based home visiting.

More Information

For more information, read the full release.

*Information provided by the Governor Tom Wolf Administration

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October 30, 2019

Postpartum Depression Symposium

Are you interested in gaining insight on the detection and diagnosis of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and on new and existing treatment options? Join Washington County Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (BHDS) on October 30 for their free Postpartum Depression Symposium!

About

Guest speakers will include experts in the field as well as a video featuring local mothers who have been impacted by perinatal depression, anxiety, or other mood disorders. Resource tables will also be available. Lunch and snacks included.

    • Rebecca J. Weinberg, PsyD
      Clinical Psychologist, Allegheny Health Network
    • Dr. Priya Gopalan, MD
      University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine / UPMC Magee-Women’s Hospital
    • Robert Gallen, PhD, IMH-E®
      Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Pittsburgh
    • Stephanie D. Wier, LPC, NCC, BSL
      Mental Health Therapist, Sprout Center for Emotional Growth and Development, LLC

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Registration

To register, visit the symposium Eventbrite page!

Learn More

For questions, contact Washington County BHDS at 724.228.6832.

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October 25, 2019

Rise Together

Want to strengthen emotional bonds with your child? Join other families to participate in adult group discussion and developmentally appropriate activities for young children. Together, you and your family will grow, learn, and play with each other and your neighbors.

Dinner is served between 5:00–5:45 p.m. and group starts promptly at 6:00 p.m. Parent-child interactions are from 7:00–8:00 p.m.

Learn More

For more information, contact Nicole Banner at 412.727.6649 or nicole@tryingtogether.org.

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September 30, 2019

Understanding The Court System | Child Support Laws

Join the Fathers Collaborative Council of Western PA on September 30 for “Understanding the Court System – Child Support Laws” to learn more about Child Support Law and procedures as implemented in Allegheny County.

About

This workshop will be led by Patrick W. Quinn. Included topics will discuss:

    • the importance of communication with the Court;
    • appearing in court;
    • ways to litigate your case;
    • how child support orders are determined and enforced;
    • the importance and procedure for modifying a child support order; and
    • services available to non-custodial parents, including work search, training assistance, and the Social Security Disability Monitoring Program.

2.5 hours of Social Work Continuing Education credits are available for a fee of $10. Call 412.394.5955 for details.

Registration

Registration for this workshop is free and can be completed via Eventbrite.

More Information

For more information, call 412.394.5955.

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September 5, 2019

Free Lamaze Class Series

Join Maya Organization this September for their free Lamaze Class Series.

About

The goal of Lamaze is to increase women’s confidence in their ability to give birth. In this class, participants will learn a variety of simple coping strategies that facilitate labor and increase comfort.

Registration

To register or ask questions, call 412.945.7670, ext. 103 or email christy@mayaorganization.org.

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