Services: Postnatal + Early Infancy

Mother & Child Education Center

(503) 249-5801    1515 NE 41st Ave Portland, OR 97232

(503) 913-9360: Espanol [texto (respuesta más rápida) o llame al]

Postnatal Services

Who We Support

Mother & Child's focus is on supporting parents during pregnancy and a child’s early infancy (0-5) years.  All services are offered at no cost, unless otherwise noted. Services are NOT restricted to income, demographic, employment, etc.  We simply ask you are a main caregiver [Mother, Father, Bio/Adoptive/Foster Parent, Support Person, Family Member, etc] during pregnancy or a child’s early infancy (0-5) years.

 

Referring Agencies or Advocates: No appointment or paperwork necessary!  If coming in with a mom or dad for their first visit, please see '1st Time/Initial Visit' below.  Agencies and advocates are welcome to come in with parents and/or refer parents to come in on their own.

 

First Visit/Initial Intake

Drop in on the 1st, 4th, or 5th week of the month, during business hours.  Please set aside 30 minutes in case there is a wait and to give time to connect.  If you are only in need of supplies, you may attend a Client Care Day for your initial visit, if you prefer.

 

Classes + Connections + Education

Come browse our lending library with books on parenting, breastfeeding, child development, and more.  Mother & Child offers a rotating schedule of Childbirth, Caring for Baby, Signing with Baby, and Parenting Classes. View our current list of classes & register online.. If you are a parent experiencing transitional housing, DV, postpartum, or more, we would especially love to connect with you and share our knowledge and access to local resources/organizations that specialize in these areas - please ask!

 

Counseling + Wellness Coaching [Openings Available Mid-May!]

Learn strategies for dealing with worry and stress, find hope, improve your relationships, start recovery, receive support and improve your quality of life. Lynne Nanson, MC is available - by appointment - Monday and Friday at 10:30am, 11:30am, or 12:30pm. Contact Lynne directly 503.983.1134 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.If you have a life threatening emergency please call 911.  Or, if you or someone you know is having a mental health emergency, please call the Multnomah County Mental Health Crisis Line at 503.988.4888.

 

Breastfeeding Supplies

Moms who have been breastfeeding for 2+ weeks may drop-in during regular hours to choose a couple of nursing bras to take home. Please avoid our Client Care Days on the 2nd Saturday of each month & the following Wednesday. If you are pregnant and planning to nurse, give us a call to see how we can help, as other supplies are available (covers, pillows, etc), and a breastfeeding class is offered monthly.  If you feel you are not producing enough milk ask about our milk tea or give us a call.  Supplementary formula is available to those not breastfeeding. We encourage all to attend a Breastfeeding Class. prior to baby’s arrival.

 

Baby +Toddler Items

If you have not been to Mother & Child and do not plan to attend a class, we encourage you to come in for an initial intake during business hours so we can connect (see “Initial Visit/Intake” above). Parents may attend one Client Care Day each month. Supplementary supplies for a child typically consist of a Bundle of 8 Diapers, a Bundle of 2 Outfits (plus 1 pajama if available), and a small baggie of wipes.  When shopping at Client Care Day a parent may also choose accessories such as bibs, blankets, burb cloths, hats, shoes, and socks.  All supplies are donated to Mother & Child and consist of Preemie to 5T clothing/accessories and Preemie to Size 6 Diapers (some pull-ups); in gently loved condition. Mother & Child works hard to make sure items are available to all in need, in your child’s current size, but cannot be guaranteed. Read More about Client Care Day & How to Attend.

 

Emergency or Pre-Approved Situations

If you have an emergency need for baby please do not hesitate to contact our staff. It is best to phone ahead to be certain we have what you need.  Mother & Child realizes unforseen cirsumstances & life occur; and many families face unique situations and challenges. If you feel you have a unique need or ongoing situation, please make an appointment to meet with one of our staff members (not on Client Care Day) to have this need considered for approval.

 

Pass It On Policy

Mother & Child offers supplies at no cost and asks once families no longer need an item, that it is passed on to another family or other organizations at no cost. Mother & Child is not an exchange or bartering service. Families who receive items and seek to sell items from Mother & Child shall have services terminated and may be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.