Postnatal Services-Early Infancy Support

Who We Help

Mother & Child's mission is to support parents during their pregnancy and childrens' early infancy years (approximately 0-5 years). We simply ask that you are a main caregiver: Mother, Father, Foster Parent, Support Person, or Family Member during 0-5 years. All services are offered at no cost, unless otherwise noted. We do NOT restrict services based on income level, demographic, employment, county where you live, etc.

Referring Agencies or Advocates: If coming with a mom or dad for their first visit, please see '1st Time/Initial Visit' below.  Agencies or advocates are welcome to come in with parents and/or refer parents to come in on their own. 

First Visit/Initial Intake

Due to COVID-19, we ask first-time and returning clients to call and make an appointment before coming to Mother and Child Education Center. We cannot allow clients to come inside the building at this time and are serving clients from the front porch. 

First time clients will be asked to provide information such as name, date of birth, phone number, home language, ethnicity, and first names and birthdates of their children. All information remains confidential and is used only to allow us to better serve our clients. 

Appointments are flexible and can often be made same day during business hours Monday-Friday. Please allow at least 30 minutes between calling and planning to come in. Front porch appointments take an average of 5-15 minutes, and should not exceed 20 minutes. Call (503)-249-5801 to schedule. 

 

Classes + Connections + Education

We are able to offer many books on parenting, breastfeeding, child development, and more. Mother & Child offers a rotating schedule of Childbirth and Caring for Baby and occasionally offer parenting classes for people with young children. 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 

Due to COVID, we are unable to provide counseling at this time. If you have a life threatening emergency please call 911. 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. We hope to be able to begin offering these services again in the near future.

 

Breastfeeding Supplies

Moms who are at least two weeks post delivery may make an appoint during regular hours to receive a few nursing bras, along with other nursing supplies. If you are pregnant and planning to nurse, please give us a call to see how we can help, as other supplies are available (ie. nursing covers, pillows). If you feel you are not producing enough milk, please ask about our milk tea. Supplemental formula is available to those not breastfeeding. 

 

Baby +Toddler Items

Parents may recieve supplies once per month. We are often able to supply parents with various supplies, so please feel free to ask about any items that you are in need of. We will do our best to meet your request if we have those supplies. We are typically able to give diapers and clothes for each child up to size 5 or 6 T. All supplies are donated to Mother & Child in size Preemie to 5T clothing/accessories and Preemie to Size 6 Diapers (some pull-ups); and are gently loved (except the diapers and wipes!).We also have cloth diapers available. Mother & Child works hard to make sure items are available to all in need, in your child’s current size, but cannot be guaranteed. [see supplies dropdown]

 

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 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 or a clothing closet.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.