Oak Park Family Support

Our Family Support programs offer a wide range of services that utilize the Parents as Teachers model, which ensures that our mothers and fathers become their children’s first, best teachers.  Our services include:

  • Doula
  • Home Visiting
  • Parent Education Workshops
  • Morning Parent Meetup (MPM)

 

Doula

Pregnant youth are encouraged to engage with a doula, supporting them from 28 weeks pregnant through 6 weeks post birth, including in the delivery room. Doulas support youth as they prepare for birth and early parenthood, and encourage breastfeeding and bonding. According to national research, doula presence at birth decreases medical interventions at delivery, and reduces labor complications. Doula-supported mothers are more successful in adapting to new family dynamics, have greater breastfeeding success, have lower incidence of abuse, and lower postpartum depression rates (dona.org).

Home Visiting

Highly trained home visitors offer parenting coaching and education as well as at-home and on-site counseling to families with a wide variety of needs. Young mothers meet with a Family Support Specialist to troubleshoot solutions to parenting concerns, learn more about their child’s healthy development, and become skilled in the best parenting techniques for their family.

Home visiting also includes parent support groups that provide an opportunity for connection with other young moms in similar circumstances. During group sessions, young moms participate in education and discussion around childhood development, health and wellness, and parent/child activities to promote healthy relationship development and parent skill building.

Parent Education Workshops (Free)

Fun and informative workshops take place at our Oak Park location every month. Workshops are free with free childcare. They cover a wide range of early childhood parenting topics. Anyone can join us for these workshops, but they are typically focused on parenting children ages 0-6. For more information, please contact oakparkprograms@newmoms.org.

Morning Parent Meetup

Morning Parent Meet Up is a chance for your children will play and learn in our classrooms while you use our Parent Parlor to work, accomplish on-line errands, take respite from the hustle and bustle of daily life or take advantage of our parenting programming!

Hours:
Mondays and Thursdays  8:30-11:30 am

Cost:
$25 per family per visit (1 child); (+$5 for 2 or more children)
Scholarships are available – come for a complimentary first visit to see if you qualify!
Please RSVP to oakparkprograms@newmoms.org.

Eligibility:
All families with children 0-6 years of age regardless of residency are welcome.

 

New Moms (Chicago)
5317 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60651

New Moms (Oak Park)
405 South Euclid Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302

773.252.3253

773.252.5320

contact@newmoms.org

New Moms is proud to be a subgrantee of the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) program and a member of REDF’s national portfolio.