Center provides resources for fathers

Published on Thu, Aug 30, 2007 by Tara Nelson

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Center provides resources for fathers

By Tara Nelson

The Mother Baby Center, a non-profit organization that provides free and low-cost health services to pregnant and postpartum women and their families, is now offering those services to Whatcom County men with infants.

Linda Dorsett, executive director of the center, said new financial support has enabled Mother Baby Center to organize the “Conscious Fathering” program, a class for expectant and new fathers designed by men, for men, to empower and encourage men to define themselves as competent partners in the care and nurturing of their infant children.

Classes discuss topics such as a baby’s five basic needs, what to expect the first three months of baby’s life, and how to provide the benefit of their “father-effect”.

The Mother Baby Center is currently seeking additional male volunteers to lead the classes.

A full day of training and ongoing post-training support will be provided to all volunteers. The required commitment for volunteer leaders is one evening class per month for at least one year.

Mother Baby Center also houses a free drop-in resource center in Bellingham at 851 Coho Way, Suite 301 (at Squalicum Harbor). The center has comfortable rooms where parents can weigh or feed their baby.

The center also staffs professionals who are available to answer questions, give free printed materials, and provide referrals to other local services.

Interested volunteers and donors who would like to help the Mother Baby Center should contact Dorsett at 647-1544, ext. 108 or by e-mail at Linda@motherbabycenter.org.