Parenting Support Groups & Clubs

New Parent Support

Boot Camp for New Moms & Dads
Various Locations
Workshops for parents-to-be that provide a space for rookie dads to talk to veteran dads, and rookie moms to talk to veteran moms. To find a workshop near you, expecting dads can visit the Boot Camp for New Dads website, and expecting moms can visit the Boot Camp for New Moms website.

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Breastfeeding Clinics at Columbia Pediatric
Long Beach
For first-time mothers or experienced moms with new questions. Led by a lactation consultant, receive individualized attention with your baby as your child is weighed, your technique assessed, and questions answered. Clinics are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9am. Call ahead 562-427-3782
to confirm attendance.

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New Mom School
Costa Mesa

Postnatal education beginning with your newborn through 12 months. Classes provide the education, community and support you need right from the start.

Additional resources include: breastfeeding consultations, postpartum doula consultations in the home, mental health support, and more.

Visit their website to book your classes.

 

Doulas

Trained professionals who provide support before, during, and shortly after childbirth.

Doulas of Orange County
www.doulasoforangecounty.com
Doulas of Orange County connects you with a doula that will help you through pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum issues, sleep training your baby, and child education. Parenting workshops are available.

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Dona International
www.dona.org
An international listing of doulas to help you find service in your area.

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Dream Team Doulas
dreamteamdoulas.com
Focused on postpartum services, Dream Team Doulas provides services to assist new parents with adjustment to life with a new born, pediatric sleep services and more.

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Labor of Love: Birth & Postpartum
www.laboroflovebirthservices.com
Labor of Love: Birth & Postpartum provides comprehensive classes, birthing services, and postpartum services to help support newborns and their parents.

 

LGBTQ Support

Support programs for LGBTQ mothers and fathers, as well as for LGBTQ youth and their families.

LGBT Center OC
1605 N. Spurgeon St., Santa Ana
(714) 953-5428
www.lgbtcenteroc.org

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Los Angeles LGBT Center
Seven locations and a youth center
(323) 993-7400
www.lagaycenter.org

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The LGBTQ Center Long Beach
2017 E. 4th St., Long Beach
(562) 434-4455
www.centerlb.org

 

Clubs for Moms

MOMS Club

MOMS Club offers playgroups, babysitting coops, moms’ night outs and holiday parties. Activities are specifically geared for the moms, and often share interests like cooking, couponing, crafts, outings, books and exercise.

Each chapter plans at least one service project to benefit needy children in their community. That can be as simple as collecting toys for foster children to something as elaborate as planning fundraisers and creating a new playground, or helping a new wing of a children’s hospital.

Each chapter has a monthly meeting with an interesting speaker or topic for discussion.

Find a chapter near you on their website, or learn how to start one of your own.

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MOMS Orange County

MOMS Orange County offers home visits and group classes to help promote healthier mothers and babies.

Under nurse supervision home visitors deliver access to prenatal care, health screenings, health education, infant development screenings, and resource referral services beginning in early pregnancy and through baby’s first birthday.

In-home program is especially valuable for mothers and families isolated from the resources and social supports that help prevent birth complications and poor health conditions for their children.

In classes, health educators use interactive components to engage and equip mothers and their partners with the knowledge and skills needed for each stage of pregnancy and during the early development of their infant. Mommy and Me classes are designed to also encourage mothers to foster individual support networks.

Services are offered at no cost to Orange County residents who qualify for the program.

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MOPS

MOPS International encourages and equips moms of young children to realize their potential as mothers, women and leaders, in relationship with Jesus, and in partnership with the local church.

 

Mothers of Multiples

Organizations that provide resources, support groups and more for parents of multiples (twins, triplets…).

Multiples of America
www.multiplesofamerica.org
National organization that provides listings of resources to support families with multiples.

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OC Mothers of Multiples
ocmom.org
The club offers opportunities for support, education and friendship to all mothers and female guardians of twins, triplets and higher order multiples.

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Lakewood Long Beach Mother of Twins Club
www.llbmotc.org
A non-profit group aimed at helping and supporting mothers of multiples meeting the second Tuesday each month.

 

Child Support Services

Orange County Department of Child Support Services
Santa Ana

The Orange County Department of Child Support Services provides professional, cost-effective services to parents or caretakers of minor children.

They offer a Solutions for Parents program, including the establishment and enforcement of child support orders through exclusive enforcement tools, establishment of legal paternity through genetic testing, complete account maintenance, and exceptional customer service to assist customers every step of the way. For more information, call their office or visit them online.

Illness & Bereavement Support Groups

Art and Creativity for Healing
(949) 367-1902
www.art4healing.org
Provides support and emotional healing through art & creative expression for those living with pain, grief, fear or stress.

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New Hope Grief Support Community
(562) 429-0075
www.newhopegrief.org
Comprehensive support team that provides support for adults, family camps, school based programs and holiday workshops to help those dealing with grief navigate their new lives.

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Pathways Volunteer Hospice
(562) 531-3031
www.pathwayshospice.org
A non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to providing compassionate care to families living with illness and loss.

 

More Resources

Parents Without Partners

Parents Without Partners provides single parents and their children with an opportunity for enhancing personal growth, self-confidence and sensitivity towards others by offering an environment for support, friendship and the exchange of parenting techniques.

For the minor children of single parents, it offers them the opportunity to meet peers living within the same family structure and thriving.