Groups -- Parenting

Pregnancy / Childbirth / Breastfeeding


La Leche League of Champaign Urbana (1971 A,L)
This international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization is dedicated to providing education, information, support, and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed. La Leche League of Champaign Urbana offers informal discussions open to any woman interested in breastfeeding. Pregnant women are encouraged to attend. Babies are always welcome at our meetings. A lending library is available. Meets 2nd Mon., 6:00-7:30 p.m., Urbana Free Library Auditorium, 210 W. Green St., Urbana; and 3rd Wed. (except for June, July and Aug.), 10:00-11:00 a.m., Windsor Road Christian Church, 2501 Windsor Road, Champaign.
Call: Jodi (217) 725-8060
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Parent - Child Interaction Group (2007 F,P)
This group is for pregnant women and new parents. Parents get feedback from other parents, and discussions include child development, parental stress, and other topics. Child care is available. Meeting days and times vary. Call or visit the website for current information.
Call: Crisis Nursery (217) 337-2730
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Write: Parent - Child Interaction Group, Crisis Nursery, 1309 W. Hill St., Urbana, IL 61801

Support Group for Pregnant Mothers and Mothers Raising Infants (2011 A,P)
This group is funded by the Beyond Blue grant which comes from the Champaign County Mental Health Board. The program exists as a support to mothers in Champaign County who may be at risk for postpartum and perinatal depression. It is a supportive and confidential space for mothers to share the ups and downs they are experiencing. Groups meet at Crisis Nursery and in rural areas such as Rantoul and Tolono at varying times throughout the year. Child care is available and the groups are always free. Contact Crisis Nursery or check the website for specific dates and times. No prior registration necessary.
Call: Ann Ambrose (217) 337-2730
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Write: Ann Ambrose, Crisis Nursery, 1309 W. Hill St., Urbana, IL 61801


La Leche League of Bloomington-Normal (1956 A,P)
This support and educational group is for breastfeeding mothers and pregnant women. The group has informal discussions. People are encouraged to bring their babies and young children. There is a $40 fee for membership in La Leche League International, but mothers may attend the meetings for free. A lending library and bimonthly magazine are available. Meets 1st Tues., 6:30 p.m., La Leche League, McLean County Health Department, 200 W. Front St., Bloomington. La Leche League of Bloomington-Normal, Illinois is also on Facebook.
Call: Laura Tepen
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Write: La Leche League, McLean County Health Department, 200 W. Front St., Bloomington, IL 61701

Pregnancy and Beyond (2007 F,P)
This group is open to all expectant parents who want to learn more about pregnancy and raising a baby in today's world. Gain support, ideas, and encouragement while connecting with others on the same journey. Free child care, a light meal, referrals to other birth-related services, and gifts for attending are provided. Meets Tues., 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Healthy Start House, 1119 E. Taylor St., Bloomington.
Call: Earl Kloppman: (309) 808-9066
Write: Children's Home + Aid, 403 S. State St., Bloomington, IL 61701