Family Support Groups

Life is better when you have the support of others.  And, it’s important to make the proper connections early so you can get the help you need.

Pregnancy Support

South Baldwin Regional Medical Center offers the following classes:

Your entire family can take part in several informative classes designed to help moms and dads welcome their special new addition to the family with more confidence. Classes cover topics including:

Having A Healthy Pregnancy Nutrition, discomforts of pregnancy, warning signs of complications, and relaxation exercises. One session. Cost: $10.
Prepared Childbirth Classes (Once a week for four weeks). Cost: $30
Week 1: Begin the Stages of Labor: The labor and delivery process, signs and stages of labor, options for coping, pain management, vaginal delivery, and relaxation exercises.
Week 2: Delivery and Cesarean Birth: A review of complications that may arise, use of special equipment, complete the stages of labor, cesarean delivery, and relaxation exercises.
Week 3: New Born and Postpartum Care: Newborn appearance, caring for the newborn, infant safety, recognizing complications, relaxation exercises, and choosing a pediatrician. What to expect after delivery, understanding the physical and emotional changes to your body, and relaxation exercises.
Week 4: The Art of Breast Feeding: The benefits of breast feeding for mother and baby, anatomy and physiology of the breast, how to breastfeed, and common difficulties. One session.
Tiny Toes members may enroll in Yoga, Water Aerobics and Expectant Mother Exercise classes through the Snook Family YMCA. The fee is $5 a class. There is a $3 fee for child care. There is no fee if you are already a member of the YMCA. All classes are located at South Baldwin Regional Medical Center–1613 North McKenzie Street Foley. Tuesday evenings 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Classroom A. Located just off of the main lobby.

Please plan to attend the Healthy Pregnancy Class during your first trimester and the Prepared Childbirth Classes anytime after your 24th week of pregnancy. For more information or to enroll please call the OB Educator at 949-3676 to schedule. We look forward to sharing this special time with you!

Method of payment accepted: Visa, Master Card, Discover, AmEx, Debit Card.

Gift of Life
The Gift of Life is a required maternity care program for Medicaid patients or Medicaid-eligible patients. The Gift of Life Program provides a caring system of prenatal services; education and care coordination for expectant moms and their babies. For additional information please contact 949-3781.

Thomas Hospital offers the following classes:

Breastfeeding Class
  Thomas Fitness Center (Fairhope). Monthly, first Tuesday, 6 – 8 p.m. 
Free.

Infant CPR and Safety Class
 Thomas Fitness Center (Fairhope). Pre-registration required. 
To register call 279-1373. 
Saturdays, 4 – 6 p.m.

Moving Through Labor Childbirth Classes Three or four-week prepared childbirth class series which prepares the mother-to-be and her support partner for the labor and delivery experience. $30 fee for the class series.
Thomas Fitness Center, (Fairhope)
 
Mondays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Thomas Fitness Center (Fairhope)
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Thomas Medical Center (Daphne)
Tuesdays, 6-8:30 p.m.
Thomas Medical Center (Daphne) Thursdays, 6-8 p.m.
Pre-registration required. Call 251- 279-1373 or visit www.thomashospital.com for upcoming classes and registration.

Natural Childbirth Classes, Fertility Awareness, Mother’s Comfort, Exercise and Nutrition
For class schedule or more information call Geralyn Piizzotti, 251- 928-9396. Yourbodyyourbirth@bellsouth.net.

Newborn Basics Class Held on the second Monday of every month from 6 – 8 p.m. at Thomas Medical Center in Daphne. Free. No Pre-registration required.

Pre-admission Sessions 6 p.m. at Thomas Medical Center in Daphne. Pre-registration required.

Sibling Class 
Thomas Hospital Fitness Center (Fairhope).
Pre-registration required. 
To register call 279-1373. 
10 – 11 a.m.

Adoption Support

Alabama Pre/Post Adoption Connections (APAC) – Offering Adoptive Family Support Group Meetings in Baldwin County the 3rd Monday of each month at 3Circle Church, 10274 State Highway 104, Fairhope from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Parent, Youth/Teen group and childcare is available. Topic discussions by adoption professionals and ceu’s for foster families are offered. For more information call 251-460-2727 or 1-800-489-1886 or www.childrensaid.org. APAC also offers free counseling services to adoptive families.

The CARE Network is hosting parent support to connect and encourage local foster parents. Meetings are held on Wednesday nights at Eastern Shore Baptist Church from 5:45-7:15. Childcare is provided. Contact Lauren Butler at la_butler1@yahoo.com or call 251-599-2449 for more info!

Parent Support

Celebration MOPS Fairhope
Celebration MOPS meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. at Celebration Church, 8180 Dyer Road, Fairhope. Childcare is provided and is included in the fees. There is an annual $23.95 MOPS International membership fee and $30 per semester. Call the church office for info at 251-928-0343 or like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/celebrationmopsfairhopeal.

Fairhope MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)
We meet 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. every 2nd & 4th Monday (during the school year) at Fairhope United Methodist Church. All mothers of young children are welcome. Email fairhopemops@yahoo.com for information about how to register.

MOPS on the Eastern Shore
MOPS stands for “Mothers of Preschoolers” – but don’t let that confuse you. MOPS is about meeting the needs of every mom of a child from conception through kindergarten with local groups of moms just like you. 7100 Spanish Fort Blvd., Spanish Fort. 1st Thursday of the Month (September through May). Dinner & Child Care are provided. 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
http://www.mopsontheeasternshore.shutterfly.com/
Facebook.com/MopsOnTheEasternShore .

Single Mom Ministry
Sponsored by Fairhope Avenue Baptist Church, this prayer and support group for single moms is designed to provide a safe and prayerful environment where group members are able to express themselves among others who will listen, care, and lift each other up. Each participant will receive one bag of non-perishable food items each week. Child care will be provided. Light snacks and soft drinks will be served. Meetings are held every Tuesday from 6-7 PM at Fairhope Avenue Baptist Family Life Center, 8717 Fairhope Ave. 251-928-0890.

Father Central of Daphne
Positive Fathering
A New & Improved Parenting Class Just For Men, $75 giftcard upon completion. Mondays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Call 251-626-1610 to register, held at The Exchange Club Family Center of Baldwin County, 27365 Pollard Rd., Daphne, near the YMCA.
Chill Skills
Anger Management by appointment. $25 giftcard upon completion. Call 251-626-1610 schedule, The Exchange Club Family Center of Baldwin County, 27365 Pollard Rd., Daphne, near the YMCA.
Nurturing Parenting; Everything you need to know but were afraid to ask.
Thursdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m., 12-week rotating series. Jump in on any Thursday! Call 251-626-1610 to register, 27365 Pollard Rd, Daphne, near the YMCA.

Special Needs

Daily Living Skills Group for parents with children on the Spectrum
Held the second Tuesday of each month from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at The Family Center, 27365 Pollard Road, Daphne.

Focus is on daily living needs of families and their children, such as: Safety issues; How to have a family dinner out; Ways to assist with transition; How to talk with people who stare; Your questions, comments and suggestions. Limited childcare slots are available. For more information, please contact Judy Bradshaw: (251) 990-7781.

Shepherd’s Place (Christian Life Center)
Ministry for memory & physically challenged.
Mondays & Wednesdays 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Tuesdays & Thursdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Fairhope United Methodist Church, 155 South Section Street, Fairhope. 928-1148.

Cancer Support

Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer Support Group
Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. at the Thomas Hospital Health Resource Center located at: 308 S. Greeno Road, Fairhope. Call 928-8650 for more information.

Cancer Support Group-Family Connected by Ribbons
Support group for cancer survivors, friends and family. Open to any types of cancer. Every first Thursday of every month from 6 – 8 p.m. Morphy Conference Room (Old ER entrance) at Thomas Hospital, Fairhope. Preregistration not required. Call 209-1229 for more information.

Cancer Support Group for Women
Meetings are held the first Thursday of every month from 6 to 8 p.m. Thomas Hospital in the Morphy Conference Room. For

Illness Support

Alzheimer’s Support Group
Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Thomas Medical Center. Call 345-7645 or 438-9590 for more information.

ALS Support Group
Meetings are held on the second Thursday of every month from 11 a.m. to noon at Thomas Medical Center. Call 205-937-4415 for more information.

Daphne Neurological Disease Support Group (Includes Parkinson’s Disease, epilepsy). Meets second Monday of each month at Daphne United Methodist Church, 2401 Main Street, Daphne, in the Community Life Center-Gathering Room. 11:00 a.m. until noon. Noon light lunch for $3 from 12:15 – 1:00 p.m. 12:15 – 1:00 p.m. Speaker or joint group session. Contact person: Alice Hallford – 251-626-8228.

Diabetes Support Group
Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Thomas Hospital Diabetes Center. Call 279-1700 for more information.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Support Group
Meetings are held every Thursday night from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at The Harbor at Thomas Hospital. Call 251- 965-6264 for more information.

Parkinson’s Support Group
Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of every month from noon to 1 p.m. at Thomas Medical Center. Call 251- 455-9919 for more information.

SOS (Survivors of Suicide)
This group is for adults who has ever lost a loved one to suicide. If it has been 5 days or 50 years since the loss, this group is here for you.
SOS meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of EVERY month from 6:30 to approximately 8:00 p.m. at the Fairhope United Methodist Church, 155 S. Section Street, Fairhope. The support group, which has been around since November, 2012, is facilitated by a professional and co-facilitated by two survivors. There are no dues. For more information, please email jlbarber5@bellsouth.net or call 251-455-6453.

Traumatic Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Support Group
Meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month from 10 to 11 a.m. at Thomas Medical Center. Call 251- 626-6337 for more information.

Substance Abuse Support

Thomas Hospital offers the following support groups for the community:

Alanon (Alcoholics Anonymous)
Meetings are held every Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m. at The Harbor at Thomas Hospital. Call 800-477-1104 for more information.

Alateen
Meetings are held every Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Morphy Conference Room East Tower meeting room at Thomas Hospital. Call 391-1152 for more information.
more information, call Patti Huval at 209-1229.

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