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Free Texting Service Provides Pregnancy Information

Text4baby is a free mobile information service designed to promote maternal and child health by providing pregnant women and new moms with information they need to take care of their health and give their babies the best possible start in life. Women who sign up for the service by texting BABY (or BEBE for Spanish) to 511411 will receive free SMS text messages each week, timed to their due date or baby's date of birth.

Creating a Birth Plannewborn yawning

A birth plan is a simple, clear, one-page statement of your preferences for the birth of your baby. Because there are so many aspects of birth to consider, it is best not to wait until the last minute to create your plan. You will want to discuss it with those who will support and care for you. The American Pregnancy Association has a great list of questions to consider.

Breastfeeding Support

La Leche League of Ann Arbor & Lenawee County in Michigan offers support and information through:

  • Mother-to-Mother support
  • Monthly meetings
  • Telephone help from accredited Leaders
  • Lending library with books on childbirth, breastfeeding and related subjects

Call our LOCAL PHONE NUMBER (734) 332-9080 for more information or for phone support from 9am-11pm daily or click here to get support via email.

You can also visit or call the Community Action AgencyWIC offers free breastfeeding classes to the community (do not need to be WIC participant), Lactation Consultant and Breastfeeding Peer Counselor.  Free App, Coffective, is a great resource for breastfeeding.  Please Call 517-263-7861  You can also check out the Lenawee Great Start Resource Calendar to find the dates for upcoming classes.  

Lenawee County Breastfeeding Support as of January 2016

WIC (Women, Infants & Children)
Infant feeding specialists are available to help moms and babies with breastfeeding problems at your local WIC clinic.  Breastfeeding mothers may qualify to
receive a free breast pump.*
Betty Patterson CLC
Heidi Spenc, Peer Counselor
(517) 263-7861

Promedica (Bixby) Hospital-Lactation Consultant
Angela Edmunds-Ford RN,BSN,IBCLC
Available for inpatient and outpatient visits.
(517) 902-1979

Care Pregnancy Center of Lenawee
One on one breastfeeding classes.
(517) 263-5701

La Leche League
All mothers and mothers-to-be interested in
breastfeeding are welcome!
Monthly meetings are the  second Thursday of every month from 7-9 pm at First Presbyterian Church in  Tecumseh. For more information, please contact Jennifer at (517) 320-3821 or

Medications and Pregnancy

Many over-the-counter and prescription medicines can help your symptoms, but may hurt your growing baby's health. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) wants to make sure you know the latest information. Visit the "Treating for Two" webpage to find data and resources to help you find out what medicines and suppliments are safe and which aren't.

Childbirth Classes Offered

The birth of your baby is an experience for the whole family! Bixby Medical Center offers a variety of classes to help you prepare for this challenging and important experience. Classes are taught by a certified childbirth educator and cover topics from conception to cradle. Classes are located on the Bixby campus and are offered on a variety of dates and times. For any questions or for more information, please call (517) 265-0300.

Modify Caffeine Consumption During Pregnancy

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), there is no link between moderate caffeine consumption and miscarriage or preterm birth. The impact of high levels of caffeine consumptions remains unclear, however. Moderate caffeine consumption is defined as less than 200mg or about 12 ounces of coffee. Caffeinated tea and most soft drinks have considerably less caffeine (less than 50mg) and an average chocolate bar has less than 35 mg. Daily consumption of over 200mg of caffeine would be considered a high level of caffeine intake.  Learn more.

No Smoking During Pregnancy

The American Journal of Preventive Medicine reports that  prenatal smoking is one of the most common preventable causes of infant morbidity and mortality in the US. A 2002 study used data from more than three million live births in the US. Prenatal smoking was found to be significantly associated with preterm deliveries (5.3%-7.7%), low birth weight deliveries (13.1%-19%) and preterm-related deaths (5%-7.3%).  View the study online.

Care Pregnancy Center of Lenawee

We are an open door to anyone in need. If we can't help you we will we will help you find someone who can. 516.263.5701

Information on Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes affects about seven percent of all pregnancies in the US -- about 200,000 pregnancies each year.  The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) and the Office of Research on Women's Health have teamed up to raise awareness of the fact that women who have had gestational diabetes are at increased risk for developing diabetes in the future, and their child is also at increased risk for obesity and type 2 diabetes. There are steps that a woman with a history of gestational diabetes can take to prevent or delay the development of diabetes for both herself and her child. Access the website here. To learn more, visit

The Pregnant Woman's Guide to Buckling Up

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has updated its online brochure, “The Pregnant Woman’s Guide to Buckling Up.”  The brochure includes answers to key questions pregnant women may have about seat belt use, including how to wear a seat belt properly and information about air bags.  The redesigned brochure also includes information about child passenger safety with tips about car seats and booster seats for children from infancy through age eight.  To access the brochure online, or to print a copy, click here. For more information about seat belts or child passenger safety, go to the NHTSA Web site at