Pregnancy Loss Support
Pregnancy & Parenting Support
Bethany Christian Services
Bethany is a well-known adoption agency, and their Christian care extends to people struggling with unplanned pregnancies, infertility and a multitude of other challenges. For more than sixty years, Bethany has responded with compassion, integrity, and commitment to the needs of children and families.
Birth Mothers Help
Birth Mothers Help is a organization that helps birthmothers looking to place their child for adoption.
A website with facts and stories about adoption, adoption laws, and more. www.LovesChoice.com
Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services
Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services (DVSAS) is a non-profit agency whose mission is the prevention and elimination of domestic violence and sexual assault through victim services, education, community awareness and cultural and social change.
La Leche League of Whatcom County
La Leche League is an international nonprofit, nonsectarian service organization dedicated to helping mothers to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, education, information and encouragement and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother. For information and meeting schedule: Pam Ames (360) 592-5052.
Bellingham Technical College
Bellingham Technical College offers childbirth classes, call 360-752-8350.
Bellingham Childbirth Education
Washington State Child Care Resource & Referral Network
This network works in conjunction with the Division of Child Care and Early Learning to promote quality child care throughout Washington State. Please review the state site for information about childcare in your county, as well as other services for parents.
The Back to Work Boutique creates opportunities for women’s growth by providing women in Whatcom County with a critical resource – new clothes! The boutique serves a variety of women in different situations, who have a couple things in common: the desire to look good and feel confident while applying for a job.
Pacific Association for Labor Support (PALS)
(PALS) General Information Line (206) 329-7257
Referral Line (206) 325-1419
Jo Ann Tippery
Doula Trained – Not Certified
Wise Birth Doula Collective
2430 Cornwall Ave
Bellingham, WA 98225
Lower level of the Birth Center
Natural Mystic Doula Services
Bellingham Technical College
Bellingham Technical College is a comprehensive technical college. The college offers over 50 associate degree and certificate options with many programs offering start dates each quarter. www.btc.ctc.edu
Western Washington University:
WWU Student Outreach Services
SOS provides a wide variety of support to non-traditional students including pregnant or parenting students. For more information, call (360) 650-7443 or review their website: www.wwu.edu/depts/sos
WWU Counseling, Health & Wellness Services
WWU offers a wide variety of health-related services.
WWU Child Development Center
The WWU Associated Students Child Development Center (CDC) is a NAEYC accredited parent cooperative childcare program for student parents and working professionals of Western Washington University. Operating on a sliding fee scale, the CDC serves 56 children ages 2-5 per quarter. The program manager and teaching staff provide a safe and healthy environment for young children, supporting the social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth of each child.
Whatcom Community College
Whatcom Community College is a state-supported, public, comprehensive community college. Its primary mission is effective quality education designed to foster the development of students’ knowledge, communication and critical thinking skills, personal integrity, global understanding, and appreciation of diversity.
Community Health Plan of Washington/Basic Health
For a quick check of your eligibility and how to apply for DSHS services, visit www.dshs.wa.gov/ESA/TEC
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, popularly known as WIC, safeguards the health of low-income women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutrition risk by providing nutritious foods to supplement diets, information on healthy eating, and referrals to health care. For more information on the program and to apply for benefits review the local or national WIC Websites.
Within Reach is a non-profit organization that works to ensure the health of all families in Washington State.
Parent Health 123
Parent Health 123 is Within Reach’s comprehensive informational website that connects families to different services and screens for First Steps, Basic Health, WIC, Basic Food, Children’s Health Insurance program and more. The “Benefit Finder” helps families determine their eligibility for programs and then actually fill out applications online for printing and sending. New features will be available in the fall. 1-800-322-2588
Bellingham Birth Center
The only free-standing birth center north of Everett in Washington State, Bellingham Birth Center provides personalized, nurturing care in a homey, peaceful setting. It is a wonderful option for Bellingham residents as well as for those in the outlying areas. 360-752-2229
Interfaith Community Health Center
The Interfaith Community Health Center (ICHC) is a mission-driven community health center providing primary medical, dental, integrated behavioral health and pharmacy services. The main clinic is located in downtown Bellingham, with satellite offices in Pt. Roberts and Ferndale. Sliding fee scale is available based on household income. To make an appointment, call 360-676-6177.
Sea Mar Community Health Center
The Sea Mar Community Health Center is a community-based organization committed to providing quality, comprehensive health and human services to diverse communities, specializing in service to Latinos. Call 360-783-3016.
St. Joseph Hospital
St. Joseph Hospital’s staff welcomes approximately 2,000 new babies each year in the childbirth center. They provide comprehensive obstetrical services designed to meet the needs and expectations of women and their families. For more information on the childbirth center, scheduling a tour of the center, finding a physician, childbirth classes, parenting classes, and pregnancy and childbirth health review the St. Joseph Hospital website.
Bellingham Housing Authority
208 Unity Street, Bellingham
The Agape Women’s and Children’s Home and an additional shelter can accommodate pregnant women or women and children, offering both emergency shelter and transitional housing.
Great Expectations offer housing for Lynden women with unplanned pregnancies. For more information, call 888-399-LIFE. http://www.christianhopeassociation.org/great-expectations/
Lydia Place offers housing support for women and children. For more information, call 360-671-7663. www.lydiaplace.org/
Amy’s Place is a youth drop-in center with food, mentoring and practical resources. For more information, call 360-671-5567. www.amysplaceforyouth.org/
NW Youth Services
NW Youth Services offers housing support for youth. For more information, call 360-734-9862. www.nwys.org/programs/
YWCA provides transitional housing for women. For more information, call 360-734-4820 x104 www.ywcabellingham.org/
New Way Ministries
New Way Ministries provides housing for women and children. For more information, call 360-354-9930. http://www.christianhopeassociation.org/new-way-ministries/
The Opportunity Council provides transitional housing and information on homeless housing and prevention. For more information, call (360) 734-5121 ext. 370 www.oppco.org/category/housing/
Bellingham Techincal College
Bellingham Technical College offers a variety of pregnancy and parenting classes under their Child & Family listings.
Brigid Collins, Family Support Center
Creating Healthy Attitudes Together (CHAT) is a support group for pregnant and young single moms in their teens and early 20’s offered through Rebound of Whatcom County.
Earn While You Learn (EWYL) is offered free of charge at the Whatcom County Pregnancy Clinic in downtown Bellingham. EWYL provides education to pregnant and parenting women and their partners on topics such as pregnancy and childbirth, child development, parenting skills, goal-setting, healthy relationships, nutrition, and more. As participants cover these topics and meet personal goals, they earn Mommy Money and Daddy Dollars to spend on baby supplies in the Baby and Me Shoppe at the Clinic. For more information or to apply for the program, contact the Clinic at (360) 671-9057.
Healthy Families Whatcom County
Healthy Families Whatcom County is a free and voluntary program of Brigid Collins that helps expectant parents and parents of infants and toddlers, understand their needs, use community resources, and get to know other young families. Healthy Families offers home visits and newsletters (in both English and Spanish) to any family. (360) 734-4616.
Love and Logic Parenting Classes
These parenting classes provide practical tools and techniques that help adults achieve respectful, healthy relationships with their children. Classes are based on a psychologically sound parenting and teaching philosophy called Love and Logic. For more information on Love and Logic philosophy, review the Love and Logic Web site. For more information on L&L parenting classes offered through Rebound of Whatcom County, review the Rebound Web site.
The Opportunity Council offers programs such as Early Head Start for pregnant woman and children ages birth to age 3. Their Early Support for Infants and Toddlers program serves children who have developmental delays or disabilities. (360)734-8396
Popular Pregnancy & Parenting Books
William Sears, MD and Martha Sears, RN have co-authored numerous books on pregnancy and parenting including The Pregnancy Book, The Birth Book, and The Baby Book. For more information: www.AskDrSears.com
Birthing From Within: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation
By Pam England CNM, MA & Rob Horowitz PhD
The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth (Revised)
By Sheila Kitzinger
The Girlfriends’ Guide to Pregnancy
By Vicki Iovine
Pregnancy Childbirth and the Newborn: The Complete Guide
By Penny Simkin PT, Janet Whalley RN, BSN, and Ann Keppler RN, MN
What to Expect When You’re Expecting, Third Edition
By Heidi Murkoff, Arlene Eisenberg, and Sandee Hathaway
DNA Diagnostics Center
DNA Diagnostics Center (DDC) is the world’s largest and most experienced private DNA paternity testing laboratory. DDC performs 3 out of 4 private DNA paternity tests in the U.S. and is the DNA testing provider for over 900 affiliated partners in 168 countries. For more information, call 1-800-DNA-CENTER.
Abortion Changes You
AbortionChangesYou.com is a safe place to participate in interactive content, explore the experiences of others and connect with local support resources.
Forgiven & Set Free After Abortion Study Group
FSF groups are based at the Whatcom County Pregnancy Clinic. Contact the Clinic to find out when the next group begins or to sign up. Call 360-671-9057.
Share, Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support, Inc.
Miscarriage information and support.
Recommended Reading Resource For After Abortion
Take This Heart of Stone
By Carol Thomas
Care Medical Group Express Care
Express Care walk-in clinic offers STD testing at flat rates. (360) 734-4300
Walk-In Health Clinic
Walk-In Clinic offers STD testing at flat rates. They are located at 2220 Cornwall Ave., north of Bellingham High School. www.walkinhealthclinic.com
Whatcom County Health Department
The Health Department offers HIV testing and counseling with fees on a sliding scale.
CCS Recovery Center
Offers adult and youth programs, call 360-676-2187. www.ccsww.org/site/PageServer
Whatcom County Health Department
Offers substance abuse and smoking cessation help, call 630-676-6724.
American Cancer Society
American Lung Association
American Legacy Foundation’s “Great Start” Quitline for pregnant women
Offers help to quit smoking, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669).
Stop Smoking Now: Reasons Not to Smoke When You’re Pregnant DVD/Video hosted by Rob Reiner, part of the I Am Your Child Video Series
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
No matter what problems you are dealing with, we want to help you find a reason to keep living. By calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7. www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org