For moms in Savannah and the Coastal Empire


Where can new moms find help?

by MamaPowers on Wed, 09/23/2009 - 11:29am

Charity Miles photo coastal kids market new mom mom savannahBecoming a new mom is one of the most significant changes in a woman's life. New moms face many challenges, and while it is a time of great joy and reward, without a strong network of support, the joys of becoming a new mom can be shadowed by the strain.

The recurring theme of posts to this website has been, "Mom, take care of yourself!" We all know that it takes a well cared-for mom to have a well care-for child.

Below you will find a list of resources in the Savannah area to help new moms, stay at home moms, single moms, and experienced mom  find the connections they may need to become successful parents.

Please check the resource page for updates to this list.

And, as always, your additions to this list are welcome and needed! Please keep in touch.

-MamaPowers, Admin Mom

Photo above by Charity Miles.


Baby H.U.G.S. (Help Us Grow Safely):

10 a.m. every fourth Thursday and Saturday, Candler Hospital, 5353 Reynolds St. A fun and baby-friendly discussion group for parents. Free and open to the public. For information, call 819-6911.

Breastfeeding Class:

1:30 p.m. first Saturday, Mary Telfair Women's Hospital, 5353 Reynolds St. The class is taught by a certified lactation consultant and the material covered will be about the advantages of breastfeeding, breastfeeding techniques for expectant parents. Cost is $10. Open to the public. For information, call 819-3368 or 800-501-4054.

Sibling Awareness Class:

9 a.m. first Saturday, Mary Telfair Women's Hospital, 5353 Reynolds St. The class is recommended for children, ages two and a half and older to adjust to their new role as a big brother or big sister. For information, call CareCall, 819-3368 or 800-501-4054 or go to

Overeaters Anonymous:

11 a.m.-noon every Saturday, Health Services Library, Candler Hospital, 5353 Reynolds St. This group offers a program of recovery from compulsive overeating using the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of OA. Open to the public. For information, to go

Pregnancy Yoga:

6-7:15 p.m. Tuesdays, 7116 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Come to pre-natal yoga and prepare for a more mindful approach to the challenges of pregnancy, labor and delivery. Classes are taught in an eight-week session. The instructor is Ann Carroll. For information, call 704-7650, 786-4882, or e-mail

Hospice Savannah:

-- 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays. Adults and children ages 6-17. -- 11-12:30 p.m. Thursday. Spouse/life partner loss. Full Circle provides bereavement groups for anyone in the community who lost someone to death. For information, call 303-9442.

Blood Pressure Screenings:

St. Joseph's/Candler African-American Health Information and Resource Center 1910 Abercorn St. Free and open to the public. -- 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday -- 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday For information, call 447-6605.

Tai Chi:

St. Joseph's/Candler's Center for WellBeing, 5356 Reynolds St. Free and open to the public. -- 10:30-11:30 a.m. every Monday and Friday -- 5:30-6:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday For information, call 819-6463.

Parents of Newborns program:

The First Steps Parents of Newborns program pairs volunteers with new families in the hospital setting to provide emotional support, parenting education materials, and referrals to community resources. Volunteer training and all materials are provided. For information about the First Steps Parents of Newborns program call 819-6911 or 819-6910 or e-mail

Hatha Yoga Classes:

5:30-6:30 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday, St. Joseph's/Candler Center for WellBeing, 5356 Reynolds St. Call 819-6463, for information and register.

Ladies Living Smart Fitness Club:

5:30-7 p.m. every Tuesday, African-American Health Information and Resource Center, 1910 Abercorn St. The class provides nutritional education and an exercise program to encourage lifestyle changes. Free and open to the public. For information, call 447-6605.

Moms In Motion:

5:30 p.m. every Wednesday, St. Joseph's/Candler Center for WellBeing, 5356 Reynolds St. This exercise program will highlight specific exercises that will improve a mother-to-be's balance, strength and flexibility. Call 819-6463, for information and register.

"Squats N' Tots" Classes:

11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. every Thursday, St. Joseph's/Candler Center for WellBeing, 5356 Reynolds St. This class will help stretch and strengthen overused body parts, as well as focus on muscle endurance, low-impact aerobics, and abdominal work. For ages 6 weeks to 1 year. Free and open to the public. Call 819-6463, for information and register.

Pilates Classes:

6-7 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday, St. Joseph's/Candler Center for WellBeing, 5356 Reynolds St., Suite 120. This exercise program strengthens and revitalizes without building bulk. To pre-register, call 819-6463.

Kidz Fitness:

5-5:45 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday, Candler Wellness Center, 5353 Reynolds St. This ongoing aerobic fitness class targets children ages 6-13 with weight concerns. Children must be members of the Candler Wellness Center. For information, call 819-8800.

American Red Cross:

You can give blood 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday; and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the Donor Center at 25 Tibet Ave. The donor center will be open the first and third Sunday of each month from 1-5 p.m. for Platelet and whole blood donations. Call 961-5758.

Free Primary Health Care:

St. Mary's Health Center is located at 1302 Drayton St., and is open Monday through Fridays 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The primary care center is available to those without health insurance. For eligibility requirements and to make an appointment, call 443-9409.

The Transplant Awareness Group:

7 p.m. the second Monday of every other month (January, March, May, July, September and November). Meetings take place at the Savannah LifeLink office, 14B Chatham Center South. Call 912-341-0000 or 800-365-2066.

Al-Anon Family Groups:

The Savannah Area Al-Anon group has several groups that meet Monday-Saturday, in Savannah, Richmond Hill, Rincon, Statesboro, Swainsboro and Tybee Island. Call 547-6004 or go to for information, meeting times and places, additional community resources and more.

The Rosebuds:

11 a.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month, at Effingham Hospital's Community Room. An Effingham County daytime breast cancer support group. Call 754-9100.

Chronic Back Pain Support Group:

4:30 p.m. second Thursday of every month, Merrill Lynch Building at The Landings Village Center. Call 598-1851.

The Savannah Speech and Hearing Center:

9 a.m.-11 a.m. Thursdays at the Center, 1206 E. 66th St., Savannah. Offers free speech and hearing screenings. Call 355-4601.

ADHD Support Group Meeting:

6:45 p.m. third Thursday of every month, The Mindspring Center, 1147 U.S. 80 W., Pooler. Stephanie Warren will facilitate the meetings on a monthly basis. Meetings will be interactive, giving individuals the opportunity to discuss challenges and successes and hear from leaders in the health care field, school system and other outlets. Call 748-6463.

Autism Support Group:

7 p.m. third Thursday of every month, Liberty County YMCA board room, Hinesville. Open to families with autistic children. Call 912-876-5777.

Infertility Support Group:

6:45 p.m. Saturdays at Savannah Christian Church. A biblically based support group for couples struggling with infertility. For information, contact Tony or Kelly Wiggins at 912-495-0894 or e-mail

Free Blood Pressure Checks:

The Community Cardiovascular Council offers free blood pressure checks 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday at its clinic, 1900 Abercorn St. No appointment necessary.

First Steps Program:

St. Joseph's/Candler is seeking volunteers from the community for its First Steps Program. This program assists new mothers with support, parenting education and community referral. Training sessions will be provided. Call 819-6910.

Multiple Blessings Class:

For parents expecting twins, triplets or more is offered at Memorial University Medical Center. The course provides information on prenatal care, the multiple birth experience, newborn care and life at home with more than one baby. Cost is $40 for the four-session course. Offered as needed. Participants should plan to attend early in the pregnancy. Call 598-1839.

Habitat for Humanity Women Build Project:

The Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute at Memorial University Medical Center is partnering with LibLines Inc., Lowes, and Habitat for Humanity to build a home for a family in need. The home will be built primarily by women celebrating survivorship. Women who have survived cancer, provided care for somebody with cancer, or been touched by the disease in some way are encouraged to participate. Call 350-7845.


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