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Looking to rent a breast pump? Want to ensure your car seat is installed correctly? We’ve gathered several useful contacts, support groups, and websites to help you on your way. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Please let us know, and we’d be happy to help you find it!

Breastfeeding | Car Seats | Community Support Groups | Doulas | Hospital Tours | Insurance | Scholarships| The Birth Survey | More Useful Links


La Leche League
Accredited volunteers are available to help with routine breastfeeding problems and concerns. 
 44 BABY 0327 or (442) 229-0327

Board Certified Lactation Consultants

Ann Arbor

  • Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor/Barbara Robertson, IBCLC, MA (734) 975-6534
  • Amy Slotten, RN, IBCLC (734) 945-4765
  • Pat Ashley, RN, IBCLC (313) 378-0823
  • St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Breastfeeding Clinic (734) 712-4214
  • University of Michigan Health System Family Breastfeeding Support (734) 764-8149


  • Karen Koss, MPH, IBCLC (810) 229-2612
  • Kathy Malone, RN, IBCLC (810) 229-3328

Plymouth/ Canton

  • Ellen Doenitz, RN, IBCLC (734) 451-5657

Breast Pump Sales

  • Ann Arbor: Busch's Pharmacy (734) 994-7246
  • Babies R Us, Carpenter Road, Ypsilanti (734) 477-0943
  • Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor (734) 975-6534
  • St Joseph Mercy Saline Pharmacy (734) 429-1666

Recommended Breastfeeding Books and Websites

  • The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, La Leche League, 2004, 7th Ed. Rev.
  • Breastfeeding: How to Breastfeed Your Baby, Renfrew, Fisher & Arms, 2004, 3rd Ed. Rev.
  • The Breastfeeding Book: Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Your Child from Birth Through Weaning, Martha & William Sears, 2000
  • The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers, Newman and Pitman, 2000
  • The Baby Book, Martha and William Sears, 2003, Rev. Ed.
  • Nursing Mother, Working Mother, Gale Pryor, 2007 (esp. for working mothers)
  • Website: Normal Newborn: Ineffective Latch-On or Sucking, click here>> 
  • Website: US Department of Health & Human Service, Breastfeeding articles, information and resources, click here>>

 Car Seat Information

 Mott Buckle Up, (734)763-2251

Safekids Coalition, Laurie Brinky (734) 615-1520
U.S. Government Auto Safety Hotline (800) 424-9393 website and information regarding car seats:

Community Support Groups

Huron Valley Parents of Multiples
Social and support group for expectant and current parents of twins, triplets, and more. Members share information, experience, expertise, and humor unique to households with multiples. Sponsors social and support activities, including family events, biannual clothing and toy exchange, speakers, parent's night out, and a members-only Yahoo group. Annual dues $24 (includes monthly newsletter).

The Mary G. Schuman Miscarriage and Newborn Loss Support Group
Our monthly support group serves couples, singles, relatives, and friends, and is facilitated by staff members that have personal and professional experience with loss.

There is no need to register – the group meets the second Tuesday of every month at the Lamaze Family Center from 7:00-9:00pm. An extensive library of books and resources is also available.

For a list of resources for Parents and Caregivers, click Grief Resources >>

H.U.G.S. Group (Help, Understanding, Grief Support)
A support group for parents experiencing any type of perinatal/neonatal loss.  We meet on the third Thursday of each month from 7p-9p at Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital in the H.U.G.S. room.  Group is facilitated by a nurse trained in the RTS (Resolve Through Sharing) system.  For more information, contact Sheri A. Lucius RN BSN at 248-937-4847 or email



Ann Arbor Doulas, LLC
Ann Arbor Doulas support women and their families in a nonjudgmental way as they make their journey into parenthood. We provide loving, knowledgeable, and trained support during pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum.

Center for the Childbearing Year

The Center for the Childbearing Year is a local organization providing DONA Certified training for both birth and postpartum doulas. The Center also has a resource list of birth and postpartum doulas in the area.

DONA International

A website for information regarding birth and postpartum doulas.


Hospital Tours

Lamaze Family Center- Becoming Brothers and Sisters Class/Tour (734) 973-1014
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital (734) 712-5400
University of Michigan Women's Hospital (734) 763-6295


Flex-spending or medical expense accounts
For families using a flex-spending or medical expense account, you can :

  1. Pay for your class in full, then print the Download: Receipt by clicking on the Invoice number on your My Account activity screen and have your instructor sign at the conclusion of your class to submit for reimbursement to your flexible spending account administrator. Unfortunately, we cannot process your flex spending card through our website.

Some insurance companies may reimburse you for all or part of the cost of a prenatal class. Please check with your individual insurance provider. We do not process insurance claims, so you will need to pay for your class up front and then submit a claim to your insurance company for reimbursement.



At Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor we believe that all families should have access to quality perinatal education. We are pleased to offer scholarships based on financial need to clients who wish to take our classes. Scholarships are awarded on a sliding scale based on family income and our available resources. 


Scholarships are available for the following classes: Childbirth preparation (any format), Breastfeeding, Newborn Know-How, and Mothers Groups. If you wish to apply for a scholarship, please call our office at 734-973-1014 to start the process.


Scholarships are made possible by the generous financial support of the James A. and Faith Knight Foundation, and our individual and corporate donors. 


The Birth SurveyHave you given birth in the last three years? If so, take The Birth Survey and provide feedback on your doctor, midwife, birth center, or hospital. The Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) has developed this consumer feedback website where women provide information about the maternity care they received.

More Useful Links

American College of Nurse-Midwives
nformation and resources for midwives, aspiring midwives, midwifery students and midwifery consumers. Information on everyday health, caring for baby and resources. Moms-To-Be page contains The Share with Women series from the Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health and contains great pregnancy advice.

The Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS)
CIMS is a coalition of individuals and organizations with concern for the care and well-being of mothers, babies, and families. Our mission is to promote a wellness model of maternity care that will improve birth outcomes and substantially reduce costs. Excellent site for information on evidence-based care, plus resources regarding breastfeeding, risks of cesarean delivery and problems of unnecessary inductions.

The Cochrane Collaboration
The reliable source of evidence-based practices in health care. An international not-for-profit organization, providing up-to-date information about the effects of health care. learn more They produce the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, part of The Cochrane Library, the definitive resource for evidence-based health care.

Lamaze International
Lamaze International is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote, support and protect normal birth through education and advocacy. This website is a wonderful resource for both expectant families and for professionals.

March of Dimes
A nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health that provides information on preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Excellent resource for every kind of pregnancy concern and prenatal testing.

Mother's Advocate
Produced by InJoy Birth & Parenting Videos in partnership with Lamaze International. This website brings the Six Lamaze Healthy Birth Practices to life and has a combination of free videos, print materials and useful links for better birth.


The National Women's Health Information Center:
Information on getting pregnant, pregnancy, environment, getting ready for baby and childbirth and beyond.
The essential resource in obstetrics and gynecology. This useful link will connect you to useful information on current research in obstetrics and gynecology.

Sidelines- National High Risk Pregnancy Support Network
A non-profit organization providing international support for women and their families experiencing complicated pregnancies and premature birth.

St. Joseph Mercy

University of Michigan Health Center-


Washtenaw Success By 6
The Washtenaw Success by 6 Parent Eduction and Support Network is working to ensure that every family in the county has the resources and support it needs to prepare its young children for success in school and life.  For more information, call (734) 994-8100