well baby center
a non-profit parenting and counseling center
“Now is a terrible time to feel unsupported — and that’s why Well Baby Center is providing online support and expanded services.
As part of our response to the challenges of COVID-19, we are now offering our services online. Our counselors specialize in infant and maternal mental health, relationship and couples counseling, parent education, mindful parenting groups and social support groups. Online services ensure that our clients receive the support they need, and enable us to reach even more families across Los Angeles who may not have been able to receive services previously. As always, we offer free 15-minute phone consultations with our clinical staff to help select the best service options.
New! Family Play Yard is open for use by one family at a time and for families “quaranteaming” together. By appointment M, T & F, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Suggested donation $20/hour ($10 for those facing financial hardships). Masks required. By appointment. Call 310-402-2229 to reserve your time. We can accommodate a play date with your family and one other child or family. Fee applied per family. Climbing structure, picnic tables, play house, vehicles, “grassy” area for babies on blankets. Clean bathroom, safe facility.
New Groups! (Virtual) Practical Parenting for Trying Times
Tuesdays – two group times: 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.
This is based on our popular Loving Discipline Workshop. Learn ways to manage meltdowns, provide practical discipline, and maintain stability while sheltering at home. Includes mindfulness exercises.
$20*. 1 hour; 4 group series, then month to month.*Some low or no fee scholarships and sliding scale fees available.
New Groups! (Virtual) Self-Care Practices for Stressed Out Parents
Thursdays – two group times: 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.
This group is based on the powerful techniques we teach in our parenting groups. Learn deep breathing to check in with yourself daily and restorative exercises to replenish your spirit. Includes mindful parenting strategies.
$20*. 1 hour; 4 group series, then month to month. *Some low or no fee scholarships available.
Open Enrollment: Virtual Mindful Parenting Group
Mondays 1 – 2:30 p.m.
A unique, developmentally-based approach to promoting sensitivity, flexibility, and mindfulness in communication between parent and child, focused on enhancing the attachment relationship. One-hour parent-only discussion followed by 30 minute singing and dancing in Circle Time with toddlers.
$20 – $40. 90-minute group, 8 week series, then month to month. *Some low or no fee scholarships available.
Virtual Parenting Consultations and Counseling
$80 – $20, sliding scale fee for a 1 hour private session.
Our community is suffering, and our counselors are ready to serve — with your help.
Caring for the mental health and wellness of our community is vital as we adjust to new financial and emotional hardships as well as working with children at home and social isolation—but many families and people living alone are unable to access needed services because they are out of work and struggling to pay bills. That’s why we are reaching out to you.
We have never before asked for your help, but now is the time — and a little will go a long way…
• $40* provides an online individual counseling session for an adult, couple, or child
• $80* provides an online, 1 hour-long parent coaching session
• $80* provides four weekly 1-hour online Practical Parenting or Self-Care support groups
• $100* provides a 10-week online Loving Discipline Parenting class series
• $240* provides a family with an 8-week, 90 minute parent-child Mindful Parenting Group series OR an 8-week Becoming Social Parent-Child Group (broken into a parent only group and a parent-child group/week)
*All of our services are offered on a sliding scale based upon ability to pay. ANY AMOUNT YOU CAN GIVE will help us provide fee-free scholarships to those in need.
Again, we need your donation right away in order to offer parenting support and mental health services to those most in need.
Please give as generously as you can to help us continue our work for families and others in our community, when they need us the most.
You may be receiving this message because you or someone you know has benefitted from our services, and you want to give back. You may be a colleague, an affiliated organization, a neighbor, or a community business understanding the importance of Well Baby Center’s services.
If you believe in our mission, please help us help others. Call 310-402-2229 to find out more ways you can help our community thrive in hard times.
All clinical services are available on a sliding scale, based on your income, and we offer free initial consultations and free introductions to our groups.
Welcome to Well Baby Center.
Our specially-trained family counselors guide parents through the process of self-healing and self-discovery so they can be fully present as their child grows. We strive to achieve maximum impact by intervening as early as possible.
In addition, we provide specialized infant-parent and maternal mental health training to professionals who, through their own clinical practice, will reach many families beyond those served at Well Baby Center.
"Well Baby Center is a wonderful resource for new parents on the Westside. It provides a welcoming and reassuring environment with genuinely caring and knowledgeable staff.”
Ellen and baby Ava
"I always feel supported and never judged. Well Baby Center is refreshing, supportive, informative, and helpful."
Charise and baby Ethan
"In Mindful Parenting Group, both my husband and I learned to be proactive in our discipline. As new parents, it's so easy to rely on the parenting skills you were raised with. We unlearned some parenting habits that we did not want to continue."
Eve, Peter, and baby Sophia
"Group interaction and hearing from other parents was very helpful and cathartic. I liked how you could really bring your personal issues into the course, [which] exceeded my expectations. I feel like every parent would benefit to come to a safe place like this to discuss parenting."
"It was great to hear the experiences of other parents and to share opinions on how to navigate common issues. The class helped me to stay present. A great opportunity to gain tools and structure for parents."
"The group provided a supportive space to discuss and address the everyday issues of parenting. The group leaders were very knowledgable."
"The class helped us as parents to speak about what’s going on and hear and lean from other parents. It was great to gain knowledge from intelligent and caring teachers. It was even better than I thought [it would be]. I learned new things and skills about children and their development and how to navigate better decisions for parenting. The leaders were the best I have had in a child/parent group. They knew what to talk about, how to manage the time for sharing and learning."
"Reflective & child-centered play have [greatly] changed my parenting. The facilitators have created a warm, welcoming space, ... and fostered a mindful attitude for parenting. They taught us great techniques but also [gave] great answers and feedback to our concerns."
"It helped me understand myself and my child and gave me information I didn’t know I needed. I would recommend this group because we need better parents, better people, and a better world."