Center for the Childbearing Year, LLC

WELCOME to Michigan’s premier doula training center and childbirth preparation and parenting community! Offering interactive childbirth classes at our cozy Ann Arbor center as well as Online Childbirth Classes (NEW!), hosted by Patty Brennan.

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Community-Based Doulas Increase Breastfeeding Rates in Low-Income Communities

A new study by the federal government finds that community-based doulas dramatically increase breastfeeding rates in under-served communities, where a baby’s exposure to breast milk can help mitigate the impacts of poverty. Suboptimal breastfeeding is estimated to cost $13 billion per year in pediatric costs and $18 billion in maternal costs. Community-based doulas help to lower […]

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12 Ways to Have a Mother-Friendly Cesarean

Tip #1: Dim the Lights, (2) Hit Play, (3) Include Your Birth Partner, (4) Bring a Doula, (5) Slow Things Down, (6) Watch the Birth, (7) Skin to Skin, (8) Delayed Cord Clamping, (9) Limited Separation, (10) Breastfeeding, (11) Dads Stick Around, and (12) Quiet Time. Read more about these strategies.

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Maternal and Infant Well-Being in Michigan’s Legacy Cities

Despite their decline, the l5 “legacy cities” still have the largest number of births among the cities in their counties. While Detroit had by far the largest number of births (over 10,000) among the cities, representing slightly less than half of all births in Wayne County, the cities of Lansing (Ingham) and Battle Creek (Calhoun) […]

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ChildbirthExpecting a baby?

Our Online Childbirth Preparation programs are unique, multi-media classes with a personal touch. You no longer have to live near Ann Arbor to benefit from our dynamic, award-winning programs. The creator, Patty Brennan, has distilled into 16 separate online classes her 30+ years’ of experience as a childbirth educator, doula, midwife and mom. Featuring a holistic, consumer-oriented approach that encourages personal responsibility for your family’s health.

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