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.

From Patty’s Blog...

Belly Casts as Art

Check out the beautiful artwork on these pregnant belly casts–a wonderful way to pay homage to this special time in your life. Follow this link to see more of Lisa Forester’s work. She also sells the kits to make your own belly cast. Our bi-weekly Birth & Parenting News Blog highlights the latest news items, research results, consumer […]

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Mammograms Do Not Reduce Breast Cancer Deaths, Study Finds

Yearly mammograms in middle-age women do not reduce breast cancer deaths. These tests are essentially as good as physical examination alone, according to a new 25-year study from Canada. The study, which included nearly 90,000 women ages 40 to 59, is the latest to question the value of routine mammography. The researchers found the same […]

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Home births still rising, driven by white moms

Home births have risen to their highest level in about four decades but are still only a fraction of all births. A little more than 1 percent of U.S. births occur at home, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Experts say they remain largely a phenomenon of white women and those who […]

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May 16-18

Ann Arbor, Michigan

How to grow a sustainable business, improve birth outcomes and launch change initiatives

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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’ expertise in creating consumer-oriented childbirth classes, training birth attendants, and encouraging parents to claim responsibility for their family’s health.

RFPGrant Writing Workshops

Learn how to decipher “Grantese,” write a competitive grant proposal and cultivate the grantor-grantee relationship. Focus will be on writing proposals for maternal-infant health initiatives. Patty Brennan has two upcoming workshops:

woman on phoneDo you have questions about becoming a doula?

Join us for our monthly FREE Teleseminar on the Top 7 Questions about Becoming a Doula on Monday May 5 at 8pm (EST). All you need is a phone and an hour of your time. Get your questions answered! Pre-registration is required. Email

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