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 comprehensive Online Childbirth Classes, created by Patty Brennan.

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25-hydroxyvitamin D3 status is associated with developing adaptive and innate immune responses in the first 6 months of life

This study suggests that improving Vitamin D3 intake in pregnancy or early infancy may reduce the development of allergies in high-risk infants.

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Nation’s OB/GYNs Take Aim at Preventing Cesareans

New ACOG guideline recommend allowing women to labor longer to help avoid cesarean delivery. The Safe Prevention of the Primary Cesarean Delivery report discusses ways to decrease cesarean deliveries, including: Allowing prolonged latent (early) phase labor. Considering cervical dilation of 6 cm (instead of 4 cm) as the start of active phase labor. Allowing more time […]

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Medicaid Breast Pump Policy

Medicaid has released its Expanded Breast Pump Policy which took effect January 1. This policy allows physicians and non-physician practitioners to write an order for a breast pump for all breastfeeding mothers enrolled in a Medicaid Health Plan. Read the bulletin from the Michigan Department of Public Health.

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Do You Have Questions about Becoming a Doula?

Join doula business expert Patty Brennan for a FREE Teleseminar on the Top 7 Questions about Becoming a Doula on Monday, February 2, at 8pm (EST). We will cover the differences between birth and postpartum doulas, career paths, the “on-call” lifestyle, blending doula work and family life, the viability of doula businesses, and more. Get your questions answered. Pre-registration required (email

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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