Catholic Charities’ Blessed Beginnings Life Center is currently at capacity.

We hope to open enrollment again in May 2021, so please be sure to visit our site at that time. Please look at our additional resources below for assistance. If you are a social worker or community health worker, please contact our Program Coordinator Natalya Velasco if you are wanting more information nvelasco@catholiccharities.org.

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The Blessed Beginnings Pregnancy and Parenting Life Center is committed to the sanctity of human life, especially in its most vulnerable early stages. As a pro-life agency that honors every single human being with the dignity and respect they deserve, we are dedicated to providing the support and education young parents who choose life need to have happy, healthy babies and children. Our program focuses on the critical time period from the woman’s pregnancy through the age of five—a child’s most formative years.

Free Prenatal and Parenting Classes available in both English and Spanish.

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Services Offered

Education

Our classes are normally held in English and Spanish at the Moran Center (2615 Fannin Street, Houston, TX 77002 | MAP). These classes are also offered in collaboration with other nonprofit organizations and high schools in the Greater Houston Area. A wide variety of critical prenatal and parenting topics are covered, including post-partum physical care, bonding and attachment, breastfeeding, sudden infant death syndrome, shaken baby syndrome, car seat safety, age-appropriate play, positive discipline, budgeting and much more!

Visit our event calendar for class dates

Class Topics

PRENATAL TOPICS:

  1. Understanding pregnancy: fetal development
  2. Understanding pregnancy: medical care
  3. Understanding pregnancy: nutrition and exercise
  4. Understanding pregnancy: discomforts, emotions and preterm labor
  5. Understanding pregnancy: hazards and lead
  6. Birth plan and hospital bag prep
  7. Stages of labor
  8. Understanding your newborn: Newborn traits and behaviors
  9. Understanding your newborn: crying and comforting
  10. Understanding your newborn: breastfeeding and bottle feeding
  11. Understanding your newborn: diapering, cleaning & dressing
  12. Understanding your newborn: newborn health and safety
  13. Health and Safety for 0-6 months
  14. Nutrition for 0-6 months
  15. Self-care for mom when baby is 0-6 months
  16. Postpartum care and depression
  17. Developmental milestones and age-appropriate play for 0-6 months
  18. Raising emotionally healthy babies
  19. Emotional Health and Positive Discipline 0-6 months
  20. Infant car seat safety
  21. Safety in the home

PARENTING TOPICS:

  1. Developmental milestones and age-appropriate play (7-12 months)
  2. Developmental milestones and age-appropriate play toddlers (1-2 years old)
  3. Developmental milestones and age-appropriate play toddlers (2 years old)
  4. Raising emotionally healthy children for toddlers (1-2 years old)
  5. Raising emotionally healthy children for preschool age (3-5 years old)
  6. Emotional Health & Positive Discipline 7-12 months
  7. Emotional Health & Positive Discipline 1-year-olds
  8. Emotional Health & Positive Discipline 2-year-olds
  9. Potty training
  10. Self-care for mom when baby is 7-12 months
  11. Self-care for mom when child is 1 year old
  12. Self-care for mom when child is 2 years old
  13. Nutrition for baby (7-12 months)
  14. Nutrition for 1 year old
  15. Nutrition Volume 1: Preventing Obesity Birth to Age 1
  16. Nutrition Volume 2: Preventing Obesity Ages 1-5
  17. Health and Safety for baby (7-12 months)
  18. Health and Safety for 1 year old
  19. Health and Safety for 2 years old
  20. Understanding Dad: (Understanding Your Family Dynamic)
    1. Lesson 1 : My Life as a Mom
    2. Lesson 2: Me and My Children’s Father
    3. Lesson 3 and 4: My Mother’s Impact and My Father’s Impact
    4. Lesson 5: The Impact on My Children
    5. Lesson 6: Patterns of Communication
    6. Lesson 7 and 8: Open Safe Communication, How to Listen
  21. Doctor Dad
    1. The Safe Child
    2. The Injured Child
    3. The Well Child
    4. The Sick Child
    5. Safety in the home
Material Assistance

Program participants may be eligible to receive baby items such as diapers, bottles, clothes, cribs, car seats and age-appropriate learning toys.

Self-Administered Pregnancy Tests

Currently are not providing pregnancy test due to COVID-19.

Individual Education and Consultations

Can’t make one of our set classes? No worries, we are here to provide support for you individually. We know that ongoing parental support is essential, so we can help you find the resources you need, and provide helpful parenting tips.

Professional Counseling
  • Counseling services can support mothers and families experiencing stress, anxiety, depression and other challenges associated with life’s changes.
  • Individual and family counseling is available at no cost to mothers with children to age of 36 months.
  • Women with children 3 years old and older can also be served with counseling and may qualify for services at a reduced rate. To learn more call our intake line: 713.874.6590, option 2.
  • Counseling Services are also available in English or Spanish.
Eligibility Criteria

Pregnant women, dads-to-be and parents of children under the age of five.

Service Area/ Location

Visit our class calendar for specific lessons, dates and times.

Post Adoption Services and Reunion Services

Catholic Charities provides post-adoption services to children and adults who were previously adopted through our organization and need assistance with finding their birth families, mental health support, or are looking for more information.

Services provided:

  • Adult adoptee and birth parent search services
  • Counseling
  • Search and reunion support group
  • Birth parent histories and adoptive family profiles
  • Services to private adoptions occurring in Harris County (referrals provided by the court)

Contact: Lillian Salinas at lsalinas@catholiccharities.org or 713.874.6575.

If you are interested in adopting, please contact one of these agencies below:

DePelchin: 713.802.6200

Presbyterian Children Services: 713.522.2800

Gladney: 713.665.1212

Contact

If you would like to sign up for one of our classes or talk to our team about how we can help you, please call 713.874.6760 or complete the form below.

You can also email us at BlessedBeginnings@CatholicCharities.org to inquire about registering for classes or requesting assistance.

Thank you to our partners who support the Blessed Beginnings Life Center: