Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information:

Experiencing fever or cough with bodyaches? Please consider calling your doctor's office. If you are healthy and are in need of our help, Life Connections will continue to be available to our clients, but with the hours of Monday 10-5, Wed 10-2:30, and Friday 10-4:30. DIAPER CLUB is OPEN.

EVERYONE IS ASKED TO USE THE HAND SANITIZER INSIDE THE OFFICE & TO WEAR A MASK.

If another client is in the office, we will ask you to wait in your car until the office is cleared. We are not accepting donations of clothing or toys at this time. But we are very much in need of monetary donations, as well as unopened and not expired formula, baby food, diapers and wipes. We hope that you will be patient with us as we try to remain open under difficult circumstances, so that we may be able to help as many people as possible safely.

THANK YOU and please stay safe for yourselves and your family!

 

Free Education Program

Opportunities for Learning ~ Applications for Life!

WHAT IS "OPPS & APPS"?

Opps and Apps is a program designed to increase your confidence as you journey through different stages of pregnancy and parenting.

Join us over a cup of coffee for a variety of topics and one-on-one discussions, using DVD’s and other hands-on learning activities to improve understanding and retention, and geared toward what you need.

Each session is about 1 hour.

We can assist with public transportation if needed, and you can earn free gift cards and parenting tools, such as First Aid Kits, thermometers and more!

Call or text 320.491.7089 for an appointment.

For each time we spend together, you will receive a gift that can be used to help you parent. These include $10 Target gift cards (limit of five per year) or other items we may have available.

Beginning January 2015, the Shaken Baby session will be required of each participant if they are taking care of a baby or are in their eighth-ninth month of pregnancy.

 

Why is this program for me?

  • No cost & free materials!
  • No stress, one-on-one environment
  • You decide the topics
  • We help pay gas costs
  • Receive helpful objects to use at home
  • Learn valuable life skills
  • Hands-on activities make learning fun
  • Your children are welcome — no need for child care
Before I started coming to classes, I didn’t know much at all, being a first-time mom. The classes have helped me so much and make me feel so much better.
 

Discussion Topics

Options

Going it Alone
Looking at Adoption

Miscarriage

Miscarriage

Prenatal Health

Smoking and Your Developing Baby
What’s Safe, What Isn’t
FAS & Drugs in Pregnancy
Unborn Addicts
Crystal Meth

First Trimester

Pregnancy--The First Trimester
Prenatal Care
Eating for Two
Ultrasound: Window to the Womb
Your Developing Baby

Second Trimester

Pregnancy--The Second Trimester
Bonding with Your Unborn Baby
Your Changing Body
Your Unborn Baby’s Secret World

Third Trimester

Reducing the Risk of SIDS
Learning to Think
Getting Ready for Baby
Car Seat
Breastfeeding
Labor
Options
Interventions and Labor
Moving Through Labor
Labor: What to Expect
Labor: Infant Care

Labor

Options
Interventions and Labor
Moving Through Labor
Labor: What to Expect
Labor: Infant Care

Newborn Care

Newborn Care
Eye Contact Means Love
Temperament
Infant Massage
Crying, Colic, and Sleep
Your Baby Can Sleep

Newborn Safety

Safe from the Start
Emergency 1st Aid: Accidents
Emergency 1st Aid: Illnesses
Preventing Child Sexual Abuse
Shaken Baby Syndrome
Child Abuse/Neglect

Nutrition

Food for Growth: Feeding Your Baby Breastfeeding
Your Healthy Baby (Breast/Bottle Feeding)
Goals & Benefits of Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding Techniques
Getting Enough Milk
Growth Spurts
Returning to Work

And many More…

Including discipline, parenting, postpartum depression, and child development topics

Our free classes are part of a program called OPPS & APPS, and is supported in part by a grant from the Minnesota Department of Health.

 

Red Cross CPR/First Aid

We are blessed to have a volunteer that is certified to teach Red Cross First Aid, CPR, and AED classes, either for official certification or for just general interest and safety in the home.

(Red Cross charges a fee if the client wants to be certified. This certification is good for day care workers, foster parents, and other professions. It is NOT intended for those in the medical profession.

There is no charge if a client wishes to take this class without being certified.)

We love that we can offer this class so that all homes can be safer!

Call Julie at 320.491.7089 for more information.