Resource Directory for New Parents

Breastfeeding Information, Support and Supplies

The following resources are available to answer basic breastfeeding and baby care questions. If the line is answered by voicemail, leave a message, and someone will return your call as soon as possible.

Phone Numbers

Cedars-Sinai

  • 24-Hour Breastfeeding Information Line 800-972-6003
  • Case Management 310-423-4446
  • Lactation Education Center 310-423-5312
Other
  • La Leche League International 800-LaLeche

Websites

Childcare Services

Cedars-Sinai does not endorse any particular childcare program. This list is for your convenience. Please ask prospective providers for credentials and licensing before enrolling your child.

Phone Numbers

  • Child and Family Services 213-427-2700
    (Resources and referrals for all types of childcare)
  • Crystal Stairs 323-299-0199
    (Childcare referral service for Los Angeles County)
  • L.A. Unified School District/Early Childhood Division 213-625-6506
    (Operates 102 children centers and five infant centers)

Websites

Child Passenger Safety

Information on safety standards, proper installation and usage.

Phone Numbers

  • Car Seat Loan Information 800-745-7233
    (For rental or loan of car seats)
  • Free Child Safety Seat Inspection 877-348-4254
    (Trained inspectors ensure proper installation of car seats)
  • U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission 800-638-2772
    (Safety standards on cribs, toys and car seats, as well as referral numbers for product recalls)

Websites

Continuing Education and Employment Opportunities

Phone Numbers

  • Connect L.A. 310-470-6590
    (Provides links to local employers, healthcare and social services)

Websites

Emergency Assistance (Food, Shelter, etc.)

Phone Numbers

  • Info Line Los Angeles 800-339-6993
    (Free 24-hour multilingual information and referral line for emergency needs)

Emotional Concerns: Postpartum Mood Disorders

Please check with your doctor for a referral to a therapist with expertise in postpartum mood disorders.

Phone Numbers

Cedars-Sinai

  • Physician Referral Service 1-800-CEDARS-1 (800-233-2771)
    (Referrals to Cedars-Sinai affiliated physicians specializing in postpartum disorders)
  • Postpartum Depression Groups 310-423-1510
Other
  • Postpartum Support Interntaional 800-944-4773
    (Information request line for postpartum depression and support groups nationwide)
  • Postpartum Education for Parents 805-564-3888
    (24-hour warm line addressing questions about the postpartum period and newborn care)
  • Postpartum Health Alliance 619-254-0023
    (Resource and referral services for women suffering from postpartum depression)

Websites

Financial Assistance Programs

The following agencies can determine your eligibility for supplemental benefits.

Phone Numbers

  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families 213-744-6623
    (For supplemental income, health benefits and food stamps)
  • WIC Program 888-942-2229
    (Supplemental food program for pregnant women and mothers with children up to age 5)

Finding a Doctor

Representatives from Cedars-Sinai can assist you in finding an OB-GYN doctor, a family practice doctor, a pediatrician or specialist near your home or work.

Phone Numbers

Cedars-Sinai

  • Physician Referral Service 1-800-CEDARS-1 (233-2771)

General Health

Websites

Hotlines: Information and Referrals

The following resources are available 24 hours a day for information, support and referrals.

Phone Numbers

  • Asthma Information and Referral Line 800-822-2762
    (24-hour information and referral service)
  • Child Abuse Hotline 800-540-4000
    (24-hour hotline for the reporting of child abuse and crisis counseling)
  • Community Helpline 877-541-2525
    (24-hr confidential crisis intervention, information and referral service)
  • Domestic Violence Hotline 800-548-2722
    (24-hour bilingual referral and support line)
  • Info Line 323-686-0950
    (24-hour information and referrals to human service agencies in L.A. County)

Incontinence

Phone Numbers

  • Center for Women's Continence and Pelvic Health 310-423-9555
  • National Association for Incontinence 800-BLADDER

Websites

Infant CPR Classes

CPR for infants and children differs from the techniques used on adults. Call for information on these lifesaving classes.

Phone Numbers

Cedars-Sinai

  • Infant Safety and CPR Classes 310-423-5168
Other
  • American Heart Association L.A. County 213-580-1408
  • American Red Cross L.A. Chapter 213-739-5200

Websites

Infertility

Phone Numbers

Cedars-Sinai

  • 310-423 - 9964
Other
  • International Council on Infertility Information and Dissemination 703-379-9178

Websites

Other

Multiples

Phone Numbers

  • National Organization of Mothers of Twins Club 877-540-2200

Websites

Parenting Education and Support

Phone Numbers

Cedars-Sinai

  • Good Beginnings 310-423-6389
    (For parents of infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit)
  • Infant Care Class 310-423-5168
  • NICU Graduate Parent-Infant Group — contact Marilee Harthing 310-423-1510
  • Parent Support Groups 310-423-5168
  • Private Parenting Classes 310-423-5168
    (Personalized instruction with a certified childbirth educator in your own home)

Other

  • Parents Anonymous Inc. 909-621-6184
    (Offers weekly support groups for parents throughout California)

Websites

Poison Control

Phone Numbers

  • Poison Control Hotline 800-8-POISON
    (24-hour emergency hotline for treating poisoning exposures)

Postpartum Exercise

Exercise classes for new moms.

Websites

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

Phone Numbers

Websites

Support Groups

The following organizations offer support groups for different needs.

Phone Numbers

  • Compassionate Friend of Los Angeles 310-474-3407
    (Support groups for bereaved parents)
  • Down Syndrome Association of L.A. 800-464-8995
    (Support and education on Down syndrome)
  • Juvenile Diabetes Foundation 800-223-1138
    (Support and education on juvenile diabetes)
  • Koch/Young Family Resource Center 213-380-0008
    (Support group for parents with children who have developmental disabilities)
  • L.A. County Deaf Information 800-663-8883
    (Information and referral services for the deaf and hearing impaired)
  • Sidelines National Support Network 999-447-4754
    (Support group for mothers with complicated or high-risk pregnancies)
  • Tri-Pos Grapevine 800-2TRIPOS
    (For parents of deaf or hard-of-hearing babies and children)

Websites