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St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Conducts Free Fatherhood Workshops For New And Expecting Fathers

Conscious Fathering Gives Dads the Tools They Need to Be Great Fathers

Pontiac, Mich.—St. Joseph Mercy Oakland’s (SJMO) Conscious Fathering program will conduct two free, fatherhood workshops for new and expecting fathers.  The two-hour workshops are designed to give new or expecting fathers the tools they need to be great fathers and real partners in caring for their babies.

Workshop participants will learn the five basic needs of the baby and strategies to become partners and not just assistants in fostering healthy family development.  The program also focuses on the father’s relationship with the child’s mother and the changes that happen when a new baby joins the family.

The focus of the program is to improve birth outcomes and promote child health and well-being. 

A workshop in Spanish will be held 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010, at La Casa Amiga, 76 Williams St., Pontiac.  A workshop in English will be held 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010, in the Avci Room in the SJMO Franco Communications Center, 44405 Woodward Ave., Pontiac.

Light refreshments will be served.

For information or to register, call Healthy Start Group Specialist Sean Sylvester, 248-858-6943.

This special father engagement effort is part of SJMO’s Healthy Start/Healthy Families Oakland program, an award-winning, fully credentialed collaborative program that provides home visitation services for vulnerable families with infants and young children throughout Oakland County.  Conscious Fathering is part of the Responsible Fatherhood Initiative supported by the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.

About St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
St Joseph Mercy Oakland is a 443-bed comprehensive, community, teaching hospital and a long-time leader in health care in Oakland County.  Founded in 1927 by the Sisters of Mercy, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland has won numerous local and national awards for patient safety, quality and performance, and consistently ranks in the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide.  A member of the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, St Joseph Mercy Oakland is a technologically leading hospital that combines advanced medicine and personal care to assist patients on their path to wellness. With dedicated physicians, nurses and hospital staff committed to providing quality care throughout the patient stay, St Joseph Mercy Oakland has truly personalized the patient care experience.

For more information about health services offered at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, please visit  For Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, please visit

About Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a newly expanded health care organization serving southeast Michigan. Health coverage spans six counties, including Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy in Ann Arbor, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy in Livonia, 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, 119-bed St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron, 113-bed Chelsea Community Hospital and 74-bed St. Joseph Mercy Saline. Combined, the seven hospitals are licensed for 1,726 beds, have five outpatient health centers, five urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 14,000 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 2,700 physicians. 

A member of Trinity Health, the nation’s fourth largest Catholic health care organization, SJMHS is committed to providing a remarkable patient experience by using leading edge technology in a comforting and healing environment. As a mission based organization, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System provides approximately $100 million in community benefit to the communities it serves each year.

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