We're so glad that you've found us!
We're Kathy and Kate, a mother/daughter owned and operated team and your own personal baby experts! We treat our customers like our family and feel grateful that you've considered being part of our little family here at Parenting Resources.
Whether you're local to St. Louis our online throughout the world... whether you're looking for prenatal education, child enrichment, community, support, or professional training, we're here for you!
Hours of Operation
We are typically open Monday-Friday from 9-4 and Saturdays from 9-1
We do close occasionally for Holidays and Professional Trainings,
so please be sure to check our Calendar
Visitors who would like to tour the Play & Learn Club may enjoy their
first visit free by coming on any weekday between 12-4.
Classes and services are as scheduled and are available off hours.
We are located at 3801 Wyoming Street in the Tower Grove South Neighborhood, one block from the South Grand Business District, at the corner of Wyoming Street and Spring Avenue.
There is ample free street parking surrounding the building and customers can walk a block away and enjoy wonderful dining, ice cream, bars, and music.
So many business dreams start out with a found void. Where some glaring service is missing in the community or in a particular market. That's exactly how Parenting Resources got started by the mother/daughter dynamic duo, Kathy and Kate. When Kate had her son, Conner, she felt overwhelmed, completely isolated, depressed, and had multiple breastfeeding issues. She sought out every community resource that she could but there simply wasn't what she needed. So Kathy moved from Florida to St. Louis so they could create an amazing resource for families together. In June of 2014, Parenting Resources was born.
PR has now welcomed over thousands of new and expectant parents, as well as hundred of birth and baby professionals, through it's doors since opening. It houses a multitude of services such as lactation consulting, babywearing consulting, car seat consulting and installation, and sleep consulting. Prenatal and parenting are the cornerstone of its offerings, from basic prenatal preparation classes to full crash courses in everything related to baby care and parenting their littles. Child enrichment classes such as art, music, and yoga keep client's children active, engaged, and learning through play. The Play & Learn Club membership based parent community and included programming unites parents from all walks of life and gives them a home away from home every day. And when parenthood becomes isolating or overwhelming, a variety of support groups, meet ups, and playgroups allow for connection and peer-led learning.
The other area that Kathy and Kate saw a void was in professional training options that truly appealed to them, their colleagues, and when choosing staff to hire that came from existing certifying programs. So they designed curriculums that are advanced and comprehensive in nature, that allow graduates to work in a variety of different settings, and that produce exemplary and competent birth and baby professionals, both in practice and in business. They now certify birth doulas, postpartum doulas, newborn nannies, and offer a variety of continuing education for doulas, lactation professionals, nurses, nannies, physicians, and midwives.
Kathy and Kate also speak internationally on all topics related to birth, babies, and parenting and focus topics for both professionals as well as parent conferences, groups, and similar programs.
Meet the Parenting Resources Team
Kathy Underwood Loughren, MSN, ARNP, IBCLC
Kathy has been a neonatal expert for well over 30 years, serving as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She has worked around the country in NICUs, as well as serving as an expert legal witness on neonatal cases, and sees clients throughout St. Louis as a Lactation Consultant. She has attended well over 10,000 births and continues to work clinically in the St. Louis area. She is the co-founder of Parenting Resources, the Premier Education and Support Center for New and Expectant Parents and the Professionals who serve them. She is known as a gifted speaker, teacher, and excellent bedside clinician, along with being seen as a professional who cares for and includes families in their baby's care. While she impacts the lives of babies and caregivers in her practice and teaching, she also brings her vast knowledge and passion to students as a lead instructor in the Parenting Resources Professional Network certification programs including Postpartum Doulas, Birth Doulas, Newborn Care Specialists, Perinatal Health Educators, and Babywearing Specialists throughout the country and online.
Kate Schnetzer, MHA, CPD, CBE, CLC, CPST
Kate holds as Masters in Health Administration and is a Certified Babywearing Educator, Lactation Counselor, Postpartum Doula, Child Passenger Safety Technician, and holds Certifications in Child Welfare and has been trained by Postpartum Support International. She has been serving families for over 10 years and is the co-founder of Parenting Resources, the Premier Education and Support Center for New and Expectant Parents and the Professionals who serve them. She is a business and marketing guru while also sees dozens of private babywearing consulting clients each week. She also brings her babywearing, safety, and business expertise to students as a lead instructor for the Parenting Resources Professional Network certification programs including Postpartum Doulas, Birth Doulas, Perinatal Health Educators, and Babywearing Specialists throughout the country and online.
Jacci Ross, M. Ed.
Jacci Ross-Hertel is an art educator with 8 years of teaching experience. She has a BFA from Truman State University and a M. Ed. From Fontbonne University. Jacci is also Missouri state-certified in Art education. She currently splits her time between teaching at Parenting Resources, working as an art teacher at The Soulard School, and making memories with her family.
Jacci is very passionate about children exploring creativity from an early age. You can find more information about Jacci and her early childhood classes at jacciross.wix.com/littlebitsart-blog or on Facebook at “Art for Little Bits”.
Melissa has had a passion for singing since she was six years old. She received her Associates of Arts degree from Mineral Area College in 2010 and has since completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Music Therapy at Maryville University. She completed her internship with Midwest Music Therapy in St. Louis in which she worked with children with developmental disabilities in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area and now teaches Learning Through Music at Parenting Resources.
Katie Straubinger, MA
Katie Straubinger and her three year old daughter, Emilia have been frequent visitors and constant supporters of Parenting Resources since their grand opening. Living only a few streets away, Katie has been able to watch the space grow and evolve over the years. She's now very excited to have become a part of it.
With a BA in Communications, a MA in Media Literacy, and extensive experience working with kids, customer service, and computers; Katie is uniquely qualified for this position. She has a very long background of working with kids in a day-care setting and as a nanny. While working on her Masters degree, Katie developed extensive communication skills and expertise in emerging technologies. She also has experience with supporting small and locally owned businesses grow in administrative and management roles.
Julie Gill loves to aid the unfolding of human potential. She graduated college with a degree in psychology and a need to understand why she’d spent the better part of 16 years sitting in a desk. After a bit of searching, she discovered a woman named Maria Montessori who said things like, “One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child.” Julie is now certified in Montessori Early Childhood Education and has been experimenting with methods to nurture the love of learning in every child for the past five years.
Julie also spent a year at a Buddhist retreat center where she deepened her yoga practice and was trained to teach others yoga. She loves to find the ways in which teaching yoga and teaching children overlap. She would like to help everyone slow down enough to appreciate every bit of this life.
Maggie Weinland, MA
Maggie has been working with children of all ages her entire adult life. Maggie has used her educational background in Human Development and Family Studies and her Masters in Psychology to work with children in settings from in home care to social services. Music has always been a passion of hers and is one of her favorite ways to reach a child.
Maggie, her husband Patrick, their son Henry and soon to be baby girl live close by in Tower Grove East. Maggie and her family are new to St. Louis, moving across the country from San Francisco. They have been frequent visitors to Parenting Resources since their arrival and Maggie is very excited to now be teaching here.
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