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Hours of Operation

We are typically open Tuesday-Friday from 9-4 and Saturdays- Sunday 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.

 

Location

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. 

 

Our Story

So many entrepreneurial 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,  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 and fill the void.

 

Parenting Resources, a for-profit parenting center in St. Louis Missouri has now welcomed over 2,000 new and expectant parents through it's doors over the past year and a half. It houses a multitude of services such as lactation consulting, babywearing consulting, car seat consulting and installation, kangaroo care consulting, and postpartum doula services. Prenatal and parenting are the cornerstone of its offerings, from childbirth 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. 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. 

Our Instructors and Providers

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.

Angela Merriken, RPYT, CLC, HHC, CPD

Angie wants to live in a world where every family feels comfortable and confident with their pregnancy and birth.  As a Prenatal Yoga Instructor and Certified Holistic Health Consultant, she has helped pregnant and postpartum women cope with the ever-changing shifts in their bodies and lives, while giving them tools to help support their systems through nutrition and wellness. As a Childbirth Educator and Birth and Postpartum Doula, she has guided many families in creating the birth experience they envision, and as a CLC has taught many expectant and new parents how to meet their breastfeeding goals. When she’s not teaching, you can find her spending time with her two kids, husband and Golden Retriever; usually outside somewhere playing in the dirt or water. 

 

Jacci Ross

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 a contracted teaching artist with Springboard St Louis, 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 Okenfuss

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. 

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Marya Warshaw

Marya Warshaw has taught Creative Movement, Prenatal & Postnatal Exercise, and Parent & Child Movement Classes for over two decades in New York City. She is the Executive Director of the non profit Brooklyn Arts Organization, Brooklyn Arts Exchange. She currently resides in St. Louis to help care for her granddaughter.

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