Healthy Beginnings Program

The goals of this new program are to improve pregnancy outcomes and newborn health, and to help build healthier families through culturally-specific, community-based, holistic, and accessible education and support services during the childbearing year.

We developed this program because racial and socioeconomic disparities in maternal and newborn health continue throughout Minnesota. At-risk women and families suffer from higher rates of infant mortality, low birth weight, cesarean section, postpartum depression, and have lower rates of breastfeeding. Family Tree Clinic believes that all people deserve a healthy start and that education and support are the keys to helping babies and parents to be as healthy as possible.

Using evidence-based approaches, the Healthy Beginnings Program will meet our goal of improving the health of babies, parents, and families by providing preconception education and planning services, comprehensive childbirth education, and postpartum follow up and support.

Specifically, the program focuses on these objectives:

  • Preconception “Maybe Baby” classes
  • Fertility and conception classes for LGBTQ families
  • Clinical preconception care and planning
  • Accessible community-based, holistic childbirth education classes (next session is on Sunday, July 15th!)
  • Referrals to prenatal care providers and doulas
  • Breastfeeding education and support
  • Postpartum follow up and support
  • Assessment for postpartum depression
  • Family planning follow up and services in the clinic
  • Generalized support for new families

For more information about the program or about our upcoming childbirth education series, contact Erin Wilkins at 651-645-0478 x 230 or You can also friend us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for updates!