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New Parent Guide

New Parent Guide Tucson

Are you an expectant or new parent in Tucson? Congratulations! You've come to the right place.

TucsonTopia's NEW PARENT GUIDE is the #1 spot for Tucson dads and moms to find resources for pregnancy, the first year of baby's life, and beyond

Here you'll find information about obstetricians, midwives, pediatricians, pediatric dentists, hospitals, birth centers, baby registries, and more.

I'M PREGNANT! NOW WHAT?

Congratulations! Pregnancy is a miraculous time. You have a new life inside of you who will soon captivate your heart. Babies are truly a wonder.

P.S. If you think you might be pregnant (but are not quite sure), you can purchase easy-to-use pregnancy tests at most local drugstores or dollar stores. Hands of Hope medical center is centrally located and also offers complimentary pregnancy tests. You will also want to schedule an appointment with an obstetrician, gynecologist, or midwife. 

PREGNANCY RESOURCES IN TUCSON

Now that you know a new baby is on the way, you are probably filled with mixed emotions: excitement, energy, nervousness, and joy. 

Over the next nine months (and beyond), you will want to:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Eat a diet rich in fruits & vegetables
  • Take regular walks
  • Surround yourself with positivity
  • Laugh every chance you get

PRENATAL FITNESS/EXERCISE IN TUCSON

In most cases, it is important and healthy to stay active during pregnancy. Daily walks are a gentle and excellent start. Water aerobics and swimming can also be a good way to stay fit during the warmer months (which are many in Tucson). 

If you prefer group classes, call around to nearby gyms, dance studios, or country clubs to see if they offer prenatal exercise classes. 

*Be sure to consult with your doctor or midwife for exercise ideas and guidelines. 

UNPLANNED PREGNANCY IN TUCSON

If you are facing an unexpected pregnancy, we recommend that you set up an appointment at Hands of Hope. The pregnancy medical center offers free pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, nurse consultations, and recovery services for pregnancy loss (miscarriage, abortion, ectopic, early infant loss). Hands of Hope serves all ages and all services are completely confidential. 

BABY REGISTRIES IN TUCSON

The only places to register locally in Tucson are Target, Mildred & Dildred, Walmart, or buybuy Baby at the Foothills Mall. Babies R Us closed down in 2018 and Kids Center is closing in June 2019.

LABOR & DELIVERY IN TUCSON

Next, you will need to decide where you will deliver your baby in Tucson.

Your labor & delivery choices are:

  • Birth Center: currently freestanding, but will become part of TMC in the near future
  • Hospital: There are four hospitals with L&D units in Tucson - Tucson Medical Center (TMC), Carondelet St. Joseph's Hospital, Banner UMC, and Northwest Medical Center. The hospital where you deliver may be dictated by where your OB/midwife is associated.
  • At Home: some people opt to have their babies at home under the care of a midwife or team of midwives. This is a limited option in Tucson since no CNMs (Certified Nurse Midwives) currently deliver in homes. 

Feel free to call to schedule a free tour at any or all of the above birth centers or hospitals so that you can choose the right location for your birth.

Questions you may want to ask include:

  1. What labor aids do you offer? Rocking chairs, labor balls, warm showers/baths
  2. Will I be able to move around freely during labor (without heart rate monitors, IVs, etc)?
  3. Is there somewhere for my husband to sleep/stay?
  4. What is your induction rate?
  5. What is your cesarean rate?
  6. Do mothers and babies stay together after delivery?
  7. Do you offer complimentary lactation services (consultants, support groups, etc)?
  8. Are lactation consultants available around the clock?
  9. What amenities do you offer to new parents after delivery (celebratory meal, newborn & mom photo, etc)?
  10. How soon would I be able to return home after delivery?

BREASTFEEDING IN TUCSON

The first 1-4 weeks of breastfeeding can range from just fine, uncomfortable, or extremely painful. Hang in there! Breastfeeding offers huge benefits to both babies & mothers and becomes a magical, wondrous thing that you will look back on with pride and joy. It may seem messy and exhausting right now, but in a few weeks, you'll be quite the pro! Don't hesitate to seek out local help and support. Breastfeeding can be lonely all on your own.   

LACTATION CONSULTANTS IN TUCSON

Most of the local hospitals in Tucson offer complimentary consultations with lactation consultants. Even if you think you don't need help, it's wise to see a lactation consultant before you go home. She can provide tips and guidance. Plus, if an issue arises when you get home, you will have someone to contact! 

Lactation consultants can also provide helpful information related to pumping, introducing bottles, milk-sharing, engorgement, and more. 

There are a few lactation consultants in Tucson who offer fee-based consults. They will come to your home or you can travel to their office. If you are struggling with breastfeeding, this can be money very well-spent.

Alternatively, you can ask for help from mothers in your circle. Look for an encouraging mom with three or more children who has breastfeeding experience. Mothers are often very willing to share tips, resources, and product recommendations - not to mention support and friendship. 

BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT GROUPS IN TUCSON

Another option if you have breastfeeding questions or are on the brink of giving up is to visit a local breastfeeding support group. Although you may be wary of the name, a breastfeeding support group is simply a group of mothers and new babies, led by a certified lactation consultant. Typically the lactation consultant provides advice and encouragement in a very casual environment. There are sometimes even snacks! Most breastfeeding support groups are offered at hospitals or birth centers and are free to attend. 

BABIES & TODDLERS IN TUCSON

As your little one grows from an infant to a baby to a toddler, you will likely find yourself looking for things to do and places to go with your little one. 

Be sure to subscribe to the free TucsonTopia weekly newsletter, which provides a calendar of events for each week plus spotlights on interesting happenings around town. You can also browse our calendar for a more comprehensive look at the upcoming months. 

The below links will also likely be of interest: 

Congratulations again on your new baby!

SEE A FULL LISTING OF EVENTS FOR NEW PARENTS IN TUCSON BELOW.

Second SundAZe: Family Day at Tucson Museum of Art

Tucson Museum of Art 140 North Main Avenue, Tucson

Enjoy free admission to the museum on the second Sunday of every month from 2–5 p.m. for Second SundAZe: Family Day @TMA! Reservations are required, as admissions are limited to […]

Free

$3 Ticket Tuesdays at Reid Park Zoo

Reid Park Zoo 3400 E. Zoo Court, Tucson

Reid Park Zoo is reducing the cost of admission for guests every Tuesday in June (8:00am-2:00pm) to just $3 per person as a way to thank the community for their […]

$3

Women's Summer Days Getaways at Catalina Foothills Church

Catalina Foothills Church 2150 E. Orange Grove Road, Tucson

Women's Summer Days Getaways! All women, all ages, are invited to drop in for coffee, conversation, and some fun on six Tuesday mornings, starting June 15. Registration is not required […]

Free+

Summer Track & Field Events at Palo Verde High School

Palo Verde High Magnet School 1302 S. Avenida Vega, Tucson

Tucson Parks and Recreation will be hosting the annual Summer Track & Field Events every Tuesday in June and July. For more information, call 520-791-4870. Track and Field Events will […]

$3 – $4

Middle School Fab Nights at Christ Community Church

Christ Community Church 530 S. Pantano Road, Tucson

Join Christ Community Church for great Fellowship, Awesome Games, and Bible Study. Invite a friend. June 2 – Water Day, meet at Oasis June 9 – Dodgeball Day, meet in […]

Free

Tuesday Night Live: Sweet Ghosts at Club Congress Plaza

Hotel Congress 311 East Congress Street, Tucson

A CD release, at last! Sweet Ghosts is the project of singer-songwriter Ryan Alfred and vocalist Katherine Byrnes. At once familiar and mysteriously unique, they combine “stunning, unpredictable harmonies” (Tucson […]

$12

Discovery Night at Children's Museum Tucson

Children's Museum Tucson 200 South 6th Ave, Tucson

Enjoy 1/2-price admission, bilingual programming, and extended evening hours. Perfect for working caregivers who aren’t able to visit during the week, Discovery Night offers a fun outing for the family […]

$4.50

Family Night at Golf N' Stuff

Golf N' Stuff 6503 E. Tanque Verde Road, Tucson

Family Nights are back! Join Golf N' Stuff every Thursday from 5-8pm for discounted wristbands and family fun! The Awesome Two Hour Unlimited Wristband includes two hours of UNLIMITED Bumper […]

Summer Road Races at City Parks

Tucson

Tucson Parks and Recreation will be hosting the annual Road Races every Thursday in June and July. For more information, call 520-791-4870. Road Races Events will include: 1-mile predict, 2K, […]

$3 – $4

Rooftop Dinner: HUB + DRAGOON at Playground Bar & Lounge

Playground Bar & Lounge 278 E. Congress St, Tucson

Dine on the rooftop with the city lights & stars! HUB Restaurant & Creamery has teamed up with the brewing masters at Dragoon Brewing to bring you a 5-course food […]

$70

Finding Nemo at Cactus Carpool Cinema

Cactus Carpool Cinema 6201 South Wilmot Road, Tucson

Marlin (Albert Brooks), a clown fish, is overly cautious with his son, Nemo (Alexander Gould), who has a foreshortened fin. When Nemo swims too close to the surface to prove […]

$20

Free Outdoor Concerts at Little Anthony's Diner

Little Anthony's Diner 7010 E. Broadway, Tucson

FREE Outdoor Concerts at Little Anthony's Diner! Featuring 3 different bands ALL SUMMER LONG! Call ahead for reservations! #520-296-0456 THURSDAY NIGHT, 6:00-8:00PM May 27: RAW Band June 3: The Cadillacs […]

Free

Saturday Nights at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum 2021 N. Kinney Rd, Tucson

The Desert Museum is lovely during the day, but it’s even cooler after dark! Visit Saturday nights in June until 9:00pm to beat the heat while learning something neat! The […]

Summer Safari Nights at Reid Park Zoo

Reid Park Zoo 3400 E. Zoo Court, Tucson

Reid Park Zoo’s Summer Safari is back every Saturday evening May 15 through August 14. Enjoy the Zoo during cooler evening temperatures with added fun including: Live Music from a […]

$6.50 – $10.50

Father's Day Car Show at Pantano Christian Church

Pantano Christian Church 1755 S. Houghton Road, Tucson

Pantano Christian Church is hosting their 4th annual car show on Sunday, June 20. "If you have a cool car, truck, or bike you want to show off, we’d love […]

Free

Father's Day Dining at Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort

Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort 5501 N. Hacienda Del Sol Rd, Tucson

Join Hacienda Del Sol for Father's Day on Sunday, June 20th and enjoy the featured dinner special: 1/2 Rack of Ribs with Beef Brisket, Corn, Green Beans, and Blistered Smashed […]

$29

Father's Day at P.F. Chang's

P.F. Chang's on River Road 1805 E River Rd., Tucson

Exclusive dine-in celebration menu. $50+/person There is one P.F. Chang's location in Tucson at 1805 E. River Road.  Call 520-615-8788 to make reservations.

$50

Father's Day Dining at Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort

Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort 5501 N. Hacienda Del Sol Rd, Tucson

Join Hacienda Del Sol for Father's Day on Sunday, June 20th and enjoy the featured dinner special: 1/2 Rack of Ribs with Beef Brisket, Corn, Green Beans, and Blistered Smashed […]

$29

$3 Ticket Tuesdays at Reid Park Zoo

Reid Park Zoo 3400 E. Zoo Court, Tucson

Reid Park Zoo is reducing the cost of admission for guests every Tuesday in June (8:00am-2:00pm) to just $3 per person as a way to thank the community for their […]

$3

Women's Summer Days Getaways at Catalina Foothills Church

Catalina Foothills Church 2150 E. Orange Grove Road, Tucson

Women's Summer Days Getaways! All women, all ages, are invited to drop in for coffee, conversation, and some fun on six Tuesday mornings, starting June 15. Registration is not required […]

Free+

Summer Track & Field Events at Palo Verde High School

Palo Verde High Magnet School 1302 S. Avenida Vega, Tucson

Tucson Parks and Recreation will be hosting the annual Summer Track & Field Events every Tuesday in June and July. For more information, call 520-791-4870. Track and Field Events will […]

$3 – $4

Middle School Fab Nights at Christ Community Church

Christ Community Church 530 S. Pantano Road, Tucson

Join Christ Community Church for great Fellowship, Awesome Games, and Bible Study. Invite a friend. June 2 – Water Day, meet at Oasis June 9 – Dodgeball Day, meet in […]

Free

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We will be updating this page as we receive new information. If you know about other events for New Parents in Tucson, contact us!

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