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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.

Senior Olympic Festival at various Tucson locations

Tucson, AZ

Tucson Parks and Recreation and Atria Bell Court Gardens present the 37th annual Senior Olympic Festival. This festival is a celebration to promote fitness, health, and an active lifestyle among adults 50 years of age and older. Events include volleyball, bowling, bridge, racquetball, basketball shoot, pickleball, archery, golf, tennis, horseshoes, badminton, and so much more. […]

Tucson Jazz Festival

Tucson, AZ

The Tucson Jazz Festival 2022 will take place January 14-23, 2022. Organizers are celebrating the return of live jazz by staging performances within a vast array of unique spaces, properties, and venues. Khris Dodge, TJF Executive Director, shared, “Mindful that patrons are craving live music and are also seeking a variety of different spaces in […]

$100

Scribes & Scripture Conference at Canyon Del Oro Bible Church

Canyon Del Oro Bible Church 9200 N. Oracle Rd., Tucson, AZ

Discover the amazing history of history’s most amazing book. How did a set of books written in multiple languages by dozens of authors across thousands of years become the Bible we know and trust today? How were the books chosen? How well was the text hand copied and how is it translated into English? Explore […]

$10

Family Adventure Day with Ms. Pat and Blacksmith Dennis at Presidio Museum

Presidio San Agustin del Tucson Museum 196 N. Court Ave, Tucson, AZ

Geared specifically for young families (children and caretakers), this morning is all about focused, period activities. Make corn husk dolls with Ms. Pat and watch Blacksmith Dennis demonstrate blackmithing techniques. Other period games and a family tour will also be offered.

Free With Paid Admission

Mineral Madness at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

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

Dig into the rockin’ world of minerals with fun hands-on activities for families. Shop for your own mineral and fossil treasures at rock-bottom prices! Thousands of mineral specimens for sale for the novice to the serious collector. The sale showcases Arizona, New Mexico, and Mexico minerals with a selection of minerals and fossils from around […]

Ceramic Vase Workshop at Creative Kind

La Encantada 2905 E. Skyline Drive, Tucson, AZ

Come learn the basics of ceramic handbuilding and make a beautiful lace inspired vase – just in time for Valentine’s Day! Start with a flat slab of clay, add texture using crocheted doilies, then cut and shape your vase. In this workshop, you will learn: The basics of handbuilding, including cutting, shaping, and attaching clay […]

$60
Recurring

Zoppé Family Circus at Mercado District

Mercado District 100 S. Avenida Del Convento, Tucson, AZ

For the 11th year in a row, the Zoppé Family Circus will make a return engagement to Tucson, setting up for a two and a half week run in the lot between Avenida del Convento and Linda Ave. in the Mercado District. After presenting their revolutionary Drive-In performances to Tucson crowds in 2021, Zoppé is […]

$25 – $50
Recurring

Sons of the Pioneers at Gaslight Music Hall

Gaslight Music Hall 13005 N. Oracle Rd, Oro Valley, AZ

The Sons of the Pioneers, formed in 1934, forever transformed cowboy music with their thrilling harmonies and poetic images of the West, and they still shoulder the standard for western music to this day. Founded by Roy Rogers (then known as Leonard Slye), Bob Nolan, and Tim Spencer, the band has remained together continuously since […]

$31 – $40
Recurring

Jack and the Beanstalk ​and other Adventures in Folklore at Red Herring Puppets

Tucson Mall 4500 N. Oracle Rd, Tucson, AZ

Rowby, a friendly alien puppet, shares his favorite stories from planet Earth.  Folktales include: DOGS, a humorous French appetizer a Celtic version of JACK AND THE BEANSTALK  a fast-paced hip-hop version of THE THREE LITTLE PIGS THE DRUM, a tale of kindness and generosity from India. Recommended for Ages 3 and older.

$8
Recurring

Zoppé Family Circus at Mercado District

Mercado District 100 S. Avenida Del Convento, Tucson, AZ

For the 11th year in a row, the Zoppé Family Circus will make a return engagement to Tucson, setting up for a two and a half week run in the lot between Avenida del Convento and Linda Ave. in the Mercado District. After presenting their revolutionary Drive-In performances to Tucson crowds in 2021, Zoppé is […]

$25 – $50
Recurring

Sons of the Pioneers at Gaslight Music Hall

Gaslight Music Hall 13005 N. Oracle Rd, Oro Valley, AZ

The Sons of the Pioneers, formed in 1934, forever transformed cowboy music with their thrilling harmonies and poetic images of the West, and they still shoulder the standard for western […]

$31 – $40
Recurring

Zoppé Family Circus at Mercado District

Mercado District 100 S. Avenida Del Convento, Tucson, AZ

For the 11th year in a row, the Zoppé Family Circus will make a return engagement to Tucson, setting up for a two and a half week run in the lot between Avenida del Convento and Linda Ave. in the Mercado District. After presenting their revolutionary Drive-In performances to Tucson crowds in 2021, Zoppé is […]

$25 – $50
Recurring

Zoppé Family Circus at Mercado District

Mercado District 100 S. Avenida Del Convento, Tucson, AZ

For the 11th year in a row, the Zoppé Family Circus will make a return engagement to Tucson, setting up for a two and a half week run in the lot between Avenida del Convento and Linda Ave. in the Mercado District. After presenting their revolutionary Drive-In performances to Tucson crowds in 2021, Zoppé is […]

$25 – $50
Recurring

Jack and the Beanstalk ​and other Adventures in Folklore at Red Herring Puppets

Tucson Mall 4500 N. Oracle Rd, Tucson, AZ

Rowby, a friendly alien puppet shares his favorite stories from planet Earth. Folktales include a Celtic version of JACK AND THE BEANSTALK, a fast-paced hip-hop version of THE THREE LITTLE PIGS, and THE DRUM, a tale of kindness and generosity from India. Ages 3 and older. Sunday, January 23, January 30 & February 6 at […]

$8
Recurring

Sons of the Pioneers at Gaslight Music Hall

Gaslight Music Hall 13005 N. Oracle Rd, Oro Valley, AZ

The Sons of the Pioneers, formed in 1934, forever transformed cowboy music with their thrilling harmonies and poetic images of the West, and they still shoulder the standard for western […]

$31 – $40
Recurring

Jack and the Beanstalk ​and other Adventures in Folklore at Red Herring Puppets

Tucson Mall 4500 N. Oracle Rd, Tucson, AZ

Rowby, a friendly alien puppet, shares his favorite stories from planet Earth.  Folktales include: DOGS, a humorous French appetizer a Celtic version of JACK AND THE BEANSTALK  a fast-paced hip-hop version of THE THREE LITTLE PIGS THE DRUM, a tale of kindness and generosity from India. Recommended for Ages 3 and older.

$8
Recurring

Zoppé Family Circus at Mercado District

Mercado District 100 S. Avenida Del Convento, Tucson, AZ

For the 11th year in a row, the Zoppé Family Circus will make a return engagement to Tucson, setting up for a two and a half week run in the lot between Avenida del Convento and Linda Ave. in the Mercado District. After presenting their revolutionary Drive-In performances to Tucson crowds in 2021, Zoppé is […]

$25 – $50
Recurring

Sons of the Pioneers at Gaslight Music Hall

Gaslight Music Hall 13005 N. Oracle Rd, Oro Valley, AZ

The Sons of the Pioneers, formed in 1934, forever transformed cowboy music with their thrilling harmonies and poetic images of the West, and they still shoulder the standard for western […]

$31 – $40
Recurring

Broadway in Tucson Presents "Wicked" at Centennial Hall

UA Centennial Hall 1020 E. University Blvd, Tucson, AZ

WICKED, Tucson’s most popular musical, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz…but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another girl, born with emerald-green skin—smart, […]

$43 – $103
Recurring

Broadway in Tucson Presents "Wicked" at Centennial Hall

UA Centennial Hall 1020 E. University Blvd, Tucson, AZ

WICKED, Tucson’s most popular musical, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz…but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another girl, born with emerald-green skin—smart, […]

$43 – $103
Recurring

Broadway in Tucson Presents "Wicked" at Centennial Hall

UA Centennial Hall 1020 E. University Blvd, Tucson, AZ

WICKED, Tucson’s most popular musical, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz…but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another girl, born with emerald-green skin—smart, […]

$43 – $103
Recurring

Quilt Fiesta at Pima County Fairgrounds

Pima County Fairgrounds 11300 S. Houghton Rd, Tucson, AZ

The Tucson Quilters Guild will hold its annual Quilt Fiesta at the Pima County Fairgrounds in the Old Pueblo Building, Friday, January 28 and Saturday, January 29. The Pima County Fairgrounds is south of I-10 at 11300 S. Houghton Rd. This year’s Quilt Fiesta will be two days only, with hours both Friday and Saturday, […]

$10 – $20
Recurring

Broadway in Tucson Presents "Wicked" at Centennial Hall

UA Centennial Hall 1020 E. University Blvd, Tucson, AZ

WICKED, Tucson’s most popular musical, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz…but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another girl, born with emerald-green skin—smart, […]

$43 – $103

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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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