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St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
44405 Woodward Avenue
Pontiac, MI 48341

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St. Joseph Mercy Oakland’s Healthy Start/Healthy Families Oakland Hosts Free ‘Conscious Fathering’ Workshops

Program Teaches New Fathers How to Be Better Fathers and Partners in Baby’s Care

Pontiac, Mich.—St. Joseph Mercy Oakland’s (SJMO) Healthy Start/Healthy Families Oakland program will offer a series of free workshops for new or expectant fathers.

Called Conscious Fathering, the program is designed to give new or expectant fathers the tools they need to be great fathers and real partners in caring for their babies.

Participants learn the five basic needs of the baby, helpful tips for navigating the changes in a couple’s relationship that come with the arrival of a new baby and more.

The next two-hour workshop will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 21, 2011, in the Avci Room in the Franco Communications Center on the St. Joseph Mercy Oakland campus, 44405 Woodward Ave., Pontiac.  Subsequent workshops will be held May 19 and June 16.

Conscious Fathering workshops for Spanish speakers will be held at 6 p.m. April 7, May 5 and June 2 at La Casa Amiga of Catholic Social Services of Oakland County’s Hispanic Outreach, 76 Williams St., Pontiac.

Participants will receive a free DVD entitled,  “Happiest Baby on the Block,” and learn the latest techniques for calming babies. 

Light refreshments will be served.  To register or for information, contact Sean Sylvester by email at or by phone at 248-858-6943. 

About St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
St Joseph Mercy Oakland is a 443-bed comprehensive, community, teaching hospital and a long-time leader in health care in Oakland County.  Founded in 1927 by the Sisters of Mercy, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland has won numerous local and national awards for patient safety, quality and performance, and consistently ranks in the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide.  A member of the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, St Joseph Mercy Oakland is a technologically leading hospital that combines advanced medicine and personal care to assist patients on their path to wellness. With dedicated physicians, nurses and hospital staff committed to providing quality care throughout the patient stay, St Joseph Mercy Oakland has truly personalized the patient care experience.

For more information about health services offered at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, please visit 

About Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a newly expanded health care organization serving southeast Michigan. Health coverage spans six counties, including Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy in Ann Arbor, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy in Livonia, 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, 119-bed St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron, 113-bed Chelsea Community Hospital and 74-bed St. Joseph Mercy Saline. Combined, the seven hospitals are licensed for 1,726 beds, have five outpatient health centers, five urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 14,000 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 2,700 physicians. 

A member of Trinity Health, the nation’s fourth largest Catholic health care organization, SJMHS is committed to providing a remarkable patient experience by using leading edge technology in a comforting and healing environment. As a mission based organization, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System provides approximately $100 million in community benefit to the communities it serves each year.

For more information on health services offered at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, please visit

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