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Services

Tulane Building Early Relationships Support & Services (TBEARS) offers a range of support services for all families with a child less than two years old. Currently we can offer our services at no cost due to grant funding. We work with families from all types of professions, family make-up and ethnicities. We have supported single parents, working parents, grandparents, first time parents, foster parents, unemployed parents, experienced parents, same sex parents, parents of multiples, parents of NICU babies and everything in between. We strive to collaborate with each family to understand their family values and culture, and provide support that matches their individual needs.

Here is what some of our families said about our services:

“It was very helpful to have someone listen and care and help us with what we are going through. Also, we were given a lot of resources”

 “My second child was different from my first. I liked how I could contact the TBEARS provider at any time, that she asked about me as a mother and not just about the baby, and that she was very flexible with my changing schedule”

“Suggestions of soothing techniques, breastfeeding guidance, techniques for dealing with anxiety, support that my baby truly was out-of-the-norm fussy so I wasn't crazy or a bad parent, just dealt a difficult hand”

“The list is endless! Having a sounding board, the TBEARS provider normalizing any issues I was experiencing, tips she shared on how to soothe baby, answering general questions about child development. If I had to highlight the most beneficial part, it would be having a sounding board and having someone support me”

 “TBEARS was the lifeline I needed. Before the TBEARS provider came, I was feeling desperate”

TBEARS Warmline

Parenting an infant or toddler can feel very isolating, stressful, overwhelming and/or confusing. Our warmline was created for just this reason. Feel free to call us at 504-988-9222 with any parent- or infant-related questions or to feel heard and receive support.

We do everything we can to answer the warmline during regular office hours, 9-5 CST Monday-Friday. If we miss you, please leave a message and you will receive a call back within 24 hours Monday-Friday and 48 hours on weekends.

Providers can also use this number to refer a family for services.

TBEARS Home Visiting 

At the heart of TBEARS services is our home visiting program. Our providers are here to support you. We can come to your home and meet with you and the other people who play an important role in caring for your baby. Families have told us that, although sometimes apprehensive at first, home visits provide the least distraction and stress for the family. As one mother said, “Having the TBEARS provider come to our home ensured that I could comfortably open the door in my pajamas and attend to my baby in my own home as her needs arose, while doing something nurturing and necessary”.

Home visits also afford the TBEARS provider the benefit of seeing your baby in her own home with the people who love her most. A home visitor will call you to set up a visit and typically spends anywhere from 1-2 hours working with you and your baby. Most families find that their concerns are resolved within 3 to 4 home visits, although other families may opt to continue to meet with their TBEARS provider for longer.

TBEARS Clinic Visits

Families sometimes feel it is more comfortable or convenient to meet with our staff in our clinic setting. Our offices are located in the Tidewater Building on Canal St. and we can schedule sessions in this location during regular business hours.

TBEARS Group Sessions

We currently offer groups in two locations.

If you are interested in joining a group, call our Warmline for more information.

TBEARS NICU Support

TBEARS staff support families in the NICU at Tulane Lakeside Hospital via phone and in-person sessions, as desired. We also support families as they transition their baby home from the NICU.

Community Connections 

We provide trainings and consultation to programs that provide services to infants and their families as well as the providers who care for infants.

Our areas of expertise include: