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

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St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Healthy Start/Healthy Families Offers Free  Program For New Or Expectant Couples

Program Focuses on Forging Healthy Relationships Between Parents and With Their Children

Pontiac, Mich.—St. Joseph Mercy Oakland’s (SJMO) Healthy Start/Healthy Families Oakland  program will host a free 15-part course for new or expectant couples called Loving Couples Loving Children.

Beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, the course will focus on:

  • Strengthening the relationship between parents
  • Forming a deeper connection with one’s children
  • Managing stress and conflict
  • Dealing with intimacy

Conducted in a relaxed group setting, the course will include videos and offer opportunities for participants to share stories and information with each other to gain support and skills.  The curriculum is based on the work of Dr. John Gottman and his wife, Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman, international experts in the fields of marriage, family and child development research and clinical therapy.

Dinner will be served prior to each session.  The sessions, dinner, child care, transportation costs and materials are free of charge.

Participants who complete the course will be paid a stipend of $200.

The sessions will be held at SJMO Child Learning Center on the hospital campus, 44405 Woodward Ave., Pontiac.  Limited spaces are available.

Registration is required. To register, contact Sean Sylvester by phone at 248-858-6943 or by email at

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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