Welcome to

Smart Beginnings/Easy Preventions

Above: Mothers in discussion in classroom

Every year in the United States 1 million underprivileged teenagers become pregnant.

What becomes of their babies?

30,000 die every year because they did not weigh enough to sustain life. The United States' infant mortality rate is higher than any other developed nation's.

Every day in the United States, 2-3 children under the age of five are killed by a parent or foster parent.

The future for most babies born to poor teenagers is, sadly, grim. They are often destined to grow up and repeat the cycle of poverty, teen pregnancy, child abuse, and continued poverty. Smart Beginnings/Easy Preventions is PREVENTATIVE. We prevent child abuse, infant mortality/malnutrition, illiteracy, and subsequent pregnancy through our seven-year parenting education program.

By working with a population of already pregnant teens, we are able to increase and encourage early maternal/fetal bonding and prenatal mothering. This helps prevent abuse.

You can help with this program by making a donation through the following 2 choices:

100% of the sale of this delightful bedtime story will go to the non-profit organization SMART BEGINNINGS / EASY PREVENTIONS: A teenage pregnancy, parenting, and prevention program.

All of the mothers in the program are educated in mindful/respectful parenting, Hypnobirthing, lactation, dealing with a crying baby, anger management, preventing shaken baby syndrome, planned parenthood, money management, and mindfulness.

PLAYFUL MOON: Join a little girl on her charming journey as she and her dog discover the joy, the light, the dance and the friendship of the moon before she drifts off into a sweet slumber.

Smart Beginnings/Easy Preventions is PREVENTATIVE. We prevent child abuse, infant mortality/malnutrition, illiteracy, and subsequent pregnancy through our seven-year parenting education program.

By working with a population of already pregnant teens, we are able to increase and encourage early maternal/fetal bonding and prenatal mothering. This helps prevent abuse. We are also able to teach the teens about the importance of prenatal nutrition and vitamins. The goals: a healthy full term pregnancy; elimination of infant mortality, and prevention of child abuse. 

We emphasize literacy by teaching the mothers to read to their babies every day. Why? To ensure that the babies can achieve parity with their classmates when they begin kindergarten.

A Smart Beginnings “group” usually consists of ten young women. Some also have older children and these children are also welcome to participate in the program. A group begins with a 3-day pregnancy retreat in a beautiful natural setting in the Santa Monica Mountains in Pacific Palisades, California. The next classes are once a month. Transportation and three healthy meals are provided. Group members are given a $25 stipend for every month they breast feed and for each class they attend. 

"Bringing Peace to the World One Baby at a Time"

Program Director

Michelle Leclaire O'Neill, Ph.D., R.N.

Smart Beginnings/Easy Preventions

855 Via de la Paz, Suite # 1

Pacific Palisades, CA 90272


To learn more, contact

Cassandra Gonzalez

310 454-0920