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Childbirth and Parent Education Classes

NOTE: Please check with your insurance company as some companies will reimburse you for these childbirth classes. You should enroll in your fourth month of pregnancy for a childbirth education program, even though you will not begin the course until your 6th month. Call 413-794-BABY (794-2229), 8 am - 5 pm Monday through Friday.

Check our calendar at the bottom of this page for our current class offerings.

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Childbirth and Parent Education Series

New Beginnings Program

The Baystate’s New Beginnings program is a multi-tiered approach to supporting parents and educating them about realistic expectations of the newborn period. A Parent Educator is present on the post-partum floors seven days a week to round on the patients who delivered 24-48 hours before. The patient is greeted and given the gift of the Baystate’s New Beginnings Guide with the option of adding baby’s footprints as a keepsake. Within this guide are entries designed to provide daily and weekly education as the new parents make their way through the challenging newborn period. The guide is a “whole family” approach, with information specific to newborns, the recovering post-partum mother, and her partner.

In conjunction with the inpatient program, educators call each family after discharge to ensure that they are doing well at home. They answer any questions that the mom or her partner may have and invite new parents to attend our Baystate sponsored parenting groups, a Newborn Behavior and Feeding class, and/or breastfeeding gatherings. The Baystate’s New Beginnings program provides support and hands on tips to help new parents navigate the first three months at home with a new baby. The parents receive concrete examples of how to read their babies cues, how to soothe their babies, and learn to identify their babies changing states of sleep.

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For more information:

Call 413-794-BABY (794-2229) to learn about new offerings.

Childbirth and Parent Education Classes and Events

  • Keeping Baby Safe

    This class teaches basic life support, infant CPR, first aid for choking, poison prevention, baby-proofing your home, and car seat safety.

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