Childbirth and Parent Education Classes
We provide education and support for expectant parents and families including breastfeeding resources, childbirth and breastfeeding classes, infant care and keeping baby safe classes, babysitter academy and grandparents class. We offer several groups that support new parents and families after the birth of their baby. We also have our Baystate's New Beginnings program which provides postpartum education and support in a “whole family” approach.
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 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.
For a sneak peak of the Baystate’s New Beginnings program, "like" New Beginnings on Facebook.
For more information on Baystate's New Beginnings:
Call 413-794-6857 to learn about new offerings.
Childbirth and Parent Education Classes and Events
Designed for new parents and babies up to one year, the group meets on Thursday mornings at 10:00...
This group meets in a fun, child friendly environment and is open to all parents of toddlers who are interested in discussing potty training, setting limits, temper tantrums, new sibling adjustment and more.
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