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Childbirth & Parent Education at The Birthplace

Baystate Franklin Medical Center offer a variety of classes at The Birthplace in Greenfield. We also offer tours of The Birthplace as well as breastfeeding classes and groups.

We recommend childbirth childbirth education to every parent, beginning at 28-30 weeks. Most classes are taught by Birthplace nurses. Classes are held in the Birthplace Classroom.

Please call 413-773-2331 for more information.

Pregnancy and Childbirth

One Day Childbirth Education Express - $120

This is a single full day class held on Saturdays from 9 am-4 pm (45 min for lunch). This class can be bundled with the Labor Support class, Infant Care, and Breastfeeding class ($160).

This class explores the following:

  • Stages of labor
  • When to come to the hospital
  • Labor & birth positions with hands-on practice
  • Pain medication and epidurals
  • Medical interventions: what to know, what to ask
  • Immediate postpartum period and golden hour with your new baby

Register for this class.

Register for this class as part of a bundle.

Childbirth Education Basics - $120

This is a two-day class held over two consecutive weeks. This class can be bundled with the Labor Support class, Infant Care, and Breastfeeding class ($160).

This class explores the following:

  • Stages of labor
  • When to come to the hospital
  • Labor & birth positions with hands-on practice
  • Pain medication and epidurals
  • Medical interventions: what to know, what to ask
  • Immediate postpartum period and golden hour with your new baby

Register for this class.

Register for this class as part of a bundle.

Labor Support Class - $35

This is a one-night hands-on class with topics that include:

  • Understanding the role of relaxation and movement to help labor progress
  • Practicing positions for labor progress and pain relief
  • Aromatherapy for pregnancy and birth

Register for this class.

Aromatherapy for Pregnancy and Birth - $15

Participants will learn how to use essential oils to help deal with common issues in pregnancy and safe essential oils for birth. You will receive a custom made essential oil roll-on or spray at the end of class.

Infant and Child Care

Infant Care - $35

Learn how to care for and understand the new baby in your family.

We will discuss:

  • Your relationship to your baby: infant bonding, feeding cues, sleep patterns and behaviors
  • Hands-on skills for baby care: infant soothing, diapering, and bathing
  • Keeping your baby healthy and safe: recognizing when your baby is unwell, knowing when to call the pediatrician or lactation consultant

Register for this class.

Infant Massage - Free

This is a four-week series.

We will learn about:

  • Massaging your baby using specific strokes and techniques to promote bonding and attachment.
  • How massage benefits all systems of the body and helps your baby relax, sleep well, and relieve colic