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Preparing for Childbirth

We know people learn in a variety of ways. Some like a lot of information, and some prefer just the basics. To accommodate a variety of schedules and learning styles, we offer the following 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.

Preparation for Childbirth

This comprehensive program includes a 4-week Childbirth Education course that covers different options and variations of the birth process enabling you to become a more informed and active participant in your labor. The class includes:

  • The different phases of labor
  • Basic comfort and support techniques for the mother and labor partner
  • Different options and variations of the birth process
  • Medication choices
  • Cesarean birth
  • Birth videos
  • Postpartum care for mom

Infant care, prenatal breastfeeding, and postpartum newborn behavior and feeding classes are also included, but taken separately. Option: Add Advanced Labor and Relaxation Techniques for an additional $25.

4 weekly classes (depending on holidays), 2 hour sessions available Sunday through Thursday

2016 Schedule

Sundays 6-8 pm- Oct 2-Oct 4, Nov 27-Dec 18

Mondays 6:30- 8:30pm-  Nov 21-Dec 12.

Tuesdays 6:30- 8:30pm- Sept 6- Sept 27, Oct 25-Nov 15, Nov 29-Dec 20

Wednesdays 6:30-8:30pm- Oct 12-Nov2, Nov 30-Dec 21

Thursdays 6:30-8:30pm-Sept 15-Oct 6,Oct 20-Nov 10, Dec 1-Dec 22

2017 Schedule

Sundays 6-8pm- Jan 8-29,  Mar 5-26,  April 23-May 14,  June 1-4,  July 23-Aug 13, Sept. 10-Oct 1, Oct 22-Nov4

Mondays 6:30-8:30pm- Jan 30-Feb 27(skip President’s day), Mar 27-April 17, May 1-22, June 26-July 24, Aug 7-28, Sept 25-Oct 23(skip Columbus day), Nov 13-Dec4.

Tuesdays 6:30-8:30pm:  Jan 24- Feb 14, Mar 14-April 4, April 18-May 9, May 23-June 13, July 11-Aug 1, Aug 22-Sept 12, Oct 10-31, Nov 14-Dec 5

Wednesdays 6:30-8:30pm: Jan 4-25, March 1-22, May 3-24, June 7-28, July 26-Aug 16, Sept 6-27, Oct 18-Nov 8, Nov 29-Dec 20

Thursdays 6:30-8:30pm: Jan 12-Feb 2, Feb 23-March 16, April 6-27, May 18-June 8, July 6-27, Aug 17-Sept 7, Oct 5-26,Nov 30-Dec 21.

Cost: $125.00

Registration and more information: Call 413-794-BABY (794-2229), 8 am - 5 pm Monday through Friday.

Childbirth Education Express

This one and a half day class, held on Saturdays from 9am to 4pm (one hour for lunch) the first Saturday and from 9am-12pm the second Saturday, is a good choice for parents who would not otherwise attend childbirth classes, or who have spent an extensive time reading about childbirth. It is also recommended for those who are taking the Marvelous Multiples class. Register early for this class.

You will learn:

  • Stages of labor and delivery
  • Birth video
  • Basic comfort techniques
  • Medications
  • Tour of Birthing Center
  • Medical interventions and Cesarean birth
  • Infant Care and Newborn Behavior

Prenatal breastfeeding class, and postnatal newborn behavior and feeding class is also included, but scheduled separately.

    2016 Schedule

    Sept 17 & 24, Oct 8 & 15, Nov 12 & 19, Dec 10 & 17

    2017 Schedule

    Jan 14 & 21, Feb 11 & 18, March 11 & 18, April 8 & 15, May 13 & 20, June 10 & 17, July 15 & 22, Aug 12 & 19, Sept 16 & 23, Oct 21 & 28, Nov 11 & 18, Dec 9 & 16

    Location: Wesson Building, 759 Chestnut Street, Springfield

    Cost: $150.00

    Registration and more information: Call 413-794-BABY (794-2229), 8 am - 5 pm Monday through Friday.

    Advanced Labor and Relaxation Techniques

    This class is ideal for those parents who want a more in-depth preparation in the use of advanced comfort and support techniques for labor and delivery that are not covered in the Preparation for Childbirth and Childbirth Education Express classes due to time constraints.

    Practice time for relaxation, guided imagery, natural pain management and breathing techniques (Lamaze) are just a few of the topics covered. This class is expected to be used as an add on to childbirth education or as a refresher.

    2016 Schedule

     Sept 30, Nov 18, Dec 30

    2017 Schedule

    Jan 27, Feb 22, Mar 30, April 26, May 19, June 27, July 25, Aug 25, Sept 19, Oct 17, Nov 17, Dec 15

    Cost: $25

    Registration and more information: Call 413-794-BABY (794-2229), 8 am - 5 pm Monday through Friday.