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Before Baby is Born

Baby Magic

From the moment a baby is born, a family is also born. Pregnancy brings great expectations of hope and love for your unborn child. But pregnancy and the postpartum period can also bring many questions. Babies have a unique way of communicating with their parents, and if you know what to look for, you will quickly learn how to communicate with your baby. When you know how to look for specific behaviors, you will then know what he or she needs throughout the day and night.

This class will cover realistic expectations of your new life together with a new baby for the 1st three months after birth.  Baystate’s New Beginnings Baby Behaviorist will teach you how to read your baby’s cues for feeding, crying, and sleeping. You will learn how to tell if your baby is hungry, tired, or just a little fussy because he or she needs a break from the world. Our goal is to give you some tools to understanding your baby’s behavior so your transition into parenthood is magical.

Schedule: March 26 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Wesson Building, 759 Chestnut Street, Springfield, MA 01199
Cost: $35 per couple
Registration and More Information: Call 413-794-BABY (794-2229), 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 
 
Prenatal Yoga
Taking yoga classes during your pregnancy is a gentle and effective way to strengthen your body and prepare for childbirth. Learn how to relieve common symptoms such as back pain, swelling and shortness of breath, and to feel more comfortable during your pregnancy. Classes also provide an opportunity to meet with other women and to create a calm environment for both you and your baby.
Schedule: Sunday mornings at 9:30 am for one hour
2014: Sunday mornings (call to find out any exceptions) No Yoga June 15, June 22, June 29
Location: Baystate Education Center, 361 Whitney Avenue, Holyoke, MA
Cost: $12 per class or $60 for a six-class yoga card
Registration and More Information: Call 413-794-BABY (794-2229), 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 
 
Boot Camp for Dads
This class for expectant fathers covers such topics as forming a new family, the changing role of fathers, and how to meet the needs of the new mom. Veteran dads, with their babies, discuss their own experiences and answer questions.  Read Dad's Adventure, the magazine for new dads....
Schedule: Sunday 1:00-4:00 pm
2014: Feb 9, March 16, April 13, May 4, June 22, Aug 17
Location: Wesson Building, 759 Chestnut Street, Springfield
Cost: $20, including class booklet 
Registration and More Information: Call 413-794-BABY (794-2229), 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 
 
Keeping Baby Safe Class
This class teaches basic life support, infant CPR, first aid for choking, poison prevention, baby-proofing your home, and car seat safety.
Schedule: 6-9 pm
2014: Jan 15, Feb 19, Mar 26, April 16, May 14, June 18, July 9, Aug 6, Sept 17, Oct 8, Nov 12, Dec 10
Location: 361 Whitney Avenue, 1st floor, BRL Conference Room, Holyoke 
Cost: $35 per couple
Registration and More Information: Call 413-794-BABY (794-2229), 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 
 
Prenatal Breastfeeding Class, Part 1
Receive the most current information on breastfeeding, including helpful tips and techniques. Part 2 is taken after your baby is born.
Schedule: All at 6:30 pm unless otherwise noted
2014: Jan 4 (10am), Jan 21, Jan 28, Feb 6, Feb 12, Feb 26, March 5, March 20, March 25, April 6, April 22, April 27, May 1, May 7, May 18, June 8, June 23, June 30
Location: Lundy Board Room (WG895), Wesson Building, 759 Chestnut Street, Springfield
Cost: $25 (for both Parts 1 and 2) if not taking one of the Childbirth Preparation courses
Registration and More Information: Call 413-794-BABY (794-2229), 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 
 
Bottle Feeding Class
Learn about the proper methods of feeding your baby and finding the bottle and feeding equipment that is right for you. This is part of the eight-week Preparation for Childbirth class series, but is also available as a stand-alone class.
Schedule: TBD
Location: Baystate Education Center, 361 Whitney Ave, Holyoke BRL conference room
Cost: $10 (if taken as a stand-alone class)
Registration and More Information: Call 413-794-BABY (794-2229), 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 
 
Infant Care Class
This one, two hour class, teaches you how to care for your new baby, including creating and maintaining a loving bond, diapering and bathing, taking baby's temperature, comforting baby, and learning what is normal in appearance and behavior. This is recommended for parents who are not taking the Preparation for Childbirth Program

Schedule: 

2014: Jan 30, Feb 5, Mar 13, April 14, April 24, April 30, June 2, July 9, Aug 18, Aug 28, Sept 3, Oct 2, Nov 3, Nov 12, Nov 13, Dec 18, Dec 29

Cost: $25 if not taking a Childbirth Preparation course.
Registration and More Information: Call 413-794-BABY (794-2229), 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 
 
Marvelous Multiples
Taught by an experienced nurse and mother of twins, this four-week class talks about the special challenges faced by parents of twins and triplets during pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period. Recommended for women expecting twins or triplets during their second trimester of pregnancy.
Schedule: Tuesday 6:30-8:30 pm (A 4 week series)
2014: Feb 11, May 13, Aug 19, Nov 11
Location: Wesson Building, 759 Chestnut St, Springfield, MA 01199
Cost: $75
Registration and More Information: Call 413-794-BABY (794-2229), 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 
 
Breastfeeding for Multiples
This breastfeeding class addresses the needs of women who are planning on breastfeeding twins or more.
Schedule: Tuesday 6:30-8:30 pm
2014: March 11, June 10, Sept 16, Dec 9
Location: Lundy Boardroom, Wesson Building (BG895), 759 Chestnut Street, Springfield
Cost: $25 if not taking the Marvelous Multiple class or childbirth preparation course
Registration and More Information: Call 413-794-BABY (794-2229), 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 
 
Hypnobirthing Class
A four-week class teaches couples how to use relaxation and self-hypnosis techniques to eliminate the fear and tension that can lead to a long and painful labor.
Schedule: Four weekly classes on Sunday afternoons, 1 - 5 pm Dates TBA.
Location: TBA
Cost: $195
Registration and More Information: Call 413-794-BABY (794-2229), 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 
 
Baby Gear Class!

There are so many products on the market these days and expectant and new parents find it confusing and hard to navigate through the stores and Internet. By taking this class you will learn about the advantages & disadvantages of the various baby products. Information from the class will assist you in determining what you may really need and how to safely use all your Baby Gear in the coming months and years.

Topics will include:

  • Safety standards and their importance
  • What are the basics needed for baby
  • Car seats, strollers, carriers, diaper bags, toys, bath items, furniture, feeding items, clothing and safety
Schedule:
2014: April 4, July 18, Oct 10
Location: Wesson Building, 759 Chestnut Street, Springfield
Cost: $15
Registration and More Information: Call 413-794-BABY (794-2229), 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.