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After Baby is Born

Postnatal Yoga: Mom & Me

Connect with other moms while having fun with your baby.  These classes can help you regain your pre-pregnancy shape.  You'll learn how to tone and strengthen your abdominal and pelvic floor muscles, reduce stress through breathing techniques, and relieve body aches and pains.
Schedule: Sundays, 10:45 - 11:45 am
2014: Every Sunday (call for exceptions)
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. 
 

Breastfeeding Class - Part 2

Taken after you deliver, this class provides continued support for breastfeeding moms, including information  about returning to work, pumping techniques, and storage of breast milk.
Schedule: Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm

2014: Sept 30, Oct 14, Nov 4, Dec 16

2015: Jan 13, Feb 10, Mar10, Apr 14, May 12, June 16, July 14, Aug 11, Sept 15, Oct 13, Nov 10, Dec 15.

Location: Lundy Board Room, Wesson Building, 759 Chestnut Street, Springfield
Cost: $25 for Parts 1 and 2 (if taken as stand-alone classes); included in the fee for Preparing for Childbirth
Registration and More Information: Call 413-794-BABY (794-2229), 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 
 

Baby Signing Time

Imagine if the little baby in your arms could tell you what was wrong. Imagine that instead of screaming, your toddler had a way of expressing her needs. Imagine that your preschooler could practice his ABCs in a way that fit his style of learning best. 

ASL has been shown to reduce frustration and tantrums, heighten the parent/child bond, and even increase IQ levels. It appeals to multiple learning styles and developmental needs.

This is a 4-week class that introduces parents, babies, and children from birth to 3 years old to American Sign Language (ASL) – an amazing tool for this age group that builds communication, confidence and bonding!

The class plays its way through some of the vocabulary presented in the award-winning Signing Time and Baby Signing Time series. Words we might work with include signs for food, animals, toys, bedtime routines, family members, the natural environment, colors, numbers, and parts of the body. Come explore your favorite classic children's stories with the new dimension of sign!

Series participants receive a graduate certificate and song lyrics. Parents also have input into the direction and content of the lessons.

Schedule:  TBD
Location: Baystate Health Education Center361 Whitney Ave, Holyoke, MA
Cost: $50.00 per family (children 3 mos to 3 years) for 4- 50 minute sessions

Registration and More Information: Call 413-794-BABY (794-2229), 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday

 

Baystate's New Beginnings, Continuing the Magic
Come in with your baby so we can help you to understand your babies cues for feeding, crying and sleep.  We will share with you the secrets of your baby's behavior!
Schedule: Second and Fourth Wednesday of each month, 2-3pm.
Cost: Free
Registration and More Information: Call 413-794-BABY (794-2229), 8:00am-5:00pm, Monday through Friday.
 

New Parents Support Group

Designed for new parents and babies up to one year, the group meets on Thursday mornings at 10 am. There is no charge. Opened to all moms.

Schedule: Thursdays at 10 am at the Greenwood Center, 231 Maple Road, Longmeadow

                  Tuesdays at 5pm at the Baystate Health Education Center, 361 Whitney Ave., Holyoke- BRL Conference Room

 
Cost: Free
Registration and More Information: Call 413-794-BABY (794-2229), 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 
 

Gathering for Breastfeeding Moms and Babies

Led by one of our lactation consultants, this group is for breastfeeding moms and their babies. A great way to meet other breastfeeding mothers and to learn more tips on breastfeeding. 
Schedule: First and third Wednesdays of each month at 2-3pm, Second and fourth Saturdays of each month at 3-4pm
Cost: Free, but registration is requested, if possible, but not required. Mom & babies are always welcome.
Registration and More Information: Call 413-794-BABY (794-2229), 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
 
Parents of Toddlers Support Group
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.
Schedule: Fridays at 10 am at the Greenwood Center, 231 Maple Road  Longmeadow
                 Tuesdays at 6pm at the Baystate Health Education Center, 361 Whitney Ave.,    Holyoke- BRL Conference Room 
 
Cost: Free
Registration and More Information: Call 413-794-BABY (794-2229), 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
 
The Fascination and Frustration of Toddlerhood

Have you ever found yourself wondering…

Where did my cuddly, sweet baby go and who is this crazy toddler?
Where are these temper tantrums coming from?
How do I handle this change in behavior?
When should I potty train?
How do I get my child to eat new foods?
How do I keep my child safe at home and in the world as s/he explores?
Are we normal??
This class, ideal for parents of children 12-36 months, offers an introduction to toddlerhood and the many ways to embrace this amazing, joyous, fascinating yet crazy time in your child’s life. Join us to discover the how’s and why’s of parenting a toddler.

During our time together you will:

  • Discover insightful and important information about this exceptional phase of development.
  • Learn why this time of life can be so challenging for parents and tough on toddlers, and how you can decrease frustration for both.
  • Gather practical tips and effective tools for navigating toddler development, behavior and discipline, nutrition, safety, potty training, and socialization.

To allow for focused learning and great discussion, please plan on getting a sitter for your toddler.

Schedule: TBD
 Location: Baystate Health Education Center, 361 Whitney Ave. Holyoke- BRL Conference Room
Cost: $35 per couple
Registration: Call 413-794-BABY (794-2229), 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.