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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) No yoga June 15, June 22, or 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. 
 

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: 6:30-8:30pm
2014: March 20, April 15, May 6, June 17, July 15, Aug 5, Sept 30, Oct 14, Nov 4, Dec 16
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 and Me Massage Class

Baby Massage, the ancient art of soothing your baby, is practiced in many parts of the world. Positive touch has been found to be essential in the bonding process and research has shown that babies who are massaged on a regular basis sleep better, deeper and longer. Massage also helps with colic, gas, constipation and teething, just to name a few!

Baby Massage Classes are open to moms, dads, family members and caregivers and are limited to 10 families. The recommended age of your baby by the date of the class is between 4 weeks to 10 months old.

What to Expect: This class is a 3 week series. You will be arranged in a soothing group setting and the certified infant massage instructor will provide each family with the necessary massage oil (grapeseed or sunflower) and guide you through the specialized strokes using a demonstration doll for a complete full body baby massage. In addition you will learn the many benefits of massage for both you and your baby.

WHAT TO BRING: A large towel or blanket, extra diapers (a boppie or an extra beach towel) can be helpful with babies less than 6 months. A favorite toy for older  babies’ busy hands can sometimes be useful. If you have trouble sitting on the floor a small pillow may be beneficial.

WHAT TO WEAR: Comfortable, lightweight clothing (we will be sitting on the floor), dress baby in an outfit with separate top and bottom (so if we cannot control heat, we can keep one end warm while we work on the other.) Bring extra diapers and whatever you need for you and your baby to have a comfortable relaxing hour together.

Schedule: May 31-June 14 10am-11am
Location: Baystate Health Education Center, 361 Whitney Ave. Holyoke- BRL Conference Room
Cost: $60
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: May 5-June 2 (skipping May 26) 10am-11am
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

 

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 First Church, 763 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow until September then 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.