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Family Programs

Children at Birth Class

This class is aimed at children whose parents want them present at the birth of a sibling.  Children will learn about:

  •  Their role in the labor and birthing process
  •  The basic anatomy and physiological process of labor and birth
  •  The hard work, sounds and intensity of labor.
  •  Tour of the Birthing room

 The class includes a birth video.  Parents and child's coach may take part in the individualized discussion.  The instructor presents material in language that children can understand.   

Schedule: One two-hour evening class from 6:30-8:30
2014: May 9, Aug 8, Nov 14
Location: Wesson Women and Infants' Unit, North Administrative Conference Room, 759 Chestnut Street, Springfield
Cost: $15.00
Registration and More Information: Call 413-794-BABY (794-2229), 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 
 

Sibling Preparation Class

This class prepares children for the arrival of a new brother or sister.  It includes:

  •  How children can stay connected to mom while she is in the hospital
  •  Tour of the Birthing Center
  •  What do while at home waiting for mom and the new baby
  • "Practice Time" with dolls for holding and diapering.
  •  Age-appropriate video
  •  Snack
  •  Coloring book and Big Brother/Sister sticker.
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Schedule: 

2014:

Fridays: 8-12 year olds, 6:00-7:00pm   May 2, June 6, July 11, Aug 1, Sept 5, Oct 3, Nov 7, Dec 5

 

Saturday: 3-4 year olds, 9:00-10:00am, April 5, May 3, June 7, July 12, Aug 2, Sept 6, Oct 4, Nov 1, Dec 6

Location: Wesson Women and Infants' Unit, North Administrative Conference Room, 759 Chestnut Street, Springfield
Cost: $15.00
Registration and More Information: Call 413-794-BABY (794-2229), 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 
 

"Your Baby is Having a Baby!" 

Special Event for Grandparents and Parents-to-be

Join us for this free event for grandparents and expectant parents. Grandparents will learn how to maximize their new role as a grandparent, and how they can help to support the expectant parents during this wonderful time.

Suzanne Meserve, BSW, LCCE, Parent Education Instructor at Baystate, will describe the many new childbirth techniques available to new moms. Pediatrician John Kelley, MD, will discuss the changes in infant safety and parenting that have occurred over the last two decades. And Linda Cauley, RN, IBCLC, lactation consultant, will discuss the many benefits and options for breastfeeding mothers.

A question and answer session will follow. You’ll also receive a packet of valuable information and enjoy raffles, light refreshments, and have the opportunity to purchase gift certificates.

 

 

Schedule: TBA
Location: Baystate Education Center, 361 Whitney Ave. Holyoke
Cost: Free
Registration and More Information: Call 413-794-BABY (794-2229), 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 
 

Grandparents' Class

New grandparents-to-be will:

  • Learn what is new in childbirth and infant care practices
  • Tour the Wesson Women and Infants' maternity unit
  • Discuss their roles
  • Receive literature designed just for them
  • Learn what they can do to help new parents after birth.

Schedule: 

2014: June 27

Location: Wesson Women's Building, Lundy Boardroom
Cost: $15/couple

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

The Happiest Baby

This class provides expectant or new parents with step-by-step techniques for helping a baby sleep longer and for calming a fussy baby. The class is taught by certified Happiest Baby instructors who present information on:

  • The calming reflex
  • The Missing 4th Trimester
  • The 5 s's
  • The cuddle cure

 Class materials include handouts & The Happiest Baby on the Block & Soothing Sounds DVD.

Schedule: 

2014: TBD

Location: Wesson Building, 759 Chestnut Street, Springfield
Cost: $35.00, per couple; includes Parent Happiest Baby DVD kit

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

Babysitting Academy

Babysitting training program for young adults ages 11 1/2  to 16 & covers topics such as:

  • Baby care
  • First aid
  • Fire safety
  • Home security
  • Accident prevention
  • Child behavior
  • CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation).
  • Participants who attend receive a babysitter's handbook, safety booklet, and graduation certificate.

Schedule: 

2014: May 17 (BH Education Center)

           May 18 (Baystate Mary Lane) 

Location: Baystate Health Education Center, 361 Whitney Avenue, Holyoke (unless otherwise noted)    directions
Cost: $30.00
Registration and More Information: Call 413-794-BABY (794-2229), 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
 

Teen CPR (Ages 14-17)- American Heart Association Heartsaver AED CPR Course

This is the perfect class to learn CPR for scouts, teens, babysitters and other youth organizations (ages 14-17) needing certification. Adolescents will learn the risk factors for heart disease, as well as signs of a heart attack and stroke.
They will learn how to perform adult, child, and infant CPR and how to use the AED (automated external defibrillator).
Relief of choking in the adult, child, and infant is also covered.

Schedule: 

2014- TBD

Location: Baystate Health Education Center, BRL Conference Room, 361 Whitney Avenue, Holyoke (unless otherwise noted)    directions
Cost: $30.00
Registration and More Information: Call 413-794-BABY (794-2229), 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
 

Preparing Your Pet for Your New Baby

Offered periodically, this class includes information about the benefits pets offer children, what a baby means to your pet, preparing your pet for baby's arrival, teaching your child to respect your pet, and more.
Schedule:  TBD
Location: TBD
Cost: TBA
Registration and More Information: Call 413-794-BABY (794-2229), 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.