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Preparing for Childbirth Classes

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), 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  

Preparation for Childbirth

This course will give you and your partner complete, up-to-date information about having a baby and enable you to become more informed and active participants in labor and delivery.  The comprehensive 7-week course (depending on the calendar) includes:

  •   The different phases of labor
  •   Comfort and support techniques for the mother and labor partner
  •   Breathing (Bradley & Lamaze), relaxation and visualization techniques.
  •   Different options and variations of the birth process
  •   Tour of the Birthing Center
  •   Postpartum and basic newborn care
    • Postpartum care for mom
    • Infant care
    • Breastfeeding class is also included, but taken separately
  • Medication choices
  • Cesarean birth 
  • Birth and baby care videos

 

There is practice time for relaxation and breathing techniques with individual assistance from the instructor, as well as an opportunity to become familiar with the hospital through a tour of the Wesson Women and Infants' birthing unit

Schedule: Seven weekly (depending on the holidays), two hours sessions , available Sunday through Thursday evenings.  
2014: May 28-July 9 (Wednesdays@6:30pm, July 7-Aug 18 (Mondays@6:30pm, July 23-Sept 3 (Wednesdays@6:30pm), Sept 7-Oct 19 (Sundays@6pm), Sept 22-Nov 3 (Mondays@6:30pm), Oct 1-Nov 12 (Wednesdays@6:30pm), Nov 9-Dec 21 (Sundays@6pm), Nov 17-Dec 29 (Mondays@6:30pm)
Cost: $100.00
Registration and More Information:  Call 413-794-BABY (794-2229), 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 
 
5 Week Childbirth Education Express

This is a condensed version of the 7-week program.  It is designed for parents who have limited time, but still want more than just a brief overview.  The class includes:

  • Overview of labor
  • Basic breathing and relaxation techniques
  • Medication options
  • Cesarean birth 
  • Tour of the Wesson Women and Infants' birthing unit
  • Childbirth and postpartum videos
  • Infant care class
  • Breastfeeding class is also included, but taken separately.
Schedule: Five weekly, two hour classes 
2014: May 8-June 5, May 14-June 11, May 20-June 17, June 2-June 30, June 12-July 10, June 18-July 16, July 1-July 29, July 13-Aug 10, July 14-Aug 11, July 31-Aug 28, Aug 6-Sept 3, Aug 21-Sept 18, Sept 4-Oct 2, Sept 8-oct 6, Sept 17-Oct 15, Sept 30-Oct 28, Oct 9-nov 6, Oct 20-Nov 17, Oct 29-Nov 19, Nov 11-Dec 9, Nov 20-Dec 18, Dec 1-Dec 29, Dec 23-Jan 20
Location: Wesson Building, 759 Chestnut Street, Springfield
Cost: $100.00
Registration and More Information: Call 413-794-BABY (794-2229), 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 
 
Childbirth Education Express

This is a one and a half day class held on Saturdays from 9am to 4pm (one hour for lunch) on the first Saturday and 9am-12pm on the second Saturday that provides information including:

  •   Stages of labor and delivery
  •   Birth video
  •   Basic comfort techniques
  •   Medications
  •   Tour of Birthing Center
  •   Medical interventions and Cesarean birth
  •   Basic baby care
  •   Breastfeeding class is also included, but taken separately.

 This 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 classes.  Register early for this class.

Schedule: Childbirth Express will be offered one Saturday a month from 9am-4pm with the tour and Infant Care class the next Saturday from 9am-12pm.

2014: 

June 14 9am-4pm includes Tour/Infant Care-June 21 9am-12pm

July 12 9am-4pm includes Tour/Infant Care-July 19 9am-12pm

Aug 9 9am-4pm includes Tour/Infant Care-Aug 16 9am-12pm

Sept 13 9am-4pm includes Tour/Infant Care-Sept 20 9am-12pm

Oct 11 9am-4pm includes Tour/Infant Care-Oct 18 9am-12pm

Nov 8 9am-4pm includes Tour/Infant Care-Nov 15 9am-12pm

Dec 13 9am-4pm includes Tour/Infant Care-Dec 20 9am-12pm

Location: Wesson Building, 759 Chestnut Street, Springfield
Cost: $125.00
Registration and More Information: Call 413-794-BABY (794-2229), 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 
 
Cesarean Birth Class

This class will prepare couples who expect a scheduled Cesarean birth for the physical and emotional aspects of Cesarean delivery.  Topics include: 

  • Indications for a Cesarean delivery
  • Signs of labor
  • Methods of evaluating the fetus (unborn baby)
  • Physical and emotional changes in mothers
  • Postpartum care
  • A film and tour of the Wesson Women and Infants' Unit.
Schedule: One two-and-a-half-hour evening session
2014: May 23, Sept 12, Dec 12
Location: Wesson Building, 759 Chestnut Street, Springfield
Cost: $25.00
Registration and More Information: Call 413-794-BABY (794-2229), 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 
 
Childbirth Refresher Class

If you are expecting a second or third child, this class reviews: 

  • Signs and symptoms of labor
  • Relaxation techniques and comfort measures
  • Medications
  • Preparing a child for the birth of a new sibling

 It is also helpful for couples planning a vaginal delivery after having previously had a Cesarean delivery (VBAC).  

Schedule: One four-hour class, quarterly, on a Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m

2014: TBD

Location: Wesson Building, 759 Chestnut Street, Springfield
Cost: $60.00
Registration and More Information: Call 413-794-BABY (794-2229), 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.