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Prenatal and Parenting Education

In keeping with physical distancing related to Covid-19 concerns, all of the usual face-to-face classes and groups described in this section are currently meeting under a virtual format. Being knowledgeable about birth, breastfeeding and beyond are still vital and important topics. Building your community of support and staying connected is perhaps more critical than ever.

Please continue to register for the course offerings below and know that we are doing our best to offer high quality information to you in the most personal manner allowed by these circumstances.

If you have any questions about how these virtual education sessions will work, or questions about the class offerings in general, please contact Sara Gress at sgress@bartletthospital.org.

To connect with us for our New Parent Group (AKA Baby Group), Toddler Group, or our Just for Dads Group, please join us on Facebook at Bartlett Baby & Toddler Groups.

Healthy Pregnancy Series

This versatile series is aimed at making the most of this special time in your life as you prepare to welcome your baby. Sessions occur once monthly and feature guest speakers from the community. Topics include nutrition, exercise, finance, lifestyle, and healthy relationships. Speakers and topics change regularly and occur on a rotating basis, so check the Bartlett calendar or call for details.

In addition to the topics covered in class, participants receive a helpful booklet called “Understanding Pregnancy” enriched with online content to help you truly understand what is happening with your body, your baby, and your medical care.

Healthy meal provided. Please be sure to alert us to allergies or food sensitivities/preferences when registering for the class.

Please note: Women can take this any time during the pregnancy, but may find it most valuable to enroll upon learning they are pregnant. Partners and/or support people are of course welcome!

Schedule: The 1st Monday evening of the month 5:30 - 7 p.m. Exact dates may shift around holidays.

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Childbirth Preparation Class

Childbirth is an exciting and challenging journey in the life of a family, and being prepared can help. This six-week class will help prepare expectant families for the birth of their baby. Join one of our classes and learn about:

  • What to expect during birth.
  • Relaxation, positioning and pain coping skills to help facilitate the birth process.
  • How to support the birthing Mother.
  • Labor variations and medical interventions.
  • A tour of Bartlett Beginnings Family Birth Center.
  • Bonding, postpartum, Infant CPR, and more.

Schedule: Thursday evenings from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. New classes generally begin on the first Thursday of every other month. We recommend that parents plan to complete the class by at least four weeks before their due date.

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Childbirth Preparation: Intensive Weekend Series

Developed for those parents who cannot participate in the traditional six week series, we offer a weekend intensive class: Saturday 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Sunday 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. It covers the same topics as our six week series listed above, but due to time constraints does not include Infant CPR.

Schedule: This series is offered four times each year, typically in February, May, August and November. We recommend that wherever possible, you complete these classes at least four weeks before your due date.

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Breastfeeding Success and Newborn Care Class

This 3-week class series will help give new parents the knowledge and confidence to give their baby the special gift of breastfeeding. We cover preventing common problems, newborn care, what to expect while in the hospital and once home, infant brain development, car seat safety, and returning to work and breastfeeding.

Schedule: Monday evenings, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. Classes are scheduled every other month. We recommend that parents plan to complete the class by at least four weeks before their due date.

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Infant Care & Safety Class

This one-evening course offering is intended to provide supportive infant care providers (grandparents, nannies, child-care professionals) with current evidence-based information about the safe and optimal care of babies. With support of the Bartlett Foundation and the B-SAFE Program, information regarding Safe Sleep will be highlighted. Other topics touch on many important aspects of safe and optimal care including infant communication and attachment, comforting methods, car seat use, and infant feeding.

Schedule: Offered quarterly, on a Wednesday evening 6pm-8:30pm.

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Just for Dads Class

During this class for expectant fathers, new fathers share their experiences about the birthing process and parenting an infant. They share parenting skills such as diapering, calming and bathing their infant. We also cover the importance of the father's role in his child's development along with Infant massage and other topics.

Schedule: Wednesday evenings, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. Classes are scheduled every other month.

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Baby Parent Time

A weekly parenting and baby play group for parents and their babies. Group topics come from class participant’s questions and concerns and include topics such as Travel with Baby, Infant Brain Development and Games to Play with baby, etc.

Baby Parent Time gives parents the opportunity to bring their concerns to a professional nurse while sharing information and ideas with other new parents. Come, make new friends and give baby some infant social time too.

Schedule: Until we can meet again in person, this fabulous group is gathering virtually through Zoom 1-2pm every Thursday. You can join us in Zoom by using a computer with internet connectivity, a tablet, a smart phone, OR simply by dialing in on a more traditional telephone line. As with all of our groups, you do not need to register. please drop in whenever you can and leave whenever you wish. Say as much or as little as you want.

To get connected with our groups and community, please join us on Facebook at Bartlett Baby & Toddler Groups. You can also contact us through email or phone to receive the link for the Zoom meeting and to be a part of our email communication list.

Toddler Play Group

A weekly parenting and toddler play group for parents and their babies aged 1-3 years. Group topics come from parent’s questions and concerns such as Discipline, Travel with Toddler, Weaning, Activities for Toddler and Speech Development among many others.

Schedule:This support group is currently meeting weekly on Mondays 1-2pm through Zoom. You can join us in Zoom by using a computer with internet connectivity, a tablet, a smart phone, OR simply by dialing in on a more traditional telephone line. As with all of our groups, you do not need to register. please drop in whenever you can and leave whenever you wish. Say as much or as little as you want.

To get connected with our groups and community, please join us on Facebook at Bartlett Baby & Toddler Groups. You can also contact us through email or phone to receive the link for the Zoom meeting and to be a part of our email communication list.

Dads 'n' Kiddos Play Group

This fathers' group gives Dad time with their infants and/or toddlers in a safe, fun atmosphere. Topics of interest to fathers are discussed e.g. Saving for College, Brain Development, Toddler Proofing Your Home, Car Seat Safety, Discipline, etc.

Schedule:This support group is currently meeting the first Saturday morning of each month , 10-11AM through Zoom. You can join us in Zoom by using a computer with internet connectivity, a tablet, a smart phone, OR simply by dialing in on a more traditional telephone line. As with all of our groups, you do not need to register. please drop in whenever you can and leave whenever you wish. Say as much or as little as you want.

To get connected with our groups and community, please join us on Facebook at Bartlett Baby & Toddler Groups. You can also contact us through email or phone to receive the link for the Zoom meeting and to be a part of our email communication list.