Our knowledgeable Childbirth Center instructors offer a variety of education classes for parents. Experienced, certified instructors teach both prenatal and postpartum programs.
Our goal is to help you prepare for the birth of your child and to offer support and education as you adjust to a new life with your baby. The education you will receive in our parent education classes is designed to complement the care provided by the obstetricians and certified nurse midwives as well as the pediatric hospitalists, pediatricians and family practitioners that are on the medical staff at Cooley Dickinson Hospital.
Cooley Dickinson's parent education classes are open to everyone, even if you plan to have your baby at another hospital. While there is a fee for most classes, many insurance companies provide reimbursement. Please check with your insurance provider to see if you quality for this benefit. Registration is required for most classes.
View the Parent Education schedule here; the schedule is also available from your doctor's office. If you have questions or need help deciding which class is right for you, call (888) 554-4CDH (4234).
Thank you for your interest in our educational programs. We look forward to meeting you.
Childbirth Basics: Tuesday Series, 6-8:15 pm
This class series focuses on childbirth preparation and is offered on five consecutive Tuesdays or on weekends. Topics include an overview of the anatomy and physiology of labor and birth, medication options and other interventions, newborn care, and breastfeeding. Coping and comforting strategies such as the use of breating techniques, relaxation, and visualization are also discussed. A tour of the Childbirth Center is included. Cost: $115
July 7, 14, 21, 28, Aug. 4
Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24, Dec. 1
Childbirth Basics: Weekend Series, Saturday, 9:30 am-5 pm; Sunday, 9:30 am-noon
For people with busy schedules or wo work in the evening, consider the all-day weekend express classes. This program is a condensed version of the longer series, described above. A newborn care and breastfeeding class and a tour of the Childbirth Center are included. Cost: $115
July 11, 12
Aug. 8, 9
Sept. 12, 13
Oct. 17, 18
Nov. 7, 8
Dec. 12, 13
Childbirth Basics Express: Wednesday Series, 6-9 pm
This express class, held on Wednesdays, is also geared toward people with busy schedules. Topics include an overview of labor and birth, relaxation techniques, coping strategies, and medication options. A tour of the Childbirth Center is included.
Participants will choose to enroll in a Newborn Care and Breastfeeding class on a Tuesday evening, Thursday evening or Sunday morning for no additional charge.
July 15 and 22
Sept. 23 and 30
Nov. 4 and 11
Deep Relaxation for Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond with Childbirth Basics: Thursday Series, 6-8:30 pm
All your options for birth are presented in a unique and convenient combination of childbirth education and deep relaxation techniques. Participants learn how to create personalized deep relaxation/self-hypnosis routines to use before, during, and after labor and birth. You will also learn how to use two breathing patterns to incorporate them with verbals cues, massage, and touch relaxation. The class covers childbirth topics including the anatomy and physiology of late pregnancy, labor and birth, the physical and emotional elements of labor and the birth process, newborn care, and breastfeeding. A tour of the Childbirth Center is included. Cost: $140
Aug. 6, 13, 29, 27
Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29
Nov. 19, Dec. 3, 10, 17
Beyond Birth: A Gathering of New Parents and their Babies (up to four months of age) is held weekly on Thursday from 1 to 3 pm in the Midwifery Center Community Room. This group is free; registration is not required. Please park in the main hospital parking lot to allow available parking spaces for Midwifery Center patients.
Cooley Dickinson Hospital • 30 Locust St. (Route 9), Northampton, Mass. • (413) 582-2000
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