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Pregnancy and Parenting Classes

We have lots of great classes for moms, dads and siblings. You can also attend one of our support groups.

Classes about labor and birth are best taken during the last three months of your pregnancy, but you should register by your fifth month of pregnancy to assure a spot. If you have any questions or concerns about which class would best suit your needs, call us at (603) 650-2600.

For specific class times, browse a schedule of all classes and events.

Birthing

Baby care

First aid

Other topics

A Time to Be Born: Birth Preparation Series

This series of four classes promotes a positive birth experience by preparing the expectant mother and her support person for the labor and birth process. A variety of comfort techniques will be taught, including relaxation, positions and movement, hydrotherapy, breath awareness, vocalization and touch. This course will also cover the use of medications and what to expect during labor and birth.

A Time to Be Born: Birth Preparation Intensive Class

This one-day weekend class promotes a positive birth experience by preparing the expectant mother and her support person for the labor and birth process. A variety of comfort techniques will be taught, including: relaxation, positions and movement, hydrotherapy, breath awareness, vocalization and touch. This course will also cover the use of medications and what to expect during labor and birth. Please note that two 15-minute breaks and 45 minutes for lunch will be provided for participants to go out on their own or bring food and drink.

Breastfeeding, The Best Start

This class is designed to prepare new parents for breastfeeding a newborn. Techniques, timing, position, and avoidance of problems will be discussed.

Breastfeeding: Back To Work Pumping Class

This free class, by appointment, is for breastfeeding women whose babies are between 3-4 weeks old and who are ready to introduce a bottle of expressed milk in anticipation of being separated from their baby. The class will include pump and bottle selection, how to freeze milk, baby's response to first bottles, emotional aspects related to returning to work or leaving your baby with a sitter, and any other questions you may have. By appointment only; please call (603) 650-2600 for more information.

Taking Care of Baby - Parent Baby Connection: Birth to 6 Months

NEW INTERACTIVE FORMAT! The first six months of parenthood is an exhilarating and stressful time. Feel more prepared and discover where to find help in this fun and informational class. We will cover important topics related to baby's first six months of life including: bonding and attachment, brain development, role transitions, time management, crying and colic, sleeping, infant safety, car seats, baby bath, diapering and more! This class is presented in a contemporary and interactive format where participants are encouraged to spend as much time on the topics as best suits their needs. Join us as you are guided through this amazing transformation, which will, in turn, keep you connected for life!

Babysitter's Training Course

This course is designed around six major themes: safety, basic care, first aid, safe play, professionalism, and leadership. Participants will learn first aid action plans for various kinds of accidents and illnesses children may experience. The 148-page manual comes with the training, full of useful information and quick references. Family interview forms, report records, and resume forms are also included to help you obtain and keep childcare jobs. Each participant leaves with an SafeSitter certificate. For boys and girls, ages 11 and up. Please bring lunch.

First Aid and CPR - Infant, Child and Adult

This course teaches CPR and relief of foreign-body airway obstruction for adults, infants and children as well as first aid, and includes a certification card.

Heartsaver CPR for Infants and Children

This course teaches CPR and relief of foreign-body airway obstruction for infants (birth to 8 years) and includes a certification card.

Reiki I Training for Families

Reiki means 'universal life force.' This ancient healing energy may reduce stress, relieve pain and facilitate healing. This workshop includes an overview of the history of Reiki, instruction in hand positions used for treatment, and a summary of the energy centers in the body. By the end of class, each student will have received the Reiki I attunement and become certified as a Reiki I practitioner. All our Reiki classes are taught by Linda Carley, trained in Usui System of Natural Healing. Linda has been a Reiki practitioner since 1995 and received her Reiki Master Teacher Degree in 1997.

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