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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: 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    Sept 5, Oct 3, Nov 7, Dec 5

 

Saturday: 3-4 year olds, 9:00-10:00am    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. 
 

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: October 17

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. 

 

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: August 3 (BH Education Center -  Whitney Ave)

            

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.