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April 19, 2018

Newborn Care

6:00pm

Prepare for early parenthood through this engaging, hands-on Newborn Care class, a prenatal class to help you learn to care for newborns up to six weeks of age. Using a doll model, you will practice the basics of bathing, diapering, swaddling, umbilical cord and circumcision care, colic holds, and gas relief techniques. You will learn proven techniques to soothe your crying baby, how to determine what is normal adjustment and what is not, the essentials of car seat safety, and more.

You should complete your classes by about one month before your due date (earlier for twins). On the day of class, bring a pen, water and snacks.

Registration:

Register online at www.newenglandprenatal.com or by calling 855-366-5221.

April 21, 2018

Prepared Childbirth

9:30am

Prepared Childbirth is an essential course for pregnant women and their birth partners to develop an understanding of the labor and birth process, and begin practicing coping techniques. These techniques are useful at home for early labor as well as in the hospital during more active labor, and most can be used whether you are planning on an epidural or natural childbirth. Coping skills include breathing, massage, positions for labor, relaxation exercises and more. You will learn about medical considerations such as epidural anesthesia, induction and Cesarean section. Postpartum care will also be reviewed and will include a brief overview of immediate newborn care and breastfeeding. Note: separate classes for newborn care and breastfeeding are offered for more detailed information.

After class instruction is completed, your instructor will take you on a 45-minute tour of the UMass Memorial Maternity Unit.

You should complete your classes by about one month before your due date (earlier for twins). On the day of class, wear comfortable clothes and bring two pillows, a blanket, a pen, water and snacks. This course includes a 30-minute lunch break.

Registration:

Register online at www.newenglandprenatal.com or by calling 855-366-5221.

April 26, 2018

Breast-feeding

6:00pm

Breast-feeding offers many benefits for your baby (and you!) including skin-to-skin contact for better bonding. This prenatal breast-feeding class will help you get off to the best start. You will learn about the many benefits of breastfeeding, ways to read your baby’s hunger signs, a variety of breast-feeding positions, steps to achieve a correct latch-on for your baby, methods to troubleshoot potential challenges, and how to find a lactation consultant for ongoing breastfeeding support. Learning these techniques prenatally, in a relaxed environment, allows for easier retention of information and prepares you for hands-on breast-feeding practice after the delivery, with the help of your nurse or lactation consultant. 

You should complete your classes by about one month before your due date (earlier for twins). On the day of class, bring a pen, water and snacks.

Registration:

Register online at www.newenglandprenatal.com or by calling 855-366-5221.

April 28, 2018

Infant CPR and Safety

12:00pm

The CPR and Safety class includes information and materials for parents and caregivers on safety topics for newborns, and provides hands-on practice for infant CPR and choking. This course follows the guidelines of the American Heart Association but is not a certification course for professionals. Expectant family and friends are shown the Infant CPR video and then given the opportunity to practice 1:1 on an infant mannequin. Various scenarios are also given to the group to practice their response to safety situations and emergencies. Topics cover: what to include in your home and car first aid kits, emergency disaster plans, fire safety, water safety, poison prevention, choking prevention, information on proper car seat installation, and how to introduce your infant to your pet.

You should complete this class by about one month before your due date (earlier for twins), or you can take it after you have your baby. On the day of class wear comfortable clothes and bring a pen, water and snacks.

Registration:

Register online at www.newenglandprenatal.com or by calling 855-366-5221.

May 3, 2018

Super Sibling

5:00pm

Help prepare your three- to eight-year-old child to become a big brother or sister. Child must be accompanied by an adult. Includes hands-on demonstration of how to safely hold and play with a new baby.

Registration:

Register online at www.newenglandprenatal.com or by calling 855-366-5221.

May 3, 2018

Childbirth Refresher

6:30pm

For those who have already experienced the birthing process, this class will offer a review of positions for labor and birth, coping strategies and breathing techniques. Discussion of partner's role and sibling adjustment as well as a brief tour of the Maternity Unit included for those giving birth at UMass Memorial.

You should complete this class by about one month before your due date (earlier for twins). On the day of class wear comfortable clothes and bring a pen, water and snacks.

Registration:

Register online at www.newenglandprenatal.com or by calling 855-366-5221.

May 5, 2018

Prepared Childbirth

9:30am

Prepared Childbirth is an essential course for pregnant women and their birth partners to develop an understanding of the labor and birth process, and begin practicing coping techniques. These techniques are useful at home for early labor as well as in the hospital during more active labor, and most can be used whether you are planning on an epidural or natural childbirth. Coping skills include breathing, massage, positions for labor, relaxation exercises and more. You will learn about medical considerations such as epidural anesthesia, induction and Cesarean section. Postpartum care will also be reviewed and will include a brief overview of immediate newborn care and breastfeeding. Note: separate classes for newborn care and breastfeeding are offered for more detailed information.

After class instruction is completed, your instructor will take you on a 45-minute tour of the UMass Memorial Maternity Unit.

You should complete your classes by about one month before your due date (earlier for twins). On the day of class, wear comfortable clothes and bring two pillows, a blanket, a pen, water and snacks. This course includes a 30-minute lunch break.

Registration:

Register online at www.newenglandprenatal.com or by calling 855-366-5221.

May 8, 2018

Prepared Childbirth

6:00pm

Prepared Childbirth is an essential course for pregnant women and their birth partners to develop an understanding of the labor and birth process and begin practicing coping techniques. These techniques are useful at home for early labor as well as in the hospital during more active labor and most can be used whether you are planning on an epidural or natural childbirth. Coping skills include breathing, massage, positions for labor, relaxation exercises and more. You will learn about medical considerations such as epidural anesthesia, induction and Cesarean section. Postpartum care will also be reviewed and will include a brief overview of immediate newborn care and breastfeeding. Note: separate classes for newborn care and breastfeeding are offered for more detailed information.

After class instruction is completed on your second day, your instructor will take you on a 45-minute tour of the UMass Memorial Maternity Unit.

You should complete your classes by about one month before your due date (earlier for twins). On the day of class, wear comfortable clothes and bring two pillows, a blanket, a pen, water and snacks.

Registration:

Register online at www.newenglandprenatal.com or by calling 855-366-5221.

May 10, 2018

Infant CPR and Safety

6:00pm

The CPR and Safety class includes information and materials for parents and caregivers on safety topics for newborns, and provides hands-on practice for infant CPR and choking. This course follows the guidelines of the American Heart Association but is not a certification course for professionals. Expectant family and friends are shown the Infant CPR video and then given the opportunity to practice 1:1 on an infant mannequin. Various scenarios are also given to the group to practice their response to safety situations and emergencies. Topics cover: what to include in your home and car first aid kits, emergency disaster plans, fire safety, water safety, poison prevention, choking prevention, information on proper car seat installation, and how to introduce your infant to your pet.

You should complete this class by about one month before your due date (earlier for twins), or you can take it after you have your baby. On the day of class wear comfortable clothes and bring a pen, water and snacks.

Registration:

Register online at www.newenglandprenatal.com or by calling 855-366-5221.

May 12, 2018

Breast-feeding

9:30am

Breast-feeding offers many benefits for your baby (and you!) including skin-to-skin contact for better bonding. This prenatal breast-feeding class will help you get off to the best start. You will learn about the many benefits of breastfeeding, ways to read your baby’s hunger signs, a variety of breast-feeding positions, steps to achieve a correct latch-on for your baby, methods to troubleshoot potential challenges, and how to find a lactation consultant for ongoing breastfeeding support. Learning these techniques prenatally, in a relaxed environment, allows for easier retention of information and prepares you for hands-on breast-feeding practice after the delivery, with the help of your nurse or lactation consultant. 

You should complete your classes by about one month before your due date (earlier for twins). On the day of class, bring a pen, water and snacks.

Registration:

Register online at www.newenglandprenatal.com or by calling 855-366-5221.

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Please note: Latex Balloons No Longer Allowed at Medical Center

Due to allergic reactions to latex and the possible choking hazard for our pediatric patients, these balloons are no longer allowed. Mylar balloons are acceptable to bring into the hospital.