Journey Into Parenthood

Build your village. Learn to care for baby and yourself.

Learn how to create a realistic new baby plan with the guidance and support of a local certified postpartum doula. Understand what you can do to build your support system and enhance the early months home with a new baby. We’ll discuss what is normal/abnormal for a newborn, what new babies need from their caregivers, and practical ways to effectively meet these needs while also caring for oneself. We’ll also review some essential community resources and local connections for anyone caring for a baby. The Journey Into Parenthood Workshop will help prepare you for the transition to parenting a new baby! We encourage participants to linger for conversation and refreshments after the workshop.

Attachment Basics

Postpartum Self-Care

Infant Care

Postpartum Care for Parents

  • Understanding the science of attachment in brief
  • Skin to Skin Why & How
  • Reading your baby’s non verbal communication
  • Developing emotional self awareness
  • Further reading and resources for attachment
  • Setting Up Camp
  • Making a Door Sign
  • Enlisting your support system
  • Making a life-line list
  • Caring for your postpartum body
  • Managing expectations
  • Diapering options & demonstrations
  • Bathing
  • Soothing
  • Decoding Cries
  • Newborn behavior and appearance
  • Postpartum Emotions
  • PMADs Info
  • Screening yourself
  • Getting help

The Journey Into Parenthood Workshop is offered on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings, on a regular schedule throughout the year at the Nest. Check out these upcoming dates:

  • WAITLIST- Thursday September 12th, 2019: 6 – 9 PM-  Please fill out the online registration form to be placed on the waitlist for the September workshop.
  • Thursday November 14, 2019: 6 – 9 PM
  • Saturday February 15, 2020: 10AM – 1PM
  • Thursday May 28, 2020: 6 – 9 PM

“I didn’t know how much I didn’t know!”

-dad after Journey workshop

Discover the benefits of babywearing!

Babywearing Clinics

Our hands-on Babywearing Clinic offers an introduction to the benefits of wearing your baby and helps new and expectant parents learn the basics of safe babywearing. Parents will also learn practical and effective tips for getting started successfully. Babywearing Clinics are offered in small groups on an as needed basis and can be offered at your organization, family-serving program, or child care center location. Our Good Beginnings Program Director also offers individualized BabyWearing Clinics and fitting sessions. 

Babywearing Carriers

Stop by the Nest to see our selection of carriers available for purchase. We offer three styles of carrier: soft structured, ring sling, and wrap. If you are matched with a Good Beginnings Postpartum Angel, and you also quality for WIC, you may be eligible for our Free Carrier Program! Talk to your volunteer or call us at 802-595-7953 to learn more.

Please contact Lauriana Capone at to learn more or to schedule a Babywearing Fitting.

If you and/or your partner would like to take a childbirth education class, but you are worried about cost, please read the eligibility criteria and then follow the application process outlined below.

Scholarships are available on a first-come, first-serve basis until funds are exhausted. Good Beginnings may ask for supporting documentation or further explanation from applicants, on a case-by-case basis.

Who is Eligible:

  • Because this Scholarship is specifically for childbirth classes, you or your partner must be pregnant to be eligible.
  • You must live in a community served by Good Beginnings of Central Vermont (all of Washington County, as well as the towns of Hardwick, Wolcott, Elmore, Stowe, Bolton, Orange, Topsham, Williamstown, Washington, Brookfield, Braintree, Randolph, Chelsea, Tunbridge.)
  • Your health insurance provider does not pay for childbirth education classes.
  • You must demonstrate financial need. Good Beginnings determines financial need based on a family’s income and eligibility for other financial assistance programs. We try to keep our basic application as simple as possible, but we reserve the right to request additional information or documentation of financial need on a case-by-case basis.
Funds for this scholarship are limited, and we may not be able to grant all requests.

How To Apply:

  • Fill out this short application and submit to Good Beginnings.
  • Good Beginnings may ask for additional information or documentation, on an as-needed basis, as part of the application process.
  • If your request is granted, you will be asked to provide documentation of enrollment in a childbirth education class and the cost of that class.
  • We will reimburse the childbirth education provider directly, not to exceed a maximum of $125.   
  • If you choose to enroll in a class that costs more than $125, you are responsible for the remaining balance. You must contact the workshop presenter to discuss a payment plan or waiving of balance.
  • It is your responsibility to select, and enroll in, a specific childbirth education class (find a list here.) Good Beginnings does not offer childbirth education workshops, and receiving a Good Beginnings scholarship does not guarantee you a space in your preferred class.