New parent or parent to be?
Plan ahead for the adjustment to motherhood or fatherhood. Our full spectrum suite of early parenting workshops go beyond the ‘birth day’ to help you prepare for what comes next. All workshops are free to the public and offered in convenient locations throughout Central Vermont.
Scroll down for workshop descriptions and this year’s calendar of offerings.
POSTPARTUM PACKAGE (offered as a series; register for just one or all three!)
Instructor: Ana Campanile, CPD
Facilitated by certified postpartum doula and Good Beginnings Program Director Ana Campanile, these three workshops will give you the tools and information you need to prepare for the first months of parenthood. Offered as a three-part series or a one-day weekend workshop. Private sessions also possible upon request
How to Postpartum Like a Boss
#Likeaboss means doing something amazingly well. This class will prepare you to do just that during your postpartum recovery. Learn what to expect after birth from bottom to top. How to coordinate adequate rest and recovery from birth by creating a postpartum care plan, set up a meal train, and simplify the first month. Understand postpart6um body changes and how to care for your healing postpartum bits. Topics include: perineal care, sleep, exercise, relationship, cesarean recovery emotions, and postpartum simplifying, and planning your support system. Postpartum Care Plan booklet provided so you can rock your recovery by knowing how to care for yourself!
Infant Owner’s Manual
What every new parent should know about newborn babies! topics include: newborn appearance, jaundice, breathing, umbilical care, un/circumcision care, bowel + bladder functions, diapering, taking baby’s temperature, sleep crying, bathing, clothing, newborn senses, SIDS, safety, and more. This class covers the new baby basics for newbie parents and is a comprehensive review for parents expecting again.
Secure Attachment HACKS
Straight talk on what it takes to create a secure attachment with your new baby + how anyone can achieve it. It’s not as hard as you may think. The great news is that you don’t have to be perfect, your life doesn’t have to be perfect, and secure attachment isn’t unattainable! You don’t need an advanced degree, superhuman powers, or an expensive stroller to give your child the best possible foundation in life. Learn the emotional, practical, and developmental information that you will need to achieve the secure attachment bond that you and your baby deserve.
Training Camp for New Dads
Instructor: Josh Miller
Welcoming a child is an extremely profound and life-changing experience for men. Dads are acutely aware that it’s only the beginning of a great adventure. The birth opens the door to their new life as a parent. In this fatherhood class, men will gain perspective from discussing the road that lies ahead. A new father’s mind may be swimming with questions: How long should I take off work? What do we need to have at home to be prepared for the baby? How do I figure out how to pay the bills and still have enough time to be with my wife and baby? Is there sex after childbirth? I’m worried my wife will be totally focused on the baby and not have any time for me. Do you think we should use cloth or disposable diapers? Is it possible to breast- and bottle-feed? I want to make sure I can care for the baby, too. How long should we wait before relatives can visit? The list goes on and on! This class helps men give voice to their concerns about becoming a dad, gain support, and start the process of making decisions.
Pregnancy, Birth, and Postpartum Support for Moms
Instructor: Amy Lepage
Learn self-care, movement and breath exercises to reduce stress, cope with pain, increase your strength and stability and improve your wellbeing during all the stages of your pre and postnatal journey, INCLUDING birth! You’re encouraged to bring a Friend, Birth Partner or Family member to learn and practice with you – or – come on your own. Why is this important? Because your wellbeing impacts your baby while inside – Your wellbeing impacts your ability to care for your little one – Your wellbeing impacts your experience as a mother.
Plan and Deliver: Childbirth Essentials
Instructor: Ame Solomon
The mother of all childbirth classes! This interactive class focuses on evidence-based knowledge and holistic care for late pregnancy, labor and immediate postpartum. Learn how to negotiate with finesse during labor to make an empowered birth decision, find out what happens immediately after birth with you and your baby, practice tools and tactics for childbirth. Perfect for home or hospital births. We will cover the most important essentials of labor and birth step-by-step and create birth plans as we go.
All Birthing Year workshops are free to any expectant parent. This workshop series is made possible due to generous support by the Children’s Trust Foundation and other donors.
Grant funding does not completely cover the costs associated with the series. While payment is not required, we gratefully accept donations. A suggested donation of $25 will help us continue to offer Birthing Year Workshops to all Central Vermont expectant parents, regardless of income or circumstance.