Journey Into Parenthood

Let us join you in your journey!

Are you expecting your first baby?… Perhaps you’re seeking ‘refresher’ skills as you prepare for a sibling or a grandchild. The following offerings are designed with you in mind! Sign up for a Journey Into Parenting Workshop for practical tips on how to prepare for life with a newborn. Learn more about the Benefits of Babywearing and how to make the most of your infant carrier. If money is tight in your household, you may be eligible for our Childbirth Education Scholarship.

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  Program Director, Hayley Fitzgerald. 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!

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 a two-part series that is offered on 2 Thursday evenings. Check out these upcoming dates:

  • September 9th and 16th (Thursdays) 6:00-7:30 pm, in-person
  • November 11th and 18th (Thursdays)  6:00- 7:30 pm, in-person
  • January 13th and 20th (Thursdays)  6:00 – 7:30 pm, Zoom

We continue to monitor coronavirus transmission trends and safety recommendations, and will make any changes or cancellations if needed. Until further notice, all indoor in-person GBCV events require masks (regardless of vaccination status, for ages 2 and up).

 

“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. Clinics are offered by appointment over Zoom or at the Nest.

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 qualify 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 info@goodbeginningscentralvt.org 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 uses household income and eligibility for WIC and/or Medicaid to determine an applicant’s financial need.  
    • Proof of eligibility for WIC (gross household income at or below 185% of the federal poverty level) is required for the maximum scholarship of $125.  
    • If you are not eligible for WIC, but you meet the Medicaid income eligibility requirements for pregnant women (gross household income at or below 208% of federal poverty level), you may be eligible for a partial scholarship of up to $65. 
  • 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 ($65 for a partial scholarship).   
  • If you choose to enroll in a class that costs more than the amount of your scholarship from Good Beginnings, 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. Good Beginnings does not offer childbirth education workshops, and receiving a Good Beginnings scholarship does not guarantee you a space in your preferred class.
  • 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.

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