PARENTING PROGRAM GROUP
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SERVICE DESCRIPTION:Baby Connection (1 hour) Baby Connection is a free weekly drop-in opportunity for parents to meet other parents, weigh their babies, to learn about infant feeding and ask questions about other parenting concerns. All families are welcome. Parents have an opportunity to meet briefly with an infant feeding specialist. As we are weighing your baby, you will be able to ask breast- or formula-feeding questions. The focus is on supporting parents in understanding normal infant behavior, weight gain, and sleeping and feeding behavior while they connect with other parents.
Grandparents Today (2.5 hours) Everything new parents want their baby's grandparents to learn, from the latest information about newborn care to respecting boundaries. This class is designed for grandparents awaiting a new arrival, or within the first months of a baby's life, and presents updates for the Dr. Spock generation. Many questions come up when talking about a new baby. What is back-to-sleep? Tummy time? Car seat inspections? Today's parents have dozens of new products, new ideas and new "rules" that barely existed 30 years ago. This three-hour class provides the perfect update for new grandparents-to-be.
Multiple Expectations (3 hours) Are you expecting twins, triplets or more? This course is designed as supple- mental education for the unique needs of families expecting multiple births. Learn about the labor and birth process for multiples, how to identify pre- mature labor and tips for prevention. We will also discuss feeding issues and equipment needs.
Prenatal Fitness -- Preparing Your Body for Baby (2 hours) Designed for the expectant mom. Learn exercises to stretch and strengthen key muscle groups to help your body during pregnancy, labor, delivery and postpartum. Also learn specific body mechanics and back protection strategies to use while caring for baby and handling baby equipment. It is recommended that this class be taken during the second trimester or before completion of 36 weeks.
The First Three Years -- A developmentally based group with three offerings: Incredible INFANTs, Wonderful ONEs, and Terrific TWOs. These are exciting, innovative and evidenced-based groups. Parent educators bring parents together for each series. Learn about developmental ages and stages, gain greater understanding of your child, see yourself as your child's first and most important teacher, and learn effective parenting skills and positive approaches to discipline.Each group is 5 weeks and meets once a week for two hours. Please bring your baby to class with you.
Baby & Me group (1.5 hours) These are informal gatherings facilitated by one of our expert parent educators. We welcome laughing, crying, diaper changing, nursing or feeding your baby. Questions and input are encouraged. Topics frequently discussed are: baby care, growth and development, resources avail- able to parents, feeding challenges, parenting, returning to work, mother wellness, relationship issues, postpartum adjustments, and safety and sleep issues.
INTAKE PROCEDURE:PLEASE CALL FOR LOCATION & TIMES
FEES:Baby Connection- Free
Grandparents Today- $35
Multiple Expectations- $45/couple
Preparing Fitness- $15/expectant mom only
The First Three Years- $140/parents and child
Baby and Me Groups- $12/four visits
ELIGIBILITY:Parents and care givers
SERVICE HOURS:Monday-Friday 8am-5pm
AREA SERVED:Multnomah, Washington, Clakamas, and Clark WA