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The Fourth Trimester


There is a transition experienced after childbirth - not just by the baby but also by the mother and by the family as a whole.  We call this transition period the fourth trimester because in many ways it is an extension of your pregnancy.  The first three months are meant to be a special time spent bonding with your baby, healing from the birth experience, and adjusting to life with your newest family member.  Are you ready for it?


Whether you are pregnant with your first baby or you're looking for a refresher, this interactive class will teach you all you need to know about caring for your new baby and for yourself in the early months following childbirth.  

The following topics will be covered in this class:

  • general health and safety issues

            for both mom and baby

  • postpartum bleeding and pain management

  • hormonal changes - what to expect,

           what is a cause for concern

  • emotional adjustments for both mom and partner

  • planning for an easy postpartum period

  • common newborn characteristics 

           - what is normal, what is not

  • umbilical cord care and bathing

  • how to hold, swaddle, and comfort

  • hunger cues, breast and bottle feeding

  • sleep patterns and safe sleeping

  • bonding time for the whole family

AND MORE!  You'll also receive a valuable booklet full of information and resources to help see you through your baby's first 3 months.  Partners are encouraged to attend, but we ask that childcare is arranged for all children (with the exception of breastfeeding infants) so that we can ensure a distraction free learning environment. 

This 4 hour class is held every other month.  The cost is $100 per person (though partners attend for free) and prepayment is required to reserve your seat and materials.  

Register to attend our Childbirth Preparation class in addition to the Fourth Trimester class and receive a $20 discount!

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