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Prenatal Parenting

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Are you expecting your first baby(ies) this fall/winter?

Becoming a new parent is exciting and challenging. Together we’ll learn what to expect – from welcoming your baby to first steps. Expecting parents are invited to a 6-session course on preparing for the transition from pregnancy to parenthood. This course is not a childbirth education class, it is a nurturing group program to build confidence in parenting in the postpartum first year. 

Are you preparing to deliver your baby(ies) in November, December, or January? We are offering two 6-week courses this fall 2022. Each 6-week course is offered on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:00 p.m. via Zoom. This is a free course! The program is grant funded by the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood and is available to parents delivering at UConn Health or who reside in the following towns Bristol, Farmington, Canton, Simsbury, Plainville, Wallingford, Meriden, New Britain, Wethersfield, or Newington regardless of birthing hospital (these towns constitute our grant funded region).

September 13-October 18, 2022


November 1-December 6, 2022


For questions, please email the UConn Health Parenting Group Coordinator Terri Ayala, BS, IMH-E, at

In this course, we will share information and discuss:

  1. From Bonding to Attachment
  2. Newborn States of Consciousness
  3. Newborn Sleep
  4. Reading Infant Cues
  5. Developmental Crying Behavior
  6. Exploring Transition to Parenthood Themes
  7. Understanding Perinatal Mental Health Challenges
  8. Infant Development in the First Year

If this program is not a fit for you, please consider reaching out to a doula service practice as many doulas in Connecticut provide classes for expectant parents.

For questions or more information, contact the UConn Health Parenting Group coordinator/class instructor:

Terri Ayala, BS, IMH-E
Phone: 860-679-3779