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Prenatal Parenting

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Are you expecting your first baby(ies) in late Summer/early Fall?

Are you preparing to deliver your baby(ies) in late Summer/early Fall? Becoming a new parent is exciting and challenging. Together we’ll learn what to expect – from welcoming your baby to first steps. Expectant parents are invited to a 4-session Summer course from Tuesday, July 11 to August 1, 2023 from 6 to 8 p.m. via Zoom to prepare 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 newborn and early parenting.

Register for the Course

In this course, we will share information and discuss:

  1. The Process of Bonding and 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

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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).

This is a free course!  

UConn Health OB/GYN Department offers free childbirth and breastfeeding education classes for birthing people delivering at our hospital.

If these programs are not a fit for you, please consider reaching out to a doula service practice as many doulas in Connecticut provide childbirth education classes for expectant parents.

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

Terri Ayala, B.S., IMH-E
Phone: 860-679-3779