Parent Education

COVID-19 Update:
While we are unable to offer our classes in person during this time, we are offering a real-time virtual 5-week condensed Childbirth Education Class with a focus on Deep Relaxation as well as an Introduction to Infant Feeding class.


Our knowledgeable parent education instructors offer a variety of classes for expectant and new parents. Experienced, certified instructors teach both prenatal and postpartum programs.

Our goal is to help you prepare for the birth of your child and to offer support and education as you adjust to a new life with your baby. The education you will receive in our parent education classes is designed to complement the care provided by the obstetricians and certified nurse midwives as well as other members of your care team.

Thank you for your interest in our parent education programs. We look forward to meeting you.

Childbirth Center at Cooley Dickinson Hospital

CONTACT 413-582-2125

Location & Directions Cooley Dickinson Hospital
30 Locust Street
Northampton, MA 01061
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Free Support Groups for New Families


Beyond Birth and Over the Hump Parent Group is an outdoor group that meets weekly on Wednesdays (and sometimes Thursday if the weather is better) from 10:30-12:30 at Childs Park. Meet by the garden house in the corner closest to Woodlawn and Prospect Streets for a walk and chat followed by a sit down check-in. Bring blankets or chairs to relax on after walking. For Up-to-date info:

CLICK HERE

Baby & Me is a facilitated Parent Support Group using the GPS model of peer support. It meets virtually on Mondays from 1-2 pm and Fridays from 10-11 am at this link:

ZOOM LINK

New Beginnings support group for people in recovery from substance use who are pregnant or parenting meets on Tuesdays from 2:30-3:30. Contact Amy Walker, CNM for more info awalker15@cooleydickinson.org

Groups are open to all parents of babies in the pioneer valley region, no matter where your baby was born.