Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center offers a free email service in which you can follow your baby’s development. The Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center ParentCare e-mail service includes information tailored to your week of pregnancy and then the age of your newborn. Before your baby is born, you will receive weekly emails about your changing body and your growing baby. After your baby is born, you’ll receive updates for the first year of your baby’s life. Since all of the information you receive is carefully written and overseen by our practitioners at the medical center, you can be sure that the information is accurate.
- Hospital Tour: this free tour of the hospital includes a visit to the labor and delivery department as well as the postpartum area. Participants will be able to see where to park and how to enter the hospital as well as have the opportunity to ask questions and see the units. FREE
- Childbirth Education Class & Tour: this 4 hour comprehensive class is designed to provide first-time parents with the information and skills needed to be active participants in the labor and birth process. Topics covered are the stages of labor, breathing and relaxation, epidurals and pain medicine, c-section delivery, birth and postpartum. A tour of the unit is included in this class. $125
- Infant Care Class (including CPR/Safety): this 3 hour interactive class gives new parents the opportunity to learn and practice infant care skills and includes a segment where participants learn infant CPR and choking safety. Participants can choose to get the take home CPR kit to have additional family members learn CPR or can choose to not get the kit. $90 with kit, $60 without kit
- Infant CPR/Choking Safety: in this 1 hour class participants learn infant CPR and choking safety using the American Heart Association’s Infant CPR Anytime Program. Participants can choose to get the take home CPR kit to have additional family members learn CPR or can choose to not get the kit. $55 with kit, $30 without kit
- Labor & Childbirth, Newborn Care, Infant CPR/Safety and Tour Combination: in this comprehensive all day class, participants will have the opportunity to combine the Childbirth Education class and the Infant Care/CPR class in a 1 day event and also includes a hospital tour. Participants can choose to get the take home CPR kit to have additional family members learn CPR or can choose to not get the kit. $220 with kit, $190 without kit
- Breastfeeding Class: this 2 hour class is designed to provide new parents with the information needed to successfully start breastfeeding. $50
- Advanced Breathing and Comfort Techniques Class: this 1.5 hour class is meant to complement a Childbirth Preparation class and allows parents the opportunity to explore more in depth breathing, relaxation and comfort strategies to help prepare you for delivery. $30
- Refresher Childbirth Class and Tour: this 2 hour class is for those parents who have already had a child and would like a refresher on information about the comfort strategies of childbirth and also includes a hospital tour. $50
- Preparing for your Cesarean Delivery and Tour: this 1.5 hour class is for those parents who are going to be delivered by a planned cesarean section. Topics include what to expect for preparation, the procedure and recovery and also includes a hospital tour. $30
- Sibling Class: this 1.5 hour class is geared towards children ages 3 to 7 and helps to prepare them for the arrival of their new sibling. $25 for 1st child, $10 per additional child
Classes are located on the East Campus of BIDMC.
Call 617-667-4201 or use the link above for more information and to register.
- Anesthesia for Childbirth: this FREE seminar features a question & answer session with a BIDMC Anesthesiologist. Sessions are held on the last Thursday of February, May, August & November (3rd Thursday) from 6:15pm-7:15pm in the Trustman Boardroom (East Campus, Feldberg Building entrance, Stoneman 2). Please call 617-667-312 to register.
Boston NAPS offers private duty nursing care specializing in prenatal, newborn and postpartum support. See their www.bostonnaps.com or call 857-496-0078
The Medical Groups of Atrius Health, which include Harvard Vanguard, offer a variety of childbirth and early parenting education classes, including Prepared Childbirth, Caring for Your Newborn and Prenatal Breastfeeding, offered at multiple locations. Participants do not have to be an Atrius Health medical group patient to register. An online Prepared Childbirth class, “Works of Wonder” is also offered without charge. For more information or to register for the online class, call toll free 1-877-439-5465 or visit their website.
You can sign up for a tour of Beth Israel Labor and Delivery via BIDMC 617-667-4579 or email: email@example.com. Virtual tours on their website are also available.
CORD BLOOD DONATION
Your baby is special and could help save a life! Many people are in need of a bone marrow transplant to treat diseases such as lymphoma or leukemia. Finding a match is not always possible. The blood that remains in your baby’s umbilical cord contains valuable cells that can be used for bone marrow transplant. Patients who are unable to find a match in their families or communities may find a match with cord blood and with it a potential cure. BIDMC is now the 3rd collection site for public umbilical cord blood donation in New England! Donation is free, easy and safe for mom and baby. Mothers must be willing to consent to collection and must also fill out forms to have blood drawn within 48 hours of delivery. All mothers must fill out the health questionnaire, sign the consent to donate and sign the consent to research use if unit is not usable for transplant to be eligible. Please use the following link for more information and to find the necessary forms.
MOM SUPPORT GROUPS
- The Parent Connection is a network of experienced parents who are carefully selected and trained to serve as resources for new parents. Parents who join the program are paired with a Parent Connection volunteer, who is available to discuss concerns and answer questions about your baby and parenting issues, such as bathing, soothing and feeding. Just as important, Parent Connection volunteers are there for you, caring about your well-being and offering you emotional support.
- In addition to phone support, the Parent Connection offers support groups and ongoing educational seminars in the community. Parent Connection support groups give parents the opportunity to meet other parents in their community, share experiences, questions and challenges. Groups meet in Dedham and Lexington locations and are offered free of charge.
Call the Parent Connection office at 617-667-2229 for start dates and to register.
Jewish Family and Child Services New Moms support groups, free home visits for new mom’s, specialized therapeutic home visits and treatment. Postpartum Depression support groups, Twins/Triplets Classes, Premature baby classes, Breast feeding support, Sleep help, Latina Mothers Groups, Motherless mothers. Call 781-693-5652 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org Groups are FREE, open to new parents and babies of all faiths and races.
This organization offers
- Free home visits for new parents,
- Specialized therapeutic home visits and treatment for postpartum depression,
- Support groups for new mothers throughout Greater Boston,
Services for parents of premature infants to help bridge the transition from hospital to home and to support the special challenges of
- parenting a premature infant,
- Breast feeding and sleep consultants, and
- Free home visits and group support for young parents who are under 21 years old
Call your doctor. Social Work Services at BIDMC can help arrange a therapist or psychiatrist near you, Call 617-667-4628. Support groups are available through Parent Connection and Jewish Child and Family Services.
Books: Marie Osmond, Behind the Smile: My Journey Out of Postpartum Depression
Boston NAPS, LLC offers private duty nursing care for you and your baby: http://www.bostonnaps.com
Breast Feeding is usually best for your baby. The nurses at BIDMC will help you get started, there are daily breast feeding classes at BIDMC after you deliver and lactation consultants are available to you if needed.