Parenting ClassesIn Portland, Oregon

We offer in-person parenting classes including Newborn Care and Breastfeeding classes at the Birth First Education Center in SW Portland, just off of the I-5. Check out our class descriptions below!

Parenting Classes, Portland Oregon
Parenting Classes, Portland Oregon

Newborn Care 101: The First Month

In-Person Parenting Class

This 3 hour parenting class is taught by an experienced postpartum doula and explains how to care for your newborn baby including diapering, swaddling, soothing, infant bathing, baby wearing, and much more! While there is no official handbook on babies, this parenting class is the cliff notes version – with hands-on practice! Taught by Bridgetown Baby Postpartum Doulas.

*Price includes two people.
*Masks are required during this in-person class.
*Space is limited to 8 couples.   

Teacher: Bridgetown Baby Doulas

Fee: $95 for 2 people

Newborn Care Essentials: Taught By A Pediatrician

In-Person Parenting Class

This 2 hour class provides an overview of what to expect in the first days and weeks of life with your new little one! You’ll learn the basics of feeding, diapering, sleeping, and development from a board-certified pediatrician, with a special focus on building your village and fostering communication with your partner.

Dr. Iverson is a board-certified pediatrician with a decade of experience in newborn care, with special interests in evidence-based gentle parenting and postpartum mental health care. A full time working mother of two, she is currently employed as a pediatric and newborn hospitalist at Randall Children’s Hospital in Portland, OR.

*Price is for two people.
*Masks are required to attend this in-person class.
*Space is limited to 8 couples.

Teacher: Arija Iverson

Location: 7800 SW Barbur Blvd.#3, Portland Oregon 97219

Fee: $85 for 2 people

CPR First Aid For Infants, Children & Adults

In-Person Parenting Class with Videos & Ebook

This CPR AED First Aid class for infants, children, and adults has a blended format: there are a few hours of online instructional videos that must be completed before attending the in-person skills session that you register for. The 45 minute skills session will be hosted at the Birth First Education Center and will provide you with an opportunity to practice skills on manikins and using CPR equipment. Online instructional videos and an ebook are included in this course, along with the in-person skills session.

*Price is for one person.

*Masks are required during the in-person portion of this class.
*Space is limited to 6 people.   

Teacher: Lisa Appel

Location: 7800 SW Barbur Blvd.#3, Portland Oregon 97219

Fee: $110 per person

Breastfeeding & Bottle Feeding Basics

In-Person Parenting Class

This 3 hour parenting class will prepare you and your partner to feed your baby with confidence! An experienced International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) will cover the basics to get you and your baby off to a great start, including: the biology of making milk, learning your baby’s feeding cues, positions and techniques for feeding at breast/chest and by bottle, introduction to breast pumps, when to get professional support, and all the most frequently asked questions we hear from new parents.

*Price includes two people.
*Masks are required during this in-person class.
*Space is limited to 8 couples.  

Teacher: Melissa Curry, Bridgetown Baby IBCLC

Location: 7800 SW Barbur Blvd.#3, Portland Oregon 97219

Fee: $110 for 2 people

Parent & Feeding Support Circle

In-Person Parenting Group

This in-person support circle is offered on the first and third Tuesday of each month and is a welcoming and non-judgmental place to gather with other parents and infants to share the joys and challenges of this season of life! While this group is not feeding specific, meetings are facilitated by a Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) who will have a hospital grade scale to weigh babies if you are interested. Drop in and join us!

Ashley Treadwell is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), blogger on the topic of breast/chestfeeding, and advocate for judgment-free feeding support for all parents. Ashley completed her lactation consultant training and certification at University of California, San Diego, including clinical training at the Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women and Newborns and the outpatient clinic at Kaiser Family Health Services.

Koali Blumer-Buell is an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).  She has spent more than 20 years counseling parents and supporting them to build their parenting skills.  She has worked with teen parents at Outside In, visited families in their homes with Albina Early Head Start, taught parenting classes and prenatal yoga, and provided support to parents as a birth doula.

* Registration is required to attend.
*Price includes  up to two adults and one infant.
*Masks are required during this in-person group.
*Space is limited to 8 families.  

Teachers: Ashley Treadwell & Koali Blumer-Buell, Cascadia Lactation IBCLCs

Location: 7800 SW Barbur Blvd.#3, Portland Oregon 97219

Fee: $20 per family

Fourth Trimester Postpartum Baby Group

In-Person Parenting Group

The aim of this group is to build community, connect with other mamas, and maybe learn a little something along the way. We will share birth stories, challenges, and successes, and each week will have a general theme. Connection is the goal.
Week 1: Feeding your baby. We will cover birth stories, and how feeding is going: breast/chestfeeding, bottle feeding, pumping, lactation support
Week 2: Newborn sleep. What is typical sleep for a newborn? Today we will also cover swaddling, safety, and getting rest as a family.
Week 3: Infant Massage. As a baby PT and licensed massage therapist certified in neonatal touch and massage, this is my specialty! We will cover the benefits of massage for you and your newborn, and run through a baby massage together.
Week 4: Caregiving Activities. Bring your wrap, your carrier, your car seat, your stroller- whatever you have questions about! We will go over baby wearing, swaddled bathing, and more.
Week 5: Newborn Play. It wouldn’t be a group led by a baby PT without developmental milestones! We will talk about what play looks like for your newborn and how to respectfully incorporate more tummy time and floor time into your routine.
Week 6: Pelvic Floor After Birth. There is so much to unpack here. We will talk about some of the anatomical changes for both vaginal and cesarean births, go through a few exercises and do a screening for need for further follow up with a postpartum PT.
Week 7: Postpartum Emotions. A new baby in your life is an enormous change, birth is an incredible feat, breastfeeding is really hard, how can you even think about returning to work? We will cover whatever comes up.
Week 8: Postpartum Activity. How can you safely strengthen your body after birth? Tips to empower you to find strength in your everyday activities, and keep your body safe if you return to more athletic activities. 

*Price includes one infant and one care giver.
*Masks are required for adults.
*Space is limited to 16 adults.

Teacher: Emily Spaeth, PT, DPT, LMT, NTMTC, CNT, RPYT

Location: 7800 SW Barbur Blvd.#3, Portland Oregon 97219

Fee: $250 for 1 parent and 1 infant

Baby Developmental Milestones, 0-6 Months

FREE Parenting Webinar

Join Emily Spaeth, a neonatal physical therapist with a whole lot of other tools in her tool bag as she guides you through the stages of fine motor, gross motor, cognitive, sensory, and feeding milestones for the first 6 months of development! Set your baby up for success in their environment with gentle reminders to do with your baby, rather than doing to when fostering development.

*This is a FREE Zoom event.
*Registration is required to attend.

Teacher: Dr. Emily Spaeth

Location: Zoom

Fee: FREE

Do I Even Need Lactation Support? Come And Find Out!

FREE Zoom Event

This is a chance for you to meet with Lactation Consultants, Ashley Treadwell & Koali Blumer-Buell, to find out what lactation support is all about, and why you might want to work with a lactation consultant. There will be a slideshow and time for questions. Join us!

*This is a FREE Zoom event that repeats on the first Monday of each month.
*Registration is required to attend.

Ashley Treadwell is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), blogger on the topic of breast/chestfeeding, and advocate for judgment-free feeding support for all parents. Ashley completed her lactation consultant training and certification at University of California, San Diego, including clinical training at the Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women and Newborns and the outpatient clinic at Kaiser Family Health Services.

Koali Blumer-Buell is an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).  She has spent more than 20 years counseling parents and supporting them to build their parenting skills.  She has worked with teen parents at Outside In, visited families in their homes with Albina Early Head Start, taught parenting classes and prenatal yoga, and provided support to parents as a birth doula.

Teachers: Ashley Treadwell & Koali Blumer-Buell, Cascadia Lactation IBCLCs

Location: Zoom

Fee: FREE

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