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: $85 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

Child Development For Expectant Parents Class

In-Person Parenting Class

This three-part series will cover an introduction to the basic tenets of respectful parenting, natural motor development, encouraging independent infant play, and caregiving routines. Each of the three sessions will be 1.5 – 2 hours long, filled with big-picture theory, discussion, and modeling. This class helps partners to get on the same page about their values and perspectives around raising children.

Courtney Dern is an Infant and Toddler Education Specialist. She holds a Masters Degree in Education, a Reading Specialist Certificate, an active Teaching Credential, and a graduate certificate in Infant and Toddler Mental Health. Before launching Beech Street Parenting, Courtney taught in early childhood classrooms for over a decade and served as an instructional coach for teachers and home visitors. She is trained in RIE Foundations and is heavily influenced by Magda Gerber’s respectful approach to caregiving.

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

Teacher: Courtney Dern

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

Fee: $150 for 2 people

Respectful Parenting Preparation Class

In-Person Parenting Class

This three-part series will cover an introduction to the basic tenets of respectful parenting, natural motor development, encouraging independent infant play, and caregiving routines. Each of the three sessions will be 1.5 – 2 hours long, filled with big-picture theory, discussion, and modeling.

Courtney Dern is an Infant and Toddler Education Specialist. She holds a Masters Degree in Education, a Reading Specialist Certificate, an active Teaching Credential, and a graduate certificate in Infant and Toddler Mental Health. Before launching Beech Street Parenting, Courtney taught in early childhood classrooms for over a decade and served as an instructional coach for teachers and home visitors. She is trained in RIE Foundations and is heavily influenced by Magda Gerber’s respectful approach to caregiving.

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

Teacher: Courtney Dern

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

Fee: $150 for 2 people

Parent-Infant Play Groups

In-Person Parenting Group

This 8 week play group is designed for babies who spend most of their time playing on their backs, some rolling, or in self-initiated tummy time. It is a “RIE-style” play group, which means the adults will sit back and watch the infants play, with minimal interruption for the first portion of our time together. Then, we will have a conversation about what we observed and have an opportunity to discuss questions you may have about parenting and child development. The pace will feel slow, peaceful, meditative. The conversation will be supportive and informative.

Courtney Dern is an Infant and Toddler Education Specialist. She holds a Masters Degree in Education, a Reading Specialist Certificate, an active Teaching Credential, and a graduate certificate in Infant and Toddler Mental Health. Before launching Beech Street Parenting, Courtney taught in early childhood classrooms for over a decade and served as an instructional coach for teachers and home visitors. She is trained in RIE Foundations and is heavily influenced by Magda Gerber’s respectful approach to caregiving.

*Price includes one infant and up to two care givers.
*Masks are required to attend this in-person class.
*Space is limited to 8 couples.

Teacher: Courtney Dern

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

Fee: $250

 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

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