Tender Beginnings Program

Greenwich Hospital’s “Tender Beginnings” pregnancy and parenting programs are a wonderful way for couples and families to prepare for pregnancy, labor, delivery and baby care.

Class choices range from childbirth preparation to breastfeeding. Courses for mothers, fathers/partners, siblings and grandparents are taught by registered nurses from our Maternal/Child Unit. Many are certified as educators and specialized consultants on the topics they teach.

Programming also includes support groups for parents with infants, toddlers, older children and teens.

All Tender Beginnings require preregistration. Please call 888-357-2409 or register for programs online. For additional information, call 203-863-3655. Office hours are weekdays, 8 am - 3 pm. Please note: Rooms, times and classes are subject to change.

Tender Beginnings Classes and Events

During Pregnancy

Walk through the Birthing Center, view the nursery and visit the postpartum unit. This is a family tour and children are allowed to tour with parent(s). Registration is required for each person going on the tour. To register, please call 888-357-2409 or register for the tour online.

This 1½-hour discussion and informational session introduces grandparents to their changing role and relationship as parents and grandparents. They'll also learn about prenatal and infant care in today's world, plus car seats and essential infant safety and baby care are addressed. For current and expecting grandparents. Held every other month. To register, please call 888-357-2409 or register for the class online. Fee.

Get essential information on choosing a pediatrician, the pediatrician’s role in your baby’s care, child development phases and more. A pediatrician and registered nurse will be available to answer your questions. To register, please call 888-357-2409 or register for the class online. Free.

Find inspiration, comfort and wisdom in the practice of Kundalini prenatal yoga. These ancient teachings can help you achieve mind/body/soul harmony as your body prepares for pregnancy and beyond. A certified instructor will teach you safe and effective yoga positions and thoughtful meditation to create inner strength, a strong body and a quiet mind. Physician clearance and consent form required for participation. To register, please call 888-357-2409 or register for the class online. Fee.

Childbirth Preparation Classes

These classes offer first-time parents preparation for childbirth and include a tour of the birthing center. Prospective parents should register as early as possible. Options are two-session or one-session classes. To register, please call 888-357-2409 or register for the class online. Fee.

Online eClasses

In this class you and your partner will learn the anatomy of labor and birth, comfort measures, types of birth including vaginal and Cesarean; the role of the support person, pain relief options and much more. Our curriculum provides comprehensive childbirth education that prepares expectant parents to have healthier and more satisfying birth experiences. Engaging video, life-like 3D animation and personal birth stories give parents the knowledge and confidence they need to make informed decisions about labor and birth.

We recommend that Childbirth Education be taken two months prior to your due date. Our childbirth classes are recommended for first time parents, experienced parents, as well as parents preparing for VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). It takes 4 to 6 hours to complete and can be viewed on your PC, phone or tablet. You will have 9 months of access to your class once enrolled.

You will have nine months of access once you log in. Register online by searching for the class by name on our Events page.

Our Understanding Breastfeeding curriculum helps improve a mother's success with breastfeeding. Through step-by-step instructions and 3D animation, moms learn how to achieve a deep latch, breastfeeding holds and positions, and how to maintain healthy milk production. This course takes 2-3 hours to compete and follows International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) recommendations and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines.

You will have nine months of access once you log in. Register online by searching for the class by name on our Events page.

This class teaches parents about medically-necessary cesarean birth in a way that's interactive, easy to understand and relatable.

Topics covered:

  • Types & Reasons for Cesareans
  • Family-Centered Cesarean Birth Options
  • Signs of Labor
  • Preparing for Surgery
  • Anesthesia & Surgical Procedure
  • Breastfeeding & Recovery
You will have nine months of access once you log in. Register online by searching for the class by name on our Events page.

 

This class is about the joys of fatherhood and the important role that dads have in their children’s lives. The class begins with pregnancy, helping you understand your feelings about having a baby and how you can be involved during pregnancy. Next, it includes packing for the hospital, labor and birth basics, how to be a supportive partner during labor and making the most of your postpartum hospital stay. You’ll also learn about breastfeeding basics and support, how to create a safe sleep environment, along with why babies cry, soothing techniques and bonding. It concludes with your relationship after the baby, importance of good communication, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and paternal postpartum depression as well as understanding developmental milestones and positive discipline.

You will have nine months of access once you log in. Register online by searching for the class by name on our Events page.

This Infant & Child Safety eClass provides life-saving education for parents and caregivers. Accidents are the leading cause of death in infants and children. This class provides current information about prevention from a variety of safety organizations. Content includes: car safety, safe baby care, safety products, home safety, poisons, and emergency preparedness including infant CPR and first aid.

You will have nine months of access once you log in. Register online by searching for the class by name on our Events page.

This class includes an overview of trimesters along with 3D animation of fetal development, first trimester screening, glucose tolerance test, Group B strep test, nutrition and guidelines for exercise during pregnancy. It also covers how to manage the discomforts of pregnancy, as well as general pregnancy warning signs and signs of preterm labor. Common pregnancy stressors, stress-relief tips, intimate partner violence, support, body image, relationship tips and partner emotions are also covered.

You will have nine months of access once you log in. Register online by searching for the class by name on our Events page.

This online class is designed for parents expecting multiples.

The content includes: Pregnancy, labor and delivery, breastfeeding, postpartum recovery and the first few weeks at home. Engaging videos, 3D animation and personal birth stories will help give parents the knowledge and confidence they need to make informed decisions about their labor and birth. The class takes 3-5 hours to complete and can be viewed on your PC, phone or tablet. You will have 9 months of access to your class once you log in.

You will have nine months of access once you log in. Register online by searching for the class by name on our Events page.

This eClass provides comprehensive, evidence-based education about baby care in the first six weeks and beyond. It features real-life stories and provides the latest guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics and other trusted organizations, along with the importance of baby cues, early brain growth and bonding. Content includes: newborn traits, newborn behaviors, crying and comforting, feeding, diapering, bathing, newborn health and safety.

You will have nine months of access once you log in. Register online by searching for the class by name on our Events page.

Baby Care and Feeding

A 2-hour class with essential learning for expectant parents including feeding, bathing, cord care, sleep patterns and proper car seat use. To register, please call 888-357-2409 or register for the class online.

A 2-hour class for expectant parents focusing on all aspects of breastfeeding from delivery room to postpartum. Explore breastfeeding issues such as establishing good milk supply, nutrition and pumping. Taught by an RN on our maternity staff who is credentialed as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Held bimonthly. To register, please call 888-357-2409 or register for the class online. Fee.

Just for Kids

Tour of the hospital's pediatric unit for school or community groups or anyone anticipating the hospitalization of a child. Short video included. Monday through Friday, by appointment. Call 203-863-3553. Free.

A 1-hour class that helps big brothers and sisters adjust to a new baby in the family. Includes a video about siblings and a tour of the nursery and postpartum unit. For children ages 3-10 and their parents. To register, please call 888-357-2409 or register for the class online. Free.

After the Baby is Born

This hour-long class offers gentle exercises, meaningful poses and thoughtful meditations in the traditions of Kundalini Yoga. Strengthening, stretching, toning and balancing techniques help achieve mind/body/soul harmony during this often intense, emotional and glorious postpartum period. Bond with your baby and meet other moms, too. For new moms and their babies, ages 6 weeks-9 months. To register, please call 888-357-2409 or register for the class online. Fee.

This 4-week course for mothers who have recently given birth addresses the needs of the newborn (under 4 months of age) and the physical and emotional adjustments of parenthood. Topics include: Birth Experience: Adjustment, Love and Sleep; How Do We Learn to Become Parents? Who Was I Before I Became a Mother?, and Self Esteem – Mom and Baby. Facilitated by a postpartum registered nurse. To register, please call 888-357-2409 or register for the class online. Fee

Postpartum massage eases recovery from labor and birth by alleviating muscle strain and soreness and promoting healing. Nurturing touch and support to mothers during the early postpartum period offers emotional relief, too. Physician clearance required. Call 203-863-3222. Fee.

Mothers who deliver at Greenwich Hospital may return 48-72 hours after discharge for a mother/baby assessment. The visit is with a registered nurse on our maternity staff who is credentialed as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Call 203-863-3569. Free.

Parenting Programs/Support Groups

Parents Exchange offers a variety of parenting classes and support groups that are divided according to the age of your child, from 4 months through high school. Build on your strengths and develop new insights from other moms and dads facing similar experiences. Participants have made lifelong friendships in this safe and nurturing environment.

  • Infant/Toddler (4-30 months)
  • Early School Years (PreK-Grade 4)
  • Later School Years (Grades 5-12)

Groups meet weekly for 1.5 hours, and are led by qualified child development specialists over a 14-week semester. Sponsored by Community Health at Greenwich Hospital.

Call 203-863-3794 for information and registration form, plus schedule. Fee.

A newborn's stay in a neonatal intensive care unit can be a stressful experience for families. Through our "Tender Bridges" program, parents of babies in Greenwich Hospital's NICU can reach out to other parents who have been in similar situations and can offer support. If you would like to participate, either during or after your baby's stay, please call 203-863-3655 or email Tender Beginnings. Free.