Child & Family Studies

Children and Parents sitting onthe floor in class

Child and Family Studies (Childbirth preparation, Newborn Care, Breastfeeding and Parenting classes): BTC offers supportive, non-biased information on birthing, with the goal of presenting labor as a normal body process and offering you the most comprehensive information for a more fulfilling birthing experience. With short or longer childbirth courses, BTC aims to help you make informed, healthy choices as you prepare to have a child. The learning continues after your baby is born with BTC Parenting and Family Connections classes for infants and toddlers, and discussion classes for families of all ages. These classes offer a safe, inviting, relaxed atmosphere where you can meet other parents and caregivers, build relationships and find answers to parenting questions.

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Childbirth Education

  • Breastfeeding Basics & BeyondOpenings: 12

    Breastfeeding offers a baby an optimal start in life and provides lifelong health benefits. Breastfeeding is an integral part of the natural continuum of pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum. Accurate information and support are essential for a breastfeeding mother. This course is designed to provide the expectant woman and her support person(s) basic information necessary to initiate and to sustain breastfeeding, for as long as desired. Topics covered will include: breastfeeding resources, role of the support person(s), preparation and getting started, responding to challenges in the early postpartum period and beyond, including mother-baby separation and pumping, and answers to personal questions.

    Location: Online

    Cost: $0.00

    Dates: 04/24/2021

    Days: Sa

    Times: 10:00a-11:00a

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    Dates: 05/22/2021

    Days: Sa

    Times: 10:00a-11:00a

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    Dates: 03/20/2021

    Days: Sa

    Times: 10:00a-11:00a

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    Dates: 06/26/2021

    Days: Sa

    Times: 10:00a-11:00a

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  • Bringing Baby HomeOpenings: 9

    Our Bringing Baby Home workshop is a research-based and research tested psychoeducational workshop that is dedicated to improving the quality of life for babies and children by strengthening their families. Developed by renowned relationship and parenting experts, Drs. John and Julie Gottman, this workshop is perfect for those who are expecting a baby, or already parenting an infant (up to age 1). In this workshop, you and your partner will learn how to strengthen your friendship, increase intimacy and affection, work through conflict with greater ease, create positive baby-child interactions, and ensure quality involvement for both parents. The cost of this course includes the Bringing Baby Home Workbook and materials.

    Location: Online

    Cost: $0.00

    Dates: 04/19/2021-05/24/2021

    Days: M

    Times: 6:30p-8:30p

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    Dates: 03/08/2021-03/24/2021

    Days: MW

    Times: 6:00p-8:00p

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  • Comfort Techniques for Labor & BirthOpenings: 7

    This class is designed to provide pregnant women and their partners with more information about pain and coping, including: birthing techniques, labor positions, comfort measures, and options for back labor. Suggestions for partners providing labor support are presented.

    Location: Online

    Cost: $0.00

    Dates: 04/08/2021

    Days: Th

    Times: 6:00p-8:30p

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    Dates: 03/11/2021

    Days: Th

    Times: 6:00p-8:30p

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    Dates: 05/13/2021

    Days: Th

    Times: 6:00p-8:30p

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  • Hypnotic ChildbirthOpenings: 11

    Learn how to get your body and mind to work for you in one of the most incredible experiences of your life. This five-week online course is designed to help women overcome their fear of the birthing process and to build trust in women’s inherent ability to give birth. Extensive exercises in relaxation, visualization, and overcoming obstacles include the best self-hypnosis techniques to achieve an optimal state of mind for labor and birth. The online forum allows for self-paced learning while still connecting with others.

    Location: Online

    Cost: $0.00

    Dates: 04/14/2021-05/12/2021

    Days: W

    Times: 6:00p-8:30p

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    Dates: 05/19/2021-06/23/2021

    Days: W

    Times: 6:00p-8:30p

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  • Pregnancy & ChildbirthOpenings: 12

    A condensed version of our traditional series, this shorter series focuses on healthy pregnancy and birth and is great as a refresher option. Information on pregnancy, labor and birth, and comfort and coping techniques will be covered. There will be limited information on newborns, breastfeeding, and the postpartum period presented, and less time to practice skills in class. A postpartum session (reunion) with parents and babies is included.

    Location: Online

    Cost: $149.00

    Dates: 05/19/2021-06/16/2021

    Days: W

    Times: 6:00p-8:30p

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    Dates: 04/19/2021-05/17/2021

    Days: M

    Times: 6:00p-8:30p

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    Dates: 03/24/2021-04/21/2021

    Days: W

    Times: 6:00p-8:30p

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  • Prep. For Childbirth: Weekend CondensedOpenings: 11

    This weekend course is designed for the pregnant woman and her support person whose schedule prevents them from taking the eight session course. The weekend format will provide a quick overview of late pregnancy, birth, and postpartum, as well as breathing and relaxation methods to make childbirth easier.

    Location: Online

    Cost: $149.00

    Dates: 04/10/2021-04/11/2021

    Days: SaSu

    Times: 8:30a-5:30p

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    Dates: 06/12/2021-06/13/2021

    Days: SaSu

    Times: 8:30a-5:30p

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  • Preparation for Childbirth & ParentingOpenings: 8

    This traditional course covers the full spectrum of pregnancy, labor and birth, newborn care, postpartum and parenting, and is designed for those who want to focus on their pregnancy and parenting while building relationships with other pregnant families. Information about the last trimester of pregnancy, labor and birth including comfort and coping techniques, newborn care and feeding, and the challenges and rewards of parenting will be covered. A postpartum session (reunion) with parents and babies is included.

    Location: Online

    Cost: $199.00

    Dates: 04/06/2021-05/25/2021

    Days: T

    Times: 6:00p-8:30p

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Parenting Education

  • Baby 'N Me (1-7 months)Openings: 5

    The early months of parenting are filled with extremes - from sheer joy to incredible sleep deprivation. This class offers a safe, inviting, relaxed atmosphere where you can meet other parents/caregivers, build relationships and find answers to your parenting questions. Adults choose discussion topics such as sleep patterns, infant development, adjusting to parenting, games and songs and starting solids. Babies play in the same room while you gain valuable support and current information on raising a young infant.

    Location: Online

    Cost: $0.00

    Dates: 04/21/2021-06/09/2021

    Days: W

    Times: 2:30p-4:30p

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  • Baby 'N Me (8-12 months)Openings: 11

    As your children transition from infancy, the parenting issues you face change. This course provides a safe, inviting, relaxed atmosphere where you can meet other parents, build relationships and find answers to your parenting questions. Adults choose discussion topics such as emerging language, safety, nutrition, and beginning discipline. Babies explore in the same room and make new friends while you gain valuable support and current information on raising an older infant.

    Location: Online

    Cost: $0.00

    Dates: 04/19/2021-06/14/2021

    Days: M

    Times: 2:30p-4:30p

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  • Exploring with ToddlersOpenings: 12

    Form lasting relationships with other families while your child learns through play in a fun, safe preschool-like environment. Share questions, concerns, and other ideas with the parenting educator and one another. Toddlers love to cook in our home center, build with blocks, dress up in costumes, and explore activities designed to promote their development and social skills. Circle time activities include songs, stories, movement, and musical instruments. Parents/caregivers choose new discussion topics each quarter such as toddler development, positive behavior guidance, toilet training, and temper tantrums. Younger siblings are welcome to attend with you and your toddler. Parents attend separate discussion sections while children are cared for. Children can join their parents if desired.

    Location: Online

    Cost: $149.00

    Dates: 04/12/2021-06/21/2021

    Days: M

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    Dates: 04/13/2021-06/15/2021

    Days: T

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  • More Than OneOpenings: 8

    Form lasting connections with other families while your children's imagination, curiosity and creativity soar. Kids can explore the dress up area, the sensory table, the home center, a variety of multi-age art, math, science and group activities as well as explore outdoors. Parents/caregivers choose their discussion topics such as sibling rivalry, balancing family needs, and positive discipline. This class is for families with multiple children (birth to 5 years) or those with a preschool-aged child without siblings.

    Location: Online

    Cost: $149.00

    Dates: 04/14/2021-06/16/2021

    Days: W

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    Dates: 04/15/2021-06/17/2021

    Days: Th

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    Dates: 04/16/2021-06/18/2021

    Days: F

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  • Raising School Age ChildrenOpenings: 12

    Being an effective parent/caregiver can be challenging as well as rewarding. This course will provide a practical approach to improving adult/child relations for parents/caregivers of children ages 6-11 years. Topics cover normal child development including dealing with "tweens"; encouraging cooperation and responsibility; avoiding power struggles and communicating with your child about drugs, alcohol, sexuality and media. Participants will also have the opportunity to engage in an online discussion board.

    Location: Online

    Cost: $79.00

    Dates: 04/15/2021-05/06/2021

    Days: Th

    Times: 6:30p-8:00p

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    Dates: 05/13/2021-06/03/2021

    Days: Th

    Times: 6:30p-8:00p

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    Dates: 03/04/2021-03/25/2021

    Days: Th

    Times: 10:00a-11:30a

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  • Raising TeensOpenings: 12

    The teen years are full of changes for both the adolescent and the parents. This class will explore the brain changes that are occurring that explain some teen behaviors and give strategies to create and maintain a mutually respectful, loving relationship between parents and their teen. Topics discussed will be decided by the group but may include communication, respectful listening, sexuality, drug use, suicide prevention, bullying, rebellious behaviors, and positive relationships with peers.

    Location: Online

    Cost: $79.00

    Dates: 04/20/2021-05/04/2021

    Days: T

    Times: 6:00p-8:00p

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  • Raising Toddlers and PreschoolersOpenings: 11

    During the first five years of life, children change rapidly and dramatically. Parents and caregivers are adjusting too! As your child's first and most influential teacher, you will develop skills to guide and encourage your child as he/she grows. Join this course for gaining information on understanding young children and their behavior, building self-esteem, effective communication, cooperation, discipline techniques, and emotional and social development.

    Location: Online

    Cost: $79.00

    Dates: 05/11/2021-06/08/2021

    Days: T

    Times: 6:00p-8:00p

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Faculty

Ann Marie Read
360.752.8411
aread@btc.edu

Michelle Malone
mmalone@btc.edu

Roxanne Rose-Duckworth
rrduckworth@btc.edu

Elizabeth Diaz
EDiaz@btc.edu 

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