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 & Beyond

    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.

    Dates: 11/20/2021

    Location: Online

    Days: Sa

    Times: 10:00a-11:00a

    Openings: 6


  • Comfort Techniques for Labor & Birth

    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.

    Dates: 12/09/2021

    Location: Online

    Days: Th

    Times: 6:00p-8:30p

    Openings: 6


  • Preparation for Childbirth & Parenting

    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.

    Dates: 09/13/2021-11/01/2021

    Location: HC 204

    Days: M

    Times: 6:00p-8:30p

    Openings: 2


    Dates: 10/27/2021-12/15/2021

    Location: Online

    Days: W

    Times: 6:00p-8:30p

    Openings: 4


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Parenting Education

  • Baby 'N' Me - Walk & Talk

    This course is designed for parents of infants and toddlers who are looking to connect with other parents/caregivers while spending time outside with their little one. This class offers a safe, inviting, relaxed atmosphere where you can build relationships, find answers to your parenting questions, and do something good for your heart and soul – all in one! Adults will choose weekly parenting discussion topics such as sleep patterns, infant/toddler development, nutrition, adjusting to parenting, and behavior changes. Adult discussion will take place at the BTC Family Learning Center’s outdoor play area , and will be followed by a 45 minute walk on a combination of trails and neighborhood sidewalks. Note: Due to COVID-19 safety measures, masks will be worn at all times, social distancing will be in place, and infants and toddlers are expected to be in a stroller or carrier for the duration of the class. A bathroom will be available for use when on campus. Please bring your own snacks and toys for your child as needed, and we discourage the use of screens during class time.

    Dates: 10/25/2021-11/22/2021

    Location: Y 002

    Days: M

    Times: 11:30a-1:00p

    Openings: 7


  • Exploring with Toddlers

    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.

    Dates: 09/20/2021-11/22/2021

    Location: Y 002

    Days: M

    Times: 9:00a-11:00a

    Openings: 0



  • More Than One

    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.

    Dates: 09/22/2021-11/24/2021

    Location: Y 002

    Days: W

    Times: 9:00a-11:30a

    Openings: 0



    Dates: 09/23/2021-12/09/2021

    Location: Y 002

    Days: Th

    Times: 9:00a-11:30a

    Openings: 1


    Dates: 09/24/2021-12/03/2021

    Location: Y 002

    Days: F

    Times: 9:00a-11:30a

    Openings: 0



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Faculty

Ann Marie Read
360.752.8411
aread@btc.edu

Michelle Malone
mmalone@btc.edu

Corrie Burke
cburke@btc.edu

Lisa Follet
lfollet@btc.edu

Diane Ripper
dripper@btc.edu

Carolynn Slocum
cslocum@btc.edu

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