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: 09/18/2021

    Location: HC 204

    Days: Sa

    Times: 9:00a-11:30a

    Openings: 9

    Cost: $40.00

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    Dates: 08/21/2021

    Location: Online

    Days: Sa

    Times: 10:00a-11:00a

    Openings: 8

    Cost: $0.00

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    Dates: 10/16/2021

    Location: Online

    Days: Sa

    Times: 10:00a-11:00a

    Openings: 20

    Cost: $40.00

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    Dates: 11/20/2021

    Location: HC 204

    Days: Sa

    Times: 9:00a-11:30a

    Openings: 10

    Cost: $40.00

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  • Bringing Baby Home

    This Bringing Baby Home workshop is a research-based and research-tested psychoeducational workshop for couples, brought to us by the Gottman Institute in Seattle. This series is designed to improve 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 or toddler (up to age 3). In this workshop, partners who are expecting a baby or already parenting an infant or toddler will learn how to strengthen their friendship, increase intimacy and affection, work through conflict with greater ease, create positive child interactions, and ensure quality involvement for both parents. Bringing Baby Home Workbook and materials are included.

    Dates: 09/13/2021-10/11/2021

    Location: Online

    Days: M

    Times: 6:30p-8:30p

    Openings: 12

    Cost: $199.00

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    Dates: 10/18/2021-11/22/2021

    Location: Online

    Days: M

    Times: 6:30p-8:30p

    Openings: 12

    Cost: $199.00

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  • 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: 09/16/2021

    Location: HC 204

    Days: Th

    Times: 6:00p-8:30p

    Openings: 7

    Cost: $40.00

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    Dates: 08/12/2021

    Location: HC 204

    Days: Th

    Times: 6:00p-8:30p

    Openings: 0



    Dates: 10/14/2021

    Location: HC 204

    Days: Th

    Times: 6:00p-8:30p

    Openings: 9

    Cost: $40.00

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    Dates: 11/18/2021

    Location: HC 204

    Days: Th

    Times: 6:00p-8:30p

    Openings: 10

    Cost: $40.00

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  • Hypnotic Childbirth

    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.

    Dates: 09/08/2021-10/06/2021

    Location: Online

    Days: W

    Times: 6:00p-8:30p

    Openings: 10

    Cost: $149.00

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    Dates: 10/20/2021-11/17/2021

    Location: Online

    Days: W

    Times: 6:00p-8:30p

    Openings: 12

    Cost: $149.00

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  • Pregnancy & Childbirth

    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.

    Dates: 09/07/2021-10/05/2021

    Location: HC 204

    Days: T

    Times: 6:00p-8:30p

    Openings: 10

    Cost: $149.00

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    Dates: 08/05/2021-09/02/2021

    Location: Online

    Days: Th

    Times: 6:00p-8:30p

    Openings: 8

    Cost: $149.00

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    Dates: 10/07/2021-11/04/2021

    Location: Online

    Days: Th

    Times: 6:00p-8:30p

    Openings: 12

    Cost: $149.00

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    Dates: 11/15/2021-12/13/2021

    Location: HC 204

    Days: M

    Times: 6:00p-8:30p

    Openings: 10

    Cost: $149.00

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  • Prep. For Childbirth: Weekend Condensed

    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.

    Dates: 09/18/2021-09/19/2021

    Location: HC 204

    Days: SaSu

    Times: 8:30a-5:30p

    Openings: 11

    Cost: $149.00

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    Dates: 08/07/2021-08/08/2021

    Location: Online

    Days: SaSu

    Times: 8:30a-5:30p

    Openings: 11

    Cost: $149.00

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    Dates: 11/06/2021-11/07/2021

    Location: HC 204

    Days: SaSu

    Times: 8:30a-5:30p

    Openings: 11

    Cost: $149.00

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  • 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: 8

    Cost: $199.00

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    Dates: 10/20/2021-12/15/2021

    Location: HC 204

    Days: W

    Times: 6:00p-8:30p

    Openings: 12

    Cost: $199.00

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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: 08/02/2021-08/30/2021

    Location: Y 002

    Days: M

    Times: 11:30a-1:00p

    Openings: 10

    Cost: $99.00

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    Dates: 09/20/2021-10/18/2021

    Location: Y 002

    Days: M

    Times: 11:30a-1:00p

    Openings: 10

    Cost: $99.00

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

    Location: Y 002

    Days: M

    Times: 11:30a-1:00p

    Openings: 10

    Cost: $99.00

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  • Baby 'N Me (1-7 months)

    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.

    Dates: 09/27/2021-11/15/2021

    Location: Online

    Days: M

    Times: 2:30p-4:30p

    Openings: 10

    Cost: $149.00

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    Dates: 09/29/2021-11/17/2021

    Location: CC 119

    Days: W

    Times: 1:00p-3:00p

    Openings: 10

    Cost: $149.00

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  • Baby 'N Me (8-12 months)

    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.

    Dates: 09/27/2021-11/15/2021

    Location: Online

    Days: M

    Times: 2:30p-4:30p

    Openings: 10

    Cost: $149.00

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    Dates: 10/01/2021-11/19/2021

    Location: CC 119

    Days: F

    Times: 1:00p-3:00p

    Openings: 9

    Cost: $149.00

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  • Bringing Baby Home

    This Bringing Baby Home workshop is a research-based and research-tested psychoeducational workshop for couples, brought to us by the Gottman Institute in Seattle. This series is designed to improve 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 or toddler (up to age 3). In this workshop, partners who are expecting a baby or already parenting an infant or toddler will learn how to strengthen their friendship, increase intimacy and affection, work through conflict with greater ease, create positive child interactions, and ensure quality involvement for both parents. Bringing Baby Home Workbook and materials are included.

    Dates: 09/13/2021-10/11/2021

    Location: Online

    Days: M

    Times: 6:30p-8:30p

    Openings: 12

    Cost: $199.00

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    Dates: 10/18/2021-11/22/2021

    Location: Online

    Days: M

    Times: 6:30p-8:30p

    Openings: 12

    Cost: $199.00

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  • 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: 08/02/2021-08/30/2021

    Location: Y 002

    Days: M

    Times: 9:00a-11:00a

    Openings: 2

    Cost: $99.00

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

    Location: Y 002

    Days: M

    Times: 9:00a-11:00a

    Openings: 8

    Cost: $199.00

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    Dates: 08/06/2021-09/03/2021

    Location: Online

    Days: F

    Times: 9:00a-

    Openings: 12

    Cost: $99.00

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    Dates: 09/21/2021-11/30/2021

    Location: Y 002

    Days: T

    Times: 9:00a-11:00a

    Openings: 8

    Cost: $199.00

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

    Location: Online

    Days: M

    Times: 9:00a-

    Openings: 11

    Cost: $149.00

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  • 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: 08/03/2021-08/31/2021

    Location: Y 002

    Days: T

    Times: 6:00p-7:30p

    Openings: 9

    Cost: $79.00

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

    Location: Y 002

    Days: M

    Times: 5:30p-7:00p

    Openings: 8

    Cost: $149.00

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    Dates: 08/04/2021-09/01/2021

    Location: Y 002

    Days: W

    Times: 9:00a-11:30a

    Openings: 2

    Cost: $149.00

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

    Location: Y 002

    Days: W

    Times: 9:00a-11:30a

    Openings: 0



    Dates: 08/05/2021-09/02/2021

    Location: Y 002

    Days: Th

    Times: 9:00a-11:30a

    Openings: 2

    Cost: $149.00

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

    Location: Y 002

    Days: Th

    Times: 9:00a-11:30a

    Openings: 9

    Cost: $249.00

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    Dates: 08/06/2021-09/03/2021

    Location: Online

    Days: F

    Times: 9:00a-

    Openings: 10

    Cost: $99.00

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

    Location: Y 002

    Days: F

    Times: 9:00a-11:30a

    Openings: 0



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

    Location: Online

    Days: Th

    Times: 9:00a-

    Openings: 12

    Cost: $199.00

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  • Raising School Age Children

    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.

    Dates: 09/21/2021-10/12/2021

    Location: Online

    Days: T

    Times: 6:00p-7:30p

    Openings: 9

    Cost: $79.00

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    Dates: 10/19/2021-11/09/2021

    Location: Online

    Days: T

    Times: 6:00p-7:30p

    Openings: 10

    Cost: $79.00

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  • Raising Toddlers and Preschoolers

    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.

    Dates: 10/19/2021-11/16/2021

    Location: Y 002

    Days: T

    Times: 6:00p-8:00p

    Openings: 10

    Cost: $99.00

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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

Catherine Coggins
ccoggins@btc.edu

Carolynn Slocum
cslocum@btc.edu

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