The only mega baby crash course that gets you ready to crush this new parent gig.
The Parenting Resources Difference
Our classes are based on the current evidence and best practices of the most respected health organizations in the world. However, we also present alternatives and are supportive of all parenting methods and styles. And we're not confined by hospital policy on what we present and discuss, so we're free to discuss all options freely.
Home Like Setting
We keep our classes small and intimate and provide a comfy home-like setting for our students. You'll feel connected to fellow students and welcomed to ask as many questions as you'd like. Grab a sofa, chair, sit on a yoga ball, make a cup of tea, and put your feet up. We want you to feel at home! If you're learning from home online, you'll feel like you're here with us too!
Hands On Learning
We present information in the form of lectures, videos, and lots of hands on demonstration and practice, so that all students get the most of the information presented to them and leave feeling ready for their baby to arrive! We also have classes and services, in person and online, after your baby arrives if you need a refresher.
Your life is about to change. Feeling prepared for your incoming bundle of joy can make that life change abundantly easier. We combined our popular, informative, and experiential baby care classes into one, so that you can save time, money, and travel while arming you with evidence-based information on all topics.
This amazing class for expectant parents and caregivers is taught by the dynamic mother/daughter owners of Parenting Resources, Kathy and Kate. Kathy is a 30+ year Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Kate is the resident Babywearing Specialist, Car Seat Tech, and Postpartum Doula.
Expectant folks can pull up a comfy sofa, chair or sit on a yoga ball. We have plenty of tea and coffee in the kitchenette and students are welcomed to bring snacks and meals. We also have a refrigerator, sink, microwave, and toaster oven for your use. We are shoe free so be sure to bring socks and comfy clothes!
Your registration includes your spot and one support person of your choosing.
We have two versions of this class- one for pregnant parent/s and one for those who are planning to foster or adopt but you are welcomed to take whichever you'd like.
July 28 & 29
2-6pm each day
November 10 & 11
2-6pm each day
Our One of a Kind Curriculum
For those taking the course for pregnant students, the course will cover the benefits of breastfeeding, recognizing a great latch, how to know if baby is getting enough milk, pumping, breastfeeding when you are returning to work, troubleshooting breastfeeding issues, nursing in public, babywearing while breastfeeding, bottle feeding the breastfed baby, pumping basics, finding local resources and support, and what partners and support people can do to support breastfeeding. Other methods and topics related to feeding will also be discussed such as combination feeding, formula selection and preparation, and more!
For the foster/adoptive learners, the course will focus on bottle feeding, formula selection, donor milk, feeding preemies and other babies with special needs, healthy sleep, navigating the NICU, facilitating attachment and boding, skin to skin, and more! If any learners are interested in inducing lactation, we are happy to touch on this subject but do recommend a private consultation, so induction plans can be customized to the parent.
Learners will gain in depth evidence-based information about newborns. You'll learn about newborn appearance, how to care for their skin, hair, nails, and any common issues. This portion of the class will help you in being able to determine what is "normal" and expected and what may be something of concern.
Our 30+ year experienced baby whisperer and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner will teach you her secrets and methods in how to hold, bathe, diaper, dress, swaddle, and soothe your baby. You'll learn about the differences between cloth and disposable diapers, essential supplies that you need for your first weeks with the baby, how to dress your little one appropriately, how to choose a pediatrician, and more.
You'll be taught all of the hands on practical skills you'll need and will receive plenty of time to practice so that you feel confident in your skills.
Driving is the most dangerous thing we do with our babies, so our Child Passenger Safety Technician will teach new caregivers everything they need to know about selecting a car seat, risks and dangerous of improper use, current best practices, car seats that will be needed as the baby grows, how to secure the baby safely every time, and tips for proper installation. If you'd like, we'll install your car seat right after the class. It's included in your class fee! (a $49 value!)
Students will also learn Infant CPR (non certifying) so they can assist their child in an emergency. Throughout the course you will also learn about SIDS risk reduction, babywearing safety, identifying signs of distress in your baby, and many other safety related topics.
Babywearing & Bonding
Our Certified Babywearing Specialist will cover the essentials of selecting and using an appropriate carrier for a newborn and how to wear safely during the vital and sensitive phase of development. Parents will learn about the many amazing benefits to babywearing and the instructor will simplify the use of these seemingly complicated products so that they are no longer intimidating.
Students will be able to try on all major styles of carriers and are encouraged to bring carriers they already have to learn with.
Meet Your Perinatal Instructors
Kathy Underwood Loughren, MSN, ARNP, IBCLC
Kathy has been a neonatal expert for well over 30 years, serving as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She has worked around the country in NICUs, as well as serving as an expert legal witness on neonatal cases, and sees clients throughout St. Louis as a Lactation Consultant. She has attended well over 10,000 births and continues to work clinically in the St. Louis area. She is the co-founder of Parenting Resources, the Premier Education and Support Center for New and Expectant Parents and the Professionals who serve them. She is known as a gifted speaker, teacher, and excellent bedside clinician, along with being seen as a professional who cares for and includes families in their baby's care. While she impacts the lives of babies and caregivers in her practice and teaching, she also brings her vast knowledge and passion to students as a lead instructor in the Parenting Resources Professional Network certification programs including Postpartum Doulas, Birth Doulas, Newborn Care Specialists, Perinatal Health Educators, and Babywearing Specialists throughout the country and online.
Kate Schnetzer, MHA, CPD, CBE, CLC, CPST
Kate holds as Masters in Health Administration and is a Certified Positive Discipline Educator, Babywearing Educator, Lactation Counselor, Postpartum Doula, Child Passenger Safety Technician, and holds Certifications in Child Welfare and has been trained by Postpartum Support International. She has been serving families for over 10 years and is the co-founder of Parenting Resources, the Premier Education and Support Center for New and Expectant Parents and the Professionals who serve them. She is a business and marketing guru while also sees dozens of private babywearing consulting clients each week. She also brings her babywearing, safety, and business expertise to students as a lead instructor for the Parenting Resources Professional Network certification programs including Postpartum Doulas, Birth Doulas, Perinatal Health Educators, and Babywearing Specialists throughout the country and online.