Bridge Calendar & Classes Page
In an effort to limit the amount of people in our building all onsite Bridge Classes have been cancelled until May 11th. Our online classes are still available. Please see the instructions below on how to get access to these resources and receive points for participation. Your safety and education are important to use, so we encourage you to take advantage of this “learn-from-home” option! Thank you for your understanding!
Online Bridge Class Rules
- Bridge participants are required to attend least one class onsite monthly.
- Bridge Participants can take up to 5 online classes a month; however, you will only receive points for one online class a month.
- Online classes are worth 200 points. Points must be picked up within a month of taking the class.
- To receive points for online class you must complete the homework at the end of the lesson and share it with your mentor or Pregnancy Services Case Manager if you are waiting to be paired with a mentor.
- Class must be relevant to your current situation. For example, a mom with a nine-month-old should not be taking a class on labor & delivery.
- To sign up for online classes, please pick choose a class from the list below and email Shantelle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online Bridge Classes:
Your First Trimester: You’re pregnant, and you’re wondering, now what? There is a lot to know about pregnancy, your changing body, and your developing baby. So much happens in that first trimester! You will experience changes in your body, your emotions, and your lifestyle. Your baby also goes through a lot of growth, developing into the little person you soon will see in less than nine months! This video takes a look at pregnancy in the first trimester and also talks about your baby’s journey in development
Prenatal Care: You’re pregnant and you have a lot to consider. Car seats, baby’s room, baby clothes, and what brand of diapers you want to use. But the most important consideration right now is how you can take the best care of yourself and your developing baby. Your first step is setting up your prenatal care. In this video, we will discuss prenatal care, what you should expect at your prenatal checkups, and why they are so important to keeping you and your baby healthy.
Your Second Trimester: Your first trimester is now behind you and you are likely feeling better. Morning sickness may have eased up and you may be thinking, “I’ve got this!” Your baby is growing rapidly, and you might even be starting to sport a cute little baby bump. The second trimester is often the most comfortable time for a pregnant mom! While you still may not be feeling or seeing much yet, there is a lot going on in your womb. In this video we’ll talk about how your body is changing, your baby’s journey in development, and what you can expect in your second trimester.
Bonding with Your Unborn Baby: From conception to birth, your baby embarks on an incredible nine-month journey. She is developing and growing from her own genetic blueprints. Even though she is different, you can start bonding with her while she is still growing in your womb. Learn about her incredible journey and how you and she are connected and explore the incredible masterpiece that is your son or daughter.
Your Third Trimester: You are moving into your third trimester, and you’re feeling VERY pregnant. Your baby is getting bigger, and you can feel her moving and kicking. What is going on in there?! While your body is changing to accommodate your growing baby, you are likely feeling more tired, but also strangely energized. You have a baby coming soon!! In this video we’ll talk about your changing body, what you might be feeling, your baby’s journey in development, and what you can expect in your third trimester.
Your Unborn Baby’s Secret World: As recently as 25 years ago, we thought unborn babies were unaware of anything outside the womb. Since then, though, science has gained a better understanding of Your Unborn Baby’s Secret World. That secret place inside you where your unborn baby resides is not a deep, dark cave where she is hidden away, awaiting her birth. Far from it, your womb is her classroom, where she has begun a lifetime of learning, sampling, accepting, and rejecting – in short the process of growing that will continue throughout her life, from conception on.
Big Belly Mom Hacks: Everyone may seem like an expert when it comes to your pregnancy. Friends, family, and even strangers may offer advice as you experience the changes that come with your pregnancy. Even when this advice comes from well-meaning friends and family, it is important to make sure it is GOOD advice. In this video, we will talk about how to overcome some of the more usual challenges and discomforts with some mom-tried and -approved tips.
Infant Temperament: The basic needs of most babies are all the same; but every baby has a unique temperament. This video looks at the different types of temperament and helps the viewer understand the natural differences that can be cherished in each child.
The Importance of Bonding: The love bond between child and parent is the foundation upon which all discipline, relationships and self-esteem is based. This video instructs both on the importance of bonding and good practices to promote bonding between infants and mothers.
Infant Hygiene: Caring for an infant does not require vast amounts of training or an advanced degree. Caring for an infant simply requires a dedicated parent willing to respond to a child’s needs in appropriate ways. This video provides standard techniques of care that will help parents to provide for their infant’s day-to-day hygiene needs.
Caring for Yourself After Birth: Women are often taught to consider the needs of others before their own. After giving birth, it is critical for a woman to take good care of herself so that she is better equipped to care for her newborn. Things like postpartum healing, rest, nutrition, exercise, and how to handle the baby blues help her settle into her new role as a mom. This video will share tips on what to expect after giving birth, and how a postpartum woman can take great care of herself.
Postpartum Depression: Pregnancy and birth are supposed to be a joyful time. The excitement of parenthood and a new baby, dreams of your sweet family, and those wonderful bonding moments. But all of this may lose some of its joy because of maternal depression and anxiety. This depression or anxiety can begin during pregnancy and worsen after birth. It can be as mild as the “baby blues” or as disabling as postpartum depression or anxiety. This video takes a look at the “baby blues,” postpartum depression, and the difference between them. We’ll also talk about what to do if you have postpartum depression and some helpful tips on how to function at home and how to improve your mood.
Going it Alone: When looking at being a mother, many don’t understand the important pieces that need to work together to make a life with a young child. This DVD goes through the essential needs of every single mother including the 4 most important: Shelter, Income, Food, and Transportation. Each need is discussed and options are given as possible solutions. Then, the emotional needs of both the mother and the child are discussed and advice and help is given to encourage an emotionally healthy family. Finally, their intellectual needs are discussed with encouragement for continuing education and appropriate play for the child.
At Risk Pregnancies: There is risk in everything we do in life, including starting a family. Most pregnancies progress just fine, but sometimes along the way, a complication can arise. It’s scary when this happens. In this video, we will look at the different medical conditions that can affect your pregnancy or your health, what to do if you experience concerning symptoms, what symptoms you should always see your medical provider about, and how to get through a complication. In the end, all we want is a healthy baby and a healthy YOU.
Smoking/Drinking/Drugs: From the time you find out you’re pregnant, you will want to give your baby the best start at life. However, unhealthy lifestyle choices and addictions can have a serious impact on the growth and development of your unborn baby. This impact can sometimes happen before you even know you’re pregnant. It’s hard to imagine how everything you put in your body – whether it’s inhaled, swallowed or absorbed through the skin – can affect her! Changing lifestyle habits and overcoming addictions is tough and takes strength, perseverance, and often outside help. This video will cover the effects of smoking, drinking alcohol, and using drugs during pregnancy. It will cover how these activities affect your developing baby, your pregnancy, and you. It will also cover some of the long-term, developmental issues your child may face from exposure to these harmful chemicals. This video will offer tips on how to successfully quit smoking, drinking, or using drugs, as well as when you should consider asking for help.
Mommy Nutrition: Let’s see…the choice between chocolate cake or a Snicker’s Bar for lunch vs a healthy alternative. The choice is tough, isn’t it? What feels good vs what is good! This video looks at why a mommy’s nutritional needs are important and how you can make healthy choices 90 percent of the time so that you don’t have to feel guilty about those occasional “feel-good” choices. We’ll take a look at what your nutritional needs really are, and how you can easily meet them, with just a little planning.
Immunizations: Opinions about vaccines are easy to find and it is hard to know what to believe. This DVD uses CDC sources and documented studies to explore the truth about vaccines including: The History of Vaccines; How Vaccines are Made; Are Vaccines Safe; Common Ingredients in Vaccines; Do We Really Need Vaccinations; and Immunization Details.
Breastfeeding: Techniques and a Good Latch In this lesson the techniques for breastfeeding are shown and explained further. Various feeding positions are shown and keys to having a successful latch are discussed. How to prevent sore nipples is another topic that’s covered among many other tips given to make breastfeeding as easy as possible.
Breastfeeding: Returning to Work Combining all her experience from helping thousands of mothers successfully reach their breastfeeding goals, with her personal experience of being a working, breastfeeding mom herself, your instructor Shari Criso, MSN, RN, CNM, IBLCLC, knows how important it is for many mothers to be able to both work and pump to achieve their long-term breastfeeding goals. Going back to work after having a baby is never easy. Let Shari help you ease the anxiety and assist you in transitioning back to the office while continuing to breastfeed. This DVD is an absolute must for anyone who plans to pump at work, covering everything you need to know as a working and breastfeeding Mom!
Breastfeeding: Getting Enough Milk The third lesson of this series will answer your questions of “is my baby getting enough milk?” This lesson will show how to know if your baby is getting enough. What cues to look for so you can stop worrying about your baby being hungry.
Breastfeeding: Growth Spurts and Essentials In the final lesson of the simply breastfeeding series you will learn how to introduce your baby to a bottle as well as learn how to store your breast milk, so your baby always has milk.
Breastpumps and Briefcases: Combining all her experience from helping thousands of mothers successfully reach their breastfeeding goals, with her personal experience of being a working, breastfeeding mom herself, your instructor Shari Criso, MSN, RN, CNM, IBLCLC, knows how important it is for many mothers to be able to both work and pump to achieve their long-term breastfeeding goals.
Labor & Delivery
Labor 101: Intro and Options The goal of this series is to give you a better understanding of your choices at birth and to serve as an educational video on the birthing process. In the first section of the Labor 101 series you will learn about the possible options and techniques used to handle pain when giving birth as well as learning the benefits and risks that come with each choice.
Labor 101: What to Expect Mental, physical, and emotional preparation for birth are discussed in this section as well as techniques to help train your body for the physical demands of labor. The role of your birth coach is also discussed and what they can do to help you relax and stay calm throughout the process.
Labor 101: Infant Care The last section of this series brings everything to a conclusion and touches on the last stage of labor that occurs after delivering your baby. The steps your baby goes through to get all cleaned up and cared for in preparation to go home are covered as well.
Car Seat Safety: Parents are responsible for keeping their children safe, including traveling safely with them. Car seat recommendations and laws change and vary by state. Add to that the stress of figuring out which car seat is right for your child and car, and how to install and use it correctly. It can feel overwhelming for a parent making these important decisions. This video will help sort through the choices a parent has when faced with selecting the right car seat. It will also give tips on correctly installing a car seat, and where to go for help if it is too confusing. Finally, this video will cover how to correctly use the seat once installed so parents may feel confident their children are traveling safely.
First Year: Newborn Milestones: From the day your baby is born, they are taking in new information from the world around them and using that information to build connections in their brain. In this series you will learn about the milestones your baby should achieve each month and how to keep a close tab on their development. The first few months of your baby’s life are an exciting, emotional, and overwhelming time. In this first lesson you’ll see the different milestones newborns should be reaching in their first couple months of life.
First Year: Three to Six Month Milestones: At 3-6 months your baby is much more active. This time in your baby’s life is a big milestone. They’ll be livelier, more alert, and their personality will really start to shine by interacting with the world around them. This lesson will teach you what things to expect during this time period and how you can help in your child’s development.
First Year: Six to Nine Month Milestones: Between 6-9 months of age your baby will grow and develop immensely. These months are some of the most fun and entertaining so make sure to enjoy them while they last. This lesson will show you what milestones your baby should be reaching at 6-9 months and how you yourself can check for these milestones and help your baby with their development.
First Year: Twelve Month Milestones: By the time your baby reaches their 12th month of age they’ll have already hit so many developmental milestones and their level of activity and developmental changes will be exciting and challenging for both of you. This lesson is the last one in the series and will explain your child’s development in the last month of your child’s first year.
Fighting The Impulse to Spend: Ever feel like you just can’t let another day go by without buying those sparkly Jimmy Choo’s to adorn your feet? Or maybe you can’t get through the checkout line without grabbing the snacks placed right at your eye level. Or when you feel like life is dealing you nines and tens in a hand of Show Low, does a little retail therapy call your name? Well sister, you’ve been played by the sneakiest of sneaksters! This video looks at how marketers keep us buying more stuff and spending all of our hard-earned cash before it even hits our bank account. You will learn tips to keep from being manipulated at the checkout line and how not to become a victim in retail marketing wars. Yes, you CAN fight the impulse to spend!
The Monster of Debt: Have you ever found yourself with too little cash and too many bills? The stress, worry, and restrictions of being unable to pay our bills brings can be simply overwhelming. Do you know this feeling? Debt is like being locked up in chains that are stronger than you and keep you tied up. You no longer have the freedom to do the things you want because you are chained to your debt. Have you become a prisoner to all the money you owe? Are you ready to do what it takes to be financially free? This video shows you how YOU can slay the monster of debt.
Credit Cards, Friend or Foe?: Are credit cards your best friend or your worse enemy? Can they make you or break you? Do they love you or hate you? Are they the bane of our existence or the salvation to our money woes? Is it possible that they can be both? This video puts credit cards in their proper perspective. And it talks about how if you are in debt or tempted to overspend because of them, then credit cards are just another tool being used to separate you from your hard-earned cash and financial goals!
Budgeting 101: Stay out of debt. Save for the future. Plan your big purchases. Live within your means. All great ideas, but how do you do it in reality? After all, you have monthly expenses, semi and annual expenses, and unforeseen expenses along the way. How do you plan all of this within a fixed monthly income? The answer is the budget. In this video we will look at how to make and maintain a simple budget and plan for most of your expenses so that you can avoid those unpleasant financial surprises at the end of the month.
Your Financial Future: You’ve gotten out of debt, managed your budget, put away the credit cards, and gotten control of your desire to spend. What’s next, you may ask? Is there something more to your financial future? In this video, we will simplify how to build a healthy financial future, take the confusion out of 401Ks, IRAs, and provide other tips on planning for financial stability.
Role Models: A father is a role model whether they want to be or not. A loving father is a role model for being loving and an absent father is a role model for avoiding responsibility. This lesson gives practical and real ways in which fathers can be positive role models for their children by walking them through their priorities in life.
Real Time: Many parents know that spending time with your child is important and this lesson makes that clear. But it goes beyond to say that time spent must be REAL. REAL is Relevant, Expected, Attentive and Loving. Using personal stories to introduce the topic this lesson will help fathers understand that their child needs them to be there for them, not just in the same area, but as involved parts of their children’s lives.
Being a Leader: Being a leader is important for every father – but what does a leader do? This lesson lays out the simple and practical ways a father can lead in providing, protecting and preparing and how being a leader involves working hard and serving others.
Being Consistent: Many kids have learned to hate promises. They’ve heard too many “sincere” promises that are never kept. Each time they get their hopes up and then get let down, they become a little harder. A father needs to change this by being there, keeping his word, ending excuses and apologizing/changing when needed.
Respect for Mothers: No one want to hear bad things said about their moms and children are even more sensitive to hearing their mother insulted. This lesson walks the father through the weaponized triangle that hurts the children when the mother is attacked. It deals practically and sympathetically to the situations of broken relationships, but it is also clear that attacking a child’s mother is harmful.
Discipline Foundation: Discipline is not all about punishment. Being a good father that disciplines correctly requires a Strong Hand and a Soft Heart and a Smart Head. A strong hand doesn’t allow bad behavior to continue, a soft heart understands the situation and gives grace where needed, and a smart head understands that issues are born of circumstances. Each of these is discussed on a practical level on how to have all of these in discipline for children
Spiritual Discipline: In every discipline situation a parent must Think, Teach, and Follow Through. This lesson covers practical and realistic responses to tantrums, hitting/fighting/pushing and disobedience. It also talks about behaviors which may be signs of something more that needs to be looked into deeper
Family Stability: Inside Change It has been said that you should only undertake a single major event in any given year. Whoever said that was a bit out of touch with daily reality. Major events come and go; changing jobs, moving homes, adding to your family, getting married or breaking up. These are major events, and there needs to be a sense of who your family is and how you can keep them stable through these tumultuous times. This video can guide you and help you understand that change is what it is – but your family can weather it together!
Successful Family Living: Family is our most precious gift. They are not perfect. They are made up people who struggle, come from imperfect backgrounds, and often are figuring life out as they go. But successful families share one thing in common, they are committed to each other and purposeful in living life together. In this video we talk about what it takes to create a successful family-life for your children, how you can build rich experiences that shape their character, and the most important things a child needs to build good life skills.
Getting Established In a New Area: It’s time to move, again, and that means getting established in a new area. How do you help your children adapt to a new school and make new friends while still encouraging them to maintain current relationships? How do you get them excited for a new area? You may even find yourself feeling anxious with the idea of establishing your family yet again. This video will help parents support, listen and encourage their children through a difficult transition. It will also prepare parents with a plan of action for getting involved, connected and thriving in a new area.
Domestic Family Violence: Family violence is about power and control. And, the members of a household with the least power – the children – are often the ones most harmed, even if they aren’t the direct target of the attack. This video program examines family violence and its impact on children. It defines, explains, and suggests prevention, response, and treatment approaches. Rich in cultural and content diversity; Family Violence: Impact on Children features experts, practitioners, and ordinary folks with knowledge and experience. The program awakens the viewer to take action in order to prevent physical and psychological injury to innocent children. This high-quality production was directed by David Gottlieb, a renowned film maker in Hollywood.
Staying Married (Women): Marriage is all about being committed – even during the hard times. This lesson is to help those thinking about marriage from the previous lesson. It gives them the most basic tools from which they can find help and support to make their marriage healthy.
Staying Married (Men): Marriage is all about being committed – even during the hard times. This lesson is to help those thinking about marriage from the previous lesson. It gives them the most basic tools from which they can find help and support to make their marriage healthy
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Single Parenting (Women): For those who choose single parenting life will be a little more complicated. This lesson helps your clients understand their responsibilities and gives them tools to be a good single parent.
Healthy Boundaries (Women): A relationship can only be healthy if each partner understands and practices proper boundaries. This lesson stresses that each person is responsible for their own feelings, actions, and reactions – and they can choose to be in control.
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