HOPE (Help Offered in a Pregnancy Experience) Classes
Who can attend? Any woman who is pregnant and wants to learn about being a good, godly parent. Open to single moms, with or without the dads, and married couples. If the mother-to-be is under 17, the baby’s father or the woman’s mother can attend classes with her. If the mother-to-be is over 18 only the baby’s father can attend classes with her. Only one person can attend with the mother-to-be.
HOPE is a free, 12 week program consisting of three phases. Each phase is 4 weeks long. There is a 2 week break between each phase. Classes are offered on Tuesday evenings from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. No childcare is provided.
2013 HOPE Schedule
Feb. 19 – Mar. 12
Apr. 2 – Apr. 23
May 14 – Jun. 4
Jun. 25 – Jul. 16
Aug. 6 Aug. 27
Sept. 17 – Oct. 8
Oct. 29 – Nov. 19
HOPE classes include
- Parenting Skills
- Newborn Care
- Child Safety
- Infant CPR
- SIDS Information
- Shaken Baby
- Career Skills
- Post Partum Depression
- Interviewing Skills
- Bible Studies
- Plugging Into a Church
HOPE Class Requirements
Classes are to be taken as offered. There are no make-up classes. Participants are expected to be on time for each class and schedule other appointments around their class time. Graduation will be held when phases are completed. At graduation, participants will receive baby items earned for their particular phase. To take part in HOPE, call PHC at 979-297-3622 or come by to register. You must fill out the HOPE Class application located below and return it to the PHC in person so you can be interviewed at that time. Registration is not complete until the application is turned in and an interview has been completed. Confidentiality is important for you and your classmates. Please assist us by maintaining the confidence of your peers.
Who can attend? All classes are open to the community.
Cost? All classes are free.
When are classes held? The following classes are offered periodically. Call PHC or check website for dates and time.
If you are interested in any of these events, please call 979-297-3622 for registration or additional information.
- What’s This Thing Called Parenting?
This 4 week class will be offered at three different times this year on different nights and will be for singles and couples. Everyone can learn more about parenting! We will be discussing discipline and how to better connect with your child or children in detail. We will also look at the birth order and how that affects our parenting and the personalities of our children.
Hours are 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Offered all year.
Introduction to Baby Signs
January 29, March 12 and April 23 . This 45 minute class is an introduction to the use of baby signs between parents and their infants. The class will guide parents in how to get started using signs for everyday use. They will learn when the best time is to begin exposing signs to their little ones. Simple signs will be demonstrated in class, as well as information shared on research that supports the use of signs to communicate with babies. This class is for expected moms and moms of those who have children under a year old. The purpose of baby signs is not to teach sign language but to open the door of communication even wider between a baby and the baby's caregiver while decreasing the level of frustration during those non verbal months of infancy. Baby signs ultimate goal is to have a child sign until they replace that sign with the proper word.
Read to Me – Bonding with your baby through reading. February 7-28 and April 4-25, 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Childbirth Education taught by Peg Raymer, Certified Childbirth Educator. February 19, April 2. These informal classes are specifically designed for women and couples seeking education and support regarding pregnancy, birth and parenting. Classes will focus on: Normal labor & delivery, complications & emergencies, nutrition, exercise, relaxation, breathing, coaching techniques, emotional & spiritual preparation, postpartum care and breastfeeding information.
- The Legacy Project. A monthly meeting for Moms, supporting their efforts to provide a positive future for their children. Some of the tools we will be using include: The Five Love Languages, Bonding with Your Children, Dressing with Class, Journaling, Birth Order, Contemporary Ten Commandments, and the "M&M" Talk. The classes will be on Wednesdays beginning January 16 from 10:30 am - 12 pm. A light lunch will be served.
- Bible Study Basics
- Volunteer Trainings
Interested in becoming a volunteer at the PHC? Volunteer Trainings are held 4 times a year.
- ABC’s of Marriage
A two day event that helps you to see what this thing called “marriage” is all about. Why is it so important? It is for anyone and everyone. You do not have to be married to attend this event. Maybe you are both searching, maybe marriage has not been something you have thought a lot about, maybe you are planning a to get married or just maybe you are already married. We will look at the beauty of marriage and how you can make it successful.
- My Baby & Me
If interested, call the PHC to set up a time to study God’s Word together.
My Baby and Me series is a tool to actively help a woman in crisis pregnancy through her pregnancy, set goals, and work out the best decision concerning her child. There are five workbooks in the series. They include:
- Workbook 1 – Basic Decision Making – This workbook can be used with every woman who is faced with a crisis pregnancy. It is designed to help a woman look at her life now, develop a value system, plan ahead, and look at all the options available to her concerning the decision about her baby.
- Workbook 2 – Sharing an Apartment – Material in this book covers areas which need to be considered when sharing an apartment with others, including marriage.
- Workbook 3 – Living Along – The chapters in this book are for a woman who is planning to keep her baby, live alone, and be completely independent.
- Workbook 4 – Going Home – The chapters in this book are for the young woman who is planning to return home to her family with her child, or who will be living with others (i.e. relatives, host family) as a family member. These women will basically be dependent on the families they live with, even though in some cases they may be getting government assistance.
- Workbook 5 – Looking at Adoption – This workbook is to help educate women about adoption, as well as to help them work through this decision. If adoption is her choice, these chapters will help her deal with grieving, the hospital stay, other family members, and planning for the future after the adoption is finalized.
Each individual will schedule a time with the director each week. Workbook 1, Basic Decision Making will be the first book that will done and then whichever way the individual is leaning, the appropriate workbook will then follow.
- Shaken Baby and Depression Education Class
What are baby blues? What is depression and what are the symptoms? What is post partum depression? Come and learn all of these and more from Jenny Broaddus, MS Ed., LPC. Helping to understand depression protects you and your child. A Shaken Baby simulator will help us to see what happens to our baby when we are not in control.
- Car Seat Safety Class
Parents can register to attend a one hour class on car seat safety and receive a free convertible (rear-facing or forward-facing) car seat. The car seats were made available through a generous grant by Women Building Community, a component of the Community Foundation of Brazoria County. Registration is required prior to the class.
- Seasons of Grace (Post-Abortion Syndrome)
If you are experiencing one or more of the symptoms listed on our Post-Abortion Syndrome link under “Information”, there is help. Our goal is to help you find restoration and peace in your life relationships. We offer “Seasons of Grace”, a time where you can talk to someone that has been where you are and to begin receiving that peace. We work around your schedule. Call PHC and ask for Beccy.
If you have any questions, contact Jackie Fuller at firstname.lastname@example.org or call PHC at 979-297-3622.