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NPE – Understanding your Newborn

CLASS TOPICS FOR WEEK 1&2: Understanding your Newborn

Thrive After Birth

8-week New Parent Education Series

and Specialty Classes

Classes in the series:

Understanding your Newborn

Newborn Care

Infant Feeding

Soothing, Swaddling, & Alternative Health Care

Safe Sleep for Everyone

Thrive After Birth

Specialty classes:


I am Becoming a Big Sister/Brother

High-Risk Pregnancy/After Cesarean Care

I’m New to this Dad Thing

Week 1&2: Understanding your Newborn:

Physical characteristics

  • Birth through the first few days
  • Variations
  • First weeks to a month
  • Reflexes


  • Human interaction
  • Infant cues
  • Infant States
  • Temperament


  • Secure attachment
  • Interpreting babies language
  • Brain development

Infant communication

  • Nonverbal
  • Verbal

Developmental milestones

  • Basic
  • Wonder Weeks


  • Informed consent
  • Conscious agreement
  • Consumerism
  • Choosing providers
  • Communication with providers
  • Local options

The newborn assessment

  • Erythromycin eye ointment
  • Vitamin K
  • PKU
  • Cutting of umbilical cord
  • Hearing
  • Jaundice
  • Circumcision

More class offerings can be found at:


About Thrive After Birth:

Shannon Ward is originally from the beautiful state of Colorado however presently resides in Hartford South Dakota, about 12 miles outside of Sioux Falls. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from South Dakota State University with an emphasis in Psychology.

Shannon began her journey to offer Sioux Falls and the surrounding areas postpartum support in 2017. She was able to travel to Colorado to attend a postpartum doula training with the wonderful Carolyn Butler of Doulawise in February of that year through the perinatal professional organization CAPPA. She has since taken a New Parent Educator training with them and will be furthering her education with a training as a Lactation Educator in the fall of 2018 as well!

It is Shannon’s passion to help you Parent with Confidence by offering Always Friendly, Never Force Parent and Baby Support!