Birchwood Baby

Birchwood Baby

Dates: TBA

Time: TBA

Location: TBA

Registration: email Rebecca at

Cost: $159 for the 10-session series (a limited number of partial scholarships are available; email Rebecca at for a scholarship application)

Your baby is only a baby once. Help them feel loved, safe, and secure while sharing your parenting journey with other new parents like you. The Incredible Babies Parenting Series (from Incredible Years®) is a weekly support, discussion, and play group for parents and babies. Learn how to promote your baby’s development and create a stimulating home environment that will set your baby up for their best and brightest future. Whether you are a first-time parent – or this is your second, third, or fourth child – all parents with infants 0-6 months are welcome. (If you are already back to work yourself, considering sending baby to make new friends with their nanny, grandparent, or whoever else spends a lot of time caring for and about your baby.)


Join our weekly parents and babies group to share parenting experiences while getting expert-guided support and home activity ideas on:

  • Session 1: Getting to Know Your Baby – I
  • Session 2: Getting to Know Your Baby – II
  • Session 3: Babies as Intelligent Learners
  • Session 4: Providing Physical & Tactile Stimulation
  • Session 5: Providing Auditory & Visual Stimulation
  • Session 6: Learning to Read Babies’ Minds
  • Session 7: Parent Self-Care and Support
  • Session 8: Babies’ Emerging Sense of Self – I
  • Session 9: Babies’ Emerging Sense of Self – II
  • Session 10: Baby Group Potluck Celebration



General Overview

  • 10:30-10:35am – Welcome
  • 10:35-10:45am – Sharing About Home Activities
  • 10:45-11:15am – Topic of the Day
  • 11:15-11:20am – Break
  • 11:20-11:35am – Group Practice
  • 11:35-11:50am – Guest Speaker or Special Topic
  • 11:50-11:55am – Review New Home Activities
  • 11:55am-12pm – Closing (and then go have lunch with your new mom friends!?!)

Do what you need to do to take care of your baby during the group. It’s okay to join if your baby is awake or napping. Crying babies and breast- or bottle-feeding parents welcome! We’ve been there, we get it, and we are just happy to have you join us in whatever way you can.



Registration: Advance registration is required.

About Rebecca: Rebecca R. Swenson, Ph.D. is a trained parent educator and mother of two incredible children. She obtained her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a child/adolescent focus from the University at Albany and has taught Child Development courses at both the University at Albany and Skidmore College. She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and owner of Birchwood Psychology LLC, a private practice in Traverse City, Michigan serving children, adolescents, young adults, and families. Rebecca has an Endorsement® in Infant Mental Health from MI-AIMH and has a special interest in supporting new parents. In addition, she is a licensed foster parent and a teen parent mentor with the Generations Ahead nonprofit program.