Prenatal and parent classes at Women's & Children's Hospital are taught by Registered Nurses with extensive experience in caring for expectant Moms. We also have classes to help big brother and big sister get ready for their new and important role in the home.
Registration for all classes is free for those pre-registered to deliver at Women's & Children's Hospital. Registration for each expectant mother includes one guest.
Preparing for Childbirth & Tour
The focus of this class is on the first-time Mom. Topics include labor, delivery, comfort measures, partner's role and a tour of the labor and delivery suite. The class is taught in one 2-hour session and is offered twice a month on Tuesday evenings. Classes fill quickly, so enroll early and ask to take a class during your seventh month of pregnancy.
Childbirth Refresher & Tour
This class is for expectant mothers who have previously had a baby. The class reviews labor and delivery with a brief review of comfort tools and techniques for labor. Information also will be provided on how to prepare siblings for the arrival of a new baby. A tour of the labor and delivery unit will be included in the class. Classes are offered every other month on Tuesday evenings.
This class gives the expectant mother an overview of breastfeeding. The class covers many topics, such as nursing for the first time, appropriate techniques, anatomy/physiology and prevention of breastfeeding problems. Attendance is encouraged prior to delivery. Fathers or significant others are welcome. Classes are offered on various Monday and Wednesday evenings.
Baby Basics Class
This class is to prepare parents for baby's arrival. The class focuses on nursery admission procedures, baby's physical needs, bathing, diapering and dressing, feeding, and preparing the home for the baby. This class is offered free if you are Pre-Admitted to the hospital for your delivery. The class is taught in one 2-hour session.
Infant Stimulation & Development
This class is for parents and other infant caregivers. This class teaches how to stimulate the infant's five senses through play activities with appropriate toys and highlights growth and development during the first year. Parents learn how to understand infant crying behavior and how to adapt to the infant's needs. The goal is to educate participants about creating a positive environment that produces a happy baby. The class is taught in one 2 hour session.
Yoga helps you to understand your mind-body connection through breath, simple movements and postures. Understanding the basics of your mind-body connection helps maximize strength, health and overall well-being throughout pregnancy. Yoga helps the expecting mom reduce stress, anxiety and depression throughout her pregnancy. Class lasts for 50 minutes.
Yoga benefits extend beyond birth. Practiced in the weeks and months after delivery, yoga supports the body’s recovery and enhances that special bond between you and your new baby. It also aids in healing, increases relaxation and provides gentle strengthening. Class lasts 50 minutes and is designed for mothers who delivered at least four weeks prior to enrollment.
Tea with Mimi
Calling all moms- and grandmothers-to-be! Join us for Tea with Mimi! Enjoy tea, pastries and an informative conversation about modern care techniques for babies. Experience an open dialogue about how common care practices have changed over the years, new tips and techniques and further enhance that special bond between grandmother, mom and baby.
Sibling Class & Tour
Children experience many feelings and concerns about a new member joining the family. This class helps the new big brother or sister prepare for the arrival of the new baby. Children will learn how to safely interact with the baby. This class is for children from 3 to 9 years old anticipating a new brother or sister. Please enroll each child who is attending the class separately and note the parent/guardian who will be attending with the child.
Family & Friends CPR
This class is open to people who want to learn CPR but do not need a course completion card for their job. The course teaches life-saving skills of child CPR with breaths, child AED use, infant CPR and relief of choking in a child or infant. Skills are taught using the American Heart Association’s practice-while-watching technique, with hands-on CPR practice time. Ideal for schools and students, new parents, grandparents, babysitters and others.