This 7 week childbirth preparation, which also includes preparing for postpartum, infant care and breastfeeding education, meets for seven consecutive weeks. This class will help prepare mom and her partner for the many aspects of childbirth and beyond. This class is designed to provide you with a great forum to ask lots of questions and to help you make informed decisions about key issues surrounding your baby’s birth.
Weeks 1-5 will include topics such as:
- Healthy developments in your pregnancy
- Stages of labor
- Warning signs
- Breathing and relaxation techniques
- Comfort measures
- Role of the support person and labor support
- Birth planning
- How to tell when you are in labor
- Pain relief options during labor/medical procedures
- How a birth doula can help
- Cesarean birth
Week 6: During the Newborn Care segment, newborn appearances and behavior, daily care of the newborn, signs of illness, and when to call the doctor will be covered. Tummy time, comfort and soothing techniques, how to keep your baby safe, newborn screenings and vaccinations will also be discussed.
Week 7: You will learn breastfeeding benefits and techniques, the physiology of making milk, positioning and latch, how to know baby is getting enough milk, keeping up your milk supply, where to go for help, learn about our lactation consultants and breastfeeding forums. Pump rentals, and a visit to our Lactation Connection resource center is also included in this class.
Please note: This class also includes a Baby and Family Suites Tour.
All of our instructors are certified educators who will offer you support and guidance through education in a very unique way that will meet your individual needs.
We believe that childbirth is a process, not a method and we recognize that there is no one right way to give birth.
To attend, please register using the expecting mother’s name and information.
Please Note: Masks must be worn during the entire class and 6-foot social distancing will be required for all participants not from the same household.