The Importance of Childbirth Education
At Renown Children's Hospital, we have professional childbirth educators whose mission is to support families with evidence-based options in childbirth to promote safe and positive personalized birth experiences. Education and communication encourages discussion between families and caregivers to ensure an optimal pregnancy, childbirth and parenting experience. Chris Marlo, a childbirth educator for more than 22 years, recently hosted a webinar on the importance of taking a class to prepare for baby.
How to Register
Registration for classes is available online or by calling 775-853-BABY (2229), unless otherwise noted below. A non-refundable deposit or credit card payment is required to reserve your spot in the childbirth class.
Childbirth Education Classes
Prepared Childbirth Education Classes
There are two types of Prepared Childbirth Education Classes - a traditional five-week series and a "All in a day" class. Evening classes are available and early registration is recommended.
The five-week series class, normally taken during your last trimester, helps you anticipate and prepare for the birthing experience. Emphasis is on relaxation and breathing techniques, coaching, variations of labor and birth and options for medication and anesthesia. This class includes a tour.
The "All in a day class" provides key information in a condensed format. Classes are available on the weekend and also includes a tour.
Meet Amy and Brody and hear what they have to say about taking our Childbirth class.
Breastfeeding Basics Class
Learn proper breastfeeding techniques and how to avoid common breastfeeding challenges.
Breastfeeding Support Group
Discuss successes and challenges of breastfeeding. A scale is available for you to weigh your baby weekly.
Express yourself (breast pumping class)
In this class you will learn about: What basic pumps are available, choosing and buying a breast pump, Hand Expression, Pumping Basics, How to store breastmilk and starting bottles.
Happiest baby on the block
Learn how to: Settle your baby in minutes...or less! Stop your baby's crying, even fussy colicky crying!
Infant Care Class
A great class to help you tune into your child's unique needs, from diapering, caring for the umbilical cord, bathing, circumcision care and knowing when to call your doctor.
Infant CPR Class
Learn the special skills needed to help an infant in distress.
A fun class on how brothers and sisters can help with the new addition in their lives. From creating art, to changing diapers, feeding to dressing. For kids ages 3 to 11, accompanied by a parent.
Gestational Diabetes Class
This two-session program is designed to keep these patients and their babies healthy during pregnancy. The class includes information on meal planning, blood sugar monitoring, the loan of diabetes equipment and follow-up support. Call 775-982-5073 to register.
Spanish parenting class (A baby basics and breastfeeding class)
This class is a one time parenting class that will teach you the basics on how to breastfeed your baby and how to take care of your newborn. This class is in Spanish.
Led by a registered nurse, these tours include the Baby & Family Suites, labor and delivery rooms and the William N. Pennington Nursery. You will also learn more about the pre-admission process, where to check-in and what to expect during your visit.