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Educational Opportunities

for Expectant Parents and Families

The following classes are designed to be offered as a series to help you through the different stages of labor.  In order to receive the full benefits of prenatal education, your attendance in each class is encouraged.

Class sizes are limited.  All prenatal education classes are offered free of charge, but pre-registration is required.

In order to ensure class availability, participants should register for classes when they are approximately 20 weeks pregnant, and attend classes at approximately 30 weeks.

Visit our Events page to Register for your classes.

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“Having a Baby” 3-Part Educational Series

Participants: Women 30 weeks pregnant and their support person
Description: This is a 3-part educational series which offers expectant parents a comprehensive journey through the process of birth and infant care. The series is designed for mothers and their support partners. The series includes the following information:
  • Signs of Pre-term Labor
  • Stages of Labor
  • Pain Relief Options for Labor
  • Medical Interventions
  • Role of the Support Partner
  • Breathing and Relaxation Techniques
  • Birthing Positions
  • Cesarean Birth
  • Immediate and Extended Post-Partum
  • Infant Care and Safety

“Eat at Moms” Breastfeeding Class

Participants: Women over 30 weeks pregnant
Description: This class concentrates on the anatomy and physiology of the breast, maternal nutrition, breastfeeding techniques and postpartum experiences.

Additional Classes:

Heartsaver CPR & AED Class
Participants: General public (Participants receive a course completion certification with this course.)
Description: The American Heart Association designed the Heartsaver program to prepare people to provide Adult, Child, and Infant CPR in a safe, timely, and effective manner.

New Brother/New Sister Class
Participants: Children ages 3 to 8 years expecting a new sibling
Description: This class provides children with information about what the newborn baby will look like, how to hold and diaper the new baby, and how to deal with feelings of jealousy.  

Bedrest Program
For expectant mothers confined to bedrest by a physician’s order, educational materials are available.  Call the Community Relations Department at 217-347-1529 for more information.