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Classes for Expecting Parents

Want to learn more about breastfeeding and labor? Ready for a hospital tour? We offer classes for moms, dads, brothers and sisters. Classes begin early in pregnancy and continue after the baby's birth.

These classes are very popular, so it is important to register during your fourth month of pregnancy to ensure a spot.

Baby Care Basics
This class covers basic newborn care including appearance, behavior, bathing, feeding, comforting, and keeping your baby healthy and happy. An optional tour of the birthing unit will be available following the class. The tour takes approximately 30 minutes.
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Breastfeeding Basics
A board-certified lacation consultant explains how to have a positive experience including positioning the baby for breastfeeding and preventing common problems. Tips are offered for women returning to work, including use of breast pumps.
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Childbirth Express
This 1-day course is ideal for busy first-time couples or couples who have delivered before, but would like a refresher. Participants are taken step-by-step through the labor process and shown effective breathing and relaxation techniques that can be practiced at home. It is recommended that you complete this class no later than 2-3 weeks prior to your due date. A tour of the birthing area is included.
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Childbirth Preparation
This 4-class series runs for 2 weeks on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Participants are taken step-by-step through the labor process and shown effective breathing and relaxation techniques that can be practiced at home. You will need to bring to class a blanket, a couple of pillows, and a device that will count seconds. It is recommended that you complete this class no later than 2-3 weeks prior to your due date. A tour of the birthing area is included.
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Hospital Matenity Tours
Take a tour of the maternity suites. Tour will include information on procedures, registration, parking and birth rooms.
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