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Sentara Women's Health Education offers a variety of prenatal prepared childbirth class options to meet the needs of expectant parents. All of our classes are taught by certified childbirth educators and lactation consultants or experienced neonatal registered nurses.


1-Day Childbirth Class
In this class, expectant parents are prepared for the physical and psychological experience of labor, birth and the postpartum period. An emphasis is placed on understanding the childbirth process and exploring methods of relaxation, which can be used during labor. It is recommended that childbirth class to be taken in the sixth or seventh month of pregnancy.
We recommend completing the course three to four weeks prior to your due date (34 weeks).

Cost: $55 per couple

Location:
Sentara Obici Hospital - Garden Level Classrooms C&D
To register, please call: 1-800-SENTARA or register online.

1-Day Childbirth Preparation Class - Williamsburg 
This course is a one day childbirth education program entailing what to expect during labor and delivery, techniques such as relaxation, Lamaze breathing patterns, options to promote the birthing process, and much more. Please call (757) 565-6156 to register for this program and to receive the class location, time information and fee for attendance.

Location:
Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center
To register, please call: (757) 565-6156

4-Week Childbirth Class
In these classes, expectant parents are prepared for the physical and psychological experience of labor, birth and the postpartum period. An emphases is placed on understanding the childbirth process and exploring methods of relaxation, which can be used during labor. It is recommended that childbirth classes be taken in the sixth or seventh month of pregnancy.

Cost: $55 per couple

Location: Sentara Obici Hospital - Garden Level Classrooms C&D
To register, please call: 1-800-SENTARA or register online.


6-Week Childbirth Class
This 6-Week Childbirth Class is a traditional, comprehensive, childbirth class that prepares expectant parents for the physical and emotional challenges of late pregnancy, labor and birth. The content includes: anatomy, late pregnancy discomforts and exercises along with comfort measures to provide relief, prenatal exercises and nutrition, warning signs of complications, the stages of labor and coping measures such as relaxation, breathing techniques, positions for promoting descent, and massage with practice time provided.

Hospital procedures and medical interventions/options such as pain medications, epidurals, and Cesarean sections are all covered. A brief review of newborn care, breastfeeding and postpartum care are also covered in this course.

COST: $75 per couple 

Locations: 
Sentara Leigh Hospital
Sentara Princess Anne Hospital
To register, please call: 1-800-SENTARA or register online.


Weekend Childbirth Class
This weekend course covers the same content as the 6-Week Childbirth Class, over a Friday night and all day Saturday.

The course includes anatomy, the birth process, exercises, relaxation techniques, danger signs, signs of labor, coaching, pushing, postpartum, and alternative pain relief methods.
We recommend completing the course three to four weeks prior to your due date. (34 weeks) 

Cost: $90 per couple
 
Location:
Sentara Leigh Hospital
To register, please call: 1-800-SENTARA or register online.


Express Childbirth Class
This is a two class workshop, offered on 2 evenings or Saturday/Sunday class. A condensed version of the Childbirth options class for expectant parents who prefer or need a shorter class time commitment.

Cost: $50 per couple

Locations:
Sentara HealthPlex
Sentara Princess Anne Hospital
To register, please call: 1-800-SENTARA or register online.


Birth Options Class
This class explains options which present during the time of childbirth. Topics covered include pain relief options: childbirth techniques, medications and anesthetics; delivery options: spontaneous or assisted vaginal birth, induction, augmentation, and cesarean birth; provider options and infant feeding options.  An informative booklet with online video demonstrations provide further opportunity for couples to enhance their preparation for birth.

Cost: $50 per couple

Location:
Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center 
To register, please call: (757) 259-4233 or register online.


Labor Rehearsal Class
This Class is a great refresher class for experienced couples or for couples who have completed a childbirth class but want extra practice with comfort measures, relaxation, and breathing techniques.

Note: This is a two hour class is limited to four couples.

Cost: $30 per couple

Location:
Sentara Leigh Hospital
To register, please call: 1-800-SENTARA or register online.

 


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