When should I attend Childbirth Classes?

We recommend that expectant moms attend a Childbirth Class series starting at 30 weeks (around 7 to 8 months). You may attend any time after 20 weeks, but it is preferable to have this information fresh in your mind close to the birth of your baby. It’s a good idea to register well in advance as these classes fill up quickly.

Who should attend childbirth classes with me?

Classes are designed to educate and prepare both the expectant mom and her partner/support person for labor and parenthood.

Can I bring someone else with me to class?

Many Moms bring a relative or a good friend to a class if your partner or support person cannot attend. We encourage Mom to bring one support person of her choice with her to every class.

What do I need to bring to Childbirth Preparation Class?

Bring two pillows and a blanket to use for childbirth exercises. Wear comfortable clothes and feel free to bring snacks. A break is provided for lunch during the all-day classes.

This is my second baby. Are there any classes that I should take?

We offer a Sibling Class which is designed to prepare siblings for the arrival of the new family member. Also, private “refresher” courses are available on request.

Are there any classes offered for grandparents who will be caring for my child?

We encourage anyone that will be caring for the new baby to attend our Newborn Care and Infant Safety and CPR classes. These classes discuss newborn care such as feeding, diapering, safe sleep, infant CPR and choking. These classes do not certify the participants in CPR however the information they receive is essential.

Can children attend the Childbirth Classes?

Younger children may have a hard time sitting quietly for the duration of the class and this can be a distraction to other attendees. However, they are welcome to accompany you to a tour of our labor and delivery unit as long as they do not have a fever or respiratory illness.  During flu or RSV season, for the health of all of the babies and recovering mothers, only siblings of the new baby are allowed to visit.

Does the hospital have a lactation consultant and breastfeeding education?

Yes, lactation consultants and nurses are available and we highly encourage new mothers to take advantage of their expertise during their hospital stay. Upon discharge, referral resources are available. Breast pumps are available for rent if needed and we offer a breastfeeding class for moms and their support person. Please check our calendar for availability.

What is the difference between the one-day, two-day and four week programs?

The two-day Saturday Childbirth Preparation series covers the same information as the four-week series. Both options are available to accommodate varying schedules. If a one-day Saturday class is offered, it is a condensed version of the full Childbirth Preparation series.

Are private childbirth classes available?

Yes. Private childbirth classes are available upon special request and instructor availability.  Please contact our office for pricing and availability.

What if I cannot attend and need to cancel my registration?

We ask that you call our office as soon as possible if you find that you cannot attend a class you are registered for. We often have a waiting list for classes and this will give someone else an opportunity to attend. A full refund will be issued as long as you cancel before the start of the first class.

Do I need to register for a labor and delivery tour?

Tours are included as part of the Childbirth Preparation classes. You do not need to register separately if you attend a series.

To register for classes and tours, please visit our Events Calendar. For additional questions, we are happy to assist you!  Please do not hesitate to call our Regional Perinatal office at 865-305-9300 or toll-free at 1-800-422-9301.