Babies don't come with instructions. That's why it's important to educate yourself about all of the changes and activities associated with childbirth and parenting. We offer a variety of classes to prepare moms, dads, and siblings for the arrival of a new baby. Not all of the classes listed below are offered every month. For a list of current classes, prices, and registration information, visit our calendar.
Baby BasicsThis class is strongly recommended for first-time parents. It provides information on caring for a newborn and addresses the needs of a changing family. Budgeting for your baby’s arrival, breast- and bottle-feeding, infant growth and development, infant hygiene, cord care, circumcision care, and infant and child CPR are all covered in this course. The two-hour class meets once a week for three weeks. You can attend this course anytime during your pregnancy or after delivery.
Basic BreastfeedingThis two-hour class is designed to educate and support the mother planning to breastfeed. Topics include preparing to breastfeed, basic breastfeeding information, nutrition, and a discussion of common concerns. Issues such as family support for the breastfeeding mother, the father’s role in feeding, and how to breastfeed and continue your career are also covered. Your support person is encouraged to attend the class with you.
Labor and Delivery TourWant to take a look around before the big day? Register to take a free tour of our perinatal facilities.
Multiple BlessingsThis four-session course is for parents expecting twins, triplets, or more. An experienced team of mothers with multiples provides information on prenatal care, the multiple birth experience, newborn care, and life at home with more than one baby. This class is scheduled on an as-needed basis. If you’d like to request the course, call 912-350-BORN (2676).
Prepared ChildbirthThis course provides an overview of reproductive anatomy and physiology and explains the process of labor and delivery in simple, easy-to-understand terms. Conscious relaxation, breathing techniques, and comfort measures to use during labor and delivery are demonstrated. The course also includes a tour of the labor and delivery suites at the Women's Health Institute. Prepared Childbirth is offered in two different formats. Two-hour sessions are held once a week for four weeks. Parents who live outside of the region or who have very busy schedules may opt to attend the Prepared Childbirth Weekend Course that meets for one full Saturday. Both sessions are very popular, so register early!