Childbirth Education

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Congratulations! You are about to embark on one of the greatest adventures of life...parenthood! For an optimal birthing experience, we offer Childbirth Education Programs. Whether you are a rookie or a seasoned veteran, we encourage you to take advantage of these informal, yet highly educational, classes.  

Childbirth Preparation Class
Certified childbirth educators will cover: signs and stages of labor; relaxation and breathing techniques; pain management and epidural anesthesia; postpartum and newborn care; and car seat safety. This four week course also includes a tour of the labor and delivery, nursery and post-partum areas. Due to the informative and timely nature of this course, your support person is encouraged to participate, and we ask you schedule your session at least two months prior to your due date.

The Four Week Class Schedule for 2015 is as follows:

Mondays, January 5, 12, 19 and 26
Tuesdays, February 3, 10, 17 and 24
Wednesdays, March 4,11, 18 and 25

Mondays, April 6, 13, 20 and 27
Tuesdays, May 5, 12, 19 and 26
Tuesdays, June 2, 9, 16 and 23

Wednesdays, August 5, 12, 19 and 26
Tuesdays, September 8, 15, 22 and 29
Tuesdays, October 6, 13, 20 and 27
Mondays, November 2, 9*, 16 and 23

Classes are held from 6 - 8:30 p.m. in the Birthing and Women's Unit at Samaritan Hospital. (*The November 9th class will be held in the Tower Conference Room at Samaritan Hospital.)

For your convenience, we offer a Saturday Childbirth Preparation Class which covers the same topics in a condensed, one day session from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. The Saturday Class Schedule for 2015 is as follows: January 17, April 11, August 1 and November 14.

The Childbirth Preparation Class, whether you attend the four week session or the one day session, costs $40.

Breastfeeding Class
What are the benefits of breastfeeding? What are the challenges of breastfeeding, and what can you do to overcome these challenges? You will learn all of this, and more, with the complete support of our lactation team. Here, they will equip you with the knowledge and resources you need to successfully breastfeed your newborn should you choose to do so. The same certified lactation consultants and certified lactation counselors that teach this class will help you during your stay in the hospital, and upon your return home.

The Breastfeeding Class Schedule for 2015 is as follows: January 14, February 11, March 10, April 15, May 13, June 10, August 11, September 16, October 14 and November 11*. The class will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. in the Birthing and Women's Unit on the 4th floor at Samaritan Hospital. This class costs $20. (*The November 11th class will be held in the Tower Conference Room at Samaritan Hospital.)

Sibling Class
Siblings play an important role in the arrival of a newborn, so make them a priority during this special time of your life. Obviously, changes will occur in your household once the baby arrives, and this class helps older siblings understand what to expect. Since children will have the opportunity to view the nursery and maternity areas, we recommend they are between the ages of two and ten years old. The Sibling Class costs $10 per family.

The evening Sibling Class Schedule for 2015 is as follows: February 19, April 16, June 18 and October 1. The class will be held from 6-7:15 p.m. in the Birthing and Women's Unit on the 4th Floor at Samaritan Hospital.

For your convenience, we offer a Saturday Sibling Class from 10-11:15 a.m. The Saturday Sibling Class Schedule for 2015 is as follows: March 28, May 30, August 22 and November 14. The class will be held in the Birthing and Women's Unit on the 4th Floor at Samaritan Hospital. 

Additional Class Information
We feel education is extremely important. If financial hardships prevent you from participating in these classes, please call us at (419) 207-2437 for assistance with class fee payment.

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