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 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 2017 is as follows:
Tuesdays, March 7, 14, 21 and 28
Wednesdays, May 10, 17, 24 and 31
Tuesdays, July 11, 18, 25 and Aug. 1
Tuesdays, Sept. 5, 12, 19 and 26
Tuesdays, Nov. 7, 14, 21 and 28
The above classes are held from 6 - 8:30 p.m.
We also offer a Saturday Childbirth Preparation Class which covers the same topics in a condensed, one day session from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. The Saturday Childbirth Preparation Class Schedule for 2017 is: April 29, August 12, and October 21.
The Childbirth Preparation Class, whether you attend the four week session or the one day session, costs $40. Classes are held in the Birthing and Women's Unit at UH Samaritan Medical Center.
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 2017 is May 3, July 12, September 13 and November 15. The class will be held from 6 - 8:30 p.m. in the Birthing and Women's Unit at UH Samaritan Medical Center. The class costs $20.
This class helps older siblings understand what to expect with the new arrival. 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 Sibling Class Schedule for 2017 is May 4, June 12, August 24, October 12 and December 7. The class will be held from 6 - 7:15 p.m. in the Birthing and Women's Unit at UH Samaritan Medical Center.
Additional Class Information
If financial hardships prevent you from participating in these classes, please call us at (419) 207-2437 for assistance with class fee payment.