Due to COVID-19, all BirthPlace classes have been cancelled for the foreseeable future. Please stay tuned for updates.
This six-week course is designed to prepare you and your partner for the physical and emotional aspects of labor and birth. Relaxation, massage, breathing techniques, the progression of normal labor and birth, tough labors, cesarean birth, breastfeeding, and newborn care are addressed. Classes are 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm during the week. Fee: $75 per couple; includes a text book. Payments must be made 24 hours prior to your first class. *There is a minimum of 3 couples per class required. Subject to adequate enrollment.
Weekend Childbirth Workshop
This is a condensed version of the Childbirth 101 Course. Saturday or Sunday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Fee: $75 per couple. Payments must be made 24 hours prior to your first class.
Infant Massage Classes
Infant Massage is natural approach to infant wellbeing. It improves parenting skills, deepens bonding, and strengthens family communication through touch. Gentle movements and massage strokes will improve baby sleep patterns, help digestion and also give you confidence in parenting. This once a week, hour-long class is $30, meets for four weeks, and provides: Infant massage instruction, Bonding & communication skills through touch, Relaxation techniques for infants & parents, Supportive network for parents, and a Certificate of participation upon successful completion. You will need to bring a blanket, pillow or baby boppy. Massage oil and course materials will be provided. Please make payment 24 hours prior to your first class.
Prenatal Breastfeeding Class
If you are planning to breastfeed or you have questions about breastfeeding, this is the class for you. You will have the opportunity to come and meet other expectant moms, learn about breastfeeding, and gain confidence. The class will be offered every other Monday and will last about two hours with instruction from Carol Owings, IBCLC. Some of the topics covered: prenatal and postnatal breast changes, things that can affect the success of breastfeeding, how to prevent engorgement and other complications of breastfeeding, what to expect the first few days of life and the periods following, techniques for good positioning of baby at the breast. The $15 registration of this class includes a breastfeeding educational book. We also offer a Breastfeeding Support Group that the hospital hosts twice a month (see Breastfeeding Support Group details below). Please make payments 24 hours prior to your class.
Breastfeeding Support Group
Join us for some mothering time during our Breastfeeding Support Group. Research shows that continued breastfeeding support is crucial for helping moms meet their breastfeeding goals. Bring yourself, your baby and your questions and we will discuss, troubleshoot and provide information in a warm, fun, friendly environment with a lactation consultant and other new parents. The class will be offered every other Monday, rotating with the Prenatal Breastfeeding group. This Group is facilitated by Laura Keogh, IBCLC and there is no charge or fee to attend and no registration required. To view the schedule of available Breastfeeding Support Group meetings, please visit our calendar of events.