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BirthPlace and Prenatal Classes

Class Registration

COVID-19 UPDATE

For the protection of our patients, employees, and the community NCH has transitioned their prenatal education program to virtual at this time. Please see class options below and call 239-624-6224 with any questions. Please review our COVID-19 birthplace frequently asked questions and answers.

Note that all dates and times shown are subject to change. Class size is limited in order to provide optimum instructor/student ratios. Registration for classes is suggested as early as possible. All classes are scheduled on a first come/first served basis.

You may reserve a place in any class by calling 239-624-6224 or submitting the form below. You will be officially registered for class when you receive a confirmation email, which may take up to three (3) business days to receive. Due to the limited class size and instructors required, please notify us by phone at least 24 hours in advance if you are unable to attend. Please call 239-624-6224 to cancel. Register for a class now >

Available Prenatal Classes

Understanding Infant and Child Safety

Two-hour virtual class. This class covers a variety of topics including car seat safety, water safety, childproofing your home, and safe baby care. We will also cover some basic choking rescue skills and an introduction to CPR. *This class does not replace a hands on training course in CPR. 

Breastfeeding Classes

This-90 minute virtual class addresses the many benefits of breastfeeding.  Topics include: proper latch and positioning, establishment of your milk supply, and common questions and concerns.  All of the information you need to help you and your baby as you begin your journey to breastfeeding success. 

Understanding Your Newborn

90-minute virtual class.  This class helps parents become more at ease in their new role.  Parents will learn how to provide care for their new baby including bathing, diapering, safe sleep, and comforting.

Photo Tour/Q and A Session

This virtual photo tour allows you to ask your questions in real-time as you take a look at the space where you will be delivering your baby and recovering on the postpartum unit.   Our goal is to decrease any anxiety you may feel related to your hospital stay. 

Safe Sitter Class (Cost: $50/child)

Safe Sitter® was created by a pediatrician, Dr. Patricia A. Keener. The course trains young adolescents to provide safe, nurturing care for children and to respond appropriately to medical emergencies.  It also teaches introductory employment skills and important life skills. The long-term goal is to prepare young people for future responsibilities as parents. The course content and teaching techniques are designed for middle school learners. Safe Sitter® is a highly interactive curriculum and is continually updated.  Responsibilities and ethics of safe sitting, age appropriate entertainment, Safe Sitter safety tips (keeping yourself safe), infant/child CPR, infant/child obstructed airway rescue, infant/child rescue breathing, and basic first aid information (what to handle, when to call) will be covered.

Understanding Birth

90-minute virtual class where you will learn about the basics of pregnancy, physical changes, stages of labor and coping techniques for both medicated and un-medicated labors including breathing and relaxation techniques.  You will also learn about the benefits and risks of medical interventions including epidural anesthesia, reasons for unplanned cesarean deliveries and more.  We hope to ease your anxiety and provide you with all of the information you will need for a wonderful birthing experience.

Grandparent’s Class

90-minute virtual class that helps new and repeat grandparents learn about what has changed in infant and child care and why.  Get up-to date information and care tips so that you can relax and enjoy your new role! 

For Dad’s Only

Two-hour virtual class that offers useful advice and practical solutions to common challenges that include preparing for the future, survival strategies, supporting mom, baby-proofing basics, and bonding with your baby.  This is a great opportunity to talk with other dads and learn about the importance of your role in your baby’s life. 

Infant and Child CPR (Cost: $25/person)

This class provides parents and caregivers the tools to prepare for unexpected emergencies that could require cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Instructors teach this class according to American Heart Association Family and Friends guidelines.  Topics covered include: safety, prevention, when to use CPR, and the proper technique for administering CPR, and obstructed airway. *Special notes: The AHA strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in CPR and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the AHA, and any fees charged for such a course do not represent income for the Association.

Epidural Consult

Please contact Wendy Ciresi, RN at 239-624-6216 to schedule your epidural consult.

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