Expectant and New Parent Classes | Norton Healthcare Louisville, Ky.

Expectant and New Parent Classes

Our classes for parents expecting a baby and our new parent classes currently are offered online through Zoom. Some postponed classes are being revised. If you have any questions, call our educators at (502) 899-6029 or send an email to childbirtheducators@nortonhealthcare.org.

Classes for Parents Expecting a Baby

Ready for the big day? Norton Women’s Care provides flexible class schedules for expectant parents, new parents and family members to help prepare for all aspects of childbirth. Check our calendar (download PDF) and find classes that work for you. Most prenatal classes are free.

Birth to Baby

Learn about signs, stages and phases of labor; Lamaze principles; cesarean delivery; medical interventions; anesthesia; comfort techniques; and more. This class is recommended for first-time moms and dads/partners during the fifth, sixth or seventh month of pregnancy.

View 2020 dates and register online.
Search “Birth to Baby” within the class listings.

Lamaze Principles

Lamaze provides strategies for comfort and coping with pain during labor, reducing unnecessary medical interventions and receiving continuous support during labor and birth. The classes, taught by a Lamaze-certified childbirth educator, are offered in a four-week series designed for pregnant women and their birth partners in the seventh or eighth month of pregnancy. Lamaze principles are also covered in the Birth to Baby classes.

View 2020 dates and register online.
Search “Lamaze” within the class listings. 

Comfort Techniques

Whether you are considering an unmedicated labor experience or planning to use pain medication, this class will explore comfort techniques such as breathing, relaxation, visualization, massage, partner support and more.

View 2020 dates and register online.
Search “Comfort Techniques” within the class listings.

Virtual Tours for Parents Who Are Expecting

Maternity Virtual Tour

Labor and delivery and maternity unit tours are available at Norton Hospital and Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital.

View 2020 dates and register online.
Search “Maternity Tour” within the class listings or call (502) 629-1234, option 4.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Virtual Tours

For parents expecting a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) stay at Norton Children’s Hospital or Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital, special tours are available.

  • NICU tour at Norton Children’s Hospital: Call (502) 629-5835 to register.
  • NICU tour at Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital: Call (502) 559-3933 to register.

New Parent Classes

Breastfeeding Classes

Breastfeeding Essentials

Taught by a certified lactation counselor, this class provides advice and techniques for creating a successful breastfeeding experience. This class is ideal for expectant moms who have decided to nurse their infants as well as those who are undecided on an infant feeding method. Support persons are encouraged to attend.

View 2020 dates and register online.
Search “Breastfeeding” within the class listings.

Newborn and Infant Care Classes

Safe Baby Essentials (newborn to 6 months)

This class will discuss safe sleep environments, the importance of tummy time, how to choose and use an appropriate rear-facing car seat, sudden infant death and preventing child abuse.

View 2020 dates and register online.
Search “Safe Baby” within the class listings.

Safe Kids (6 months and older)

Discussion will focus on the leading causes of injuries and how to prevent them. Subjects include car seat changes you need to make when forward-facing; ingestions and poisoning; burns; bike safety; drowning; and more.

View 2020 dates and register online.
Search “Safe Kids” within the class listings.

Baby Basics With a Pediatrician

This class provides information on how to choose a pediatrician and what to expect in the hospital and in the first few weeks at home with your newborn. Other topics include immunizations, well-baby checkups and recognizing signs and symptoms of illness. The class allows time for questions and answers with the pediatrician.

View 2020 dates and register online.
Search “Baby Basics” within the class listings.

Developmental Milestones

This class explores the various milestones in your baby’s early years. It includes information on growth of the brain plus physical, language and social development. Helpful hints for enhancing these developmental areas along with excellent resources are provided.

View 2020 dates and register online.
Search “Developmental Milestones” within the class listings.

Special Classes

Childbirth Refresher

If you already have a child, you have experienced childbirth and caring for a newborn firsthand. In this class, discuss how labor and recovery may be different this time around; review updated hospital procedures, including “rooming in” and skin-to-skin bonding; and more.

View 2020 dates and register online.
Search “Childbirth Refresher” within the class listings.

Your Pregnancy and Your Pelvic Health

Learn about maintaining or restoring pelvic health throughout your pregnancy and in the postpartum period. This will be an interactive class and will include a question-and-answer session.

View 2020 dates and register online.
Search “Your Pregnancy and Your Pelvic Health” within the class listings.

Understanding Your Multiples

This class addresses the unique aspects of carrying and delivering multiples. Topics include the risk of premature birth and other health concerns; delivery expectations; recovery; and life at home.

View 2020 dates and register online.
Search “Multiples” within the class listings.

All About Doulas

Many women find the support of a doula helps them have a positive birth experience. A doula assists a woman before, during and shortly after childbirth. Learn how a doula can complement the partner’s desired role in childbirth.

View 2020 dates and register online.
Search “Doulas” within the class listings.

Ongoing Groups

New Parents Connection (for parents with infants up to 6 months)

Parents and infants, up to 6 months, will have the opportunity to participate in fun, educational music activities and learn songs that promote early infant development and encourage bonding. The class will be facilitated by a board certified music therapist.

View 2020 dates and register online.
Search “New Parents Connection” within the class listings.

Car Seat Check

Do you have questions about how your child is buckled up in the vehicle? Four out of five car seats are being used incorrectly. Norton Children’s Hospital has certified child passenger safety technicians available to help you make sure your child is buckled safely. Appointments can be done virtually from your home through a variety of virtual chat platforms (FaceTime, Facebook Messenger, Zoom, etc.). Get your questions answered about correct harnessing methods, proper installation in the vehicle, when it’s OK to transition your child to the next type of seat, and more.

Call Norton Children’s Prevention & Wellness at (502) 629-7358 or email ncpw@nortonhealthcare.org to schedule an appointment today.

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