Parent Classes

Ready for the big day? Norton Women’s Care provides flexible class schedules for expectant parents and family members to help prepare for all aspects of childbirth. Find classes that work for you. Most prenatal classes are free!

Prenatal Classes

Childbirth and Newborn Prep 
Prepare for the big day with this series of childbirth and newborn prep classes.

Learn about signs, stages and phases of labor; cesarean delivery; medical interventions; anesthesia; comfort techniques; what to expect after delivery; breastfeeding basics; and newborn care. This class is recommended for first-time moms and dads/partners, and recommended during the fifth, sixth or seventh month of pregnancy.

Attendees can choose between two evening sessions or one Saturday “express” session. All aspects of labor and delivery are covered in Childbirth 101 OR Birth BasicsCaring for Your Baby OR From Birth to Baby focuses on after the delivery and newborn care. All participants are also encouraged to register for a hospital tour.

Childbirth 101
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Birth Basics
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Caring for Your Baby
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From Birth to Baby
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Lamaze Principles
Upcoming class dates

Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28
Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25
March 4, 11, 18, 25
6 to 8:30 p.m. ● Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital

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 (24 to 31 weeks’ gestation).

The series introduces four healthy birth practices and encourages a safe approach to pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting practices. Cost is $25 per couple; one guest per expectant mother. Class size is limited to 12 expectant mothers and their guest. Mothers and guest must register to attend all four classes.

Call (502) 629-1234, option 4 to register.

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. Participants are encouraged to take the Childbirth and Newborn Prep class series also.

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Comfort Techniques
Whether you are considering an unmedicated labor experience or are planning to use pain medication, this class will explore comfort techniques such as breathing, relaxation, visualization, massage, partner support and more. Attendees are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing, and bring two pillows and an exercise mat or towel.

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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; learn tips for home recovery and adjusting to more than one child; hear about new research; and more. A tour of the labor and delivery and mother/baby units is optional.

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Prenatal Yoga
This six-week series of yoga classes, taught by a certified yoga instructor, focuses on deep breathing techniques, stretching and strengthening exercises appropriate for moms-to-be and their unborn babies. Participants are asked to bring a yoga mat, water, pillow and two towels to class. A physician release is required. Class size is limited. Cost is $10 per class. Class size is limited to 14.

Fridays, Jan. 10 to June 26
Noon to 1 p.m. ● Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital

Call (502) 629-1234, option 4 to register.

Newborn Care

Breastfeeding Essentials
Taught by a certified lactation consultant, 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. Topics include the benefits of breastfeeding; latching on and positioning; breast care; returning to work; and more.

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Breastfeeding: Beyond the Basics
Taught by a certified lactation consultant, this class provides more in-depth information for breastfeeding moms to help when they are away from their baby or returning to work. Topics include choosing a breast pump, proper pumping practices, workplace considerations and more. Ideal for moms-to-be and new moms.

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Baby Basics With a Pediatrician
Led by a pediatrician, this class provides information on how to choose a pediatrician, what to expect in the hospital and 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.

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Developmental Milestones

Safe Baby
Is your home ready for your baby? Do you know the latest recommendations to keep your child safe? Ideal for parents, grandparents and caregivers, this class answers these questions and more. Discuss the best home safety products and learn tips for safe sleeping, proper car seat use, and prevention of injury and infant choking.

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Infant-only CPR
This class for new parents teaches infant-only rescue breathing, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and choking rescue procedures. This is not a CPR certification class.

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Special Classes

Dogs and Babies
This interactive class addresses dog safety with babies and children. A professional dog trainer presents advice about helping your dog adjust to a new baby. Learn how to avoid and correct behavioral issues with your dog that might put your baby at risk for harm.

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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. Doulas also provide information, physical comfort measures and emotional support to the woman, her partner and/or family. We love having dads join us! Learn how a doula can complement the father’s desired role in childbirth.

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Safe Sitter
Safe Sitter is a comprehensive babysitting training program for youths ages 11 to 14. This interactive program, created by a pediatrician, teaches graduates how to be safe and confident babysitters. Attendees learn how to prevent and handle emergencies, age-appropriate activities, tips on safety, first-aid care, choking prevention, babysitting business skills and more.

Upon completion of the course, students take a test on the key concepts and skills learned. Those who pass receive a completion card. Parents and guests are encouraged to attend a graduation ceremony.

Fee of $40 includes backpack, materials, pizza lunch and snacks.

April 3
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ● Norton Hospital

March 30
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ● Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital

Please call (502) 629-1234, option 4 for information about upcoming class dates and to register.

Family & Friends CPR
Learn how to save a life. This American Heart Association class teaches the lifesaving skills of adult hands-only CPR, child CPR with breaths, infant CPR and relief of choking in adults, children and infants. This class is ideal for new parents, grandparents, babysitters and anyone interested in learning how to save a life. This is not a certification class.

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Sibling Class 
Becoming a big brother or sister is exciting, and each family is unique in how its members adjust to a new baby. This class helps prepare children ages 3 to 10 to welcome their new brother or sister. The class also includes a special tour highlighting where mom and baby will stay after delivery. A parent is required to stay with the child or children during this class.

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Your Pregnancy & Your Pelvic Health
Learn about maintaining or restoring pelvic health throughout your pregnancy and in the postpartum period. This will be an interactive class that involves lecture, question-and-answer session and hands-on assessment.

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Supporting Hands
This class helps ease the concerns of the laboring woman’s care team. Learn how to support her during pregnancy and labor, and after childbirth. Get tips on how to recognize postpartum depression and how to care for a new family during this life transition. This class is for dads, partners, grandparents and the woman’s support team only.

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Ongoing Groups

New Mommy 101 and New Mommy 201
These groups provide a relaxed setting for expectant moms, new moms and their babies to meet. Facilitated by a childbirth educator, new moms have an opportunity to talk to one another, ask questions and get advice on parenting and newborn care. These groups also have a special question-and-answer time with a certified lactation consultant. New Mommy 101 is for mothers with infants up to 6 months old. New Mommy 201 is for mothers with babies 6 months and older.

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Car seat checks 
Schedule a car seat check by a certified passenger safety technician. During the appointment, you will be shown how to install the seat in the best position in your car and verify any recalls. Car seat checks are available at several Norton Healthcare locations.

To schedule an appointment, call Norton Children’s Prevention & Wellness at (502) 629-7358.

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

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Neonatal intensive care unit tours
For families anticipating a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) stay at Norton Hospital or Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital, special expectant parent tours are available.

To schedule a tour of the NICU at Norton Children’s Hospital, call (502) 629-5835.

To schedule a tour of the NICU at Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital, call (502) 559-3933.

Classes are supported by a grant from the Norton Healthcare Foundation. Learn more about ways to help.

 

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