Childbirth Education Classes
Our goal is to provide expectant families in Northeast Wisconsin with the most recent information related to pregnancy, childbirth and infant care.
- Childbirth preparation will reduce anxiety, empower mom to use her natural ability to give birth and promote optimal outcomes for both infant and mother.
- Classes for the family provide caregivers the most recent infant care information customized to their specific role.
In our ongoing commitment to the community we believe education should be accessible to all; therefore many classes are available at no charge. For this reason classes fill up quickly, so please register early.
Before baby's birth
3-Week Childbirth Education
Get ready for your Labor and Delivery journey. This extensive class will help expecting parents prepare for their birth experience. As part of this course, we will explore the process of labor and birth, discuss options in birth and educate fathers and coaches on how they can assist expectant mothers during labor and delivery. Techniques and information provided in these courses are supported by the International Childbirth Association and Lamaze International. Session options include weekend, four week, Spanish speaking and teen. A classes include a tour of our birthing center. Call (920) 497-3889 for more information.
Weekend Childbirth Education
Like the 3-week option, this condensed weekend version will fully explore the childbirth process. Participants will learn about comfort measures, medications, and medical interventions.
Express Childbirth Education
There are many questions that arise during pregnancy and a lot of decisions to be made. Where should I have my baby? Will I choose to have a natural birth or use pain relief methods? How will I know when I am in labor? Receive a tour of our birthing center, additional information related to hospital policies and programs offered at the facility, and a brief overview of what to expect when you go into labor including natural birth options and pain relief options available. Great for parents who are short on time or simply need a refresher.
Online Childbirth Education
Our online childbirth class is ideal for those expectant parents who can’t attend an on-site childbirth class due to work schedules, time constraints, or medical conditions .The eight-chapter program is an interactive, web-based class that uses videos, personal birth stories, animations, activities, and games to teach all the essential information parents need to know to prepare for their birth. For more information or to register for this class, call (920) 498-4205.
Taught by a certified Childbirth Educator, this four-week class is for couples who desire a birth with the use of minimal medications or medical interventions. Practice time and hands-on instruction in natural childbirth is provided. A tour is also included. Brief information will be provided on epidurals and other medical interventions.
Teen Childbirth Education
This special series of classes is geared toward the individual needs and challenges of a pregnant teen. By attending, young parents will better understand the labor and delivery process, and more. The sessions will describe how the body works, offer ways to manage the pain through comfort measures and medical procedures, and teach teens how to safely care for and breastfeed their baby after he or she is born. Flexible schedules allow participants to take classes as a four-week series or pick and choose between them. It is an exciting, yet anxious time and we are here to provide support and direction through the uncertainties.
Spanish Childbirth Education
Childbirth classes are available in Spanish upon request. Call Carol Ponce at (920) 497-3886 to arrange a class with a Spanish instructor. To register in English, call (920) 497-3889.
2-Week Breastfeeding Class
Taught by a lactation specialist, this class gives moms-to-be the tools needed to be successful at breastfeeding, especially during baby's first six weeks. Learn the advantages, positions, getting started at the hospital, troubleshooting at home and techniques for mom and baby to get the most out of the breastfeeding experience. This class will also cover pumping, milk storage, being separated, introducing complementary foods, weaning and tips on how to continue successfully breastfeeding as baby grows.
Couples are encouraged to attend. This class is also perfect for couples who are already breastfeeding their infant and need additional support.
This comprehensive class covers everything from bathing and care of the newborn to growth patterns, illness, newborn characteristics and colic. You will learn what to expect during those first weeks of life as your baby transitions to his or her new world. A baby bath demo and infant care book is included.
This class includes the same content as the 2-week breastfeeding course, but is condensed into one convenient Saturday morning.
After baby's birth
Breastfeeding Mom's Group
A place to network and gain support and encouragement from other moms at all different stages of their breastfeeding journey.
For the family
Learn resuscitation skills for a non-breathing or choking infant. This class is available to parents, grandparents or anyone who needs to learn the basic skills of infant rescue. No written test required and this is not a certification class.
Help your young children, ages 3 to 8, feel special while they prepare for the arrival of a new brother or sister. Siblings-to-be will see a movie, have an activity and tour the birthing center along with other fun and informative surprises while learning what to expect when mom brings home the new baby.
Becoming a grandparent for the first time is something many people look forward to with great anticipation, but it is equally important to remember that the role of a grandparent differs greatly from the role of a parent. Our experienced childbirth educator, and fellow grandparent, will discuss the changes that occur as your role changes from that of a parent to that of a grandparent. Enjoy a tour of the labor and delivery suites and learn how giving birth may differ from your experiences.