Childbirth education classes
Sibling classes and tours canceled due to flu restrictions
Starting January 22, 2014, sibling classes and public tours of the maternity units at Community Hospitals North, East and South are canceled until further notice. Flu restrictions details >>
How to register
You may register online for classes and events or call 800-777-7775. We recommend that you register early in your pregnancy (as space is limited) for a class that begins about eight weeks before your due date.
Note: If your pregnancy requires a period of bed rest that prevents you from taking classes, all of this education is still available to you. For written materials from the classes, as well as e-mail and phone access to a certified childbirth educator, just call 317-621-7737.
If you are not enrolled in the "Childbirth Prep and Newborn Care" class or the "Siblings" class, this is your opportunity to tour the maternity unit. The tour is free, but please register online or call to reserve space for each person in your party.
Childbirth Prep and Newborn Care
This four-session class is recommended for all first–time moms and dads/partners. The registered nurse instructor will cover the last month of pregnancy, the labor and birth process, relaxation and pain management options, postpartum and care of the newborn. The class INCLUDES A TOUR of the maternity unit.
The lactation consultant will share tips to prepare you for breastfeeding in this one-session class for expectant parents. (Yes, dads and partners are encouraged to attend!). More about breastfeeding/lactation services.
Expectant Dads Workshop
Learn how to be involved with your baby from pregnancy on, help with labor and birth, understand mom's emotions and yours, take care of the baby and more. Taught by pediatrician William Fisher, M.D. Light refreshments will be served.
CPR for Parents and Grandparents
This American Heart Association course is taught by a certified CPR instructor. This class is intended for expectant parents, parents and grandparents. The focus of the class is infant and child, but adult CPR will also be addressed. The class also includes valuable safety and prevention information to take home (baby-proofing your home, etc.).
Expecting your second baby? This one-session class doesn’t just “refresh” your memory of your previous childbirth class. You’ll discover how your body will experience pregnancy, birth and postpartum differently this time around. The registered nurse educator will also update you on changes in maternity care since your last baby and offer tips on preparing your first child.
Created especially for brothers- and sisters–to–be! This single-session class is geared for the 3-8 year old. The one-hour class celebrates their new role and gives them a peek at life with the new baby. The open house format includes a short video and several hands-on activities with their parents. A TOUR IS INCLUDED to help prepare them for mom’s hospital stay.
Twins & More
This one-session (4 1/2 hour) class is for parents expecting twins or triplets. It is taught by a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit nurse and a lactation consultant, and may include a visit from parents of multiples. A tour of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is included. This class should be taken in addition to the "Childbirth Prep" class.
Natural Labor Discussion
This free one-session class is a place to ask questions for those who are interested in birth using minimal medical intervention at Community. Call 317-621-2397 to register.