Childbirth and Parenting Classes
How to Register
FLU RESTRICTION NOTE: During the temporary visitor restriction period, childbirth classes will continue as scheduled, with the exception of Sibling classes and Tours.
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 you are unable to attend classes, but would like to receive reliable childbirth and/or breastfeeding information, contact Lori Gillaspie, RN, at 317-621-7737 or email Lori.
If you are not enrolled in the "Birth & Baby" 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.
New! Birth & Baby Express
This is the new express version of our classic Birth & Baby series. It’s a one-session class held on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Community Hospital South. The same topics will be covered, but the information is basic and fast-paced. Approximately one hour is dedicated to each of the four topics: labor, comfort techniques, medical procedures/Cesarean birth, and postpartum/newborn care. Much of the class is video presentation, followed by Q&A with a registered nurse. Take-home materials include free web access for online learning. Comfort techniques and baby care will include hands-on activities. A tour of the maternity unit is included. Cost: $40 per couple.
Birth & Baby
This four-session class is recommended for all first–time parents. 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. Saturday classes are also available. "Fantastic course! Worth every penny! GREAT instructor!"
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. "She was awesome. Really knew her material and is a great communicator."
Expectant Dads Workshop
Learn how to be involved with your baby from pregnancy on, Q&A with a new father. Taught by pediatrician William Fisher, MD. Light refreshments will be served. "Real father talking about real life experiences."
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.). "Great class! Very engaging teacher."
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. "Great - loved Carol!"
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. "Very interactive and easy for child to understand."
Twins & More
This one-session class is for parents expecting twins or triplets. It is taught by a former NICU nurse 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 "Birth & Baby" 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. "Great job! Encouraging and also realistic."