Experts at Greenville Health System Women’s Hospital offer classes to help moms, dads, guardians and siblings prepare for the birth of a new baby. Topics cover childbirth, breastfeeding, infant CPR, and more.
Expectant moms should register for prepared childbirth classes by the fifth month of pregnancy for the best selection of class dates and times. Ideally, try to complete prepared childbirth classes four to six weeks before your due date.
For more information about classes or to register, click here or please call 1-877-GHS-INFO.
Prepared Childbirth Classes
Obstetric nurses help expectant parents understand the entire birth process including: coping with third trimester discomfort, how to know when you are in labor, stages of labor, breathing and relaxation techniques as well as other options for pain relief, and postpartum care.
The class is offered in a four-week series or as an all-day retreat. $70 per family.
This Prepared Childbirth Class is designed for couples expecting twins or more. Please call (or click above) for dates and times. An OB tour is not included. Cost: $50/couple.
Taught by a certified lactation consultant, this class prepares couples for the breastfeeding experience and offers practical solutions for common health problems. First Tuesday 6:30 p.m. -8:30 p.m. monthly and third Sunday, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. $20 per family.
Share experiences with other moms and learn about breastfeeding in the real world. First and third Thursday monthly, 12 p.m.-3 p.m. at St. Michael's Lutheran Church (2617 Augusta Street). No charge.
This class prepares children ages 3 through 8 for the birth of your baby. First Thursdays monthly, 6:30p.m.-8:00 p.m. $20 per family.
Join us for a walking tour of Family Birthplace and Family Beginnings. Learn what to bring to the hospital and what to expect during your hospital stay. No charge.
Friends and Family CPR
Taught by a certified CPR instructor, this class uses American Heart Association guidelines to teach you how to reduce hazards in your child's environment and trains you to perform CPR on an infant. Not recommended for women in their last trimester. $30 per person. Please call 1-877-GHS-INFO to register.
Getting Ready for Baby featuring Happiest Baby on the Block
Learn what to do when your new baby comes home from the hospital. This class covers what to expect during the first few days of your baby’s life, how to prepare your home and your routine for a new baby, and the basics of baby care (bathing, feeding, and changing). Also features Happiest Baby on the Block, developed by pediatrician Harvey Karp, M.D., “The Happiest Baby on the Block” helps parents calm a fussy baby by using the 5 S’s. As part of the class, participants will receive a Happiest Baby parent kit which includes a DVD. In this DVD,Dr. Karp also answers these common questions:What is colic?, Why is infant crying more common in the evening?, How can a parent calm a fussy baby quickly?, Can babies be spoiled? and When should a parent of a fussy baby call the doctor?
Third Tuesday monthly, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. $40 per family.
Beginnings and Beyond
Beginnings and Beyond prenatal education classes are held every Thursday at Greenville Memorial Toomey Conference Center. Classes are for pregnant women and their support persons. English classes are held from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Information covered in classes include health, nutrition, drugs, alcohol, smoking, domestic abuse, complications, preterm labor, labor and delivery, cesarean sections, inductions, breastfeeding, postpartum/newborn care, SIDS, Shaken Baby Syndrome and safe sleep environments. The 7 week series may be started at any time and once 7 classes have been completed, the participant will receive a gift bag for their baby with items such as clothes, blankets, board books or toys.