Location: Maternity Waiting Room- outside Maternity
When: Wednesdays from 6-8 PM
Cost:$40 for 4-week series or $10 per class
To register for classes please call the Maternity Department: (508)957-9330
Please sign up early for the next available series.
Childbirth Education Course Descriptions
Class One: Powerful in Birth Women want to be powerful in birth and men want to know how to support her so she can have the birth experience she wants. This class is about obtaining skills and awareness so that you’re not blindsided by the unknowns of labor. Includes a discussion of what’s happening physically, how to cope with contractions and typical emotions felt by moms and dads during the birthing journey. This is a fun, active class covering massage, helpful positions in labor and second stage, and optimal fetal positioning, which can assist in a quicker, less painful experience.
Class Two: The dirty word, “Interventions” Building on our first class, this class discusses the realities of birthing at MVH, and in the US in general. Tools of the trade are introduced, handled and discussed in attempts to not only educate but to decrease anxieties related to what could be waiting for you in your unique birthing journey. NO two birth stories are the same! There are plenty of non-medical, non-pharmacological interventions that partners and nurses provide as needed to women; these are introduced and explored as well. After participating in this class, moms and dads know more about what to expect from the staff here and standards of care.
Class Three: Newborn Care Your baby is born with wisdom and intuition. We will help you recognize the amazing talents of your newborn, starting with this class. The benefits of skin to skin contact and the first, magical hour of life is covered so you are aware of what to expect from your baby, as well as your own body. Families are not separated at MVH therefore rooming in, safe sleeping and newborn procedures are introduced. Continuing from here, we discuss the first year post-partum including baby care, mother care, the twists and turns of being a new family and your new roles as Mom(s)/Dad(s). You will be even more excited to meet your little one after this class!
Class Four: Breastfeeding Every baby deserves breastmilk. It is well known to be the superior, healthiest way to feed, protect and bond with your baby. You start making breastmilk at 16 weeks gestation! The milk is already “in”! Discover the amazing benefits of breastfeeding for mothers and babies. You will surely be empowered and inspired by this class.