Mother & Baby Classes
Preparing for the birth of a new baby is an important time. We offer a
variety of educational and fitness programs designed to make your childbirth
experience more meaningful--and a little easier--to help your family adjust
after the baby is born.
For dates, times, locations and fees--or to register--please view classes
below. Preregistration is required for all classes. If possible, register
for a Prepared Childbirth Class by your 15th week of pregnancy.
For questions about our classes, please call
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Hear about St. Jude Medical Center’s Childbirth Center and familiarize
yourself with the many programs and services available to parents, including
our popular “Babymoon,” rooming-in, lactation experts and
more. A tour of the Labor & Delivery unit is included, and important
details for your delivery day will be covered, including where to park
and check-in at the hospital.
Please plan to attend an open house by your 20th week.
Each registrant may be accompanied by a spouse or supportive partner. To
ensure you are able to get the most out of your visit, this tour has been
designed for adults only.
To register for this class,
click here for Saturday Tours and
click here for Tuesday Tours.
Prepared Childbirth Class
Prepared childbirth classes are a must for first-time parents. These comprehensive
childbirth classes will help you be prepared and confident as you approach
your big day. Our certified team of instructors is available to provide
everything that you need to know and separate fact from fiction on hot-button
pregnancy, labor and delivery topics. The classes include: anatomy and
physiology of pregnancy, the labor and birth process, signs of labor,
stages and phases of labor, coping methods, pain management, common complications
and promoting communication with your caregiver. They will teach you breathing,
relaxation and positions that are important tools throughout your labor.
All of this information has been customized to your delivery at St. Jude.
If you feel overloaded with information that you have received through
books, television, websites, or acquaintances, our instructors will help
you sift through it all so you can focus on what is most important: creating
a positive birth experience.
Please aim to complete your classes by the 36th week of pregnancy. You
never know when your little one will choose to arrive!
To register for this class chose from classes below:
Breastfeeding Basics Class: What You Need to Know Before Your Baby is Born
Babies are born to be breastfed and this prenatal class offers practical
information and tips to get you off to a great start. Learn latching and
positioning techniques, how to establish or increase an abundant milk
supply, signs of success and how to avoid or treat common breastfeeding concerns.
There will be in-depth discussion about the first days of feeding, the
importance of skin-to-skin contact and rooming-in at the hospital to learn
and respond to your baby’s hunger cues. The main focus of this class
is the early weeks and months of nursing. Pumping, milk expression and
safe storage of breast milk will also be covered.
Parents leave this class feeling more confident in their ability to nourish
their newborn and to make informed feeding choices.
This one-time class may be taken after the 20th week of pregnancy. Your
spouse or partner is encouraged to attend.
To register for this class choose from below:
Newborn Baby Care
How will your baby adjust to life outside the womb? How will you adjust
to life with a newborn? From the first hours after birth to the first
weeks at home this class offers information, tips and proven techniques
to keep your baby safe, happy and healthy. Using doll models, you’ll
learn the basics of bathing, diapering, swaddling, umbilical cord and
circumcision care and how to calm a crying baby. Newborn health concerns,
signs of illness, how to take a temperature, and when to call the doctor
will be reviewed. Other topics include: car seat safety, reducing the
risk of SIDS, and maintaining a safe home environment.
This fun, confidence-boosting class is full of critical concepts you’ll
practice as you welcome your new baby home!
Your spouse or partner is encouraged to attend.
To register for this class:
Grandparents in the Know
This class helps grandparents understand their new role and the latest
parenting techniques, especially those related to infant feeding and sleep
positions. Playing with baby, infant communication and temperament, health
and safety will also be discussed.
To register for this class,
Our sibling class is specially designed for the big brother or sister-to-be
who is between 3 to 8 years of age. This class helps young children learn
what to expect when the new baby arrives. An exciting program with your
child in mind, this class includes a video presentation. Please note:
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
To register for this class,
Whether you need a CPR certification class or just want to feel more prepared
in case the unexpected happens, we have the following options for you:
Heartsaver CPR class will prepare you to recognize life-threatening emergencies, provide
CPR and relieve choking in a safe and effective manner for infants, children
and adults. At the end of this class, you will be eligible for a two-year
Heartsaver/AED certification card through the American Heart Association.
To register for this class, click
Infant Safety/CPR class is highly recommended for expectant mothers, spouses/partners, grandparents
and any child caregivers. This non-certification course will cover CPR
and choking for infants as well as the important principles for childhood
safety. To register for this class, click
here for Tuesday Classes and
here for Saturday Classes.