The Medical Center offers a variety of classes which will help you and your family learn the things necessary to make your hospital stay stress reduced and give your baby the best start in life. We suggest that each family take a group of core classes and any additional ones that you desire. The core classes we suggest are:
Prepared Childbirth Class
Breast is Best
Newborn Care and Safety
Ready, Set, Go!!
For questions or additional information, please call (270) 796-2495. You may register for classes through this website. All classes will meet in the Auditorium unless otherwise noted. All classes are free of charge, except Infant Massage.
Note: In the event of severe weather conditions, please call (270) 796-2495 after 4:00 PM the day of the class (Saturdays after 7:00 AM) to find out if the class has been cancelled.
PREPARED CHILDBIRTH CLASS OPTIONS
Choose the option that best fits your busy schedule. (See full class descriptions)
OPTION 1 - Five-Week Series
This comprehensive series covers the material in the following classes:
- Prepared Childbirth 1
- Prepared Childbirth 2
- Breast Is Best
- Fatherhood 101
- Grandparents Class
OPTION 2 - One-Day Express
For those whose schedules aren't conducive to the 5-week series, we offer this option which covers the material in the following classes in a fast-paced one-day format. Light snacks and drinks are provided.
- Prepared Childbirth 1
- Prepared Childbirth 2
OPTION 3 - One-Night Refresher
This one-night refresher is for those who have previously attended the Prepared Childbirth 5-week series and covers the material in the Prepared Childbirth 2 class.
PRENATAL CLASS DESCRIPTIONS
BREAST IS BEST
Breast milk is the perfect nutrition for your baby and helps protect your baby from viruses and bacteria. Tips on how to successfully breastfeed the newborn will be discussed. Bring Dad to class, as well as a doll or stuffed animal.
This class offers a video and discussion on what to expect if you deliver by C-section, as well as how to prepare for returning home with your baby after cesarean surgery.
EATING FOR TWO
Can you really eat twice as much now that you're pregnant? Find out as Registered Dietitian Sarah Widener, RD, LD, CDE discusses healthy weight gain, making healthy food choices, foods to avoid, and more.
This class is for men only. New father concerns with regard to responsibilities as well as relationship changes with baby and mom are discussed. This class is led by George Miller, R.N., a nursery nurse at The Medical Center whose insight and suggestions will help Dad be better prepared for his new role.
So you're going to be a grandparent? Likely a lot has changed since you raised your children, so grandparents are invited to attend this class with the expectant parents. A local pediatrician will discuss the latest information related to newborns and answer questions.
This is a special three-part series for parents and babies. Infant massage may provide benefits for your child including increased weight gain, improved immune system function, relief from stress or discomfort and an enhanced parent-child bond. This class is taught by Anne Mosier, OT/L, CIMI, an occupational therapist who is certified in infant massage from Loving Touch Foundation. The cost is $75. One or both parents may participate. Bring a beach towel or small blanket.
NEWBORN CARE AND SAFETY CLASS
This is a "hands-on" class where parents will learn important baby care skills and discuss safety issues for newborns. An infant CPR demonstration will show parents what to do in an emergency. Bring a doll or stuffed animal to class. Dad can bring one, too.
As a special incentive for attending a Newborn Care and Safety Class, you will receive a free gift including a $20 Kohl's gift card. This Health & Safety Program is made possible through a grant from Kohl’s Cares®. One hundred percent of the net profit from the sale of $5 plush toys and books at the Bowling Green Kohl's store funds the grant.
PREPARED CHILDBIRTH CLASS 1*
This class is the introduction to the 5-week series. We will review the class schedule, tour the OB unit and cover topics including: how your body prepares itself for the task of labor and delivery, where to go on your big day, and what to pack.
*This class is only available as part of the Prepared Childbirth 5-week Series.
PREPARED CHILDBIRTH CLASS 2*
In this class you learn about the onset of labor and the stages of labor and delivery. We will also watch a video of a birth to see the stages of labor in action. Bring 2 pillows and a blanket because at the end of this class, we will practice relaxation and breathing techniques.
*This class is only available as part of the Prepared Childbirth 5-week Series, One-Day Express, or as the One-Night Refresher.
READY, SET, GO!
This class is designed for all parents who plan to deliver at The Medical Center. It will guide you through the paperwork that is required when you are admitted to the hospital for delivery. By attending this class, you will be better prepared for your admission and discharge from the hospital. A tour of the OB unit will be provided and you will have an opportunity to pre-register for labor and delivery.
This is a class for siblings ages 3 and up to help prepare them for the arrival of the new baby. A tour of the obstetrics (OB) unit is included with light refreshments and a video. When registering each sibling, please list their age separately. Participants should bring a doll or stuffed animal.
TWINS OR MORE!
This class will cover several topics that will better prepare you for the unique challenges moms and dads of multiples will face. Support networks will also be discussed. This class is led by Tracy Wheeler, RN, a nursery nurse at The Medical Center and a mother of twins.