All classes are held upstairs at KVH Hospital unless otherwise noted.
CHILDBIRTH SERIES (Seven 2-hour classes)
The childbirth series assists the expectant mother and her family in preparing for the baby’s birth and care. Classes are appropriate for both the mother and her support person.
Class 1: What to expect in the last 3 months, taking care of you, relaxation and breathing exercises, role of the support person.
Class 2: What is labor? Signs of labor, early and active labor, relaxation and breathing, conditioning in pregnancy.
Class 3: Transition and pushing, variations of labor, relaxation and breathing.
Class 4: Medical interventions, epidurals and pain medications.
Class 5: C-Sections, Family Birthing Place tour.
Class 6: Infant feeding.
Class 7: After the baby, newborn care, taking care of mom, putting it all together.
CHILDBIRTH & BREASTFEEDING REFRESHER (4-hour class)
Review the essentials, brush up on comfort measures, and learn how labor patterns with this baby can vary from prior childbirth experiences. Review latch and positioning and how to overcome common breastfeeding challenges.
SIBLING PREPARATION (90-minute class)
This interactive and educational class is designed for children ages 2 – 10 who are expecting a new sibling. Find out what it’s like to have a new baby in the family, learn about the birth process at an age appropriate level, and tour the Family Birthing Place. Children must be accompanied by an adult.