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Education Programs


HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Women and Infants Center offers a wide range of services for mothers and infants. To learn more about your pregnancy and the services available, you are cordially invited to participate in the Education Programs. A variety of classes are offered to meet your individual needs. You are encouraged to register for as many classes as you desire. All classes are taught by the Women and Infant Center colleagues.
 

Cost

You and your support person can attend any or all of the following classes:
  • Prepared Childbirth class, (either the one-day Saturday class, or evening class series) $20 per couple.
  • Breastfeeding class $10 per couple.
The Sibling Preparation class is $5 per family.

Payment for class can be paid by check or cash at first class.
 

Class Schedules and Registration


Download our 2020 Schedule and Registration Brochure.
 

Available Classes

Those who deliver at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital will be given priority spaces in available classes. As class size is limited, we recommend registering for classes early. We reserve the right to cancel any class due to lack of enrollment. Classes with enrollment of three or less will be canceled with the option of enrolling in a later class.
 

Prepared Childbirth Classes


breastfeeding class photoPrepared Childbirth Classes teach relaxation techniques, controlled breathing, physical and emotional changes that occur during labor and birth. Pain control options including unmedicated, medicated and epidural will be discussed. Class discussions of inductions and cesareans are also included. Both mother and her support person learn how to take an active part in the birth process. This class will also cover Infant Care.

You may choose between a three week-evening series of evening classes or an all-day Saturday class for your convenience. The final class in each evening session will cover Infant Care. Infant Care is also available as an individual class for those not wishing to enroll in the full evening series.
A hospital tour is included in both Saturday and evening class series.

Recommended time to enroll: around the 28th – 30th week of pregnancy for those enrolling in evening classes and the Saturday class option.
 

Breastfeeding: Fundamentals and Practical Problem Solving


Taught by a RN certified lactation counselor, the Breastfeeding class provides information on preparation for feeding, feeding techniques, and common concerns. Additional topics include information on which type of breast pump will be best to meet your needs, discussion on returning to work and other everyday issues. The class is open to expectant mothers and new mothers. Support persons are welcome.

Recommended time to enroll: around the 32nd – 36th week of pregnancy
 

Sibling Preparation Class

Children 3 to 10 years of age, who are anticipating the arrival of a sibling, are invited to attend the Sibling Preparation Class. It offers them the opportunity to develop positive feelings about a new sibling and to become familiar with the hospital setting. Parents are expected to attend their class with their children.

Fee $5 per family

Recommended time to attend: around the 30th – 34th week of pregnancy
 

Class Registration and Questions

To register in a one of the available Education Classes or ask a question, email childbirtheduc@hshs.org.