Prenatal Classes

We recommend attending classes during your second trimester. 

Breastfeeding

Education and support are key to breastfeeding success! Learn more from our certified Lactation Consultants about breast function, nutrition, positioning, latch-on, feeding patterns, and breast vs. bottle-feeding. Spouses are encouraged to attend, as there is also a discussion on partner support during breastfeeding. 

Caring for your Newborn

Before baby arrives, this class teaches parents-to-be about bathing, feeding, and diapering using hands on practice and demonstration. Basic information about how baby communicates, sleep patterns, growth and development, as well as the needs and adjustments of becoming a family will also be covered

Childbirth Preparation with Comfort Measures

A certified Lamaze® Instructor prepares expectant parents mentally and physically for labor and delivery: how to know you are in labor, to time contractions, about breathing and relaxation techniques, labor positions, and medical interventions and anesthesia.

Great Expectations Walking Tour

The Great Expectations class includes a walking tour of the Labor and Delivery area at St. Francis Eastside, and will provide the necessary information to prepare you for the birth of your baby at St. Francis. All expectant parents will need to register and attend the Great Expectations class in their second trimester. Partners are encouraged to attend.

Heartsaver CPR

This American Heart Association class covers the basics of CPR. including lessons on how to recognize the symptoms of choking, heart attack, and stroke, and instruction on choking relief techniques, emergency resuscitation and rescue breathing for infants, children and adults.

Infant and Child CPR and Safety

This course includes a one hour infant/child CPR and choking instruction using the American Heart Association Family and Friends curriculum and guidelines. Participants do not receive a certification card for this course. Class will also cover basic safety topics, including car seat safety, safe sleeping, and when to call the doctor. This part of the course is not included in the Family and Friends curriculum and is not affiliated with or reviewed by the American Heart Association.

Introducing your Newborn to Your Pet

If your family already includes a pet, you will need to help that first “baby” adjust to the new one you will soon bring home. You can help your pet cope with this big change in much the same way parents help children understand that a new brother or sister will be joining the family.

Meet the Doula

During class you will meet our St. Francis Doulas and learn more about the services that they provide. A doula is a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional, and informational support during the postpartum period.

Natural Family Planning

Natural Family Planning, via the Creighton Model, is a natural and modern scientific method of family planning that is 99.6% effective. This introductory session is offered by Allied Health professionals who received their certification by the American Academy of Fertility Care, and you will have the opportunity, if desired, to register for individual counseling sessions after this introduction. 

Sibling Hospital Walking Tour

A 30 minute tour for families with children ages 4 - 8 who will be a Big Brother or Big Sister for the first time.