Pregnancy & Parenting Classes Congratulations as you prepare for the birth of your baby. We are happy you have chosen Women & Infants Hospital as your resource during this special time. As experts in the care of pregnant women and newborns, we deliver the majority of babies in Rhode Island, southeastern Massachusetts and eastern Connecticut each year. The months leading up to your baby’s birth are full of joy, but there are also many questions and some anxiety. We share your joy, and hope to ease your fears. Discover answers to your questions through a unique assortment of classes for you, your partner, your other children and the grandparents. Just as every woman’s birth experience is unique, we recognize that everyone’s class needs differ as well. We’ve designed our classes so you can choose the ones that best meet your needs and those of your family. Register as early as possible so we can schedule your classes when they are most useful to you. There is so much to learn when you’re pregnant. We’ve designed an assortment of classes that can be taken throughout pregnancy and after your baby is born. We recommend you register as early as possible so we can schedule the classes when they are most useful to you. For more information about our classes, please call our Health Education Department at 401-276-7800, ext.100. Childbirth Preparation Series During this three-week evening series, firsttime parents will learn about the stages of the childbirth experience. Topics will include: • Signs and stages of labor • Birthing films • Physical and emotional preparation for birth • Medical interventions • Basic labor breathing and relaxation techniques Fee: $100 per couple All-Day Childbirth Preparation Women & Infants Hospital has several convenient Medical Office Buildings and Centers for Health Education in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. These facilities allow patients to have their Ob/Gyn appointments closer to home. Mammography and ultrasound services, as well as a blood drawing station, are available at most of these satellite offices. Providence 101 Dudley Street Health Education: 401-276-7800, ext. 100 East Greenwich 1050 Main Street Medical Office: 401-886-4200 Health Education: 401-886-4222 Woonsocket 2168 Diamond Hill Road Medical Office: 401-767-2122 Health Education: 401-276-7800, ext. 100 South Kingstown Route 1 – South County Commons Way Medical Office: 401-782-6866 Health Education: 401-276-7800, ext. 100 Swansea, MA 2200 G.A.R. Highway Medical Office: 508-730-1011 Health Education: 401-276-7800, ext. 100 North Attleboro, MA 6 Whipple Street Medical Office: 508-695-9977 Health Education: 401-276-7800, ext. 100 This class offers all the benefits and information as the three-week Childbirth Preparation Series in a convenient, one-day class on the weekend. Fee: $100 per couple Planned Cesarean Birth If you know you are having a Cesarean delivery, this two-hour class can help relieve any fears and answer your questions. We will discuss medications, relaxation techniques, the surgical procedure, recovery and breastfeeding issues. Fee: $35 per couple Marvelous Multiples This is a specialized childbirth program for expectant parents of twins, triplets and other multiples. It includes five two-hour classes that cover healthy lifestyles as well as the physical and emotional challenges of a multiple pregnancy. The class will also address the signs and stages of labor, relaxation and breathing techniques, medication and anesthesia, the role of a coach, and the hospital experience. A hospital tour is included. Fee: $100 per couple Intro to Breastfeeding This 2½-hour discussion gives all the information you need to breastfeed your baby. Topics include preparing for nursing, avoiding common problems, and pumping and storing milk. Partners are encouraged to attend. Fee: $35 per couple Caring for You and Your Infant Highly recommended for new parents-to-be and their partners, this class will answer many questions and concerns regarding the care of mom and baby. Topics will include mom’s postpartum adjustments, newborn feeding, diapering, swaddling, comforting, bathing, burping, and everything in between. Fee: $75 per couple Parenting From Two to Six Months Congratulations! Now what? The questions and changes in your life don’t end with your baby’s birth. Join us for this two-part class that will answer common questions about immunizations, sleep and feeding issues, growth and development, teething, seasonal concerns, and so much more. It is recommended that you take Caring for You and Your Infant before this class. Fee: $75 per couple Grand Tour and So Much More Along with the tour, we will discuss the details of your upcoming hospital experience, from hospital policies and visiting hours to baby beepers and special dinners. We’ll even provide you with a list of things to bring to make your hospital stay more comfortable. Fee: $30 per couple Just for Siblings Your child is about to become a big brother or sister! Join us for a tour and program to help prepare for the new arrival. We offer classes for toddlers (age 3), preschoolers (ages 4 to 5), and school-age children (ages 6 to 10), with age-appropriate information and activities. Fee: $20 per child (includes free sibling t-shirt) Grandparent Class This special class enhances the bond between expectant grandparents and the new family. The entire family is invited to find out what’s new and not so new in childbirth and infant care. A tour of the hospital is included. Fee: $30 per family Accident Prevention and CPR Everyone should know what to do if a child starts choking or has difficulty breathing. We offer this program several times a month and recommend it for all new parents, grandparents and babysitters. The class covers CPR for infants, children and adults. Fee: $30 per person First Aid for Infants and Children American Heart Association-certified instructors spend three hours helping prepare parents, babysitters and grandparents to provide basic first aid to an injured infant or child. Topics include high fevers, bleeding, vomiting/diarrhea, burns, nosebleeds and when to call 911. Fee: $30 per person Managing Family Finances During Life’s Changes Women & Infants’ understands that your life is full of changes. Whether graduating from high school or college, starting out in a new job, getting married, buying a house or expecting a new baby, your financial situation is changing. This class will help you make wise financial decisions during the milestones in your life. You will learn how to: • Manage your income and expenses • Establish goals and build savings • Shop for loans and credit • Understand how to get out of debt • Know what important papers you should have Fee: FREE Alternative Birthing Center Classes If you have been approved by your health care provider to deliver in our Alternative Birthing Center (ABC) you may register for any of the classes below. ABC All-Day Childbirth Preparation This class prepares expectant parents for their birthing experience in the ABC with the support of a certified nurse midwife. Topics include: • Physical and emotional preparation for the birth • Signs and stages of labor • Relaxation and breathing techniques • Important role of the coach Fee: $100 per couple ABC Sibling Preparation Siblings who take this class will be prepared to be present at the birth of their sibling. We recommend that a support person for each child also attend this class. Fee: FREE ABC Tour and Information Session This 1-hour class will provide a tour of the ABC and answer any questions you may have about an ABC delivery. Fee: FREE ABC Early Discharge Preparation Class This one-time, 1-hour class is required for those parents choosing to go home directly from the ABC, 6 to 12 hours after the birth. Topics include parents’ responsibilities in the care of the mother, care and feeding of the newborn, and things to watch for in the first three days of the baby’s life and mom’s recovery. Fee: FREE Resources for today and after your baby is born Register Today Women & Infants’ FREE weekly parenting email for expectant and new parents. Sign up on the attached form or online at womenandinfants.org Warm Line 1-800-711-7011 Women & Infants knows you may have questions throughout your pregnancy and even after you and your baby return home. Call and speak to one of our registered nurses staffing this free advice line. • Monday – Friday, 9 am – 9 pm • Saturday – Sunday, 9 am – 5 pm Breastfeeding Support Services Women & Infants is committed to supporting breastfeeding mothers and infants. The following services are available: • Prenatal breastfeeding classes • Breast pump rental and supplies • Lactation consultations • Nursing Moms, Etc. • Outpatient lactation visits by appointment (Call the Warm Line at 1-800-711-7011) Physician Referral Health Line 1-800-921-9299 is available to answer your questions about your own health and that of your family. Staffed by registered nurses, the Physician Referral Health Line is available: Monday - Friday, 9 am - 9 pm and Saturday - Sunday, 9 am - 5 pm A New Mother’s Support Group is held every Wednesday morning, 10:30 am - 12 noon, in Women & Infants’ Health Education Department, 134 Thurbers Avenue, Suite 201, Providence. For more information, please call 401-276-7800, ext. 100.
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