Prenatal Education Classes
To help you learn as much as possible about your pregnancy and life with your baby, HonorHealth offers more than a dozen different maternity classes.
Online Childbirth Education
The Gift of Motherhood eLearning Childbirth Education Program is an alternative for those who cannot attend a conventional prepared childbirth class due to bed rest, scheduling conflicts or time constraints. The program is an interactive, Web-based program that includes animated illustrations, videos, voice-overs, and games. It can be previewed on a PC or Mac. High speed internet access is advised. The cost of the program is $80 per couple.
Once you pay for the program, an access code will be emailed to you. It will be valid for 21 days starting from the time you first log-on.
Promoting Your Healthy Pregnancy (2.5 hours)
Begin your journey with HonorHealth and promote a healthy pregnancy at this second trimester (12-24 weeks) class. Learn how pregnancy affects a woman's body as her baby develops inside her and understand warning signs of pre-term labor. Information about nutrition and healthy life choices will be provided to help guide expectant parents through a safe pregnancy. Discover how you can begin to plan and prepare for your new role as parents as you are introduced to infant feeding options and essential infant care supplies.
Newborn Care (3.5 hours)
This newborn care class will give expectant parents a peek at the reality of life with a newborn. Learn about the joys and challenges of early parenting and resources to help you cope. This class will teach you the basics of baby care including diapering, bathing, feeding options, swaddling, sleeping expectations, and calming a fussy baby. Expectant grandparents would also enjoy this class.
Infant CPR (approximately 2 hours)
This informative, hands-on class covers basic life support and foreign-body airway obstruction of the infant. The class is taught by a certified CPR instructor as outlined by the American Heart Association. A course completion card will not be issued for this class. The level of participation can also affect the length of this class.
Sibling Preparation – for ages 3 to 10 (approximately 1.5 hours)
This class is designed to help siblings prepare for the new baby. It includes a workbook, films, and discussion about the care and handling of a new baby. The level of participation can affect the length of this class.
Boot Camp for New Dads (3 hours)
Designed for expectant fathers, this class will help men explore their unique roles as dads. Discussion includes such topics as the changing relationship between fathers and mothers, conflicting emotions, and how to support the mother through pregnancy, labor, post-partum and breastfeeding. Learn about the basics of fathering and discover ways to promote bonding with your new infant.
Breastfeeding (3 hours)
Taught by a Lactation Educator, this class will give expectant mothers important information to get them off to a good start with breastfeeding. Topics covered include the physiology of breastfeeding, positions, latching on, pumping and returning to work, as well as tips to help avoid possible nursing problems. Time will be spent learning positioning. Partners are encouraged to attend.
Preparing for Childbirth (Three 3-hour classes)
This third trimester, three-part class helps expectant parents learn about the miracle of birth. Topics include signs and stages of labor, hospital procedures, medical interventions, cesarean birth, partner's supportive role in labor, physical recovery and self-care. Time will be spent discussing and practicing comfort measures for labor and birth as well as practicing breathing and relaxation techniques.
Intensive Childbirth Education (One day, two 3-hour classes)
This third trimester class offers expectant parents with time constraints an abbreviated adventure into the miracle of labor and childbirth. Material covered includes all components of parts one and two of Preparing for Childbirth but does not include breathing, relaxation and comfort techniques. Those interested in the aforementioned skills, are encouraged to enroll in our Breathing & Relaxation Techniques for Childbirth class.
Breathing & Relaxation Techniques for Childbirth (2.5 hours)
Designed to complement the Intensive Childbirth Education course, expectant women and partners will learn and practice comfort, relaxation and breathing techniques. Time also will be spent discovering and developing massage and visualization skills to assist the laboring woman.
Preparing for Cesarean Section (2.5 hours)
Designed for expectant parents that are anticipating a scheduled cesarean section. This class will provide step by step information on the process of cesarean delivery. The class will include reasons for cesarean section, expectations and necessary procedures before, during and after surgery.
Moms on the Move
M.O.M. meets weekly to provide social interaction, support and practical information for the new mothers. Come with your baby and meet other new moms as you learn from their experiences, share adventures and gather helpful information to assist you in parenting your baby.
Pregnancy & Postpartum Depression Support Group
If you're pregnant or have given birth recently and are experiencing depression or anxiety, you're not alone. Many women experience mild mood changes during or after the birth of a child. Symptoms of these mood and anxiety disorders can appear any time during pregnancy and during the first year after childbirth. HonorHealth can help. Join our Pregnancy & Postpartum Depression Support Group. This free group is facilitated by licensed psychologist Abby Garcia, Ph.D.
Note: All classes are subject to a minimum registration and availability. Curriculum is intended for adult audience, no children in prenatal classes please.