To help you learn as much as possible about your pregnancy and life with your baby, HonorHealth provides more than a dozen maternity and childbirth classes. To register call 623-580-5800. All classes are subject to a minimum registration and availability. Because curriculum is intended for an adult audience, please do not bring children to prenatal classes.
Preparing for childbirth
(Three 3-hour classes)
This third trimester, three-part class explores:
- Signs and stages of labor.
- Hospital procedures.
- Medical interventions.
- Cesarean birth.
- Partner's supportive role in labor.
- Physical recovery.
Practice comfort measures for labor and birth as well as breathing and relaxation techniques.
Online childbirth education
This is an alternative if you can’t attend a conventional prepared childbirth class due to bed rest, scheduling conflicts or time constraints. You can view the interactive online program on a PC or Mac (high-speed internet access is best). Cost: $80 per couple (once you pay, you’ll receive an access code valid for 30 days starting from your first log-in).
Intensive childbirth education
(One day, two 3-hour classes)
If you have time constraints, this third-trimester class provides an abbreviated adventure into the miracle of labor and childbirth. The course covers parts one and two of the Preparing for childbirth class but does not include breathing, relaxation and comfort techniques.
Preparing for cesarean section
If you're anticipating a scheduled cesarean section, this class will cover expectations and necessary procedures before, during and after surgery.
Breathing and relaxation techniques for childbirth
Designed to complement the Intensive childbirth education course, you and your partner will learn and practice comfort, relaxation and breathing techniques, and massage and visualization skills.
Taught by a lactation educator, this class gives you and your partner important information to get you off to a good start with breastfeeding. Topics include:
- Physiology of breastfeeding.
- Tips for latching on and positioning.
- Returning to work.
- Avoiding possible nursing problems.
Take a peek at the reality of life with a newborn. Class is open to family members, including expectant grandparents.
- Learn about the joys and challenges of early parenting.
- Review the basics of baby care including diapering, bathing, feeding options, swaddling, sleeping expectations and calming a fussy baby.
(Approximately 2 hours)
This informative, hands-on class covers basic life support and foreign-body airway obstruction for infants. The class is taught by a certified CPR instructor as outlined by the American Heart Association, but does not include a course completion card.
Promoting your healthy pregnancy
Promote a healthy pregnancy at this second-trimester (12-24 weeks) class:
- Learn how pregnancy affects your body as your baby grows inside of you.
- Review the nutrition and healthy life choices that can lead to a safe pregnancy.
- Understand the warning signs of pre-term labor.
- Consider feeding options and learn the essential infant care supplies.
Training camp for new dadsdas
Designed for expectant fathers, this class helps men explore their unique roles as dads. Discussion includes:
- The changing relationship between fathers and mothers.
- Conflicting emotions.
- Ways to support the mother through pregnancy, labor, post-partum and breastfeeding.
- The basics of fathering.
- Bonding with your new infant.
Sibling preparation, for ages 3 to 10
(Approximately 1.5 hours)
This class is designed to help your older children prepare for their new sibling. The class includes a workbook, films and discussion about the care and handling of a new baby.
Pregnancy and postpartum depression support group
If you're pregnant or have given birth recently and are experiencing depression or anxiety, you're not alone. Symptoms can appear any time during pregnancy and during the first year after childbirth. This free group is facilitated by licensed psychologist Abby Garcia, PhD.