Childbirth Preparation Class
At the Baby Place, we work to ensure the birthing process goes as smooth and enjoyable as possible. We are happy to offer couples in our community childbirth preparation classes, which can help expectant parents make informed decisions about their:
- Normal pregnancy changes
- Warning signs during pregnancy
- When to call your doctor/midwife
- When to go to the hospital
- Things to avoid during pregnancy
- Signs of labor
- True vs. false labor
- Stages of labor
- Comfort measures for labor
- Breathing and relaxation exercises
- Medical interventions
- Birth plans
- Cesarean birth
- Postpartum and newborn care
These classes cost $60 per couple, or are free with a referral from our Healthy Start program.
Infant CPR Class
Every expectant parent should learn the life-saving skills taught in this CPR class—You never know when you’ll need this vital information. At the Baby Place, we use the American Heart Association's Friends and Family curriculum to teach this course. This is a lay rescuer course and is not meant to satisfy job requirements for medical professionals. The infant CPR class covers:
- Infant rescue breathing
- Infant cardio pulmonary resuscitation
- Infant foreign body airway obstruction
The class costs $20 per couple, or is free with a referral from our Healthy Start program.
Breastfeeding has been proven as the best way to feed an infant—no artificial food comes close to breast milk’s nutritional quality. Breast milk contains more than 200 health-promoting ingredients unavailable in formula and natural tranquilizers for babies; it is always clean and at the right temperature. In various studies, infants fed formula had five times more gastrointestinal illnesses, three times more respiratory illnesses and double the episodes of otitis media. Artificial baby milk may cause excessive crying/colic, diarrhea and lactose intolerance. The more breast milk an infant receives in the first six months of life, the less likely the infant is to develop health-related problems. Breastfeeding is very beneficial to Mom as well, leading to faster weight loss after birth, less postpartum bleeding, a lower chance of anemia and even a lessened risk of osteoporosis.
At the Baby Place we fully recognize the benefits of breastfeeding, and our nurses are trained to assist mothers in breastfeeding their newborns. We also have several certified lactation counselors on staff who can help new moms with any questions or concerns they may have. In addition, we offer breastfeeding classes throughout the year that go over both the benefits and the logistics of breastfeeding.
These classes cost $20 per couple; however, they are free with a referral from our Healthy Start program.