Child Birth Classes

Fairchild Medical Centers’ Childbirth Class series of six (6) two (2) hour sessions are held on either Monday or Tuesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. in the Hospital Boardroom (which is located by the cafeteria). The course, which is taught in partnership with Obstetrical Nurses and Public Health Nurses, provides expectant mothers and their coaches information and skill building activities to prepare for childbirth and their first weeks at home with the new baby.

The cost is $25.00, for all six (6) classes, which includes a helpful Childbirth workbook and weekly refreshments during class. In addition, you may bring one (1) “coach” with you to each class (preferably the same person for the entire series). It is recommended to begin the series as close to the 28th week of pregnancy, as possible, to help ensure series completion. Please bring a small pillow and a yoga mat or blanket to use for floor activities on Classes #2, 3, and 4. To register please call the Nursing Administration office at 841-6285. Registration and payment for the class MUST be completed before the first session (note: space is limited so call as early as possible to register).The course outline is below, the order of topics may be modified, as needed:

Class 1
Introduction to childbirth preparation methods, third trimester comfort measures important health habits and nutrition to support a healthy baby, signs of preterm labor and an introduction to the use of breathing and relaxation in labor.

Class 2
Readiness for labor signs and actions, anatomy and physiology of labor, nutrition and self care in early labor, coping with contractions at each stage of labor, breathing and relaxation methods, and other tools to support comfort and progression of labor.

Class 3
Methods to cope with active, transition labor contractions, and the pushing stage. Overview of anatomy and physiology of delivery for mother and baby. Hospital procedures in labor and delivery and overview of options for interventions. Practice of breathing, relaxation and coaching tools to support labor.

Class 4
Tour of OB unit- Review of big picture of labor and delivery integrating coping strategies. Introduction of the use of medications to counteract discomforts in labor. Common complications and interventions in labor. Review of relaxation and breathing techniques. Postpartum recovery, hospital care and transitions at home.

Class 5
When labor and delivery requires medical interventions, trends and prevention. Video and discussions on indications for cesarean delivery and what to expect including planned and unplanned cesarean deliveries, coaches important role, recovery following surgical delivery.

Class 6
Welcome Baby, traits of newborn, infant cues and behavior, benefits of breastfeeding, first feeds, learning to breastfeed, information to support mother and baby, Breastfeeding support and resources after discharge. Newborn care and routine at home, early development, importance of well-child care and immunizations, SIDS prevention and signs of illness in the newborn. Postpartum coping strategies for mothers, fathers, siblings and family.