Classes for Expectant Families

St. Vincent’s offers a variety of perinatal classes and tours for the whole family, including siblings, and grandparents. Classes are available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights. Another option is to complete a weekend series. Locations include St. Vincent’s Birmingham Bruno Conference Center, St. Vincent’s East and St. Vincent’s One Nineteen. Experienced registered nurses serve as instructors. Register early (no later than your fifth month) to ensure class location, dates and times convenient for you and compatible with the progress of your pregnancy. Register earlier if you are expecting multiples.

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Gift of motherhood
This four-class series includes topics such as labor and delivery, options
for pain management, Cesarean section, postpartum care, and newborn care classes. This series is available at St. Vincent’s Birmingham and St. Vincent’s East.

Daddy 101: just for dad
Learn with other fathers-to-be about infant care and behavior, signs of
illness and infant health and safety. The class will address fears about
labor and delivery, dad’s role in breastfeeding, how to childproof and
much more. Available at St. Vincent’s Birmingham.

The Bradley Method®
This class teaches families how to have natural births. The techniques
are simple and effective. They are based on information about how
the human body works during labor. Couples are taught how they can
work with their bodies to reduce pain and make labor more efficient.
Available at St. Vincent’s Birmingham.

Breastfeeding: a great start
This class is designed to help you gain knowledge and skills needed for a successful breastfeeding experience. Common challenges and solutions will be identified and discussed. Classes are available at St. Vincent’s Birmingham and St. Vincent’s East.

Multiples
Come learn about your amazing twins! This class will help you prepare
for your newborns in the hospital and at home. Available at St. Vincent’s
Birmingham.

Siblings: brothers and sisters
This class is for children ages 3 to 8, accompanied by at least one
parent. Class topics include discussions and demonstrations about how
to be a helper in caring for the new baby, creating a safe environment
and behaving safely around the baby. Available at St. Vincent’s
Birmingham.

 

 

CPR for family and friends (adult, infant and child CPR)
This course is a classroom based, practice-while-you-watch video and
instructor-facilitated program on how to perform the basic skills of CPR for adults, children and infants. The course also teaches how to help
an adult, child or infant who is choking. CPR for family and friends is perfect for parents, family members, friends and older siblings. The course is also beneficial for babysitters age 12 and older, who want to learn CPR but do not need a course completion card. Available at St. Vincent’s East and St. Vincent’s Birmingham.

Grandparenting: making it grand
This is a fun and informative interactive class for expectant
grandparents whose grandchild will be arriving at St. Vincent’s. Class
discussion will include a review of normal newborn characteristics,
safety guidelines for home and car, and some do’s and don’ts for 21st
century grand parenting. A tour of the birth suites and the family waiting areas will be included during this class time. Available at
St. Vincent’s Birmingham.

Coping skills for labor and delivery practice session
This class is designed for the expectant mother and a support person to participate together in practicing relaxation, breathing and comforting techniques for labor. Available at St. Vincent’s Birmingham and St.
Vincent’s East.

Early pregnancy topics
This class will help you learn about common early pregnancy topics
including nutrition, physical, and emotional changes that occur in
many expectant mothers plus more when planning for the upcoming
birth of your baby. Early Pregnancy Topics is available at St. Vincent’s
Birmingham.