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Expectant Parent Classes

Ready for the big day? Norton Women's Care provides flexible class schedules for expectant parents to help prepare for all aspects of childbirth. Find classes that work for you. All prenatal classes are FREE! 

Expectant Class schedule

Prenatal classes

Childbirth and Newborn Prep
Prepare for the big day with this series of childbirth and newborn prep classes.

Learn about signs, stages and phases of labor; cesarean delivery; medical interventions; anesthesia; comfort techniques; what to expect after delivery; breastfeeding basics; and newborn care. This class is recommended for first-time moms and dads/partners, and recommended during the fifth, sixth or seventh month of pregnancy.

Attendees can choose between two evening “mini-marathon” sessions or one Saturday “marathon” session. All aspects of labor and delivery are covered in Mini Marathon I. Mini Marathon II focuses on postpartum and newborn care. Mini Marathon II and the Saturday Marathon class include a tour.

This class addresses the unique aspects of carrying and delivering multiples. Topics include the risk of premature birth and other health concerns, delivery expectations, recovery and life at home. Participants are highly encouraged to also take the Childbirth and Newborn Prep class series.

Simply Natural
If you are considering an unmedicated childbirth experience, this class will address considerations for planning a natural delivery, including labor comfort techniques such as breathing, relaxation and more. Other discussion topics include labor support and creating a birth plan. Attendees are encouraged to bring two pillows and a mat or towel for participating in optional relaxation exercises at the end of class.

Childbirth Refresher  

If you have already had a child, you have experienced childbirth and caring for a newborn firsthand. In this class, discuss how labor and recovery may be different this time around; review updated hospital procedures, including kangaroo care and couplet care; learn tips for home recovery and adjustment with more than one child; hear about new research; and more. A tour of the labor and delivery and mother/baby units is optional.

Newborn Care

Breastfeeding Essentials
Taught by a certified lactation consultant, this class provides advice and techniques for creating successful breastfeeding experience. This class is ideal for expectant moms who have decided to nurse their infants as well as those who are undecided on an infant feeding method. Support persons are encouraged to attend. Topics include the benefits of breastfeeding, latching on and positioning, breast care, returning to work and more.

Breastfeeding: Beyond the Basics
Taught by a certified lactation consultant, this class provides more in-depth information for breastfeeding moms to help when they are away from their baby or returning to work. Topics include choosing a breast pump, proper pumping practices, workplace considerations and more. Ideal for moms-to-be and new moms.

Baby Basics with a Pediatrician
Led by a pediatrician, this class provides information on how to choose a pediatrician, what to expect in the hospital and the first few weeks at home with your newborn. Other topics include immunizations, well-baby checkups and recognizing signs and symptoms of illness. The class allows time for questions and answers with the pediatrician.

Safe Baby
Is your home ready for your baby? Do you know the latest recommendations to keep your child safe? Ideal for parents, grandparents and caregivers, this class answers these questions and more. Discuss the best home safety products, learn tips for safe sleeping, proper car seat use and prevention of injury and infant choking.

Infant-only CPR
This class for new parents teaches infant-only rescue breathing, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and choking rescue procedures. This is not a CPR certification class.

Developmental Milestones
The first few years of your child’s life are the most critical for physical and intellectual development. Learn about typical developmental milestones and important things you can do to nurture and support your child’s development. You will also learn about development screening programs that are available for children ages 1 month to 5 1/2 years.

Special Classes

For Dads Only
This class helps ease the concerns of expectant fathers. Learn hands-on skills, including bathing, diapering, dressing, feeding and calming a fussy baby. Also learn tips on providing support for mom and how to recognize postpartum depression.

Dogs and Babies
This interactive class addresses dog safety with babies and children. A professional dog trainer presents advice about helping your dog adjust to a new baby. Learn how to avoid and correct behavioral issues with your dog that might put your baby at risk for harm.

Especially for Grandparents
New grandparents and grandparents-to-be are invited to join us to learn what has changed since their children were babies. Discussion topics include the latest recommendations on newborn care, including feeding, sleeping and car seat safety. Ask questions, and learn how you can best support the new parents. This program includes an optional tour of the labor and delivery and mother/baby units.

Safe Sitter ®

Safe Sitter® is a comprehensive babysitting training program for young adolescents (ages 11 to 14). This interactive program, created by a pediatrician, teaches graduates how to be safe & confident babysitters. Attendees learn how to prevent & handle emergencies, age appropriate activities, tips on safety, first-aid care, infant & child choking, babysitting business skills & more. Upon completion of the course, students take a test on the key concepts, life & safety skills learned, when passed they receive a completion card. Parents & guests are encouraged to attend the graduation ceremony. With over 850 teaching sites, the Safe Sitter program is committed to their vision of Better Sitters Today: Better Parents Tomorrow.®

$40 fee includes backpack, materials, pizza lunch & snacks.

Family and Friends® CPR
Learn how to save a life. This American Heart Association class teaches the lifesaving skills of adult hands-only CPR, child CPR with breaths, infant CPR and relief of choking in adults, children and infants. This class is ideal for new parents, grandparents, babysitters and anyone interested in learning how to save a life. This is not a certification class.

Sibling Class
Becoming a big brother or sister is exciting, and each family is unique in how its members adjust to a new baby. This class helps prepare children ages 3 to 10 to welcome their new brother or sister. This class also includes a special tour highlighting where mom and baby will stay after delivery. Parent(s) are required to stay with their children during this class.

Prenatal Yoga
This five-week series of yoga classes, taught by a certified yoga instructor, will focus on deepbreathing techniques, stretching and strengthening exercises appropriate for moms-to-be and their babies. Participants are asked to bring a yoga mat, water, pillow and two towels to class. A physician release is required. Class size is limited.
Cost is $45 for the series or $10 per class.

  • Call (502) 629-1234 to schedule a class.

Adoptive Parent Class
In this free class, parents anticipating a newborn adoption will review newborn care and safety.

  • Call (502) 629-6594 to schedule a class.

Ongoing Groups

New Mommy 101
A group for expectant moms, new moms and their babies (infants up to 6 months of age). New Mommy 101 provides a relaxed setting to meet other new moms. Facilitated by a childbirth educator, new moms have an opportunity to talk to one another, ask questions and get advice on parenting and newborn care. This group also includes a special question-and-answer time with a certified lactation consultant.

Car seat checks
Schedule a car seat check by a certified passenger safety technician. During the appointment, you will be shown how to install the seat in the best position in your car and verify any recalls. Car seat checks are available at multiple Norton Healthcare locations.

  • To schedule an appointment, call the Children’s Hospital Foundation Office of Child Advocacy of Kosair Children’s Hospital at (502) 629-7358.

Expectant parent tours
Free tours are available for those not attending prenatal classes. For a tour schedule at Norton Hospital and Norton Suburban Hospital, future home of Norton Women’s and Kosair Children’s Hospital

Neonatal intensive care unit tours
For families anticipating a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) stay at Norton Hospital, special expectant parent tours of the NICU are available.

  • To schedule a tour, call (502) 629-6594.

Classes are supported by a grant from the Norton Healthcare Foundation. Learn more ways to help.

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