The prepared childbirth class is offered in two different formats: a one day marathon class on a weekend (from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) and a three-part series on a weekday evening (three classes from 6 to 9 p.m.).
Topics include what to expect during labor and delivery, birthing options, admission to the hospital, epidurals and pain management, vaginal and C-Section births, common interventions and scenarios, and much more. A tour of the maternity unit is also provided as part of this class.
What to bring to class: Please bring a pillow and an exercise ball if you have one (if taking the three-part series, only bring ball to class #2). Minimal snacks are provided, so you may wish to bring your own additional snacks. There is also a 45-minute break for lunch on your own (during one-day marathon sessions only).
Not sure which format is right for you? The three-part series is a slower pace, provides more discussion and networking amongst participants, and offers more time to practice comfort measures during the class, with instructor coaching. Those who take the one-day class will also learn comfort techniques but will have less practice time during class. Please note that newborn care and breastfeeding are not included in this class. Participants are highly encouraged to sign up for ourBreastfeeding and Baby Care and Infant CPR classes.
Cost is $75 per couple. If you are unable to afford the cost of this program and are delivering at Swedish Covenant Hospital, please contact our Call Center at (773) 878-6888 for information about payment options.
Do you have a FSA account? This class may be covered – call your specific FSA agent to find out.