Childbirth and Family Education
Upper Valley Medical Center (UVMC) offers the following series of classes that guide you and your family through every phase of the birth process.
Childbirth Preparation Series
Know what to expect during labor and birth. This comprehensive class focuses on in-depth preparation for your birth experience. The focus is on learning comfort measures, relaxation, labor support, breathing techniques as well as what medication options are available for labor and birth. Topics also include: C-section, epidurals and mother/baby care immediately after delivery. A great way to make the transition to becoming a family! A free tour of the facility is included.
The Childbirth Preparation series is held on the same week day for 4 weeks.
Weekend Blitz Condensed Childbirth Class
Know what to expect during labor and birth. This six hour weekend class is a condensed course that focuses on what you should know for your birth experience. Topics include labor support and comfort measures, medication options, C-section, epidurals and more. A great way to refresh if you're an experienced parent or get the basic knowledge you need in a time crunch. Due to time constraints, bringing your lunch is strongly encouraged. A free tour of the facility can be scheduled on a different day.
Learn the art and science of providing the perfect nutrition for your baby before baby's arrival. Emphasis is on strategies to promote successful breastfeeding. Topics include: how to avoid common breastfeeding issues, dispelling breastfeeding myths and tips on ensuring an adequate milk supply. Basic information about returning to work and pumping is also discussed. Male or female support persons are welcome.
Caring for Your Amazing Newborn
Babies don't come with directions, but this class gives new parents basic infant care and parenting skills for navigating the first weeks and months of new parenting. This class is held as a 2-week series or a one-day weekend. First time parents are encouraged to attend. Content includes tips and tricks for feeding, diapering and bathing; basic CPR and choking instructions for infants (note: this is not a certification class); details on infant safety and childproofing your home; information regarding cloth diapers, environmentally safe baby care product and cleaners; and lots more! Other caregivers are welcome to attend (grandparents, adoptive parents, etc.). Feel free to bring bottled water or snacks. For weekend participants, a brown bag lunch is encouraged.
This class is held as a 2-week series or a one-day weekend.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters Class
This class provides information that helps your child to explore their role in their expanding family. Learn simple age appropriate infant care techniques and participate in insightful DVD and group discussion. A tour of where mother and baby stay is included. Content is appropriate for ages 4 to 10, older siblings are welcome. Siblings are encouraged to bring a favorite doll or stuffed animal.
Fee: $10.00 for 1st child, $5 for each additional
Birthing and Mother/Baby Room Tour
This brief walking tour will orient you to the beautiful birthing and mother/baby rooms. It will also give you some basic information about what to expect when you deliver at Atrium Medical Center. Expectant mothers are encouraged to bring one support person. Children are not permitted on these tours.
For More Information
Visit our calendar to register for childbirth classes, or call (937) 208-BABY. Registration is required for all classes and tours.
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Learn About Childbirth
The Premier Health Library offers a wealth of information about childbirth. Learn about conditions, treatments, how to prepare for a surgery and much more.
Content Updated: December 1, 2014