Babies don't come with a manual, but that doesn't mean you don't have questions about their entrance into this world or how to care for them once they've arrived! Certified, experienced childbirth and lactation specialists at Sierra Vista offer a variety of education classes to help prepare you, your coach and your family for the birth of your new baby. These classes are designed to help you feel more confident about what to expect with childbirth and parenting. Pre-registration is required for all classes and tours.
Birth Center Tours: Expectant mothers and birthing coaches are invited to tour the Birth Center at Sierra Vista in order to familiarize themselves with our philosophy of family centered birth. The tour includes information on general hospital policies, admitting processes, perinatal education programs and a sneak-peek at our labor, delivery and recovery suites.
Prepared Childbirth: A series of four classes designed to teach expectant mothers and childbirth coaches about the laboring process. Topics include pain management, birthing techniques and cesarean sections. Please register by the 20th week of pregnancy.
One-Day Prepared Childbirth Refresher: A six-hour class recommended for those parents and coaches who may have already had a child. This is an abbreviated version of the five-week series and is not recommended for those interested in a more in-depth classroom experience. Topics include pain management, birthing techniques and cesarean sections.
Baby Care Basics: New parents are taught how to keep their newborns clean, safe and comfortable. Topics include newborn characteristics and development, feeding, bathing, diapering, accident prevention and sibling interaction. Instructors will also discuss the physical and emotional changes related to motherhood and the adjustment to fatherhood. Grandparents are welcome to attend.
Breast Feeding Basics: This class provides practical information for a successful and rewarding breastfeeding experience. Topics include breast milk production, breastfeeding strategies for working mothers and family support. Expectant mothers and their partners should attend this between 30 and 36 weeks of pregnancy. Partners/support persons are encouraged to attend as they are an important part of a successful breastfeeding experience.
Sibling Class: This class is designed for children ages 2-8 and emphasizes the importance of being a big brother or big sister. Children will be given hands-on instruction with life size dolls and will learn what to expect when their sibling is born and after he comes home. Story time and drawing will also be involved. The class will conclude with a tour of the birth center. Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras!
Infant/Child CPR: This class provides comprehensive information on the practice of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and obstructed airway rescue for adults, children and infants. Parents, grandparents and childcare providers are encouraged to attend.
Pre-Registration is required for all classes. For upcoming class schedules and to register, call 1.800.483.6387 or go to Find an Event.