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There is a lot to learn about pregnancy, labor, and caring for a newborn at home. Whether you are a first time parent or are adding a new member to your growing family, we offer birthing classes to all patients. Courses include childbirth preparation and breastfeeding education. Both day and evening classes are available for your convenience.

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Planning for a new baby is one of the most exciting experiences you’ll ever have. With the arrival of your newborn, your life will change. But even with all the joy that a new baby brings, it’s very natural to have fears, doubts and concerns. Myrtue Medical Center offers Childbirth Preparation Classes to prepare and support you during the entire process of becoming a parent. To view the 2022 Maternal & Child Health Class flyer please click here.

Childbirth Preparation Classes

This fast-track Childbirth Preparation Class will be held on Saturdays from 9 AM to 4 PM in the Myrtue Medical Center Auble Conference Room. This class has a $45 registration fee.

The Childbirth Preparation class offers an overview of what to expect during the different stages and phases of labor. A complete demonstration of a birth with the use of 3-D video will be viewed. The expectant mother and support person will learn relaxation models and breathing techniques to manage labor discomforts. Pain control options, labor interventions and cesarean deliveries will also be addressed. A sample labor will be used to practice relaxation and breathing techniques learned. Videos on postpartum cares and newborn characteristics will also be viewed and discussed.

Instructors for Childbirth Prep Class:

  • Shelly Kruse, RN, BSN, Certified Childbirth Educator
  • Cara Cacy, IBCLC, Board Certified Lactation Consultant and Certified Passenger Safety Technician
  • Claire Petersen, BA, DPT, Doctorate of Physical Therapy specializing in maternity services
  • Kinsey Phifer, Certified SBD Doula and Hygge Birth and Baby Doula

To sign up for an upcoming class, please click here or call our education department at 712.755.4343. If financial assistance is needed, please call 712.755.4299.

2022 Class Schedule: FEB 12 | MARCH 19 | MAY 14 | JULY 23 | SEPT 17 | NOV 12

Additional Resource

Paying attention to movements helps expectant parents get to know what’s normal for their baby and speak up if they notice a change. Count the Kicks is an organization whose goal is to educate expectant parents about the importance of tracking baby movements during pregnancy. Their website has a multitude of resources parents can benefit from.

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