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Experience an Educated Childbirth

As your due date draws near and your excitement begins to build, knowing what to expect can help you focus more fully on your birthing experience. We provide a variety of educational classes to make your experience one to remember.

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Tour the FMC Maternity Unit

Take a virtual tour of our maternity unit and learn about what to expect during your childbirth experience at Fairfield Medical Center.

Our class offerings include:

  • This series of classes explores labor and birth, pain control options, relaxation techniques, childbirth recovery and cesarean birth. This class will be offered as a Part 1 and Part 2 series. Expectant mothers and one support person are welcome to sign up for any Part 1 or Part 2 class on whichever month and date that works for their schedule, however it is recommended that Part 1 be taken before Part 2 and both sessions are attended to receive complete information.

    Cost: Free

    What you’ll learn:

      • Signs of labor
      • Stages of labor and birth
      • Pain control options
      • Birth plans
      • Hospital procedures
      • When to come to the hospital
      • What to bring to the hospital
      • View birth movies
      • Positions for labor and birth
      • Comfort techniques
      • Recovery after birth
      • Take care of pre-admission paperwork
      • Tour the Maternity Department

     

  • This detailed information session for expectant families is provided by lactation nurses to increase breastfeeding success. Email breastfedbaby@fmchealth.org for registration information.

    Cost: Free

    What you’ll learn:

    • History of breastfeeding
    • Benefits for mom and baby
    • Getting started
    • Proper positioning and latch on
    • What to expect
    • What’s normal
    • Signs and symptoms of adequate intake
    • Common problems and solutions
    • Where to go for help
  • Our Grandparent class provides an opportunity for expectant grandparents to explore grandparent roles, the latest trends in childbirth, safe sleep information and general newborn safety. Grandparent classes are being offered every other month.

    Cost: Free

    What you’ll learn:

    • Changes in childbirth
    • Grandparenting roles
    • Current infant care practices
    • Keeping baby safe

     

  • Our newborn care class covers basic newborn care including feeding, burping, illness, bathing, sleeping, crying and typical newborn characteristics.

    Cost: Free

    What you’ll learn:

    • Newborn traits
    • Newborn behaviors
    • Crying & comforting
    • Feeding
    • Diapering
    • Bathing, dressing and nail care
    • Newborn health
    • Newborn safety
  • This class will cover what to expect during a cesarean birth.

    Cost: Free

    What you’ll learn:

    • Preoperative procedures
    • Anesthesia options
    • Delivery room procedures
    • Postoperative care
    • Going home prepared
    • View a cesarean birth movie
    • Tour the Maternity Department

     

  • Safety is a concern for any parent. This class will teach you basic information on CPR, how to perform infant and child CPR, and how to perform infant and child choking first aid.

    Cost: $35 per person

    Call Resa Tobin at 740-687-8477 or email resa@fmchealth.org to schedule an appointment.

  • This class is geared for children 3-6 years of age and focuses on teaching infant safety with hands-on practice and education. Your child will go on a tour of the Maternity Unit and participate in fun activities.

    Cost: Free

    What your child will learn:

    • Roles of big brother or sister
    • Importance of handwashing
    • How to handle a newborn
    • Ways to help with baby care tasks
    • Tour Maternity Department & nursery
    • Participate in fun activities
  • This class reviews the key aspects of childbirth education for families with previous birth experience.

    Cost: Free

  • Our class offers support for parents and caregivers of substance-exposed newborns as we learn about their specialized care needs. Registration is required. For more information or to register, please call the childbirth educator at 740-687-8218.

    Cost: Free

  • Take a virtual tour of our Maternity Unit and learn about what to expect during your childbirth experience. click here.

To register for upcoming classes, please review the calendar below. If you have questions, contact the childbirth educator at 740-687-8218.

Upcoming Events

Aug
3
Tue
Celebrate Pregnancy @ Rising Shelter House, Rising Park
Aug 3 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Aug
8
Sun
Childbirth Education Series #1 @ Fairfield Medical Center
Aug 8 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Aug
9
Mon
Newborn Care @ Fairfield Medical Center
Aug 9 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Aug
12
Thu
Breastfeeding Class @ Fairfield Medical Center
Aug 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Aug
16
Mon
Childbirth Education Series #1 @ Fairfield Medical Center
Aug 16 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Aug
22
Sun
Childbirth Education Series #2 @ Fairfield Medical Center
Aug 22 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Aug
29
Sun
Newborn Care @ Fairfield Medical Center
Aug 29 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Aug
31
Tue
Childbirth Education Series #2 @ Fairfield Medical Center
Aug 31 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Sep
1
Wed
Grandparenting Class @ Fairfield Medical Center
Sep 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Sep
7
Tue
Childbirth Education Series #1 @ Fairfield Medical Center
Sep 7 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm