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Classes & Support Groups for Parents to Be

Preregistration is necessary. Each registration is for two people in the class. Partners are encouraged to attend all classes.

Please call (319) 369-7166 or visit our online calendar for more available dates, information and to register.

All classes (except Empty Arms and Heart Saver Baby) meet in the lower level of the Center for Women's & Children's Health.

Boot Camp for New Dads

In this class dads-to-be learn about babies from experienced "veteran dads" and a trained facilitator. It's a three-hour class with a limited class size. Veteran dads and their babies are welcome to attend anytime during the babies' first six months. If you would like to attend Boot Camp for New Dads as a veteran dad with your baby, please call (319) 369-7580 or click here to register online.

Becoming Grandparents

Becoming a grandparent brings new joys and new challenges. This class is designed for both expectant and established grandparents. The class will offer an update on current birth practices, hospital policies, tips for grandparents and discussion of current baby care practices. Click here to register for this class online.

Baby Basics

This class provides information about caring for your newborn. Learn a special way to bathe your newborn called a "developmental bath." You will also learn about feeding techniques, diapering, infant skin care, comfort techniques and many other helpful topics. Click here to register for Baby Basics online.

Diapering with Cloth

Diapers without pins?  Diapers that don't go the landfill?  Diapers that save hundreds of dollars?  What are diaper liners, diaper covers and inserts?  What are AIO and AI2 diapers?  What do Bum Genius, Fuzzi, Happy Heiney and Smartipants have in common?  They are just a few of the many new types of cloth diapers!  These are not what your mother and grandmother used! 

Come and learn about the pros and cons of cloth vs disposable diapers. See various new products that are available for cloth diapering. Practice using different types of cloth diapers. Learn how to wash and care for your cloth diapers. You make take this class either before or after your baby is born. Adults only please! Click here to register online for Diapering with Cloth

New Baby, New Beginnings - A Sneak Peek at Parenthood

A new baby in your home brings many changes, joys and challenges. Learn helpful tips to handle emotional and physical changes during typical postpartum recovery. This prenatal class will help you prepare for the first few weeks at home with your new baby. Click here to register online for New Baby, New Beginnings.

Happiest Baby

Coping with a crying baby can be very stressful to even experienced parents. Come to understand the "4th Trimester" and learn amazing techniques to soothe your baby to sleep in those early weeks. Learn about the 5 S's, based on research by Dr. Harvey Karp, author of The Happiest Baby on the Block. Participants will receive their own copy of The Happiest Baby on the Block DVD and white noise CD valued at more than $35. You may also purchase a 42 inch-blanket for swaddling for $15 at the class (cash or check accepted) or prepay with your registration. Plan to attend this class before or after your baby is born (up until your baby is 12 weeks old), but please do not bring infants to the class. These techniques are most helpful during baby's first 12-16 weeks. Cost of the class is $15. Limited class size.

Click here to register online for this class. Purchase one of these swaddling blankets for $15 at the class (cash or check only) or prepay when you register for the class.

HeartSaver CRR/AED

Heartsaver CPR/AED Training (perfect class for new & expectant parents) This course is for all lay rescuers. This three hour course focuses on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and training of how to use an AED (Automated External Defibrillator), and foreign body airway obstruction (FBAO) for all ages (adult, child and infant).  

For more information and to register for the class, please contact Barb Hanneman, RN at (319) 861-6848 or barbara.hanneman@unitypoint.org.

Car Seats 101

Motor vehicle injuries are a leading cause of death among children in the United States. But many of these deaths can be prevented.  Child safety seats can greatly reduce the risk of a potentially fatal injury, especially for babies but also for toddlers.

Before the big day arrives, you want to choose the safest, easiest-to-install infant car seat. Yet many safety seats are used incorrectly as car seats can be confusing.  

Rear facing only infant car seat or convertible car seat – which seat do I choose?  Do I baby securely positioned in the car seat?  How do I install it properly in my vehicle? When do I have to transition my child to another type of car seat?  

In this class, these questions and more will be answered by a certified child passenger safety technician along with general car seat safety guidelines that will help ensure a little one's safety.  This class will also take a look at the most common mistakes parents make and how to avoid them.
This class is an overview of car seat basics and is NOT a car seat check!   Please do not bring your car seat to class.
For information regarding car seat checks, call Linn County Safe Kids Coalition at (319) 310-7328.

Safety First: Preparing for Baby

A new baby means preparing a safe home before your baby is born. Topics covered in class are general safety tips and helpful safety devices, car seat and baby equipment safety, childproofing, household dangers and seasonal safety. This class is for expectant parents and grandparents-to-be. Click here to register online.