Classes for Family Members

Preregistration is necessary. Please call (319) 369-7166 or visit our classes & events section for more available dates, information and to register.

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.

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

Smart Sitter

This class is designed as an educational program to learn to babysit. This class is for boys and girls 10 years of age or older. Class members will learn:
  • Responsibilities of a babysitter
  • Basic childcare
  • Childhood development
  • Common accidents and emergencies
  • Guidelines for safe play
  • Practice rescue breathing and choking techniques for infants and children

Registration is from 8:30-8:45 a.m.
Class meets from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Please bring:

  • Sack lunch and drink. Refreshments provided at break
  • 14-16inch doll or teddy bear for practicing baby care
  • Optional: $3 for a CPR Booklet

Preregistration is necessary. Please call (319) 369-7166 to preregister.

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. Plan to attend this class before or after your baby is born, but please do not bring infants to the class. These techniques are most helpful during baby's first four months. Cost of the class is $15.

Payable by credit card only. Preregistration and prepayment is required. If you do not attend the class, you will still be charged $15, but will receive the DVD package in the mail at the address you provide when you register.

Sibling-Attended Birth

This class is for families who are preparing for their child(ren) three years old and over to be present at the birth. Careful preparation is necessary to promote a positive birth experience. Children to be present at birth are required to take the Brothers and Sisters Class before taking this class. 

Families considering this experience should call three to four months before the due date to schedule the classes, have a telephone interview and receive the required paperwork. Discuss your desire to have your children present with your doctor. Required paperwork includes getting a doctor's signature and approval before attending the class.

For children to be present at birth, they must each have their own support person - someone other than the mother's support person. If more than one child will be present, each child will need to have their own support person to be with that child at all times. Friends and relatives are often good choices. Each child's support person should plan to attend the Sibling-Attended Birth Class with the child and parents.

There is a $15 fee for this program. Remember to call three to four months before the due date to schedule classes and complete required paperwork. For more information, call (319) 369-7580 or (319) 369-7166.

Brothers and Sisters Class

Brothers and Sisters Class is designed especially for the younger members of the family (age 3 or older) who are about to have a new brother or sister. They will spend an evening learning about the miracle of childbirth through discussions, picture books and hands-on experience. Correct terminology will be used and all questions answered. Please bring a baby picture of the child(ren) attending and feel free to bring a camera.

The class includes a mini tour of the Birth Care Center. Children attending must be three years of age or older and should be accompanied by their parent(s). Please make sure the child is not ill or recently exposed to an infectious illness. Children should attend the class during the last month of mom's pregnancy.

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.