Childbirth Education Classes
Our complete program helps ensure a rewarding experience. It's the right start for the joyous event that awaits your family.
Your stay at UnityPoint Health - Finley Hospital is only part of our total maternity program. We meet every need before, during and after delivery ... for you and your entire family. Finley Hospital offers a full complement of childbirth education classes.
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Childbirth Refresher Classes (Lamaze)
This two-session program refreshes your memory on Lamaze techniques, provides updates on changes, discusses labor/birth options and addresses coaching helps/fears. The last night is a family night with emphasis on sibling needs.
Childbirth Preparation Class (Lamaze)
You're having a baby! Congratulations! A joyous event awaits you. The birth of your baby can be one of life's most cherished and fulfilling events. Join us for a preparation course on developing a birth plan, breathing and relaxation techniques, pain management option, exercises, baby care and more. Class includes educational materials.
Parents-to-be who are anticipating a Caesarean birth learn what to expect during pregnancy, the birth and postpartum. The class includes an audiovisual presentation and ample opportunity for you to ask questions.
VBAC Program (Vaginal Birth After Caesarean)
Learn guidelines regarding the probability of a vaginal birth after a previous Caesarean section. Benefits of choosing a VBAC delivery, fears and emotional hurdles in labor and designing your birth plan will be discussed. Husbands/support persons are also encouraged to attend.
Provides information to help you make an informed decision about how to feed your baby. Breast preparation, pumping, supplemental feeding and returning to work will also be discussed.
Will your child(ren) view the arrival of a new brother or sister with enthusiasm ... or suspicion? This class helps children accept the newborn - and become an active participant in the occasion - by explaining the care that the baby will require. Children will be taken on a tour of the department.
Much has changed since your parents brought you into the world. This class updates grandparents on the various aspects of having a baby and child care today. It helps them share the joy of today's birth experience and become more helpful in caring for the newborn.
Family Birthing Suites Tour
Mothers-to-be and their spouse/support person tour our Family Birthing Suites, Level II Nursery and C-section suite. The tour allows time to answer questions and help you learn more about the quality care and comfort available in The Finley Hospital's Family Birthing Suites.
Just for You!
Participating in childbirth education classes is an important step in preparing for the arrival of your baby. Unfortunately, busy schedules and commitments at work and home can make attending a regularly scheduled class challenging. For others, a group learning environment might not be appealing. That's why registered nurses at The Finley Hospital's Family birthing Suites offer "Just for You!" - a one-on-one childbirth instruction and preparation session designed to discuss individual needs and answer questions. Sessions are by appointment.
Breastfeeding Support Group
During your hospital stay, we help you get breastfeeding off to a good start. Once you are home, it's normal to have questions regarding common challenges, returning to work and beginning supplemental feedings. This weekly mother-to-mother support group helps provide continued assistance, information and sharing of experiences with other mothers just like you.
Massaging your baby is a tactile translation of love, security, and physical comfort. Research shows that infant massage contributes to your baby's growth and development, helps your baby sleep better, and relieves gas and colic. During three weekly sessions, you will learn to communicate with your baby through loving touch as no one else can. Dads are encouraged to attend too. Fee Includes book.