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Childbirth & Family-Centered Education Classes

These classes are designed to prepare the expectant parent(s) for the childbirth experience with up-to-date information, a positive attitude and techniques to assist them through labor and delivery. Classes should be taken in late pregnancy (seven to nine months). Class size is limited and enrollment is first come, first served. Classes may be canceled due to low enrollment.

Many options are offered for classes. See each option for specific dates and times. To ensure class registration, payment MUST be received one week prior to class. Please make checks payable to Allen Hospital.

Option 1: One-Day Saturday Class

This ONE-DAY ONLY class is offered on the second Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This class will benefit those participants on a limited time schedule. Techniques will be taught with the understanding that

each participant will be responsible for practicing on their own. Due to the intensity of this class, participants need to realize that this is a brief overview of breathing techniques. See dates available and register.

Option 2: Tuesday Evening Lamaze Class

Breathing techniques will be taught at each class. See dates available and register.

Option 3: Labor & Birth Class

(Due to similarity of class topics, it isn't necessary to take the Childbirth or Lamaze Class and this class.)
The Labor and Birth Class is designed to provide participants with up-to-date information about labor and delivery. Some comfort strategies during labor and relaxation techniques will be included in the class content. It should be taken in the last trimester of pregnancy. Participants need to attend only one day. See dates available and register.

Option 4: Individual Childbirth Class

If you are unable to attend any of the scheduled Lamaze classes, there is an opportunity to sign up for an Individual Class for a fee of $75. You will meet with a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator for approximately two hours. The time for this class can work around your schedule or prenatal appointments. It is best to call at around 28 weeks of pregnancy. Please call (319) 226-BABY (2229) Ext. 1 and talk to Suzanne to set up a class.

Option 5: Refresher Lamaze

This one-time class is intended for participants who have previously attended a series of Lamaze classes and/or previously delivered a baby at Allen Birthing Center. Please call (319) 226-BABY (2229) Ext. 1 to schedule a class. 

Option 6: Individual Prenatal / Childbirth Classes

If you are enrolled or plan to enroll in enhanced services at Women's Health, you can receive individual classes by calling the nurse at (319) 235-5090. It is best to call at the beginning of your second trimester to schedule a time.

Early Parenting Class

The Early Parenting Class is provided free to individuals who have attended either a Lamaze, Childbirth or Labor and Birth Class at Allen Hospital. This class is designed to provide information about the newborn. Postpartum issues for mom, hospital policies, car seat safety and infant safety issues will also be covered. See dates available and register.

Breastfeeding Class

This class is intended for participants who plan to nurse their child and is free of charge to those who attended a Lamaze, Childbirth or Labor and Birth Class at Allen Hospital. Support and helpful suggestions are included in class content. Coaches are encouraged to attend. See dates available and register.

Breastfeeding Support Groups

Allen Hospital offers a free weekly support group for breastfeeding moms. Come to the group and have your baby weighed and see how great you are doing. For more information, contact Wanda at (319) 226-BABY (2229) Ext 2. We have three options available:

  • Tuesdays, 10-11:30 a.m.  at Allen Hospital, OB Classroom
  • Thursdays, 4-5:30 p.m. at UnityPoint Health — Prairie Parkway, Cedar Falls
  • Fridays,  1-2:30 p.m. at Allen Hospital, OB Classroom

Allen Massage Therapy

Allen Massage Therapy offers therapeutic massages both during pregnancy and after your baby is born. We have qualified licensed massage therapists who can accommodate your needs. Our Allen Hospital location has a pregnancy table designed for the mom-to-be, allowing you to receive the full benefits of the massage while lying in a very comfortable position. We offer massages to pregnant clients the entire duration of their pregnancy. Prenatal massages are available at 212 West Dale, Suite 403. Feeling tired and sore after delivery? We do ask that you discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to arranging your massage appointment. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us by calling (319) 235-3557. 

Infant Massage Class

These classes are a relaxing and bonding time for both parents and infants. Massage helps promote better sleep for infants, and aids in growth and development of infants. Infant Massage Classes are taught by Mary Lehman, RN, BSN. Mary is certified by the International Association of Infant Massage. These classes are for parents with newborns up to the age of 10 months old. Please call Mary at (319) 231-5377 for more information on dates, cost and location.