The Understanding Birth: Express class is a four hour session, held on Saturdays from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Due to the length of this class we encourage participants to bring a snack and/ or drink.
This class will cover essential information on pre-labor, stages of labor, delivery, medical procedures, medical pain relief options available to you and cesarean birth. You will also be watching a birth story showing the progression of labor and deliver. Topics are similar to those covered in the Understanding Birth: Series class, but condensed for those participants who are unable to attend the two week Series course.
Understanding Birth: Express does not cover Newborn Care, Breastfeeding, Comfort Techniques or Maternity Tours. Please see class schedules to register for those separately. Please see separate schedules to register for those.
Breastfeeding Classes are held at Iowa Methodist and Methodist West Hospital - Please take note of location when registering.
- Classes at Iowa Methodist are held in the Education & Research Center (ERC) - located on the ground level of the Iowa Methodist Parking Garage. The Iowa Methodist Parking Garage is located on the west side of the Iowa Methodist Campus, on the corner of Pleasant St. and 14th Place. We recommend parking in the Iowa Methodist Parking Garage and taking the South parking garage elevators to the Ground Level. After exiting the elevator, you will be in the ERC. View Maps & Directions: Iowa Methodist Campus and Education & Research Center (ERC)
Please note: The Woodland Avenue entrance will be locked.
- Classes at Methodist West are held in the Conference Center - The Conference Center entrance is located on the West side of the hospital (back side of the hospital), use the Short Term Parking areas or employee parking spots. View Maps & Directions: Methodist West Campus
Click on the Register Now button above to register for an upcoming class - registration must be completed online. If you're needing to cancel a class or for further assistance please call 515.241.6763.
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- Classes may be cancelled due to low enrollment, if this should happen you will be notified by email or phone one week in advance and given the opportunity to register for the next available classes.
- For cancelations due to inclement weather, please tune into your local TV or Radio stations. Cancelations will also be posted on our website at UnityPoint Health - Des Moines - You will also receive notification if your class is cancelled by phone/ email