Classes & Support Groups for Parents to Be

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Classes & Support Groups for Parents to Be

Preregistration is necessary. Each registration includes 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 dads. It's a three-hour class with a trained facilitator who helps "veteran dads" and their babies teach "rookie dads" the ropes. Limited class size. Veteran dads and their babies are welcome to attend anytime the 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.

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 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 been exposed to an infectious illness. Children should attend the class during the last month of mom's pregnancy. To register please call the Birth Care Education office at (319) 369-7166.

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

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 (we accept cash or check or prepayment 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.

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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

Marvelous Multiples

This series of classes is designed for parents expecting twins, triplets or more. You will learn about nutritional requirements for multiples, labor and birth variations, including cesarean births. You will also learn about how a multiple pregnancy differs from pregnancy with a singleton. Caring for more than one baby at a time is a unique experience with different demands and pressures. You will learn how to prepare for multiples and how to care for more than one baby at a time. Plan to attend this series before the seventh month of your pregnancy. Register online.

Medicated Birth Options

This new class offers expecting parents the information needed to make decisions regarding medicated pain management during labor and birth. Leading theories of pain will be discusses, as well as learning about "positive pain" that is experienced throughout the labor process.

The class will cover the benefits and risks of epidurals and medicated pain relief as well as non-medicated pain management. Comfort Skills (which covers non-medicated pain relief techniques) is required as well. Click here to register online.

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.

Prenatal Breastfeeding Class

Many parents believe that breastfeeding comes naturally for both mother and baby. However, breastfeeding is actually a learned art. This class helps parents learn about how breastfeeding works and what to expect during those first few weeks nursing a newborn. Partners are encouraged to attend. Register online.

Birth to Home 

Many new parents are surprised how busy they can be during their stay when their baby is born. In this class you will receive information and necessary paperwork to review, read or sign to make your first days together more restful. This includes information on birth certificates, consents, newborn immunizations and circumcision. You will view the "discharge video" in class, so you will have that requirement completed as well. Just let your nurse know you took St. Luke's Birth to Home class. Register online for Birth to Home.

Labor and Birth 

This class is for expectant parents during the last 12 weeks of pregnancy. You will learn about the signs and symptoms of labor, the stages of labor and what to expect during the process of labor and birth. The class includes a birth video. This class is required before taking the Comfort Skills class. Click here to register online.

Comfort Skills for Birth  

This childbirth preparation class is designed to teach pregnant women and their birth partner skills to use during labor. Topics include breathing techniques, body positions, pushing positions, relaxation methods, birth ball and various comfort techniques. These skills are helpful to learn even if an epidural is planned. The Labor & Birth class is required before attending this class. Click here to register online.

Preparing for the Unexpected: Inductions, Cesareans  & More

Each birth is a unique journey that can have unexpected surprises. It is best to be prepared for any changes of events than can occur. This class will provide information on the variations of vaginal births, inductions, augmentation, as well as scheduled and emergency cesarean birth. Methods of monitoring the status of the baby will also be discussed. Click here to register online.

Option 1: Childbirth Block Class 

Attend both Labor & Birth and Comfort Skills classes together on one Saturday. Limited class size. Click here to register online.

Option 2: Childbirth Series

An opportunity to attend all five of the childbirth classes with the same instructor and class participants on the same week night for 5 weeks. The order of classes are (1st) Labor & Birth, (2nd) Preparing for the Unexpected, (3rd) Comfort Skills 1, (4th) Comfort Skills 2 and (5th) Medicated Birth Options. Limited class size. Register online.

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.