Notice: Childbirth Education Classes are Canceled at this time
To keep you and your loved ones safe during the global outbreak of COVID-19, UnityPoint Health - Des Moines is restricting visitors at our facilities. We are sorry for the inconvenience. We will continue to monitor the situation for future classes and feel free to register for classes with open registration. If your class is canceled we will try to provide you with other online class opportunities. Please check back here and follow the Blank Children’s Facebook page for updates and information. Below is a link to a webinar we have created in place of this class:
Our Comfort Techniques class is a two-and-a-half hour class for expectant parents to discuss a more in-depth study and practice of how to manage pain with less medical intervention. Topics include breathing, relaxation, visualization, focal points, positions and movement techniques during labor.
Comfort Techniques does not replace Understanding Childbirth: Series or Express. Please see the class schedules to register for Series or Express.
Comfort Techniques class is held at Iowa Methodist Medical Center and Methodist West Hospital.
- Classes at Iowa Methodist Medical Center are held in the Education & Research Center (ERC). View Maps & Directions to Iowa Methodist Medical Center and Education & Research Center. Please note: the Woodland Avenue doors will be locked. View this video for parking and finding the ERC.
- Classes at Methodist West Hospital are held in the Conference Center. View Maps & Directions to Methodist West Hospital. View this video for parking and finding the Conference Rooms at Methodist West Hospital.
Click on the Register Now button above to register for an upcoming class. Registration must be completed online. When registering for a class, there's no need to register both parents; the expectant mom's registration will hold a spot for her support person as well. If you've already registered and need to cancel your registration, please call 515-241-6763.
Classes may be cancelled due to low enrollment, inclement weather, or other unforeseen circumstance. If this should happen, you will be notified by e-mail and/or a phone call and given the opportunity to register for the next available class.
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