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
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The Newborn Care class is a two-and-a-half hour class that helps expectant parents learn basic caring techniques for a newborn during the first six weeks. During class, you will watch videos and discuss common care techniques for comforting, feeding, bathing, and diapering, as well as understanding newborn health and safety concerns. You will also have the opportunity for interactive practice during class. CPR is not included in this class. We recommend you to take a CPR class through your local Red Cross or the 411 Safety Shop
in West Des Moines.
Newborn Care class is held at Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Methodist West Hospital, Iowa Lutheran Hospital, and Unity Point Ankeny Medical Park. Please take note of which location you have registered for.
- Classes at Iowa Methodist Medical Center are held in the Education & Research Center (ERC). View Maps & Directions to Iowa Methodist Medical Center and the 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.
- Classes at Iowa Lutheran Hospital are held in Dining Room A/B. View Maps & Directions to Iowa Lutheran Hospital. Dining Room A/B is located on Level B behind the cafeteria.
- Classes at Unity Point Ankeny Medical Park are located at 3625 N. Ankeny Boulevard, Ankeny, IA. After entering through the main entrance, the classroom is on the left next to the information desk.
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 circumstances. 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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