Childbirth & Family-Centered Education Classes
Allen Hospital is happy to provide classes to expectant mothers and their families. Our goal is to help reduce your stress and make your experience an enjoyable one. We provide up-to-date information in a fun and relaxing atmosphere so your focus can be on your new life ahead.
Classes should be taken in late pregnancy (seven to nine months). Classes may be canceled or shortened due to low registration. To ensure class registration, payment must be received one week before class begins.
Please call us with any questions before you enroll to ensure you are taking the perfect class for you and your family.
Option 1: One-Day Saturday Class
This class is offered on the second Saturday of every other month. Techniques (breathing, etc.) will be taught with the understanding thateach participant will be responsible for practicing at home once the class has ended. See dates available and register
Option 2: Lamaze Class
If you are interested in experiencing natural childbirth, please call (319) 226-2229, ext. 1 during your second trimester. The class will meet for four evenings.
Option 3: Labor & Birth Class
The ONE-DAY-ONLY Labor and Birth Class is designed to provide you with comfort and relaxation strategies during labor. Take this class during your last trimester. See dates available and register.
Option 4: Individual Childbirth Class
If you are unable to attend any of the scheduled childbirth classes, there is an opportunity to sign up for an individual class. A Lamaze-Certified Childbirth Educator will meet with you for approximately two hours. The time for this class can work around your schedule or prenatal appointments. Take this class at around 28 weeks of pregnancy. Call (319) 226-2229, ext. 1.
Option 5: 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 at the beginning of your second trimester.
This class is free if you have 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 free weekly support groups for breastfeeding moms. Come to the group and have your baby weighed and see how great you are doing. For more information, call (319) 226-2229, ext 2.
- Tuesdays, 10-11:30 a.m. at Allen Hospital
- Thursdays, 4-5:30 p.m. at UnityPoint Health — Prairie Parkway, Meeting Room 3B (5100 Prairie Pkwy, Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613
- Fridays, 1-2:30 p.m. at Allen Hospital
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. We also have 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 UnityPoint Clinic Massage Therapy – North Crossing, 2160 Logan Avenue. 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) 226-8560.
Cost: Private Pay