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: Saturday Labor & Birth Class
This class is offered on the second Saturday morning of every other month. Comfort techniques will be taught with the understanding that each participant will be responsible for practicing at home once the class has ended. See dates available and register
Option 2: Monday Labor & Birth Class
Can't make it to a Saturday morning class? No problem. This Monday evening class will provide you with the same great information as our Saturday Labor & Birth Class, with the convenience of an evening option.
Option 3: Individual Prenatal / Childbirth Classes
If you are enrolled or plan to enroll in the Maternal Health program / enhanced services at Allen Women's Health, you can receive individual classes by calling the nurse at (319) 235-5090 at the beginning of your second trimester.
Option 4: Injoy – Understanding Birth eClass
Can't attend a childbirth class? We'll bring the class to you! Through this interactive online course, you can learn essential birthing information from the comfort of your home. You'll get a sense of what labor is like as you watch birth stories and have the opportunity to create your own birth plan. Allow 4-6 hours to complete this course. Learn more and register.
This class is free if you have attended or plan to attend one of our childbirth classes! Support and helpful suggestions are included in the class. Your support person / coach is encouraged to attend as well! See dates available and register.
Breastfeeding Support Groups
Allen Hospital typically offers free weekly support groups (see days/times below) for breastfeeding moms. Please contact one of our Lactation Consultants at (319) 226-2229, ext 2 for any concerns, questions or guidance you may need after you have delivered your baby. Our Lactation Consultants are available for one-on-one appointments to help you through your breastfeeding journey.
Tuesdays, 10-11 a.m. at Allen Hospital — OB Classroom on 3rd floor
Thursdays, 4-5 p.m. at UnityPoint Health — Prairie Parkway, 1st Floor Conference Room (5100 Prairie Pkwy, Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613)
Fridays: by appointment only