Childbirth Education Classes/Programs


South County Hospital's childbirth education offer a comprehensive selection of classes, programs and support for expecting and new parents. Certified childbirth educators run our programs, which are designed to support you at all stages in your pregnancy and early parenthood. Due to COVID-19, our Childbirth Education classes will be held virtually. You will be provided with instructions on how to access your class(es) upon sign-up. If you have questions regarding this virtual format, please contact southcountymoms@southcountyhealth.org.

Creating Your Plan of Care for Birth

At 30 weeks gestation (around your seventh month of pregnancy), we encourage expectant mothers to schedule a free appointment to meet with a nurse on the Women & Newborn Care Unit. The purpose of this visit is to create an individualized Birth Plan of Care, and to help us make your stay as personalized as possible. There is no charge for this visit and it takes approximately one hour to complete. A tour of the unit is included in this session. 

Please call 401 788-3877 with questions about these classes or to schedule your appointment for the 30 Week Visit.

Due to COVID this one-day Childbirth Education class is being held via ZOOM, and not in person.

This comprehensive class focuses on in-depth preparation for the birth experience - comfort measures, relaxation techniques, the role of your support person, breathing techniques, as well as what medication options are available for labor and birth. Other topics include Cesarean birth, epidurals and mother/baby care immediately after birth. This class includes a video tour of the Women and Newborn Care Unit. Partners are strongly encouraged to attend.

To register, please use the form at the bottom of this page. For questions, call 401-788-1225.

2021 classes
Saturday 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday 5 - 9 p.m.

$85 per couple

  • Saturday January 9
  • Tuesday February 9
  • Saturday March 13
  • Tuesday April 6
  • Saturday May 1
  • Tuesday June 8
  • Saturday July 10
  • Tuesday August 10
  • Saturday September 11
  • Tuesday October 5
  • Saturday November 6
  • Tuesday December 7

A full virtual option is available through Tinyhood.com.
Childbirth 101: From Labor through Postpartum
$40

To enroll, click here >>

If you are eligible for a free childbirth education course through your health insurance provider, please print and submit your receipt to your insurance company for reimbursement.

 

Most new parents have questions about how to care for their new baby. Knowing what to expect during the early weeks and months of parenthood will help you care for your newborn with confidence. Parenting classes should be taken in late pregnancy before the birth of your baby. This class is taught by one of our labor and delivery nurses and covers basic newborn care such as swaddling, bathing and diapering, but also newborn appearance, feeding cues, how to soothe your newborn, when to call your pediatrician, home safety, etc. Class dates vary.

Pre-registration is required. Please use the form at the bottom of this page to register.

For questions about the class, please call 401-788-1225.

2021 schedule

Saturday 9 - 11 a.m.
Tuesday 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Held via Zoom until further notice
$40 per couple

  • Tuesday January 5
  • Saturday February 6
  • Tuesday March 16
  • Saturday April 10
  • Tuesday May 4
  • Saturday June 5
  • Tuesday July 13
  • Saturday August 7
  • Tuesday September 14
  • Saturday October 16
  • Tuesday November 2
  • Saturday December 4 

Baby 101 is a web-based tutorial similar to Caring for Your Amazing Newborn, offered by Tinyhood.com, not South County Health.

This virtual class covers Infant Care Basics - diaper changing, baby gas, bath time, tummy time, nail care, holding/carrying, and the basics of breastfeeding, infant CPR & choking, and newborn sleep.

$49 - Click here to enroll >>

Due to COVID this class is offered via Zoom until further notice

This 2-hour prenatal breastfeeding class is taught by a Women and Newborn Care Unit lactation consultant. Learn the art and science of providing the perfect nutrition before baby's arrival. Emphasis is on strategies to promote successful breastfeeding. Topics include: what you can expect at the hospital, how to avoid common breastfeeding issues, dispelling breastfeeding myths, and tips on ensuring an adequate milk supply. Partners are encouraged to attend. Pre-register by using the form at the bottom of this page. For questions about the class, please call 401-788-1225.

2021 schedule

Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Tuesdays 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Held via Zoom
$40

  • Tuesday January 19
  • Saturday February 6
  • Tuesday March 23
  • Saturday April 10
  • Tuesday May 11
  • Saturday June 5
  • Tuesday July 20
  • Saturday August 7
  • Tuesday September 21
  • Saturday October 16
  • Tuesday November 9
  • Saturday December 4

Our certified lactation consultants offer moms classes, one-on-one sessions and the Warm Line, 401 788-1226, a lactation support hotline. You are welcome to use these services whether you had your baby at South County Hospital or not. The South County Hospital Women & Newborn Services program was the first in the state to receive Baby-Friendly designation from The World Health Organization for the promotion and support of breastfeeding.

South County Health's New Moms' Group is now offered virtually, via Zoom, every Tuesday from 10-12.

This is a great place to ask questions and discuss concerns.

If you are interested in participating please email: Lactation@southcountyhealth.org and we'll will send you the Zoom access code to join us!

Questions? Call 401 788-1226.

 

Please note: Due to COVID-19, the in-person Parent CPR & Accident Prevention class will not be offered until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, however it is necessary to minimize the risk of COVID among participants and staff.

As an alternative, Tinyhood.com offers an online class that covers Infant CPR & Choking.

Click here for more information >>

 

 


Childbirth Education Registration Form

If you are interested in participating in any of our Childbirth Education classes, please call 401-788-3925 for information and registration.

If you are eligible for a free childbirth education course through your health insurance provider, please print and submit your receipt to your insurance company for reimbursement.

*If you are covered by RIte Care insurance, please call 401-792-2229 for information on registering.