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.

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 401 788-1225 to schedule your appointment.

This class will review common childhood accidents and injuries along with some basic childproofing ideas.  This class will also include the Family & Friends CPR Class with a review on how to handle choking or perform CPR. This class is geared toward new parents, grandparents and babysitters. Pre-registration is required. Please register by using the form at the bottom of this page. For questions about the class, please call 401-788-1225.

2020 schedule (Mondays 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.)
South County Hospital, Borda Classroom
$40 per couple/$25 additional person

  • January 13
  • February 24
  • March 30
  • June 1
  • July 13
  • August 24
  • October 5
  • November 16
  • December 14

Offered in Wakefield and Westerly

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.

2020 schedule (Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.)
Wakefield, South County Hospital, Potter Conference Room
$40 per couple

  • January 11
  • February 8
  • March 14
  • April 18
  • May 9
  • June 13
  • July 18
  • August 15
  • September 19
  • October 17
  • November 21
  • December 14

2019 schedule (Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.)
Westerly Medical & Wellness Center, second floor
$40 per couple

  • January 16
  • March 20
  • May 15
  • July 17
  • September 18
  • November 20

Most moms and dads have questions about caring for their new baby once they return home from the hospital. 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. 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.

2020 schedule (Saturdays 9 - 11 a.m.)
South County Hospital, Potter Conference Room
$40 per couple

  • January 11
  • February 8
  • March 14
  • April 18
  • May 9
  • June 13
  • August 15
  • October 17
  • November 21
  • December 14

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' Support Group provides support to new moms and their babies in a casual, group setting at no cost. A certified childbirth educator and OB nurse leads the group, facilitating discussion and education on a variety of topics, including feeding, baby sleeplessness, colic, parental sleep deprivation and postpartum stress. Certified lactation consultants are also on hand to answer questions. The groups meets:

  • Every Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the South Kingstown Neighborhood Guild, 325 Columbia Street, Room 26, South Kingstown

Pre-registration is not required. Questions? Call 401 788-1226.

 

Offered in Wakefield

This one day program is a great way to learn what to expect during labor and delivery. 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 tour of the Women and Newborn Care Unit. Partners are strongly encouraged to attend.

To register for in-person Childbirth Education use the form at the bottom of this page. For questions, call 401-788-1225.

Wakefield

2020 classes (Saturdays 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
South County Hospital, Potter Conference Room
$85 per couple

A lunch break will be provided. Please feel free to bring a light lunch or visit our Hospital cafeteria.

  • January 4
  • February 1
  • March 7
  • April 4
  • May 2
  • June 6
  • July 11
  • August 8
  • September 12
  • October 10
  • November 14
  • December 5

Online Childbirth Education Classes 

TBD

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.

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Childbirth Education Registration Form

Please use the form below to register for any of South County Health's in-person childbirth education classes.* To complete the form:

  • Fill in all required fields
  • Select each of the classes you wish to enroll in
  • Continue to the payment information page (checkout). Only credit cards are accepted. 

If you would like to take childbirth education online, please fill out and submit this form >  For all other classes in the series, use the form below. 

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.

 

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Baby and Delivery Information
Events

Parent CPR & Accident Prevention - 2020

This class will review common childhood accidents and injuries along with some basic childproofing ideas. This class will also include the Family & Friends CPR Class with a review on how to handle choking or perform CPR. This class is geared toward new parents, grandparents and babysitters. $40 per couple/$25 additional person

Location: South County Hospital, Borda Classroom
Price: $40.00

Breastfeeding Success - 2020 - Wakefield

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.

Location: South County Hospital, Potter Conference Room
Price: $40.00

Breastfeeding Success - 2020 - Westerly

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.

Location: Medical & Wellness Center, 268 Post Rd, Westerly
Price: $40.00

Caring for your Amazing Newborn

Most moms and dads have questions about caring for their new baby once they return home from the hospital. 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. Class dates vary. Partners are encourage to attend.

Location: South County Hospital, Potter Conference Room
Price: $40.00

Preparing for Birth - 2020 - Wakefield

This comprehensive class focuses on in-depth labor preparation for the birth experience: comfort measures, relaxation, role of the support person, breathing techniques, as well as what medication options are available for labor and birth. Other topics include: C-section, epidurals and mother/baby care immediately after delivery. These sessions include a tour of the Women & Newborn Care Unit. Partners are encouraged to attend. Please bring two pillows and a blanket for relaxation exercises.

Location: South County Hospital, Potter Conference Room
Price: $75.00

Preparing for Birth - 2020 - ONE DAY CLASS

This comprehensive class focuses on in-depth labor preparation for the birth experience: comfort measures, relaxation, role of the support person, breathing techniques, as well as what medication options are available for labor and birth. Other topics include: C-section, epidurals and mother/baby care immediately after delivery. These sessions include a tour of the Women & Newborn Care Unit. Partners are encouraged to attend. Please bring two pillows and a blanket for relaxation exercises. Lunch break included. Please feel free to bring a light lunch or visit our hospital cafeteria.

Location: South County Hospital, Potter Conference Room
Price: $85.00