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 401 788-1376 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. For more information or to register, call 401 792-2229.

2018 schedule (Mondays 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.)
South County Hospital, Borda Classroom
$40 per person

  • January 22
  • February 26
  • April 2
  • May 21
  • July 2
  • August 27
  • October 29
  • December 10

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 calling 401 792-2229.

2018 schedule (Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.)
Wakefield, South County Hospital, Potter Conference Room
$40 per couple

  • February 21
  • April 18
  • June 20
  • August 22
  • October 24
  • December 19

2018 schedule (Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.)
Westerly Medical & Wellness Center, second floor
$40 per couple

  • January 17
  • March 21
  • May 16
  • July 18
  • September 19
  • November 28

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. Call 401 792-2229.

2018 schedule (Tuesdays 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.)
South County Hospital, Potter Conference Room
$40 per couple

  • February 6
  • April 3
  • June 5
  • August 7
  • October 2
  • 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.

The Hospital's New Moms' Support Group provides support to new moms and their babies in a casual, group setting. 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 Potter Conference Center (at South County Hospital in Wakefield) 
  • Every Friday from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the South County Health Medical & Wellness Center Westerly conference room (268 Post Rd., Rt 1, near Walmart)

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


Offered in Wakefield and Westerly

Childbirth education is a great way to learn what to expect during labor and birth. South County Hospital offers a 3-week in-person series, a one-day Saturday class, or online childbirth education. 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.

For questions or to register for Childbirth Education, call 401-792-2229.


2018 classes (Mondays 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.)
South County Hospital, Potter Conference Room
$75 per person (you may bring one guest for free)

  • January 8, 15, 22
  • March 5, 12, 19
  • May 7, 14, 21
  • July 9, 16, 23
  • October 1, 15, 22
  • November 12, 19, 26

2018 classes (One-day Saturday class 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
South County Hospital, Potter Conference Room
$75 per person (you may bring one guest for free)

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

  • January 27
  • March 10
  • May 5
  • June 2
  • July 14
  • August 25
  • October 6
  • November 17
  • December 15


2018 classes (Mondays 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.)
Westerly Medical & Wellness Center, second floor
$75 per person (you may bring one guest for free)

  • February 5, 12, 19
  • April 9, 16, 23
  • June 4, 11, 18
  • August 6, 13, 20
  • November 12, 19, 26

Online Childbirth Education

We also offer online childbirth education courses, so you can learn right from the comfort of your own home.  It’s perfect for moms-to-be who are on bed rest; couples with time or scheduling conflicts; or parents in need of a refresher course. View a demo of the course.

Learn About:

  • Identifying labor signs and symptoms
  • How to time contractions
  • When to go to the hospital
  • What you will need to take to the hospital
  • How your partner and family can help with your labor
  • Breathing, relaxation and massage techniques for your comfort
  • Pain management options/medications and epidural
  • Cesarean information
  • Postpartum adjustments
  • And much more!

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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Include "big" sisters and brothers in plans for the arrival of the new baby. This program includes a tour of the South County Hospital Women & Newborn Care Unit and a special class using visual aids to help children develop an understanding of being a big sister or brother. Kids even get to create a drawing for the baby carriage! Classes are for 3 years old and up. Pre-registration is required for this free tour. Call 401 792-2229.