Elementary education takes on new meaning at seven months pregnant. What does labor feel like? How can I prep for it? What's going to happen the first week back at home?
Answer these questions and many more at a childbirth education class. Available in English and Spanish and in short and longer-form formats, local childbirth classes are a great way to prepare for the big day (and the following few weeks).
Ask your ob/gyn or delivery hospital about classes or check out this sampling of the local options below.
A few general notes:
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Most programs recommend taking classes in your seventh month.
Be sure to take an infant CPR & home safety course in addition to the general childbirth classes to learn about danger prevention, basic CPR and more.
This is a family affair - fathers and/or partners are strongly encouraged to attend.
Offers five-week and single-day Childbirth Preparation classes reviewing the birth and labor processes and pain management tools. Other classes include Breastfeeding, Cesarean Section Planning, Newborn Parenting, Epidural Anesthesia for Labor, Sibling Class and Baby's First Year.
The hospital is at 8750 SW 144th St., Kendall. Call 786-596-8748 or visit http://www.baptisthealth.net/.
Offers a one-on-one approach with Registered Medical Technologist and Certified Labor Support Specialist Kay Palomino. Palomino holds private classes including Breastfeeding, Preparing for Multiple Births and General Childbirth Prep. Group classes also available.
Call 305-245-2010 or visit http://www.childbirthmiami.com/.
MEMORIAL REGIONAL HOSPITAL
Covers the basics and much more in classes like Baby Care (basic baby care, crib safety, signs of illness), Baby Calming (hands-on techniques to calm a crier), Boot Camp for New Dads (fathering 101) and Childbirth Preparation Refresher (pregnancy 2.0).
The hospital is at 3501 Johnson St., Hollywood. Call 954-265-5930 or visit www.memorialregional.com/familybirthplace.
WOMEN'S CENTER AT MERCY HOSPITAL
Options are vast and comprehensive. The general Childbirth Preparation Class (Lamaze) covers birth options, breathing & relaxation techniques and labor education. Preparation for Planned Cesarean Birth educates about planned surgical births' and Baby Care reviews maternal fatigue, infant bathing, behavior and sleep.
The hospital is at 3663 S. Miami Ave., Miami. Call 305-285-2770 or visit http://www.mercymiami.org/.
MOTHERPATH DOULA & CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION
This practice takes a comprehensive natural approach to childbirth education in group and private classes taught by doulas. Workshop subjects include birth philosophy, anatomy and physiology, newborn care, postpartum challenges and common medical tests and procedures.
The six-week series offers a religious twist on childbirth education. Subjects include labor and delivery prep with a registered nurse, infant care with a pediatrician, naming traditions with a rabbi and circumcision review with a mohel.
Shalom Baby at The Open Tent is at 4144 Chase Ave., Miami Beach. Call 786-507-6104 or visit http://www.theopenttent.org/.
SOUTH MIAMI HOSPITAL
Classes range from Great Expectations, a series of free monthly seminars paired with a Q & A with a registered nurse, to Prepared Childbirth Series, a five-week series reviewing birth options, relaxation and breathing techniques and postpartum care.
The hospital offers a free post-delivery instruction class for moms & dads in the hospital.
It's at 6200 SW 73rd St., South Miami. Call 786-662-5026 or visit http://www.baptisthealth.net/.