Pregnancy Education and Classes
Learning gives you the tools to have the best possible delivery experience. Classes are invaluable; nothing can replace one-on-one coaching with St. Joseph doctors, certified nurse midwives, and our exceptional nursing staff.
Ongoing Support and Education
A comprehensive guide will start your pregnancy off right
You will receive educational materials from your health care provider, who is there to listen to your questions and preferences. You will also be given access to exclusive online resources that offer rich information about pregnancy, childbirth, newborn care and much more.
Support during delivery to choose the best options
Nurses are there to guide the family through the birth experience. They’ll share options for a more comfortable labor and pain relief, including epidurals and medication after childbirth.
Classes are taught by St. Joseph’s Hospital nurses. Fathers and/or support people are encouraged to attend! All sessions are held at St. Joseph’s Hospital. For details about class dates, times, content and fees call St. Joseph’s Class Connection at 262-836-7888.
View all birthing classes in our online class tool.
See a schedule of current class offerings in PDF format.
Childbirth Preparation – Three-Week Series
A three-week series designed for first-time parents. Attend about two months before your due date. The goals of the class are to:
- Discuss the physical and emotional aspects of pregnancy and childbirth.
- Reduce anxiety.
- Teach ways to ease the experience of labor and delivery.
- Provide a comprehensive look at labor and delivery (including cesarean birth and induction), support person’s role, and pain management.
- Tour the New Life Center.
Saturday Express – One-Day Childbirth Preparation Class
This one-day option covers the same content as the three-week series.
Refresher Childbirth Classes – One, Two or Three Sessions
Experienced parents may attend any of the Childbirth Preparation Three-Week Series sessions based on topics of interest to them.
Cesarean Birth Class – One Session
The cesarean birth procedure and recovery is discussed in the Childbirth Preparation four-week series and Saturday Express. Expectant parents may opt to attend only the session within the four-week series that covers this topic.
Preparing for Breastfeeding Class – One Session
Highly recommend for those considering breastfeeding. Topics include: benefits, nutrition, breast care, breast pumps, and techniques to enhance your nursing experience.
Newborn Care – One Session
A class for first-time parents, older siblings (11 and up), grandparents, and others planning to care for the newborn. Topics include: newborn characteristics, feeding, safety, crying, temperature taking, bathing, when to call the doctor, and family adjustments.
Sibling Class – One Session
Children ages 3 and up learn about the future brother or sister through stories, demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Their roles as older sibling are discussed, as well as ways to help parents care for baby. A tour is included. An adult must stay with the child. Please bring a receiving blanket and camera. Take this class a month before your due date.
For detailed information about class dates, times and fees call St. Joseph’s Class Connection at 262-836-7888.