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A Class Just for You

Pregnancy is a time of change and new experiences. You experience feelings, both physical and emotional, that you may have never experienced before. It is a big change to all areas of your life. It is also a learning experience for you, your partner, and your family. To help you adjust to these factors there are educational classes offered in many areas including, childbirth, breastfeeding, and parenting. There are also classes to help others in your family such as grandparents and siblings.

Childbirth Preparation

Alternative Birthing Center (ABC) Childbirth Preparation This one day weekend class prepares expectant parents for their birthing experience in the ABC with the support of a certified nurse midwife. Topics include physical and emotional preparation for birth, the signs and stages of labor and birth, relaxation and breathing techniques, and what to expect during your hospital stay. Birthing films will also be shown. Available in Providence.


Childbirth Preparation (One Day) This one day weekend class prepares expectant parents for their birthing experience. Topics include physical and emotional preparation for birth, the signs and stages of labor and birth, relaxation and breathing techniques, medical interventions, and what to expect during your hospital stay. Birthing films will also be shown. Available in Providence and East Greenwich.


Childbirth Preparation (Three Week) Series This three week evening series prepares expectant parents for their birthing experience. Topics include physical and emotional preparation for birth, the signs and stages of labor and birth, relaxation and breathing techniques, medical interventions, and what to expect during your hospital stay. Birthing films will also be shown. Available in Providence.


Marvelous Multiples Childbirth Preparation This one day weekend class is designed to prepare expectant parents of twins, triplets and other multiples for their birthing experience. Topics include healthy lifestyles, physical and emotional challenges of a multiple pregnancy, signs and stages of labor and birth, relaxation and breathing techniques, medical interventions, and what to expect during your hospital stay. Birthing films will also be shown. Available in Providence.


Planned Cesarean Birth This two hour class is designed prepare expectant parents who know they are having a Cesarean birth. Topics include medications, relaxation techniques, the surgical procedure, recovery, and what to expect during your hospital stay. Available in Providence.


Online Childbirth eClass Can't come to class? We'll come to you! Our interactive online childbirth eclass, Understanding Birth, is the perfect alternative for busy parents needing a flexible class schedule or for moms on bed rest. Have you given birth before? This online class is a great refresher course! While nothing can replace the personal connection of an on-site childbirth class, you’ll learn the same essential information, including what’s happening to your changing body, how you’ll know when you are really in labor, helpful comfort techniques, advice for partners, an overview of medical procedures, and much more.


Breastfeeding This 2 1/2 hour class provides all the information an expectant mother needs to breastfeed her baby. Topics include preparing for nursing, breastfeeding techniques, and pumping and storing breast milk. Partners are encouraged to attend. Available in Providence and East Greenwich.


Caring for You and Your Infant (One Day)This one day weekend class teaches expectant parents how to care for mom and baby. Topics include what to expect from your hospital experience, Mom’s postpartum adjustments and care, newborn appearance, and newborn care including diapering, swaddling, comforting, bathing, and burping. Available in Providence.


Caring for You and Your Infant (Two Week) Series This two week evening series teaches expectant parents how to care for mom and baby. Topics include what to expect from your hospital experience, Mom’s postpartum adjustments and care, newborn appearance, and newborn care including diapering, swaddling, comforting, bathing, and burping. Available in Providence.


Women & Infants Hospital Tour During this one hour walking tour of the hospital, we will discuss all the little details about your hospital experience including hospital policies and what to bring with you to make your stay more comfortable.


Sibling Preparation

Toddler Class Your toddler is about to become a big brother or sister. Join us for a one hour age appropriate program, activities, and a tour that will help prepare your child for the new arrival. Available in Providence.


Preschool Class This 1 1/2 hour class will help prepare your child to be a big brother or sister. The class provides age-appropriate activities and a tour to familiarize your child with the hospital setting. Available in Providence.


School Age Class Your child is about to become a big brother or big sister. This two hour class and tour will help prepare your child for the new arrival. Age-appropriate information and activities are all part of this session. Available in Providence.


Grandparent Preparation

Grandparents Class This special class enhances the bond between expectant grandparents and the new family. The entire family is invited to find out what’s new and not so new in childbirth and infant care. A tour of the hospital is included. Available in Providence.


CPR & First Aid

CPR for Family and Friends CPR for Family and Friends - Everyone should know what to do if a passerby is having a heart attack, a stroke, or if someone is choking or having difficulty breathing. This 3 hour class will provide participants will the tools to perform CPR on adults, children and infants. Available in Providence and East Greenwich.


Heartsaver CPR AED This 3 hour course covers CPR using a barrier device and an AED as well as choking relief skills for infants, children, and adults. A two year certification card is provided upon course completion. Available in Providence and East Greenwich.


Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR AED This 5.5 hour course covers first aid skills including finding the problem, stopping bleeding, bandaging, relieving choking, using an epinephrine pen, and CPR using a barrier device for infants and children. A two year certification card is provided upon course completion. Available in Providence.


Additional Classes

Family Finances Workshop Whether graduating from high school or college, starting a new job, getting married, buying a house or expecting a new baby, your financial situation is changing. This three hour class will teach you how to make wise financial decisions during the milestones in your life. You will learn how to manage your income and expenses, establish goals and build savings, shop for loans and credit, understand how to get out of debt, and identify what important papers and documents you should have. Available in Providence.


For more information

For more information about our classes, please call the Health Education Department at Women & Infants at (401) 276-7800. All childbirth classes are scheduled according to your due date. To ensure satisfactory placement, please register no later than your fifth month of pregnancy.

Health education programs are offered in several locations for your convenience.

 

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Women & Infants Hospital
101 Dudley Street
Providence, RI 02905
P: (401) 276-7800, ext. 114
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Health Education Department
300 Richmond Street
Suite 102
Providence, RI 02903
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Women & Infants' Center for Health Education
1050 Main Street
East Greenwich, RI 02818
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Women & Infants' Center for Health Education
2168 Diamond Hill Road
Woonsocket, RI 02895
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