There is a lot to learn about becoming a successful parent. That's why we offer a wide range of classes taught by registered nurses certified in childbirth education. You can discover what to expect during pregnancy, and what's likely to happen during labor and delivery of your baby. You can also learn how to care for your newborn.
Classes are also open to family members who would like to know more about the needs of new babies and their mothers.
Classes to Help Prepare for a New Baby
Prenatal Tour of Maternity Center
We encourage expectant parents to take this complimentary tour about four to six weeks before the baby's due date. Register Now. (Registration information in Spanish)
Online Childbirth Education Class
This is an alternative to for parents who cannot attend a traditional childbirth preparation class, and includes information on pregnancy, labor and birth, hospital routines, pain relief, postpartum care, and newborn care and feeding. Learn More or Register Now.
A Baby? Maybe?
This is a free lecture on preconception health planning including; how to prepare for a healthy pregnancy, nutrition, exercise and lifestyle changes; and budgeting for baby. Learn about maternity services at Holy Cross Hospital and take an optional tour. Register Now.
Ahh...It's a Baby! Now What?
This course provides survival tips for baby's first weeks, including bathing, feeding and more. Registration options: Two Sessions Over Two Weeks |Two Sessions During One Week | One Day Class
Make Way for Baby
This Lamaze-prepared childbirth course focuses on labor and delivery, medical routines, comfort measures and techniques, the role of the partner and more. Registration options: Two session Class | Three Session Class | Four Session Class | Six Session Class.
Becoming a Father
This one-session course is for dads only. Hands-on baby care tips and the role of the father are covered. Register Now.
Birth by Cesarean
This one-session class is designed for mothers and support persons who are preparing for a planned Cesarean birth as well as families who have been told that a Cesarean birth may be needed. Register Now.
Childbirth-Just the Facts
This four-hour class is geared toward parents who are not able to fit a regular childbirth class into their schedule, This class is a lecture and discussion format. Register Now.
Comfort Measures for Labor
This three-hour class covers Lamaze relaxation and breathing techniques, massage, and positioning for comfort in labor. It can be combined with the "Just the Facts Class" or taken in addition to the regular Lamaze class for couples wanting more practice with the techniques. Register Now.
Getting Started with Breastfeeding
This class will help expectant moms get off to a good start with breastfeeding. Register Now.
Grandparents-to-Be: Discussion Group
A tour and lively discussion to help you support your children with their new baby. Register Now.
This six-class session is designed for the expectant mother at any stage of pregnancy. Includes stretching, muscle toning, and strength training, while incorporating cardiovascular work throughout. Register Now.
This multi-session course teaches breathing and relaxation techniques as well as postures for toning of muscles used during labor and delivery. Register Now.
Sibling Class and Tour
A class to help siblings become big brothers and sisters. T-shirts are provided for participants. Designed for children 2 to 10 years of age. Registration options: Six years and over | Three - Five years old | Under three years old.
Classes for After Baby's Birth
4-1-1 on Cloth Diapers
Curious about cloth diapering? Holy Cross Hospital Perinatal Education department hosts free workshops that present the basics on how to use and care for cloth diapers, introduce the different types of cloth diapers out there, and debunk any myths that you may have about cloth diapers. Register Now.
Infant CPR (Birth to 1 year)
Learn how to keep your baby safe, perform CPR and choking rescue techniques. Register Now.
Child CPR and Safety (age 1 to 8 years)
This three-hour class will teach you safety tips, CPR and choking rescue techniques for children from age 1to 8 years. Register Now.
K.I.S.S. (Kids in Safety Seats)
Car seats are rented for a period of no more than 9 months or until your child is 26 inches long or weighs 20 pounds. You must attend a 30-minute class where you will view a short film and learn to properly use the car seat. Register Now.
Moms on the Move
This Yoga/Pilates class is designed for any mom who wants to say "by-by" to the baby weight! Take time for yourself and connect with other moms as you get fit. Register Now.
A discussion group for moms with babies up to 6 months. Register Now.
Perinatal Loss Support Group
A moment in our lives - Forever in our hearts. Our hearts are with you at this time of loss. In order to support you, we are offering a parent support group providing a safe place to share feelings and receive comfort from others who have experienced a similar loss. Register Now.
Postnatal Yoga/Pilates for Moms and Babies
A multi-session course designed for mothers and babies (6 weeks to 9 months). Includes postures, stretching, massage, relaxation and more. Register Now.
Postpartum Depression Support Group
Are you a recent mom? ...feeling sad or depressed? ...feeling alone? The most common illness following childbirth is postpartum depression (PPD). We invite you to come and share your feelings, fears, and experiences with other mothers who are also suffering from PPD. Register Now.
Interested in more Childbirth and Parenting Education Classes? See full list here.