Childbirth Education Classes

Childbirth Education Classes

Northfield Hospital & Clinics offers a variety of parenting classes.

2018 Childbirth Classes Flyer

To sign up for classes: Please fill out the form below for the classes you are interested in attending. Email your completed registration form to babyclasses@northfieldhospital.org for class availability and payment information. Your spot in the class(es) is not guaranteed until payment is received and you have been sent a confirmation and receipt for payment. Registration is per “couple” and is good for two people. Class sizes are kept small to ensure a quality experience for expectant mothers, their birth partners, and other class participants.

Registration Form - Expected Mother                    Registration Form - Caregiver

Prepared Childbirth is a labor and delivery class for expectant mothers and their birth partner. It is offered as a 4-week, 2.5-hour evening series or as a single 6-hour Saturday session. The class covers:

  • Pregnancy and pre-birth
  • Due dates and what they mean
  • Labor and birth including: signs of labor, preterm labor, induction, stages of labor, positioning
  • Hands-on positioning practice
  • Relaxation/breathing exercises
  • Pain medication options
  • Monitoring and other interventions – why and what to expect
  • Cesarean section
  • Postpartum stay & tour of Birth Center
  • Community resources for new parents
Four Sessions, Tuesdays, 6:30-9 pm, $65
January 2-23 July 10-31
March 6-27 - FULL September 4-25
May 1-22 November 6-27 ( first class will be on Wednesday, 11/7, due to Elections)
One Session, Saturday, 9 am-4 pm, $65
February 10 - FULL August 18 - FULL
April 21 - FULL October 13 - FULL
June 16 December 15

Baby Basics is a 2.5-hour class for expectant parents and caregivers which covers:

  • Golden Hour – Baby’s first hour outside the womb
  • Fresh newborn baby characteristics
  • Newborn care including: diapering, bathing, burping, tummy time, cord care, typical day, when to contact the doctor, circumcision
  • Safety: home safety, SIDS prevention, Shaken Baby Syndrome, car seat safety
  • CPR
  • Parent resources
One Session, Tuesday, 6:30-9 pm, $20
February 13 August 14
April 10  October 9
June 12 December 11
One Session, Saturday, 9-11:30 am, $20
January 20 July 21
March 17 September 15
May 19 November 17
Breastfeeding Basics is a 2.5-hour class for expectant mothers and their partners which covers:
  • Benefits of breastfeeding
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Milk composition
  • How to get off to a good start including: feeding cues, positioning, and latch
  • Breastfeeding difficulties
  • Nutrition
  • Breast pumping
  • Support networks for breastfeeding
One Session, Thursday, 6:30-9 pm, $20
January 4 July 12
February 1 August 9
March 1 September 6
April 5 October 4
May 3 November 1 - FULL
June 14 December 6

For more information or to register for Prepared Childbirth, Baby Basics or Breastfeeding Basics,   e-mail  babyclasses@northfieldhospital.org   or call  507-646-1534.

Birth Planning Session

The  Birth Center information and a Birth  Plan form can be found HERE or obtained from your OB provider. You are encouraged to bring this form to a scheduled  tour with the Birth Center staff during the last month  of your pregnancy. OB Staff will answer your questions, review your Birth Plan form and identify your labor/parenting education needs. Call 507-646-1205 to schedule.

Baby Talk

 Baby Talk is a free class for parents with newborns from birth to 12 weeks that provides support, information and resources related to the exciting job of parenting.  Parents can have their questions answered, their babies weighed,  learn about feeding, sleeping, attachment and when to call a medical provider. This program is co-sponsored by the Northfield Hospital + Clinics, Northfield Public Schools Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) and Rice County Public Health Nursing Service. 

Baby Talk meets Mondays from 10:30 am to noon at  Northfield Community Resource Center  at 1651 Jefferson Parkway. Sessions are held every Monday except on public holidays and when school is closed during the regular school year. During the summer classes will continue, except for public holidays. Sibling care is available. Pre-registration is not required. For more information, call 507-664-3750 .

Clase Prenatal para Latinos

Educacion en espanol para el parto y lactancia materna. Llama a Rachel o Shariesse  (interpretes del hospital) al 507-646-1069.


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