Childbirth Education Classes

Childbirth Education Classes

Northfield Hospital & Clinics offers a variety of parenting classes.

2019 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 - Expectant 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
2019 Four Sessions, Tuesdays, 6:30-9 pm, $75
January 8 - February 5 July 9-30
March 5-26 September 3-24
May 7-28 November 6-26
2019 One Session, Saturday, 9 am-4 pm, $75
February 23 August 24
April 10 October 12
June 15 December 14

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
2019 One Session, Tuesday, 6:30-9 pm, $25 - December 11, 2018 still open
February 26 August 24
April 9 October 12
June 15 December 14
2019 One Session, Saturday, 9-11:30 am, $25
January 19 July 20
March 16 September 21
May 18 November 16
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
2019 One Session, Thursday, 6:30-9 pm, $25 - December 6, 2018 still open
January 3 July 11
February 21 August 1
March 7 September 5
April 4 October 3
May 2 November 7
June 13 December 5

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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