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Be Ready for the Big Day with Our Childbirth Classes at Southcoast Health

Southcoast Health is proud to offer a variety of childbirth classes to suit every new family’s needs. Whether you want to learn more about how to prepare for birth or what happens afterward, we can help guide you to the best answers. Attending a childbirth class is also a great way to learn how best to interact with your partner and health care team during childbirth.

Register for a Childbirth & Parenting Class in Fall River, New Bedford & Wareham, MA

Look through our childbirth classes in southeastern MA below, then contact one of the educators below for more information or to register. Registration is required for all classes at Southcoast. To secure a space in any class, payment must be made at the time of registration. Contact you insurance provider to see if they offer reimbursements. Online payments are accepted.

Please call during the 18th to 20th week (10 to 12 weeks for multiples) of pregnancy to assure placement in the class you need. Classes are most beneficial to you in your third trimester, around 28 to 32 weeks. Many health insurance companies offer reimbursement to help cover the cost of classes, so be sure to contact your provider to ask about coverage.

Charlton Memorial Hospital
Gina Kiser, RN
(508) 973-7308
kiserg@southcoast.org

St Luke’s Hospital
Patricia VanDenBerghe, RN
(508) 973-5445
vandenberghepa@southcoast.org

Tobey Hospital
Gina Kiser, RN & Patty VanDenBerghe, RN
(508) 273-4545
familyeducation@southcoast.org

Available Classes

Prepared Childbirth Series

This five-week series will cover the changes occurring in the third trimester, such as the normal/unexpected processes of labor and birth, comfort measures and labor support. You can also tour our facility and hospital procedures. Instruction on infant care and car seat safety are included. (There is also a four-week series at Tobey with Infant Care offered as a separate class.) Evenings 6 to 8:30 p.m., $100 per couple.

Birthing Boot Camp

For parents who prefer a faster pace, this is a brief overview of what is covered in our Prepared Childbirth Series. This is a condensed, all-day class that includes a tour of the Family Centered Unit, and information on infant care and car-seat safety. Two $6 vouchers for lunch are provided. Limited space available. $125/mother and companion.

Newborn Care Class

This free class offers a hands-on approach to learning the basics of caring for your newborn. Offered every other month for Tobey Hospital patients. Registration is required. Call for dates and times.

Breastfeeding Basics

This class is designed for families that are planning to breastfeed or are exploring their options regarding infant feeding choices. Topics include the benefits of breastfeeding, techniques and positions. Expectant mothers and their partners are encouraged to attend before the birth of the baby. This class is offered for free for any patient delivering at a Southcoast Hospital.

Baby Café/Breastfeeding Support Group

Call for dates & times

A friendly and comfortable drop-in session for breastfeeding mothers to learn more about breastfeeding. Peer support and one-on-one help from specially trained health professionals is available, including professional lactation support.

Baby Café – Center for Women’s Health

Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
300B Faunce Corner Rd.
Dartmouth, MA

Baby Café – Southcoast Obstetrics & Gynecology

Thursdays, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
543 North St.
New Bedford, MA

Baby Café – Healthfirst Family Care Center

Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Healthfirst – 387 Quarry St.
Fall River, MA

 

Support Group – Rosebrook Medical Office Building

First and third Friday of the month
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
100 Rosebrook Way
Wareham, MA

Infant & Child CPR for Families & Friends

This course teaches adult, child and infant CPR for families/friends. Pre-registration required. Please note that this does not provide a CPR certification. Classes are usually held at the Center for Women’s Health in Dartmouth. $40/person, $60/two people.

Safe Sitter

This is a nationally recognized program designed to prepare adolescents ages 11 to 14 to babysit. Topics include babysitting as a business, safety of the sitter, developmental stages of children, behavior management, preventing problem behavior, injury prevention, basic first aid, choking infant and child rescue, and CPR for infants and children. Class runs six times a year in the summer, spring and fall between the St. Luke’s and Charlton campuses. $65/student in advance to hold spot. Download the Safe Sitter registration form.

*Not all classes are offered at all locations. If you have specific needs or are a young parent age 12 to 16, please contact us for class options.

Southcoast Health offers expectant parents many resources, including a variety of childbirth classes offered in Fall River, Dartmouth, New Bedford and Wareham, MA.