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Classes and Tours for New and Expectant Parents 

Mom, baby and siblingThe birth of your baby adds a brand new dimension to your life. That’s why St. Mary's Hospital offers special classes to help you prepare for the changes a new baby brings, for the special care you and your baby will need, and for your special time together.

These programs are offered prenatally to all mothers planning to deliver at St. Mary's. Fathers or other support persons are encouraged to attend the classes too. Registration is limited, so please register early.

 

TOURS


Family Birth Center Tours
One-hour tours of the labor/delivery unit and postpartum unit are available for expectant parents. Tours are held on Sundays at 1:30, 3:00 and 4:30 p.m. except for these holiday weekends: New Years, Easter, Mother's Day, Memorial Day, Father's Day, Independence
Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Classes are held at St. Mary’s Hospital (when you arrive, see Info Desk attendant for room number).
To Register (required):
Online: click here
Call (608) 512-4001



CLASSES (no fee)

Breastfeeding
For moms-to-be who are planning to breastfeed or are deciding how they’ll feed their baby. Learn about breast anatomy, the mechanics of breastfeeding, breast care, nutrition for breastfeeding women, solutions for common breastfeeding challenges and resources available in the community. Classes are held at St. Mary’s Hospital (when you arrive, see Info Desk attendant for room number).
To Register (required):
Online: click here
Call (608) 512-4001



BEST Start Support Group: Breastfeeding Education Support Team
Join other nursing mothers (both first-timers and experienced) to chat with each other and lactation consultants about topics such as growth, latch, nutrition and sleeping. A scale will be available for you to weigh your baby. Stay as little or as long as you can to connect with other moms who have the same questions and concerns about breastfeeding as you do! Classes are held on Thursdays from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm at St. Mary’s Hospital, Dining Room A. Free valet parking is available. Note: Child care is not provided. This is a time for you and your baby.
Call (608) 258-6474


Caring for Your Newborn
Learn to recognize typical physical and behavioral characteristics of a new baby. You'll also learn infant feeding, cord care, diapering, and measures you can take for your baby's health and safety.
Classes are held at St. Mary’s Hospital (when you arrive, see Info Desk attendant for room number).
To Register (required):
Online: click here
Or call (608) 512-4001


Postpartum Care
This class focuses on mom’s health after delivery. Topics include physical changes, possible emotional changes for you and your family, the first few days at home with your new baby, exercise and proper nutrition.
Classes are held at St. Mary’s Hospital (when you arrive, see Info Desk attendant for room number).
To Register (required):
Online: click here
Or call (608) 512-4001

 

CLASSES (fee)

Childbirth Education
Certified, experienced childbirth instructors will teach you and your support person ways to enhance your comfort and decision-making during labor and birth. The class covers relaxation and breathing methods, labor support skills, signs and stages of labor, labor variations and complications, pain management techniques and medication options for a healthy and joyous birth experience. For schedule or to register online, click
here. Or, call (608) 512-4001.


Boot Camp for New Dads
Dean and St. Mary's are excited to offer a new hands-on class for first time fathers. Join experienced dads (and their babies) to learn how they made it through the first months of parenthood to become confident on-the-job fathers. This is a one-time class for men, taught by men and no question or topic is off limits. For schedule or to register online, click
here or call (608) 512-4001.


Infant CPR
Learn the skills of infant (0-12 mo.) CPR and relief of choking in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere – perfect for expecting parents. This course is for those who would like to learn CPR for personal reasons; no course completion card is issued. For schedule or to register online, click
here. Or, call (608) 827-4424 or (800) 368-5596. 


Adult, Child & Infant CPR
Learn the skills of adult, child and infant CPR, in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. This class intended for those taking a CPR course for personal reasons – no course completion card is issued. For schedule or to register online, click
here. Or, call (608) 827-4424 or (800) 368-5596. 


 


 

   
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