Everything I Needed To Know…
The FREE Cradle Club classes offered at Doctors Hospital are specially designed to meet the expectant mother, and her families, educational needs throughout her pregnancy, labor, birth, and beyond. Childbirth classes are offered in three separate series to ensure that the mother and her family receive information that is relevant to each stage of the pregnancy.
When should I take my classes?
The Cradle Club has a uniquely designed program which offers the information you need when you need it most. We have color coded each class to indicate which class should be taken at which stage of your pregnancy. All classes are FREE.
Mid-Pregnancy Classes Late Pregnancy Classes
Ready & Able (26-35 weeks)
This five-class Lamaze series should start mid-pregnancy to ensure that families are able to complete all classes. A Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE) provides evidence-based information to help prepare our families for the birth experience they want, whether that is a medicated birth, natural birth or a possible cesarean-section. Topics discussed include the myths of pregnancy, common discomforts of pregnancy, signs and symptoms of pre-term labor, the process of labor and delivery, comfort techniques used in labor, medication/epidurals and relaxation and breathing techniques. This class includes a tour of The Women’s Center. Please bring pillows and a blanket to class.
Short & Sweet (26-35 weeks)
A two-day weekend class is recommended for those busy families who are unable to attend weeknight classes. Topics covered in “Ready & Able” are also taught in this class. A tour of The Center for Women is included. Please bring pillows and a blanket to class.
Breastfeeding (26-35 weeks)
Breastfeeding is natural—but it doesn’t always come naturally! Moms are prepared for what to expect the first few days with discussion of normal newborn behavior, how her body responds to breastfeeding, the do’s and don’ts for success and answers to common problems. Of course, the basics of positioning, latch and milk supply are covered, as well. Partners are encouraged to attend—you have no idea how helpful it can be to have this information!
Baby 101 (20-26 weeks)
Infants don’t come with instructions, but this class will equip new parents with knowledge about infant development and the guidance needed to care for their infant. Topics include normal newborn appearance and behavior, bathing, crying, diapering, swaddling and feeding.
Bumps, Babies and Bruises (20-26 weeks)
This class is recommended not only for parents, but family and friends as well. Infant CPR, as taught by the American Heart Association, is discussed and hands-on skills are practiced. Infant safety issues are also covered.
Big Brother/Big Sister (26-35 weeks)
Becoming a big brother or big sister is a big event. This class offers fun, educational and interactive activities so that your children will be prepared to welcome your new baby. He/she will also be given a tour of the Center for Women to see where mom and baby will be during their stay.
The Daddy Class (26-35 weeks)
This class is for dads only—no women allowed! Taught by an experienced dad, this class offers an opportunity to talk about the joys and challenges of fatherhood, various ways to support mom through pregnancy, labor, birth and breastfeeding.
Center for Women Tour (26-35 weeks)
Tour the Center for Women to see our beautiful Labor, Delivery, Recovery, Postpartum (LDRP) rooms. Learn about our Family-Centered Maternity care program and how we will care for you and your baby together, as a couplet. If you are registered for our Nine Months and Counting classes, you will tour our facility in the “Ready and Able” series or the “Short & Sweet” weekend class.
Happiest Baby on the Block (26-35 weeks)
This nationally recognized program will equip families with the information, skills and tips to help calm a fussy baby and help baby sleep better. Who doesn’t want that? Certified instructors teach this class with hands-on practice and valuable information so that families will better understand their new bundles of joy.