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Childbirth & Infant Classes

McDonough District Hospital offers a full range of childbirth and infant care classes designed to help expectant mothers and families prepare for the arrival of a new baby. From breathing and relaxation techniques to breastfeeding and baby care, our staff will help you prepare.

L.A.T.E Prenatal Class

Join other expectant parents in a class designed to help women know their birthing options, increase their confidence in their body's ability to give birth, and to help their partners build the skills needed in their role as her primary support person.

During the classes, your instructor will explain the stages of labor: Latent, Active, Transition, and Expulsion (L.A.T.E.). They will incorporate not only breathing and relaxation techniques but will teach various labor positions to help make each phase of labor as manageable as possible. Our instructors are experienced obstetrics nurses who are skilled at helping women cope with the challenges of labor. They use humor to make this a fun class for you and your support person. A tour of the DKSWC OB Department will be included in this series.

MDH offers a 4-week L.A.T.E classes meeting over the course of four Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 9:15 p.m.

Sibling Class

A one-hour class designed to help “big brother” or “big sister” understand what it will be like to have a new baby in the family. Class instructors use interactive play and videos to help siblings see how important they still are in the family, even though they are now the “big kids.” Milk and cookies are provided, and children can color a picture to place on the crib of “their baby” after he or she arrives. This class meets on Saturdays, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Cesarean Section

A one-evening class providing information about common reasons for cesarean birth. One of our Obstetrics and Gynecology providers will join us to explain what occurs while you are in surgery. We also discuss what to expect during your postoperative period. This class is strongly recommended for those who wish to have their support person join them in the operating room. This class meets on Thursdays from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.


This is a one-evening class providing instruction on breastfeeding. A Certified Lactation Counselor will provide information about the importance of breastfeeding as well as tips and techniques to help make this an enjoyable time for you and your baby. This class meets on Thursdays from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Postpartum Care and Understanding Your Newborn

This class focuses on what to expect after baby is born, such as: emotional and physical changes you can expect, the importance of rest and proper nutrition, and family planning. We also discuss normal characteristics of newborns, including basic baby care tasks, when to call your healthcare provider, and what information they will want to know when you call. This class meets on Thursdays from 7:00 to 9:15 p.m.

Online Childbirth & Infant Classes

Can’t come to class? We can come to you! Our new online childbirth class is the perfect alternative for busy parents needing a flexible class schedule or for moms on bed rest. Have you given birth before? This online class is a great refresher course! While nothing can replace the personal connection of an on-site childbirth class, you’ll learn the same essential information, including what’s happening to your changing body, how you’ll know when you are really in labor, helpful comfort techniques, advice for partners, an overview of medical procedures, and much more.

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For more information, to sign up for childbirth classes, or to schedule a tour, call (309) 836-1570.

2024 Childbirth & Infant Care Class Schedule

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