Childbirth & Family Education

Educational Offerings

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Grandparents, other family members, and caregivers also are invited to enroll.

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Childbirth and Family Education at Virginia Baptist Hospital offers a variety of classes to meet your childbirth and family needs. Our instructors are certified and class size is small to ensure a good experience. All classes are held in the Department of Education building at VBH.

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Preparing for Childbirth Class, Five-Week Series

Cost: $60/couple
Monday or Thursday night series available.
This interactive class provides labor and delivery preparation for the pregnant woman and her partner/coach. Together you will gain knowledge of the birth process and be able to make personal decisions related to your birth experience.

Preparing Childbirth (Lamaze) Weekend Class

Cost: $60/couple
Available one weekend each month.
This class is offered as an alternative to the five-week series to accommodate busy schedules. The concentrated weekend course covers the same principles taught in the five-week course.

Baby Care Class

Cost: $30/couple
Offered the second Wednesday night of each month.
Baby Care class provides guidance and support as new parents approach their "on the job training" experience. This is an A to Z class on diapering, bathing, safety topics, signs of illness, etc. Grandparents are also welcome to register for this class.

Breastfeeding Class

Cost: $20/couple
Have you decided to breastfeed? Or maybe you aren't sure yet? Attend this class taught by a lactation educator and learn tips that can help make breastfeeding rewarding and successful.

Family Emergency Care Class

Cost: $45 per person
Offered the first and second Thursday evening of each month.
Would you know what to do if your baby was injured or choked on a toy? This two-evening course covers family first aid and infant, child and adult CPR. Participants receive a two-year American Heart Association certification. This is a great class for parents, grandparents and childcare providers!

Birth Center Tours

Offered the first and third Wednesday of each month at 1pm and 7 p.m.  This free tour is designed to acquaint you with our facilities and services. This is a great time to get your questions answered and see our Birth Center and Mother Baby Unit. Please meet the tour group at the Birth Center Registration area on Oak Lane. Pre-registration is NOT required. Tours are not held on National Holidays.

Infant Massage Class

Cost: $20 for infant and parents.
Offered the first Wednesday evening of each month.
Come join Tina for this soothing and relaxing class. Research shows that infant massage facilitates and enhances parent-infant bonding and also reduces crying in babies. The class is designed for infants eight weeks to one year of age. Fee includes a small bottle of massage oil.

I'm Going to be a Big Brother/Big Sister (Sibling Class)

Cost:$10 for first child and $5 for each additional sibling.
Offered one Saturday morning every other month.
Big brothers and big sisters are invited to join the fun and excitement while celebrating the upcoming birth of the new baby. The class is designed for children age 3 to 7 (exceptions can be made related to age). A child-oriented tour of the Mother-Baby unit is included. Each child makes a craft and receives a certificate of completion.Snacks are provided. One parent must accompany the child, and grandparents are welcome!  Please bring a picture of your child for the craft project.

Growing Up: Changes During Puberty (FOR GIRLS)

Cost: $25 for mother and daughter; $5 for each additional sibling.
Offered one Saturday morning in the spring and fall.
The class is designed for mothers and daughters to attend together; suggested age for girls 9 to 13. PUBERTY is a simple seven-letter word that creates questions for both parents and their children as they approach this developmental milestone. Come join this interactive class discussing physical, emotional and social changes.

Safe Sitter (For Girls and Boys)

Cost: $60/student (Need based financial assistance available)
Call for dates and application! Safe Sitter is a nationally certified class for 11 to 14 year olds. A medically accurate program, Safe Sitter teaches boys and girls safe and nurturing child- care techniques, behavior management skills, and appropriate responses to medical emergencies.

Students MUST have reached age 11 by the date of the class to attend! Class size is limited and on a first come-first serve basis. Each child's parent or legal guardian must request and complete an application. Each student receives a Safe Sitter messenger bag with Safe Sitter products and a take home manual. Call 434.200.4537 for an application, or for more information or to register online, click here. For additional program information, click here for the national web site.

Childbirth Education promotional packages are available for multiple class registration.

For additional information and/or to register for classes, call 434.200.4537. Voice mail is available. You also can visit our information and registration web site.