Prenatal Classes


A woman's journey to motherhood can be less stressful and more rewarding with knowledge and support. Prenatal classes help prepare mothers-to-be and their families for the incredible change that is taking place in their lives.Women are encouraged to bring a support person to all classes at no extra cost. Click here to register for classes.

PREPARED CHILDBIRTH CLASS SERIES
The Prepared Childbirth Class Series is highly recommended fora hands-on approach to dealing with labor, delivery and recovery.This series teaches comfort, relaxation, positioning, breathing,and massage techniques to increase the comfort level during the birth experience. Birth preparation is discussed for a natural vaginal delivery, birth with an epidural, and cesarean birth. Expectant parents are encouraged to take these classes during the last 3months of pregnancy.

ONE DAY PREPARED CHILDBIRTH CLASS
A condensed version of the Prepared Childbirth Class Series,the One Day Prepared Childbirth Class is designed to fit busy schedules. Expectant parents are encouraged to schedule this class during the last 3 months of pregnancy.

BREASTFEEDING CLASS
Recommended for the last 3 months of pregnancy, the Breastfeeding Class provides important information on lactation and successful breastfeeding. Participants will learn about positioning, latch-on and the importance of assessing baby’s intake.Information for moms who plan to continue breastfeeding when returning to work or school is included.

SIBLING CLASS
The Sibling Class is designed for children 2 to 10 years of age,who will learn how to interact with a new baby through hands-on practice with dolls. One or both parents are asked to attend, and everyone will tour the mother/baby unit. Families are urged to attend this class during the last three months of pregnancy.

BABY CARE CLASS
So many moms and dads feel uncertain and overwhelmed when they leave the security of the hospital with a new baby. The Baby Care Class helps answer those nervous “Now what do I do”questions and so much more. Parents-to-be are encouraged to attend this class in the last three months of pregnancy to learn more about newborn characteristics, general baby care, early parenting issues and community resources.

INFANT AND CHILD CPR FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS
While this is not a credentialing course, expectant parents, new parents and support persons will learn rescue techniques and CPR for adults, children and infants. Class is limited to 10 students.

SAFE SITTER® CLASS
The best sitter is a safe sitter! The Safe Sitter® Class is designed for boys and girls ages 11 to 13. Sitters learn safety tips, how to recognize a medical emergency, what the appropriate action should be during an emergency, such as when a child or infant is choking, and how to have fun with children.

LA LECHE LEAGUE LAKE CHARLES
A breastfeeding support group, La Leche offers monthly meetings that are helpful for pregnant moms and moms who are already nursing. Meetings are free and open to mothers and babies. For more information, call Courtney 337.540.6179, or Mary Ellen 337.842.9896, or email BreastIsBestLC@yahoo.com or visit our Facebook page - LaLeche of Lake Charles.

Hospital tours are offered every first Thursday of each month at 1:30pm promptly in the front lobby. Tours are also offered after each Prenatal Class. If these times do not work for your schedule, please call 337-480-7243 to make an appointment for a tour.