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. Classes are discounted for those with Medicaid.

ONE DAY PREPARED CHILDBIRTH CLASS
The Prepared Childbirth Class is a hands-on approach to dealing with labor, delivery, and recovery. Students will learn comfort, relaxation, positioning, breathing, and massage techniques to use during labor and delivery. Birth preparation is discussed for a natural vaginal delivery, birth with an epidural, and cesarean birth. Expectant parents are encouraged to take this class during the last 3 months of pregnancy. Bring 1 bed pillow to class.

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. Dads are welcome!

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
Safe Sitter® prepares students in grades 6-8 to be safe when they’re home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting. Students learn life-saving skills such as how to rescue someone who is choking, and helpful information like what to do if there is
severe weather. The lessons are filled with fun activities and roleplaying exercises. Students get to use CPR mannequins to practice choking rescue and CPR.

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 Tuesday 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.