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Preparing for Childbirth Class

In-person class

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St. John's Hospital Carol Jo Vecchie Women & Children's Center 415 N 9th St | Springfield
$30.00 per couple
In the event of a cancellation, we request that you notify us as soon as possible.
217-744-2229 womencare@hshs.org
Preparing for Childbirth is a class that prepares you for your labor and delivery experience. You and your support person will learn the process of labor and delivery. This will help you both better understand what to expect after labor begins. This half-day class starts with discussing pregnancy and then leads into labor and birth.

During this comprehensive 4-hour class, you will learn several comfort techniques for pain management. These comfort techniques will not only aid in your labor pain, but they can also be effective during different medical procedures that may arise during your labor course. These medical procedures will be mentioned in class as well. Alternate ways of delivery, such as cesarean birth, will be discussed. We will practice breathing and comfort techniques after learning more about them. The last portion of the class touches on understanding newborns after delivery, and you will also better understand some changes that your body will go through in the postpartum phase. 

One support person may attend class with you. This is an in-person class. Please do not register until you are 20 weeks (5 months) gestation or greater. Registration is required. All instructors are registered nurses. The class fee is $30 per couple, and it is paid during the registration process online. You will be contacted via email the week prior to the class date for confirmation on attending and the specific class location.

Please dress comfortably and bring 2 pillows and an exercise mat or blanket to use while sitting on the floor during some of the relaxation and breathing exercises. All classes are held at St. John’s Hospital. Please enter through the lobby. Parking is available in the ramp at 9th & Carpenter Street. Please stop at the information desk and they will assist with directions to the class location.
The support person can attend class with you. There is no need to register them separately.