Community Education Classes

Prepared Parenting:Childbirth Education & Parenting Classes (7 classes)

Dec 6, 2012 - Jan 8, 2013
6:30PM - 7:30PM
St. Peter's Education Center, Helena, Montana

This session includes all classes in the Parenting Series. You may also enroll in single classes instead of the entire series if you do not desire the entire series.  Individual classes are listed with dates available and are $20/each. 

1st half of Series

Special Delivery! Childbirth Education
December 6, 13, 20, 27 @ 6:30-8:30pm

The 4-session series covers recognizing the signs and symptoms of labor, breathing and relaxation skills, pain management options, coach’s role and involvement during labor, and Caeserean deliveries. Please register between 20 and 24 weeks of your pregnancy. This series also covers a tour of the birthing facility: checking into the hospital, hospital policies, reminders of what needs to be ready before you check into the hospital, prenatal education opportunities, and locations/amenities of birthing suites and nursery.

 Labor & Delivery Physician Lectures
Jan. 8 @ 6-8:00pm

St. Peter's Hospital offers lectures on the first Tuesday evening of every other month. A physician will present information about the stages and phases of labor and show you some of the basic instruments used in labor and delivery and also provide time for some questions and answers. A pediatrician will provide you with some information on caring for your newborn and what to expect during the initial stages of development as well as some question and answer time. Please note that the physicians are sometimes called away for emergencies, and may be unavailable to make the class. (Although this class is included in our parenting series, it is also open to the public.  By including and registering for this as part of the series it reserves your space.)

Boot Camp for New Dads
Jan. 14 @ 7-9:00pm

What a fun time for Dads! Issues covered during these classes include the challenges of forming a family, how to play with your infant, boosting dad's confidence, dad's new role as protector and coach, patience and support with new moms, dealing with the most deadly combination – sleep deprivation and hormonal imbalance. More items covered include hurdles to get through in the first week, feeding tips that get everyone more sleep and other topics such as taking mom and new baby home, bonding, caring for your own needs, and jealous pets. No girls allowed , sorry moms, (unless under the age of six months).

You & Your Baby
Jan. 21 @ 6:30-8:30pm

 Instructed by our Clinical Specialist Karrie Fairbrother, RN, she will educate you on the topics of baby care, including baby baths, characteristics of babies, umbilical cord care, steps of resuscitation, and post-partum care for mom.

Breast Feeding Back to Basics
Jan. 29 @ 6:00-8:30pm

This class is taught by an Obstetrical Registered Nurse who is a certified lactation consultant. Issues covered during this class include the benefits of human breast milk, anatomy and physiology of how lactation occurs, elements which promote successful feedings, determining adequate milk intake and also, returning to Work and breast pumping. 

Registration Details                                   

Once you have been registered, the Community Education Department will email your specific class information.  This will include your class schedule, locations for each course and your instructor. Payment does include the new mother and her birthing coach.   If you choose to pay by check instead of credit card, register by sending an email to  Please include your name, address, telephone number, birthing coach's name, baby's due date and physician's name. Community Education will e-mail an invoice to the e-mail address given. 

For any additional information please call 444-2130.


2nd Half of Series

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