La PORTE – La Porte Hospital offers free childbirth classes for the community that focus on a variety of topics while blending convenience for moms and parents. Upcoming classes are:
4-Hour Childbirth Preparation Class
Class should be taken at approximately 28 weeks of pregnancy. Topics covered are: Prelude to labor, labor, support techniques to assist the laboring mother, vaginal birth, medical procedures, cesarean sections, postpartum care, pain management options, newborn baby care, preparations for going home, and tour of the Birthing and Family Care Center at La Porte Hospital.
This class is from 4 to 8 p.m., the first Wednesday of the month (upcoming classes are May 2 and June 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., one Saturday per month (upcoming Saturday classes are May 12 and June 16). Those attending are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing. Class sizes are limited and advanced registration is required by calling 219-326-2444.
2-Hour Fast Track Childbirth Preparation Class
This prenatal crash course is for expecting parents who want to learn about: labor and birth process, pain management options, and support techniques to assist the laboring mother. The class is from 6 to 8 p.m., on the third Wednesday of the month at La Porte Hospital, Childbirth Education and Prenatal Classroom. Upcoming classes are May 16 and June 20. Class sizes are limited and advanced registration is required by calling 219-326-2444.
Natural Childbirth Class
The natural childbirth class is for expectant parents who are interested in a non-medicated birth plan. This class will provide physical and emotional coping techniques how to practice hands-on comfort measures. The class is the third Tuesday of every other month, in the Birthing & Family Care Center on the second floor of La Porte Hospital. Upcoming classes are May 15 and July 17. Class sizes are limited and advanced registration is required by calling 219-326-2444.
Breastfeeding provides benefits to both mom and baby. Breastfeeding mothers have a decreased risk of breast and ovarian cancer, diabetes and postpartum depression, and breastfed babies have increased protection against illnesses and a lower risk of allergies, ear infections, asthma and obesity. This class will help soon-to-be parents learn what to expect with breastfeeding, and how to recognize baby’s feeding cues, positioning techniques and problem-solving skills. Classes are from 6-8 p.m., the first Tuesday of every month at La Porte Hospital, Childbirth Education and Prenatal Classroom. Upcoming classes are May 1 and June 5. Class sizes are limited and advanced registration is required by calling 219-326-2444.
Breastfeeding Drop-In Clinic
The first weeks after delivery are always the hardest, and we want to be there to support your breastfeeding success. The drop-in clinic provides open times, no appointment needed, for moms to meet with an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant or a Certified Lactation Counselor to help sort out any issues and answer questions. Some concerns that typically come up are: latching techniques for baby, overproduction or underproduction of breast milk, hand expression, nipple tenderness, and baby weights.
The breastfeeding drop-in clinic will be from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., the third Tuesday of the month in the Lactation Lounge within Birthing & Family Care Center at La Porte Hospital. Upcoming dates are May 15 and June 19. Advanced registration is required by calling 219-326-2444.