Berkeley Medical Center:

Prenatal Class

The Birthing Center at Berkeley Medical Center offers prenatal classes to help you prepare for the birth and care of your newborn. Our classes are taught by Certified Child Birth Educators currently working in Labor & Delivery and our Mother/Baby Unit.

Classes are held on Tuesday or Thursday evenings from 6 — 8 p.m. for a series of five weeks. The prenatal classes will include information on breathing and relaxation techniques, pain management, medical procedures, cesarean delivery, and infant care.

Pre-registration is required. Please call 304-264-1297 – menu selection #2. The fee is $15.00 per class or $75 for the entire series. WV Medicaid and some private insurances will pay for classes. If you need information about the WV Medicaid or RFTS Program, please ask your health care provider. Classes will be billed based on attendance and fees are not due on class nights.

Download the 2018 Birthing Class Schedule for dates and more information on our Prenatal Classes

Breastfeeding Class — FREE

At Berkeley Medical Center, we promote, educate and support breastfeeding. The Birthing Center’s Breastfeeding Basics classes provide information to prepare and guide you with breastfeeding your baby. These classes are taught by our own certified lactation consultants and counselors.

Breastfeeding classes are free and held in the Berkeley Medical Center’s 8th Floor Classroom. Details on this class are provided in the link below.

Download the Berkeley Medical Center Breastfeeding Class Schedule

As added support to our breastfeeding mothers, we offer weekly Wednesday Latch Checks, a service where mothers can join in a group setting to meet our lactation team, get assistance with latch/position, troubleshoot problems and ask questions.

Latch checks are FREE to breastfeeding moms and their babies. Wednesday Latch Checks are held in the McCormack Center 2nd Floor Conference Room from 10 am. – 11:30 am. each Wednesday.  Simply drop by within that time frame.  To respect the privacy of our participants, this service is only open to mothers and their breastfeeding babies.

Download the Breastfeeding Latch Check Flyer

Cribs for Kids – How to Create a Safe Sleep Environment

  • Always place a baby on his or her back to sleep, for naps and at night, to reduce the risk of SIDS.
  • Use a firm sleep surface, covered by a fitted sheet.
  • Your baby should not sleep in an adult bed, on a couch or on a chair alone, with you, or with anyone else.
  • Keep soft objects such as pillows and blankets, toys and bumpers out of your baby’s sleep area.
  • Do not smoke during pregnancy or allow smoking around your baby.
  • Do not let your baby get too hot during sleep.
  • Breastfeed your baby.
  • Give your baby a dry pacifier that is not attached to a string for naps and at night to reduce the risk of SIDS.

More Educational Material at Cribsforkids.org