Childbirth Preparation Class Series

WVU Medicine Obstetrics and Gynecology in Morgantown is offering a variety of classes for expectant mothers and families. We look forward to helping you prepare for this exciting change in your life!

The Childbirth Preparation Class Series prepares parents for childbirth, breastfeeding, and parenting. The classes are designed to make patients aware of their healthcare options and to encourage involvement in their own healthcare.

Classes include:

These classes will cover some of the following topics:

  • The process of birth
  • Medical options
  • Coping skills for labor
  • Cesarean birth
  • Complications in pregnancy and labor
  • Communicating with healthcare providers
  • Newborn characteristics and care
  • Parenting skills

Please notify us if there is a change in your due date or if you need help scheduling a class. Every effort will be made to place you in the class session of your choice.

Registration

Note: As a precautionary measure due to COVID-19, all July classes will meet via Zoom.

You should register for classes during your second trimester of pregnancy. Class space is limited. To reserve a class space, you can register online, by mail, or by phone.

Payment

Check or money order only.

Payment by check:

  • Please make checks payable to: UHA
  • Please bring payment with you to the first class.

We hope to empower each parent with the tools and knowledge needed for the delivery of their precious baby.

Our class is tailored for first-time parents. We educate mom and partner about expectations for the delivery process.

Topics include:

  • Stages of labor
  • Natural childbirth
  • Pain management assisted childbirth
  • Epidural
  • Cesarean section
  • Incorporation of Bradley and Lamaze relaxation methods during childbirth
  • Kangaroo care
  • Postpartum recovery

Childbirth Traditional Class

Cost: $60
Time: 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Classes will meet via Zoom.

This three-class series is offered on the following dates:

2020

  • December 1, 3, 8

2021

  • January 7, 14, 21
  • February 4, 11, 18
  • March 4, 11, 18
  • April 8, 15, 22
  • May 6, 13, 20
  • June 3, 10, 17
  • July 8, 15, 22
  • August 5, 12, 19
  • September 9, 16, 23
  • October 7, 14, 21
  • November 4, 11, 18
  • December  2, 9, 16

Childbirth Quick Class

Cost: $60
Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Classes will meet via Zoom.

These Saturday classes will take place on the following dates:

2020

  • December 5

2021

  • February 20
  • April  17
  • June 19
  • August  28
  • October  23
  • December  4

Short and Sweet Childbirth Class

This class provides the same information offered in Traditional and Quick classes but without the guest speakers. This class was created with the hope of being able to provide the needed information to our patients in an efficient manner for those who may have limited time, limited access to transportation, and/or just want the information without the extra participation events of traditional classes.

Cost: $45
Time: 5:30 – 8 p.m.
Location: Classes will meet via Zoom.

The class is offered on the following dates:

2020

  • November 19
  • December 15

2021

  • January 29
  • February 26
  • March 26
  • April 29
  • May 27
  • June 24
  • July  29
  • August 26
  • September 30
  • October 28
  • November 25
  • December  8

WVU Medicine lactation consultants assist expecting mothers and their families in understanding the process of breastfeeding.

Topics include:

  • How breastfeeding works
  • Getting the best start
  • Proper latch-on technique
  • Breastfeeding positions
  • When to feed your baby
  • Signs that breastfeeding is going well
  • Returning to work

Cost: $15
Time: Wednesdays, 6 – 8 p.m.
Location: Classes will meet via Zoom.

The class is offered on the following evenings:

2020

  • November – no class
  • December 9

2021

  • January 27
  • February 10
  • March 10
  • April 14
  • May 12

Note: All parenting classes have been canceled for the remainder of 2020. Thank you for your understanding.

The parenting group is a single session class offered to first-time parents as they prepare to welcome a new baby into their lives. Both parents and partners are invited to attend.

All topics are covered in a comfortable setting using a group discussion format. Topics include:

  • The first year for baby (with special emphasis on the first three months)
  • Adjusting to baby
  • Breastfeeding
  • Safe sleep
  • Developmental milestones
  • Bonding
  • Postpartum depression

Pre-registration is necessary.

Please check the website for any schedule updates.
Cost: The cost of the one-time group session is $15, payable to UHA.
Time: 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Location: Classes meet in the OB/GYN Clinic, located on the fourth floor of the Physician Office Center (Suite D), next to Ruby Memorial Hospital.

Note: All sibling classes have been canceled for the remainder of 2020. Thank you for your understanding.

The arrival of a new baby affects each individual in the family. Parents take childbirth or refresher classes to prepare. But what about those first-borns who are struggling to make sense of the tremendous changes just waiting to happen?

The sibling group is available for future siblings and their parents. The goals are to help siblings adjust to a new baby in the family and prepare children for their mother’s stay in the hospital.

The class helps children learn what to expect using:

  • Discussions
  • Demonstrations
  • Art projects
  • Age appropriate stories

These activities help to prepare kids for upcoming changes in their lives, explore their feelings about becoming a big brother or sister, and provide them with infant facts.

The group also serves to address fears or concerns about Mom’s visit to the hospital. Program participants get to tour the hospital and see locations that include: labor and birthing rooms, recovery rooms, ORs, and more. At the end of the class, each child receives a certificate of completion.

The group meets once every other month. Pre-registration is necessary, as group size is limited. Families usually register for the group when Mom is about 28 weeks pregnant. Minimum age for a sibling to participate is three years old, and at least one parent must accompany child. Cost for the one-time group session is $15, payable to UHA.

Please check the OB/GYN website for any schedule changes.

Cost: $15
Time: 5 – 7 p.m.
Location: Sibling classes meet in the OB/GYN Clinic, located on the fourth floor of the Physician Office Center (Suite D), next to Ruby Memorial Hospital.

Are you prepared for an unexpected emergency? Designed to equip family and caregivers with lifesaving skills, the Friends & Family CPR class teaches participants how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on an infant.

Please check the OB/GYN website for any schedule changes.

Cost: $20
Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: This class meets at WVU Medicine Operations Support Center (former Prete building) in the Center for Education and Organizational Development (CEOD), Room 4. The building is located at 3040 University Ave. in Morgantown.

The class is offered on the following evenings:

2020

  • October 21
  • November 17
  • December 17

 

Take an online tour of our Maternal Infant Care Center (MICC)

Whether you’re preparing for the birth of your first baby (or your fourth), the comfort of knowing what to expect at the hospital can help with planning while lessening stress. While we offer up-close tours of the Maternal Infant Care Center at WVU Medicine Children’s, you can enjoy this virtual visit anytime, at your convenience.