Family Birthing Classes
Having a baby can be one of life's most joyous experiences. Yet it can also be a stressful time for parents and their families. MidState offers a whole range of support programs to help you prepare for the arrival of your newborn. From classes on labor and delivery to breastfeeding to preparing siblings for the arrival of a new brother or sister, MidState can provide you with the information and special support you need.
Click on any of the following classes to find out about upcoming dates, times and details.
- Childbirth Education Class - 6 weeks
This is a 6-week, in-depth series designed to give parents an understanding of birth options and coping skills for labor and deliver. All aspects of labor, birth and postpartum are covered, as well as a newborn class. Demonstration/practice of breathing techniques, relaxation and stretching/toning are incorporated along with film presentations and a tour of the Family Birthing Center. Class meets once a week for 6 weeks you will need to bring a mat or blanket and two pillows.
- Saturday Childbirth Education Class
For those who cannot attend the 6 week series, the Family Birthing Center offers a one day 8 hour class, which is an abridged version of the 6 week series.
- Introduction to Breastfeeding Class
Thinking about breastfeeding your baby? This 2-hour class is designed for any mother exploring the option of breastfeeding. Various topics are reviewed to promote a successful experience. Class format is open for questions and discussion; partner or support person welcome.
- Breastfeeding Support
We offer a free, weekly Breastfeeding Support Group for mothers and their babies (up to 6 months in age). The group shares the adjustments and successes of breastfeeding. If you have questions related to breastfeeding, please feel free to call our Breastfeeding Info Line: 203.694.8328.
- Sibling Class
Sibling class is an interactive presentation for children 2 1/2 years of age and older. This class includes discussion on what a new baby looks like, what a new baby does, and what a sibling can do with their new brother or sister. The class also includes listening to a story, watching a video on being a big brother or big sister, and practicing things like changing diapers and holding and burping a pretend baby. The class concludes with a tour of the Family Birthing Center. When permissible, the siblings get to see a newborn infant.