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Childbirth and Family Education

Congratulations! You're planning for a baby. Our focus is family-centered care. The definition of family is up to you — from support partner to grandparents. Pregnancy is a journey and along the way there are many questions and it is natural to experience some uncertainty. Most physicians and midwives strongly encourage their patients to attend childbirth education classes. The childbirth and family education classes offered at The Nebraska Medical Center are taught by experienced registered nurses and certified childbirth educators.

Childbirth Education

This class is designed to prepare new mothers and their support person for the birth process. Evening and Saturday sessions are available. A variety of topics are covered in this class, including:

  • breathing and relaxation techniques
  • massage and visualization
  • epidural
  • pain management
  • use of forceps
  • importance of bonding with baby
  • newborn care
  • feeding the baby
  • colic and infants
  • infant stimulation

Breastfeeding

While breastfeeding is a natural process, it is also a learned art. It is recommended this class be taken at least two to four weeks before the baby is due. Various tools and breast pumps will be on hand for demonstration. Evening sessions are available from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Lactation consultants will instruct you and a support person on the basics of breastfeeding including:

  • latching the baby onto the breast
  • gauging if the baby is getting enough milk
  • establishing a good milk supply
  • positions for feeding

Childbirth Refresher

This refresher class is designed for the second-time mothers and their support person. It is a review of relaxation and breathing exercises and discusses options available to enhance the birth experience. Feel free to request a topic. Evening sessions are available.

Registration Information

All classes are offered at The Nebraska Medical Center, Clarkson Tower near 42nd and Dewey Ave. Fees are discussed at registration. Payment must be made when registering for the class. Call 800-922-0000 to register for a class.

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