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Mom and baby

We understand that the more you know about the childbirth experience, the more comforable you'll feel. Women's & Children's Services at Palmetto Health Baptist offers a variety of classes to educate both you and your family about childbirth, breastfeeding and related topics.

Our childbirth education program is designed to meet your special education needs and prepare you and your family for your pregnancy, birth, and parenting experience. Each class description lists the time during pregnancy that we recommend you take the class. We recommend that you register for classes in your first trimester.

CLASSES FILL QUICKLY SO PLEASE REGISTER EARLY! Payment must accompany all class registrations. Class registrations can be taken over the phone once payment has been received. For more information, call 296-2273.

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Download a registration form  to mail, including payment, to:
Care Call
7909 Parklane Rd.
Suite 400
Columbia, SC 29223

Refund Policy: You must cancel five (5) working days prior to class date in order to receive a refund. You will not receive a refund after the scheduled class date.

Have a question? Ask an Instructor!

Class Descriptions


 

Preparation for Childbirth
This series focuses on how to prepare for the birth of your baby including the birthing process, relaxation techniques, breathing techniques and using a coach/partner to aid in labor and delivery. Instruction includes Birthplace options, variations in labor, birth and anesthesia, early fetal development and nutrition. A tour is included.

Special Instructions: This class is only open to those expectant parents who plan to deliver at Palmetto Baptist as some of the information is pertinent only to those patients. Each series of classes includes approximately 12 hours of instruction and meets for six weeks (2 hours per night each week), or as a weekend class. Wear comfortable clothes and bring two pillows with you the first night of class.

When to Register: First Trimester

When to Attend: Third Trimester – You should complete your classes three to four weeks before your due date.

Fee: $60 per couple

Click here to register online (click the calendar date for the event you wish to attend).

 
Prepared for Cesarean Birth
This class is designed for those who are anticipating a cesarean birth. This one-time class will provide you with information about the reasons for cesarean birth, the surgical procedure, comfort strategies to reduce discomfort, benefits and risks to mother and baby, and the recovery process. No tour will be provided with the class.

When to Register: First Trimester

When to Attend: Third Trimester

Time: 9 a.m.–12 p.m.

Fee: $20 per person/couple

Click here to register online (click the calendar date for the event you wish to attend).

 

Tours of the Birthplace
Tours of Palmetto Baptist Medical Center's maternity unit are available and are part of all classes. Children are permitted on tour but must be kept quiet on patient care units. Call 296-2273 for a schedule of tours.

 

Great Expectations
This early pregnancy class is recommended for all women as soon as you discover you are pregnant. Expectant couples will learn about normal physical and emotional changes during pregnancy, nutritional needs and fetal growth and development.

When to Register: Immediately

When to Attend: First or Second Trimester

Time: 6:30–9 p.m.

Fee: $15 per couple

Click here to register online (click the calendar date for the event you wish to attend).

 

Breast-feeding Basics
This class is for new mothers and those experienced with Breast-feeding. Women/couples will learn the advantages of Breast-feeding, how to prepare for nursing, how to place the baby on the breast properly, and how to avoid common problems.

When to Register: First Trimester

When to Attend: Third Trimester

Time: 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

Fee: $20 per person/couple

Click here to register online (click the calendar date for the event you wish to attend).

 

 

Lactation Center
Our Lactation Center offers outpatient consultations and weight checks for breastfeeding mothers and their babies by licensed lactation consultants. In addition, our Lactation Boutique offers a variety of breastfeeding products including maternity bras, breastfeeding pillows and breast pumps for rent or purchase.

Open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 296-3770.

 
Diabetes and Pregnancy
If you already have diabetes or gestational diabetes, you may schedule an educational consult with a diabetes educator and a dietician. The consult includes instruction on the relationship between pregnancy and diabetes, nutrition, exercise, self-monitoring, blood glucose, urine ketones and insulin adjustments. Call 296-8906 and ask to speak to one of the diabetes educators for more information.

 

Family Affair
Soon-to-be brothers and sisters and their parents are invited to attend the sibling class where children three to ten years old will learn how to deal with the arrival of a new family member. They will practice holding and feeding a baby. A film and a tour of the Birthplace including mom's room and the nursery are highlights of the class.
Child with Newborn Baby Brother photo

When to Register: First Trimester

When to Attend: Third Trimester

Time: Saturdays, 9:30–11 a.m.

Fee: $10 per child

Click here to register online (click the calendar date for the event you wish to attend).

 

Infant and Child CPR
Because you never know when an emergency will occur, we offer instruction on infant and child (ages 0-8) cardiopulmonary resuscitation. CPR and choking maneuvers are practiced on infant/child mannequins and are taught by certified instructors. Call 296-2273 for schedule, cost and to register.

*Class NOT for certification purposes.

Click here to register online (click the calendar date for the event you wish to attend).

 

Cute Newborn photo

Baby 101
This class includes information on aspects of caring for newborn, family adjustments and early developmental stages of a newborn. car safety seats will be discussed. If time permits, mother's physical recovery following birth will also be discussed.

When to Register: Second Trimester

When to Attend: Third Trimester

Time: 6:30–9 p.m.

Fee: $20 per couple

Click here to register online (click the calendar date for the event you wish to attend).