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Women's Health Classes

We understand that the more you know about the childbirth experience, the more comfortable you will feel. Women's Education Programs at Palmetto Health offers a variety of classes to educate both you and your family about childbirth, breastfeeding and other topics related to newborn care.

Convenient dates, times and locations as well as package discounts are available. 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.

For more information about any of our classes, please call us at (803) 434-4405. CLASSES FILL QUICKLY, SO PLEASE REGISTER EARLY!  You may register online or by calling (803) 296-CARE.

 

Class Descriptions

Baby Basics

When to Register: First Trimester

When to Attend: Third Trimester

Fee: $25 per couple

Baby Basics is just that, a class designed to prepare expectant parents in the routine care of their newborn baby. Topics include: breastfeeding, diapering, bathing, safety and hospital expectations as well as many other tips. There is even a time for hands-on practice to help you feel more confident in your exciting new role of mom and dad!

Breastfeeding Basics

When to Register: First Trimester

When to Attend: Third Trimester

Fee: $25 per couple

This class for expectant mothers and their support person provides information about breastfeeding including: the benefits of breastfeeding; how to prepare to breastfeed; feeding positions, as well as guidance about how to tell if an infant is feeding well. We will also discuss how to avoid common problems related to breastfeeding, how to choose the correct breast pump and returning to work. 

 Infant CPR

When to Register: Anytime

When to Attend: Anytime

Fee: $25 per person

All parents and caregivers should know the fundamentals of Infant CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) should a child ever need it. This class will review the most current recommendations from the American Heart Association for infants from birth to 1 year of age. This class is not intended for certification purposes.


Just For Dads

When to Register: Anytime

When to Attend: Anytime

Fee: $25 per person

This class is a dad-to-dad training program that prepares new dads for the challenges and joys of fatherhood. The instructor encourages men to get involved from the beginning and stay involved in the life of their child. The “dad-in-training” will learn about life during pregnancy, helping at home, delivery room duties, caring for mom and baby after birth as well as balancing work and family. This class is for dads only!

MaterniTea Breastfeeding Support Group

When to Register: Anytime after Third Trimester

When to Attend: Anytime after Third Trimester

Fee: No Cost

This breastfeeding support group is for third trimester and breastfeeding mothers who need a little support from other breastfeeding mothers during their breastfeeding journey. An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) will be on hand to lead discussions.

Prepared Childbirth

When to Register: First Trimester

When to Attend: Third Trimester

Fee: $75 per couple

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 variations in labor, birth and anesthesia. A tour of the Birthplace is included.

Special Instructions: Each series of classes includes approximately 8 hours of instruction and either meet for four weeks (2 hours per night each week), or as a weekend class. Wear comfortable clothes.

Tours of the Birthplace

When to Register: Anytime

When to Attend: Anytime

Fee: No Cost

Tours of the Birthplace are available for each of our birthing centers and are included in all of our Childbirth Classes. Children are permitted to tour but must be kept quiet in patient care areas.

Prenatal Class Packages

Baby on Board Prenatal Class Package

When to Register: First Trimester

When to Attend: Third Trimester

Fee: $100 per couple ($25 Savings!)

The Baby on Board Prenatal Class Package includes all of the classes you will need as you prepare for your new bundle of joy. Plus there is a special class just for dads.

Classes include: Preparation for Childbirth; Baby Basics and Just for Dads.

 

New Beginnings Prenatal Class Package

When to Register: First Trimester

When to Attend: Third Trimester

Fee: $100 per couple ($25 Savings!)

The New Beginnings Prenatal Class Package includes all of the classes you will need as you prepare for your new bundle of joy.

Classes include: Preparation for Childbirth; Baby Basics and Breastfeeding Basics.

Preparing for Baby Prenatal Class Package

When to Register: First Trimester

When to Attend: Third Trimester

Fee: $125 per couple ($25 Savings!)

The Preparing for Baby Prenatal Class Package includes all of the classes you will need as you prepare for your new bundle of joy.

Classes include: Preparation for Childbirth; Baby Basics and Infant CPR for 2 people.