Childbirth Education

Childbirth can be one of the most meaningful times in life, not only for parents, but for extended family and friends as well. To help prepare for this experience, we offer a variety of childbirth classes designed to educate and enlighten those waiting to welcome new life into the world.

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For questions or more information about classes, tours or support groups at IU Health North Hospital, please contact our childbirth educator, Diana Garino, at 317.688.2465 or dgarino@iuhealth.org.

Childbirth Education Classes

The following classes are offered at IU Health North Hospital. Please click the link below to register or contact the Childbirth Education Office if you have questions.

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Birth Options

IU Health North Hospital provides an exceptional team to make sure your birthing experience is the one you always imagined. Our services are designed to make sure your pregnancy is as comfortable as it is memorable.

Join one of our professional labor educators to discuss pregnancy and birth options, including yoga, hydrotherapy, massage, supportive care and more. Whether you are expecting now or are planning a pregnancy, join this free class to discuss the many birth options available at IU Health North Hospital. A tour of the maternity area is included. Class is offered once per month.

Childbirth Preparation 7-Week Series with Lamaze: $125

This class meets from 6:30 pm – 9 pm for seven consecutive weeks. The goal of Lamaze classes is to increase women’s confidence in their ability to give birth. Women and their support persons will learn simple coping strategies for labor, including focused breathing, movement and positioning, labor support, massage and relaxation. Classes include a tour, along with information on epidurals, C-section birth, postpartum, newborn basics and breastfeeding. Bring pillows and a blanket to class.

Note: The tour, Newborn Basics and Breastfeeding with Ease classes are included in this series and do not require separate registration.

Happiest Baby on the Block: $30

Learn the Happiest Baby on the Block techniques for soothing a fussy baby. Happiest Baby on the Block is a research-based program designed to provide parents the necessary knowledge and skills to calm baby. Each participant will receive a parent’s kit that includes a DVD and a CD of soothing sounds.

Childbirth Preparation Fast Track Class (1 day or 2 half day sessions): $75

Learn more about childbirth in a two-session format or one daylong format designed for busy parents-to-be. Information includes breathing, relaxation, epidurals, C-section birth, postpartum and the immediate recovery period for mom and baby. Material is covered at a quicker pace. A tour is included with this class. Bring pillows and blanket to class.

Newborn Basics: $25

Learn how to care for your baby during the first month of life. Baby care topics cover bathing, holding, feeding, comforting a crying baby and more. If you are attending class after your delivery, you are welcome to bring your baby to class with you.

Note: Included in the 7-Week Lamaze Series.

Breastfeeding with Ease: $25

Take this class along with your childbirth preparation class to learn how to make breastfeeding a positive experience for you and your baby. We give you practical information about positioning and latch-on, and also discuss common concerns and problems related to breastfeeding. Attend this class with your partner.

Note: Included in the 7-Week Lamaze Series.

Cesarean Birth: $25

This class is for women who are scheduled for a Cesarean section or who are at risk for a C-section. This class will answer your questions and help make you more comfortable with the surgery by discussing the procedure, delivery, immediate recovery and postpartum care for your hospital stay and return home.

Welcome to Fatherhood: Delivery and Beyond: $25

Learn how to be an awesome dad in this male-focused class led by a veteran father of three. During discussion, we cover the tough topics of creating a work/family balance, ways to recognize and adapt to newborn developmental milestones, fun ways to play with baby and how to maintain a strong relationship with your partner during this new adventure.

Marvelous Multiples: $50

IU Health offers this extensive class with a curriculum written by a national expert on multiples. Come meet other couples expecting multiples and learn together how to deal with the challenges of a multiple pregnancy. A tour of the Newborn Intensive Care Unit is included. Learn coping strategies to use in caring for multiple babies. Take this class early in your pregnancy, at least by the sixth month. We also recommend you sign up to take Newborn Basics for more information on baby care.

Next Time Around Prenatal Refresher: $25

Designed for couples that have taken a childbirth class with a previous baby and would like a review of childbirth techniques. The class reviews labor and delivery topics, such as breathing, relaxation, labor support techniques, anesthesia and C-section.

Advanced Labor Support: $25

Do you want to go “natural” (without drugs)? Have you chosen to get an epidural and want to be on your feet and active in your labor as long as possible? This class is for you. This class provides more extensive information about breathing and relaxation in labor, massage and other coping techniques. We recommend you schedule your childbirth preparation class before this class.

CPR and First Aid for Parents: $30/person or $50/couple

This class is taught by a registered nurse who is an American Heart Association CPR instructor. You will learn choking rescue and CPR for infants and children. In addition, learn basic first aid for your child’s early years, how to compile a family first aid kit and get home safety tips.

Especially for Children: $20/family

This class helps children prepare for their new role of big brother or sister. Class is filled with activities to help explain how siblings may feel, and how they can safely play and help with the new baby. Children are assured that they are very special people in their families and will remain loved as much as ever after the baby is born.

Bow Wow and Baby: $20/family

Want to learn how to prepare the family dog for your new baby? You will learn how to help your dog adapt to the sights and sounds of a newborn. This class may be most helpful if you and your partner schedule it early in your pregnancy, but you can attend at any time. This class is also recommended for grandparents, babysitters or anyone who owns a dog that will be around children.

Prenatal Yoga 6-Week Series: $90 (or $15 per class)

Learn and enjoy the benefits of a gentle yoga routine during the childbearing years. Taught by a certified instructor, this six-week series will help prepare you for birth and help you tone up after birth. Yoga can help reduce pregnancy-related aches and pains and speed postpartum recovery. Register for the entire series or any number of individual classes.

Mommy and Baby Yoga 6-Week Series: $90 (or $15 per class)

This class is a fun way to regain strength and flexibility while bonding with your baby. You have time to stretch, tone and relax while interacting with your baby. Register for the entire series or any number of individual classes.

Grandparenting: Free

Learn about current labor, birth, newborn and breastfeeding care while discussing your new role. Explore ideas about how to best help the new parents. All grandparents are welcome to attend at no charge.