Preparing for Baby's Arrival
Please note that all group classes and tours are canceled for March and April, 2020, to help protect our patients and staff against COVID-19. For information or one-on-one help, please contact our OB Education Office at 440-354-1929 or 440-354-1241.
Whether this is your first baby or your fifth, Lake Health will help you prepare for childbirth and teach you how to care for your new baby. At Lake Health, we deliver more than 1,900 babies each year, so we have a lot of knowledge to share through childbirth and parent education classes. Choose from a range of programs, depending on your needs. Register for classes by your fifth month to get your choice of date and location and to complete the series before your due date.
Choose a class that suits your needs; all childbirth classes include a tour of the Family Birthing Unit at TriPoint Medical Center or West Medical Center.
If you have special needs or concerns regarding our childbirth classes, please call the OB Education Office at 440-354-1929 or 440-354-1241.
Childbirth Preparation Class
These classes help prepare you for labor and the birth of your baby. Topics include:
- What to expect during the birth process
- Relaxation techniques and breathing patterns
- you can use throughout labor and delivery
- Information about natural and cesarean birth
- Pain management options
- How your labor partner can help
Class options include:
- Three-week session held in the evening
- One-day weekend class
Choose the class that best meets your needs. All Childbirth Preparation classes include a tour of the Family Birthing Unit. Plan to register early so that you can complete the class three to four weeks before your due date.
Infant Care Class
In this class you will learn the newest techniques and trends for making your home a safe place for your new baby. A certified car seat technician will guide you through car seat safety and will answer your questions about child safety seat options. A health care professional will be available for a question and answer session.
The class will focus on basic infant care, such as bathing, diapering and comforting your new baby, and will include hands-on practice with dolls. You will also learn about the signs of illness and when to call the doctor.
- Two-week session held in the evening (two and a half hours each)
- One four-hour Saturday session
Childbirth Preparation for Teens
This one-day class will cover childbirth preparation, including labor and delivery, as well as infant care. Call the Lake Health OB Education Department at 440-354-1929 to learn more about our special program for teens.
OB Tour and Hospital Orientation
The OB Tour and Hospital Orientation gives you and your partner an opportunity to see first hand where your baby will be born. It includes:
- A tour of the Family Birthing Unit
- Early start on paperwork and registration for admitting
- Personalized discussion and answers to your questions
The tour is free, but you need to register. If you are unable to attend a scheduled tour, we can make special arrangements for you.
Help prepare your child or children for the changes a new baby will create in your family. This one-time session is for siblings between ages 3 and 8. Children will learn:
- How babies grow and develop before they are born
- How babies look and act after birth
- How and what babies eat
- What babies need and how siblings can help
A tour of the Family Birthing Unit will show children where mom and the new baby will be. Children should bring a doll or stuffed animal to class. Parents receive helpful information on sibling adjustment.
Infant and Child CPR
Knowing how to handle an emergency is important to parents and childcare providers. This three-hour session teaches participants:
- Basic rescue techniques of CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation)
- How to clear an obstructed airway of a choking child
- Rescue breathing with hands-on practice
Techniques follow the American Heart Association guidelines. They are appropriate for infants and children up to age 8. Older siblings, grandparents and baby sitters are encouraged to participate. Class size is limited.
If you have decided to breastfeed or even if you are unsure about how you plan to feed your baby, this class provides helpful information on the benefits of breastfeeding and practical feeding techniques.
- Breast care and preparation for nursing
- Nursing techniques and positions
- What to expect after you've gone home
- How your baby's father can help
- Tips for returning to work or school
- How to pump and store breast milk
This class consists of one 3-hour session.
Breastfeeding Support Group
Bring your baby and meet with other mothers and a certified lactation consultant to discuss breastfeeding concerns and issues. This is a free group; no registration required.
Lake Health also can help you with other needs, such as breast pump rentals, and if you have special financial needs, our resources throughout the community can help steer you toward appropriate programs. Call TriPoint Medical Center (440-354-2400) or West Medical Center (440-953-9600) and ask for the Family Birthing Unit.
Register for Classes Early
Register early to ensure you get the desired day, time and location of your chosen class. Class sizes are limited and will be filled on a first-come basis. Choose from our convenient class locations throughout Lake County.
Except for free classes, receipt of payment confirms your registration. If you have financial concerns regarding classes, please call the Best of Health Line at 440-953-6000 or 1-800-454-9800.