Childbirth Education

Things have changed a lot over the years – new medications, technology, more advanced equipment, computerized fetal monitoring, epidural, etc.

We want you to be aware of what to expect during delivery, so you can relax and enjoy the experience while you're here ...

Our Classes Offer Certified Childbirth Educators

Our childbirth classes are designed to prepare you for your special event and make your childbirth experience a joyous memory. Classes are taught by certified childbirth educators and provide instruction to help you before and after childbirth.

Class Registration

Early registration is recommended to better ensure an opening in a class time that meets your schedule.

Register online here.

    Childbirth Preparation

    This class focuses on the physical and emotional changes occurring during pregnancy.

    Attendance is recommended during the last three months of your pregnancy. This class presents information to prepare for and and enhance your labor experience. Topics include, pain management and epidural; induction of labor; C-section; abnormal signs and symptoms; relaxation; and helpful tips for support persons.

    The following is information on classes:

    • Weekday evenings, one-time three-hour class
    • Registration is required
    • $84.36 fee

    This class provides information to prepare you and your partner to successfully breastfeed your new baby as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control. The class covers feeding cues, latching and positioning, as well as preparing you to return to work.

    Any first-time mom or previous breastfeeding mom will benefit from this class. Fathers or support persons are encouraged to attend. We recommend you attend between your fifth and eight month of pregnancy.

    Breastfeeding Support for Success

    This class offers professional and mother-to-mother support. Bring your infant for a weight check and have the opportunity to ask our lactation consultant questions about your infant. The instructor will review age-appropriate norms for the breastfeeding infant. This class is offered every Monday 11 a.m. to noon at Genesis Hospital Room 1N240, and all mothers are welcome.

    Breastfeeding for the Working Mom

    Mothers who will be returning to work or school are encouraged to contact the Lactation Department at (740) 450-6455 and schedule a free one-on-one consultation about two to three weeks before returning to work. This meeting helps prepare the breastfeeding mother for a smooth transition back to work or school. Selection, proper use and maintenance of a breast pump, proper storage of breast milk and advice for adding pumping to your day are a few of the topics covered.

    Basic baby care is covered with hands-on demonstrations.

    Baby Basics Topics

    • Feeding options
    • Bathing and diapering
    • Car seats
    • Safety
    • Soothing and calming baby
    • Choosing the best equipment

    We recommend you attend a one-session, 2 hour class at seven to eight months during your pregnancy.

    This class helps prepare children ages three to seven for the arrival of a new brother or sister.

    Sibling Class Topics

    • How the baby is born
    • Baby’s appearance
    • Feelings about the new baby’s arrival
    • How to help take care of the baby

    We recommend your children attend this class two to four weeks before your due date. Parents are asked to attend and stay with your children. This is a one-hour class.

    Being prepared for emergencies may mean the difference between a positive and negative outcome.

    For class information, contact Zane State College at (740) 588-1288

    Mothers are provided with education on the obstetrical unit following baby’s birth. This education covers care for mother and baby after delivery.

    Tour our obstetric unit and see all we have to offer to make your childbirth a special event or call us for more information at 454-4321; 800-322-4762 ext. 4321