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Lexington Maternity Education

The Women's Hospital at Saint Joseph East offers educational programs, maternity support, and a commitment to caring for all women and their families seeking Lexington, Kentucky Maternity Education classes. We understand that you are faced with many decisions related to your maternity needs-let us provide you with the right tools and resources.

Education Classes

 

To ensure enrollment in our classes, please register when you are approximately 20 weeks gestation.

Depending on your circumstances, you may qualify for reduced-fee classes. Before registering, please call our office at 859-967-2229 for more information. All classes must be paid at registration.

Please note: Most childbirth and sibling classes offered by The Women's Hospital will tour the facility.

 

Inclement Weather Policy

  • In the event Fayette County Schools close due to inclement weather, your class will be rescheduled. Please check your email for rescheduling information.
  • In the event Fayette County has inclement weather the morning of your weekend class, please check your email for class rescheduling information.

 

Childbirth Education Classes

4-Week Series
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Childbirth EducationCost: $45.00 per couple
Light refreshments provided

Our Lamaze-based, 4-week series is a comprehensive and informative class on what to expect during labor, delivery and postpartum. We highly recommend attending these classes when you are 28-30 weeks gestation.

Discussion topics include:

  • Normal labor processes
  • Pain relief options
  • Cesarean birth/deliveries
  • Breathing and relaxation techniques
  • Medications
  • After delivery care
  • Hospital admitting procedures

2-Week Series
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Cost: $35.00 per couple
Light refreshments provided

This program is a more compact version of our 4-week series covering the same scope of discussion topics ensuring you are just as prepared for labor and delivery. We highly recommend attending these classes when you are 32-34 weeks gestation.

 

Weekend 4-Hour Childbirth Education Class: "Just the Facts, Mom!"
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Cost: $30.00 per couple
Light refreshments provided

This class is a Lamaze-based, one-day class. Lasting only 4 hours, you will receive an abbreviated version of discussion topics covered in our 4-week series. We highly recommend attending this class when you are 32-34 weeks gestation.

 

Weekend Childbirth Education Class
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Cost: $35.00 per couple
Light refreshments provided

Our 4-week Lamaze-based childbirth education series condensed to an all-day weekend class. We highly recommend attending this class when you are 32-34 weeks gestation.

 

"One Evening" Childbirth Education Class
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Cost: $25.00 per couple
Light refreshments provided

"One Evening" is a Lamaze-based, one time class.  It is a more compact version of our 4-week series covering the same scope of discussion topics ensuring you are just as prepared for labor and delivery. We highly recommend attending these classes when you are 32-34 weeks gestation.  NO HOSPITAL TOUR IS OFFERED WITH THIS CLASS.

 

Private Childbirth Class
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Cost: $75.00 per couple
Light refreshments provided

Our Lamaze-based, Private Childbirth Class is a one-time, one-day class and is suggested for those parents-to-be who prefer to have one-on-one instruction. This class includes all aspects of our 4-hour Weekend Childbirth Education Class. We highly recommend attending this class when you are 32-34 weeks gestation. 

Please note: Classes are made by appointment only.

 

Baby Steps Class
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Lexington maternity educationCost: $25.00 per couple
Light refreshments provided

This one-time class incorporates educational material designed to make you feel more comfortable and secure in your ability to take care of your newborn. A pediatrician will be in attendance as a guest speaker. We recommend attending this class during your third trimester.  Registered grandparents are welcomed to attend. 

Discussion topics include:

  • What to expect in the hospital
  • Normal newborn appearances
  • Caring for your newborn
  • Feeding your newborn
  • Bathing techniques for your newborn
  • Cord and circumcision care
  • Hands-on activities-swaddling, diaper changing and holding-using life-sized dolls

 

Breastfeeding
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Cost: $25.00 per couple
Light refreshments provided

Our Breastfeeding class is taught by Certified Lactation Counselors. We recommend attending this class during your third trimester. Spouses are encouraged to attend.

Prenatal preparation for breastfeeding topics focus on:

  • Advantages of breastfeeding
  • Proper positioning and latch-on
  • Guidelines for adequate breastfeeding
  • How to prevent and resolve discomforts
  • Breast pump options
  • Storage of milk
  • Breastfeeding and returning to work

 

Breastfeeding Support Class
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Cost:  Free - only offered to mothers who have delivered at Saint Joseph East. 
Light refreshments provided

Our Breastfeeding Support class offers encouragement, information and education to promote better breastfeeding for mom and baby after delivery.  This class is hosted by a Certified Lactation Counselor.  Babies welcomed. 

Monthly various topics include: 

  • First Six Weeks:  Nutrition for Mom and Baby
  • Back to Work/School:  Pumping
  • Breastfeeding:  Troubleshooting Problems
  • Open topic discussions

 

Infant CPR
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Cost: $25.00 per couple

This is a one-time class. Parents will be able to learn basic techniques of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and choking for their newborn. Educational material covers infants from newborn to 1 year old.  We recommend attending this class during your third trimester.

If you have already delivered, please arrange for a babysitter for your little one, we want you to be able to completely benefit from this important and possible life-saving class.

This is not a certification class; no AHA certificate will be given.

Please note: Refunds will NOT be given if you cancel this class with less than two weeks notice.

 

Sibling Class
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Kentucky maternity educationCost: $15.00 per child
Light refreshments provided
Limited to 5 children per class-parent or guardian must accompany child

Recommended for children ages 3 to 6 years old, this is a fun class for big brothers and sisters. Our goal is to promote a strong family unit as well as relieving some of the anxieties of bringing a new baby into the household.

Children will be able to:

  • Tour the maternity unit
  • Become familiar with where their mommy and new sibling will be staying while at the hospital
  • Gain hands on experience with holding and diapering a life size doll

 

"Older" Sibling Class
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Cost: $15.00 per child
Light refreshments provided
Limited to 6 children per class-parent or guardian must accompany child

This class covers topics and gains the same hands on experience as with our Sibling Class, but recommended for children 7 to 12 years old.

 

24/7 Dad
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This FREE class is offered to ALL dads, our patients, our family, friends and neighbors; any dad who would like to attend!  Refreshments served (sandwiches, pasta, wings - refreshments will vary class to class).


 
The 24/7 Dad curriculum from the National Fatherhood Initiative focuses on a holistic approach to fatherhood — physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual involvement of fathers in their children’s lives. The group is a twelve week course that covers such topics as: family history, "what it means to be a man," discipline, working with Mom and co-parenting, showing and handling feelings, boyhood to manhood, "knowing myself," dealing with anger, improving communication skills, and stress-alcohol-work.  This is a free class, sponsored by the Fayette County Fatherhood Initiative.  For additional information please visit:  http://www.fayettefathers.org   

 

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For more information regarding educational classes, call The Women's Hospital at Saint Joseph East at 859.967.2229.

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To learn more about Maternal-fetal medicine services or to schedule a tour of our facilities, please call 859.967.CARE (2273).

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