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Having a baby is one of life's most exciting experiences.
Physicians and staff of the UK Chandler Hospital Birthing Center are specially trained and dedicated to providing state-of-the-art care to you and your baby.
We look forward to helping you prepare for a positive birth experience. The UK Birthing Center offers a wide variety of childbirth education classes and support resources. Our educational programs assist expectant parents and their support networks to better anticipate the physical, emotional and lifestyle changes of having a baby.
For additional information visit our Birthing Center or call 859-323-2750. You may also call for information on our 2015 schedule.
The UK Birthing Center offers a Childbirth Preparation Program to prepare you to understand the changes that occur during pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum. We cover basic information, including how labor starts, how to time contractions, the stages of labor, when to go to the hospital, coping techniques for labor and partner support. Other topics covered are pain management options, medical interventions and hospital policies. Please bring pillows to class and dress comfortably. If you are unable to pay for class, scholarships are available. Fees will be waived for Young Parents Program participants. Please call 859-323-2750. We want you to be prepared for your arrival!
UK HealthCare offers two childbirth preparation options. We recommend you begin your classes at 28 weeks of pregnancy.
Three-week programThis program meets once a week for three weeks.
Saturday condensed programThis program covers the same material as the three-week version, but meets only once.
UK HealthCare offers additional classes that assist families in preparing for new additions.
Baby BasicsThis is a one-time class that provides tips on the first few weeks of caring for your newborn. Topics covered include newborn appearance, feeding, bathing, cord and circumcision care, and basic infant safety. You will also view excerpts from Happiest Baby on the Block™ to learn how to turn on your baby's calming reflex. Crying is a leading cause of pediatrician appointments, parental frustration and postpartum depression. The Happiest Baby on the Block DVD is available for purchase for an extra fee. You will participate in dressing, diaper changes, swaddling and consoling a fussy baby using life-sized dolls.
Infant CPRThis is a one-time class that teaches the lifesaving technique of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, as well as infant-specific safety measures. This class is for CPR of the newborn to 1-year-old. You may purchase a kit containing a CPR doll and the CPR Anytime DVD to keep ($40), or use the kit provided in class only ($25). This class is taught by a nurse certified in basic life support, advanced cardiac life support and neonatal resuscitation. We recommend this class for parents and anyone who will be caring for the baby. This is not an American Heart Association certification class.
Nursing Your InfantThis is a one-time class that focuses on the advantages of breastfeeding, proper positioning and latch-on, information on pumping and hand expression, and how to prevent and resolve discomfort. This class is taught by a registered nurse who is also a certified lactation consultant.
Big Brothers and Sisters Are SpecialThis is a one-time class designed for children ages 3-7; this class will help prepare your children for the arrival of their new brother or sister. Siblings will become familiar with the UK Birthing Center and learn about where mommy will give birth. They will also learn what changes to expect when the new baby arrives.
Birthing Center Pre-Admission VisitSign up at your clinic appointment between 24 and 28 weeks for this free visit to complete your registration, tour the Birthing Center and get information on what to expect during your hospital stay.
Please call 859-323-2750 to register prior to attending to ensure adequate preparation by your tour guide.
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