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Childbirth Education Classes

Woman with babyThe UK Childbirth Education Program offers a wide variety of prenatal classes and support resources to help expectant parents and their support networks with all the physical, emotional and lifestyle changes that come with having a baby.

Questions? Call 859-323-2750.

Childbirth Preparation Program

The UK Childbirth Preparation Program will prepare you to understand the changes that occur with pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum. We cover basic labor 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. 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.

UK HealthCare offers two childbirth preparation options. We recommend you begin your classes at 28 weeks of pregnancy. We recommend that you sign up for a free hospital tour as well as the Baby Basics and Nursing Your Infant classes to prepare for your new arrival.

Three-week program 
This program meets once a week for three weeks.

Saturday condensed program 
This program covers the same material as the three-week version, but meets only once.

  • Time: Saturdays 9 a.m – 3:30 p.m. monthly
    One hour break. Lunch is not provided. 
  • Cost: $40 per couple
  • Location: 
    UK Good Samaritan Hospital 
    First floor, Conference Room A 

Baby Basics

This one-time class 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.

  • Time: Thursdays 6:30-8:30 p.m. monthly
  • Cost: $25 per couple.  $10 extra for the purchase of The Happiest Baby on the Block™ DVD. 
  • Location: 
    UK Good Samaritan Hospital
    First floor, Conference Room A 

Infant CPR

This one-time class will teach the lifesaving technique of CPR, as well as infant-specific safety measures. This class is for CPR from newborn to 1 year old. We recommend this class for parents and anyone who will be caring for the baby. This is not an American Heart Association Certification class.

  • Time: Thursdays of every other month, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Kit and DVD purchase with class: $40 per couple 
              Class only: $25 per couple    
  • Location: 
    UK Good Samaritan Hospital 
    First floor, Conference Room A 

Nursing Your Infant

This one-time class focuses on the advantages of breastfeeding, proper positioning and latch-on, information on pumping and hand expression and how to prevent and resolve discomfort. A registered nurse who is also a certified lactation consultant teaches this class.

  • Time: Thursdays every other month 6:30-8 p.m.; or Saturdays 9 a.m. – 11 a.m monthly.
  • Cost: $25 per couple
  • Location: 
    UK Good Samaritan Hospital
    First floor, Conference Room A 

    Big Brothers & Big Sisters Are Special

    This one-time class is designed for children ages 3-7 and 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.

    • Time: Saturdays every other month, 9:30-10:30 a.m. 
    • Cost: $5 per child (no fee for parents)
    • Location: 
      UK Chandler Hospital
      Pavilion H, Third floor, Room H359 

    Birth Center Pre-Admission Visit

    Sign 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 to register prior to attending to ensure adequate preparation by your tour guide.

    • Time: Tuesdays, 1-2 p.m., First and third Tuesdays of every month, 6-7 p.m.
    • Cost: Free
    • Location:
      UK Chandler Hospital 
      Pavilion H, Third floor, Room H359 

    Please call 859-323-2750 to register prior to attending to ensure adequate preparation by your tour guide.