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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 to time contractions, the stages of labor, when to go to the hospital and both medicated and non-medicated coping techniques for labor. 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 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.

Preparing for Childbirth: Tools for an Unmedicated birth
This class will concentrate on non-pharmacological pain management of labor and is supplemental to Childbirth Preparation. Breathing and relaxation techniques will be practiced along with positioning and comfort measures. Women and partners are encouraged to practice these techniques after class to prepare them for labor. Additionally, women who have previously had an unmedicated birth will be invited to discuss their experiences and what they found supportive.

Baby Basics

This is a one-time class providing tips for 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. You will participate in dressing, changing diapers, swaddling and consoling a fussy baby using life-sized dolls.

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 performed on newborns to 1-year-olds. 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 Infant

This 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.

All classes held at: UK Good Samaritan Hospital, First floor, Conference Room A

Birth Center Pre-Admission Visit

Sign up at your clinic appointment after 24 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.

  • Location:
    UK Chandler Hospital 
    Pavilion H, Third floor, Room H359 
  • Time & Dates: Every Tuesday, 1 - 2 p.m. or 6 - 7 p.m. on the following dates:
  • Jan. 8 & 15
  • Feb. 5 & 19
  • March 5 & 19
  • April 2 & 16
  • May 7 & 21
  • June 4 & 18
  • July 2 & 16
  • Aug. 6 & 20
  • Sept. 3 & 17
  • Oct. 1 & 15
  • Nov. 5 & 19
  • Dec. 3 & 17

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