Classes

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There is always something going on at the Birth Center of Northwest Arkansas! In addition to prenatal and well women care we offer a wide variety of childbirth & early parenting education programs, drop-in support groups, movie screenings, and community events throughout the year.

Core Classes

Childbirth Essentials - 5 Week Series
Childbirth Essentials - Express 2 Week Saturday Series
Childbirth Refresher
Breastfeeding Basics
Newborn Care & Safety
 

 

Childbirth Essentials 5-week Series (10 hours)

Class 1: Late Pregnancy and Preparing for Labor

  • Changes of late pregnancy

  • Nutrition

  • Mental and physical preparation for labor

Class 2: Understanding Labor and Birth

  • Signs of Labor and what to expect

  • Stages of labor: what does each stage look and feel like, and how to navigate.

Class 3: Birth Planning, Interventions and Complications

**Optional group tour of BCNWA collaborating hospital Mercy

  • Birth Planning

  • Navigating routine procedure

  • Introducing potential interventions and complications

  • Optional Tour of Mercy Labor and Delivery

Class 4: Coping and Comfort Measures

  • Relaxation and breathing techniques

  • Positions and movements to take in labor

  • Focus on partner specific comfort measures

  • Labor Rehearsal/contraction practice

Class 5: Postpartum Mom and Baby

  • Immediate postpartum: what to expect and suggestions

  • Postpartum support

  • 4th trimester, touching on normal newborn and breastfeeding

 

Childbirth Essentials Express 2-week Saturday Series (8 hours)

Class 1: Late Pregnancy, Preparing for Labor, Understanding Labor and Delivery

  • Condenses information provided in classes 1 and 2 of Childbirth Essentials course and introduces coping and comfort.

Class 2: Birth Planning, Interventions and Complications, Coping and Comfort and Postpartum Mom and Baby

  • Condenses information provided in class 3 and 5 with labor rehearsal/contraction practice.

*This class does not include a tour of Mercy Labor and Delivery

Childbirth Refresher

This two-hour class is geared towards our patients who have already had a natural (drug-free) delivery with a previous births, typically in a different setting. The class will briefly review stages of labor, potential coping measures, and birth center procedures and transfer policies. Two BCNWA birth videos are watched in class. The remainder of class time is spent reviewing the postpartum period and how you can best prepare for caring for a newborn with older children at home too. 

If you gave birth previously in the hospital with an epidural, regardless of how many children you have had, you will be required to take one of the more comprehensive class series.

 

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Breastfeeding Basics

Breastfeeding Class Content

  • Breastfeeding benefits for mom and baby

  • How is breast milk made and how do I make enough?
  • How do I latch my baby without any pain
  • How do I tell my baby is getting enough milk?
  • What are common problems and how to fix them?
  • Bras/pillows/pumps- essential breastfeeding needs
  • I made it the first two weeks- what now?!
  • Going back to work
  • Q&A

Newborn Care & Safety

Newborn Care Class Content

  • Characteristics of the Newborn
    • Routine Baby Care
    • Signs/Symptoms of illness
    • Crying
    • Bathing
    • Basic car seat safety
    • Infant sleep strategies
  • Infant Development
  • SIDS prevention
  • Prevention & care of common injuries during the first year of life