TriHealth offers a wide variety of maternity education courses for expectant families across the region, from childbirth education to big brother/big sister and breastfeeding courses at multiple locations.
Contact the Women’s HealthLine at 513 475 4500 for more information or to register. You may register for a class online. Please register in advance to assure your preferred session. Some classes fill quickly.
Childbirth Preparation Classes
Cesarean Childbirth Information Session
This is a two-hour class to help prepare you for either a scheduled or unplanned Caesarean birth. It is suitable for all expectant parents. For scheduling, call the Childbirth Education Association at 513 661 5655. Fee: $25 per two-person birthing team. Free to Childbirth Education and One-Day Condensed Childbirth Class participants.
Five-Week Childbirth Series
Preparation for your birth experience will include discussion of exercises, nutrition, hospital procedures, relaxation, breathing techniques and ways to promote labor progress. Natural and medicated labor support measures will be presented. Classes meet once a week for five weeks. Please bring two pillows and a blanket to class with you. Co-sponsored by the Childbirth Education Association. Fee: $80 per two-person birthing team. Register online.
Childbirth Refresher Course
This is a review course for those who have had a previous childbirth class. Please bring two pillows and a blanket to class with you. Co-sponsored by the Childbirth Education Association. Fee: $30 per two-person birthing team. Register online.
HypnoBirthing – A Celebration of Life
This natural childbirth education course has been rated by CityBeat Magazine as the best childbirth class in the city. The 10-week series returns birthing to the beautiful, peaceful, empowering experience nature intended. It explodes the myth that women must suffer during labor and birth. HypnoBirthing is a philosophy of birth, emphasizing mind and body harmony. With guided imagery, self-hypnosis and relaxed breathing, you will learn how to eliminate the fear and tension of labor, replacing them with self-confidence, calm and comfort. This class is not recommended for high risk pregnancies. Fee: $200 per birthing team. Register online.
Individual Childbirth Preparation
Mothers who have a medical condition that prevents them from attending a regularly scheduled class can schedule one-on-one childbirth classes through the Childbirth Education Association. Please call 513 661 5655 weekdays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. for details.
One-Day Condensed Childbirth Class
This-one day interactive class will include discussion of: exercises, anatomy and physiology of labor, signs and symptoms of labor, hospital procedures, coping skills and comfort measures for medicated and unmedicated labor, relaxation and breathing techniques, positions to promote labor progress and the importance of the partner's role. Videos are used to help present the information and there is a tour of Labor and Delivery. Lunch is not included. Please bring 2 pillows and a blanket to class. Fee: $90 per two-person birthing team. This class is cosponsored by Childbirth Education Association. The CEA book, "A Guide to Childbirth" is included in the fee. The Cesarean Delivery class and Breastfeeding class are also included in the fee and require a separate registration. Register online.
TriHealth All-Day Childbirth Class
The content of this one-day class is designed to prepare you for your labor and delivery. Topics that are covered include anatomy and physiology of labor, signs and symptoms of labor, coping and comfort measures for natural and medicated labor, hospital procedures, vaginal and cesarean delivery, newborn characteristics, and the initial post-delivery care you will receive. The importance of your partner's role will be reviewed. A labor and delivery video will be shown and you will receive a maternity tour. Lunch is not included. Bring two pillows and a blanket to class with you. Fee: $70 per two-person birthing team. Nutrition and Breastfeeding are not covered in this class. Register online.
Unmedicated Birth Class
This six-week series is specifically designed to help couples achieve an unmedicated birth through extensive practice of relaxation, breathing techniques, position changes and the use of drug-free pain management. Please bring two pillows and a blanket to class with you. Co-sponsored by the Childbirth Education Association. Fee: $85 per two-person birthing team. Register online.
Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) Class
This class explains the benefits of VBAC and encourages women who are fitting candidates to consider this option. This two-hour session will include a film, teaching and question and answer period. This class can be taken in conjunction with the Childbirth Refresher Course. Fee: $25 per two-person birthing team. Register online.
Breastfeeding and Beyond
This three-hour class will provide you with basic breastfeeding information that will guide you through the hospital period and the early weeks at home. The third hour will be devoted to women seeking information about continuing to breastfeed and returning to work. The instructors are experienced International Board Certified Lactation Consultants employed by TriHealth hospitals. Fee: $25 per single or two-person birthing team. If you take the TriHealth All-Day Childbirth Class and the Breastfeeding and Beyond class, then the cost for the Breastfeeding and Beyond class will be reduced to $15 per single or two-person birthing team. Please call 513 475 4500 to get the discount. Register online.
This class covers all aspects of beginning breastfeeding. The cost of the breastfeeding class is included in the fee of the five-week Childbirth Education Class and the Unmedicated Birth Class. However, you need to register for the class separately. If you are not taking one of these childbirth classes, you may register for the breastfeeding class alone for $25 per two-person birthing team. Register online.
Care and Safety Classes
Infant/Mother Care and Safety Class
This informal three and a half hour class will provide expectant parents with practical, hands-on information about how to care for mom and infant, and safety topics. The first two hours will be spent covering what moms should expect after delivery and the care infants will need once at home. Expectant parents will learn hands-on how to bathe, diaper, dress, hold, comfort, and feed an infant. A pediatrician will also be covering medical concerns and answering questions. The last hour will be devoted to safety where expectant parents will learn hands-on about car seat safety and home safety. Parents will go home with a new newborn swaddler/sleep sac to use once their infant has arrived. Fee: $36 per person/two-person birthing team. Register online.
Totsaver — CPR for Infants and Children
This program teaches cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) techniques from the American Heart Association (AHA). It is designed to teach you how to recognize medical emergencies, seek emergency assistance for your infant and child, and how to perform CPR. A CPR manual is included. Follows AHA guidelines. Fee: $25 per person. If you have more than one person attending this class, each participant must be registered due to manikin availability. Those arriving for class who are not registered may not be able to attend. Register online.
Classes for Families
Fast Track to Fatherhood
This class is designed to cover the concerns a dad might have when adjusting to fatherhood. The open forum allows new and expectant dads to bring up any topic from health care concerns of the newborn, to coping with the stress of change, and much more. The light-humored atmosphere blended with great information will leave you feeling better about the wonderful challenge ahead. Sorry moms, this is just for the dads, so no girls allowed. Fee: $20 per person. Register online. Please note: This class is designed for first time dads. It does not satisfy requirements of a class for legal purpose.
Come discuss current trends in childbirth, infant care and home safety. Class also includes a tour of our birthing facility. Fee: $25 per two grandparents. Register online.
Big Brother/Big Sister Class
This class is designed to help children ages 3 to 8 years old prepare for family changes as they become big brothers or sisters. It includes a tour of the birthing center and plenty of time for questions and answers. During the flu season, which occurs from December to March, children must bring proof to class that they recently have had a flu shot and they must be free from illness and fever or they will not be able to tour the birthing center. Fee: $18 per child (includes a T-shirt). Register online.
Happiest Baby on the Block!
New babies are such a blessing, but they can also bring sleepless nights, crying and sometimes quite a bit of stress. In this innovative workshop you will be taught step-by-step how to help your newborn sleep better and how to soothe even the fussiest baby in minutes. Is it magic? A miracle? No, it’s a reflex! Learn how to turn on your newborn’s calming reflex – the extraordinary “off-switch” for crying that all babies are born with. It is best to attend during the last two months of pregnancy since the information is meant for the first three months of a baby’s life. Fee: $50 per single or two-person birthing team (includes a parent kit containing the HBOB video and “Soothing Sounds” CD). Register online.
“Talk” to your hearing baby/toddler with American Sign Language. Research has proven conclusively that once hearing babies and toddlers are taught to sign, their brains actually become more developed. Benefits include preverbal communication (as early as six months), earlier speech development, larger vocabularies, enhanced intellectual development, closer family bonding and less frustration (less crying, fewer tantrums!). Fee: $45 per single or couple (includes "Teach Your Child to Sign" DVD). Register online.
Your Baby’s Amazing Journey – the First 12 Months
Learn to navigate the challenging waters of infancy by exploring first year developmental milestones. Topics include head control, reach and grasp of objects, positions to enhance muscle development and ways to encourage receptive and expressive language through the use of baby sign language. Techniques for calming a fussy baby will focus on reading cues to determine signs of stress or signs of readiness to interact, and incorporate various methods of consoling a crying baby. Please bring a doll and a receiving blanket to the class. Fee: $35 per single or two-person birthing team. Register online.
Maternity Orientation and Tour
During these group sessions, you will be introduced to the maternity services available at Bethesda North Hospital or Good Samaritan Hospital and discuss what to expect during your stay. The tour includes the areas of Labor and Delivery and Postpartum of each hospital. It does not include a visit to the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Good Samaritan or the Harold and Margret Thomas Special Care Nursery at Bethesda North. This tour is appropriate for adults; tours for children are given with the Big Brother/Big Sister class.
Maternity orientation and tour group sessions are offered weekday evenings and Saturdays for new parents and parents new to TriHealth. To register for a group session, call 513 475 4500 or register online. If you plan to bring more than one significant other to the tour with you, then you cannot register online. You will instead need to call 513 475 4500 to register.
Private sessions are available for parents with special needs. For example: need for an interpreter or difficulty with English; expecting a baby with health issues; or special circumstances such as surrogate/adoption/teen mothers. To schedule a private session with a nurse care coordinator, please call 513 865 1526.
For all orientation sessions, please bring the completed hospital information received in the packet from your doctor/midwife’s office or you may mail it in to us. If you have not received a packet, please ask your doctor/midwife for one at your next appointment. No fee.
Fitness for Two
This class – offered at the TriHealth Fitness & Health Pavilion – is designed primarily for women who exercised before becoming pregnant and is tailored for pregnant and postpartum women. Certified instructors offer low-impact, step and water aerobics. Experts discuss training, nutrition and strategies to handle the common discomforts of pregnancy. A physician’s approval is necessary to participate in this program. Call 513 985 0900 ext. 0 to register.
Massage is a safe, natural method of easing the discomforts of pregnancy – before, during and after delivery. Research shows that pregnant women who receive massage therapy have fewer obstetric and postnatal complications. Our massage therapists are licensed by the Ohio Medical Board with certification in prenatal and postpartum massage. Classes offered at the TriHealth Fitness & Health Pavilion. The Benefits of massage include:
- Promoting movement of blood and lymph, which helps your heart, and reduces swelling and fluid retention.
- Reducing pain and pressure to the nervous system, relieving strain on your back muscles
- Before delivery, re-energizing you and clearing your thoughts to focus on the experience ahead.
At TriHealth, massage therapists from the TriHealth Fitness & Health Pavilion provide prenatal massage to women who are hospitalized prior to delivery, including prenatal moms experiencing high-risk pregnancies, or women admitted for induction of labor. Massage therapists will come to your hospital room by scheduled appointment. If you are having a prenatal massage, therapists will massage you by using a lower table and a pregnancy pillow that will help relieve pressure around your abdomen.
Prior to massage, it is important that you speak with your health care provider to ensure that massage is appropriate for you and your pregnancy.
Postpartum massage has a variety of benefits, including:
- Reducing musculoskeletal pain
- Decreasing postpartum depression
- Stimulating the uterus to return to its pre-pregnancy size and position
- Contributing to rehabilitation of abdominal skin, muscles and organs
- Stimulating chemicals in your body that improve breastfeeding
- Promoting structural realignment of your spine and pelvis
Massage sessions cost $70 for 60 minutes and $85 for 80 minutes. Pay by check or credit card at the time of your appointment. You may cancel your appointment at no charge with 12-hour notice. To schedule an appointment, call the TriHealth Fitness & Health Pavilion at 513 985 6772.
Newborn Massage Class
During our Newborn Massage Class a licensed therapist teaches massage techniques. Massaging your newborn helps build a foundation for a lifetime of positive communication with your child. Other benefits to your baby include:
- Better digestion, which may help your baby gain weight and grow faster
- Stimulation of the nervous system, which may promote muscle tone, coordination and brain function
- Special attention from you, which helps you grow closer to each other
- A calming effect, leading to deeper, more restful sleep
- Stimulation of the immune system
The cost of the Newborn Massage class is $25 for one adult and baby, or $40 for two adults and baby. You must bring your newborn to the class so correct technique can be taught. This class is most beneficial during your baby’s first month. Call 513 985 6736 to register.