Classes

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Classes

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 for classes at Bethesda North or Good Samaritan Hospitals. You may register for a class online. Please register in advance to assure your preferred session. Some classes fill quickly.

To learn about Baby Bound classes offered at McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital, call 513 524 5689. For more information about Baby Bound, click here.

Childbirth Preparation Classes

Cesarean Delivery Class

This class is cosponsored by the Childbirth Education Association(CEA) and is free with registration for a CEA childbirth Class.  

This 90 minute class prepares you for either a scheduled or unplanned cesarean birth. This class explores the reasons for a cesarean birth and what to expect before, during and after birth.

Fee: $25
Class location: Good Samaritan Hospital 
Class time: Third Wednesday of the month 7-8:30 p.m. 
Register Online

Five-Week Childbirth Series

This class is cosponsored by the Childbirth Education Association(CEA).  

This five-week series will help prepare you for your birth experience and empower you with the knowledge you need to make informed decisions. In our interactive classes you will learn:

  • Prenatal and infant nutrition
  • How to know when you are in labor
  • What will happen in the hospital
  • Comfort techniques to cope with labor and ways your coach can help
  • What your options are concerning medication and other interventions
  • What you can expect after delivery for you and your baby

Breastfeeding and cesarean delivery classes are offered free of charge with registration.
Fee: $95
Class location: Good Samaritan Hospital and Bethesda North Hospital
Class time: 7-9 PM
For your comfort, bring two bed-size pillows and a blanket to class.
Register Online 

Individual Childbirth Preparation

This class is cosponsored by the Childbirth Education Association(CEA).  

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.

Multiples Childbirth Twins or More

This class is designed to meet the special needs of parents who are having twins or more. Topics covered include bedrest, testing, medications, delivery, breastfeeding and providing breastmilk, Newborn Intensive Care Unit/ Special Care Nursery, and coping with preemies. Fee: $25.00. Register online.

One-Day Childbirth Class

This class is cosponsored by the Childbirth Education Association(CEA).  

Do you want information about labor and delivery but are short on time? This class provides the information in a condensed format. In our interactive classes you will learn:

  • Prenatal and infant nutrition
  • How to know when you are in labor
  • What will happen in the hospital
  • Comfort techniques to cope with labor and ways your coach can help
  • What your options are concerning medication and other interventions
  • What you can expect after delivery for you and your baby

Breastfeeding and cesarean delivery classes are offered free of charge with registration
Fee: $95
Class location: Good Samaritan Hospital and Bethesda North Hospital
Class time: Saturday 9 AM-4 PM
For your comfort, bring two bed-size pillows and a blanket to class
Lunch is not included
Register Online

Postpartum-ology

-demystifying the postpartum period

In the months leading up to the arrival of your baby, it’s easy to become immersed in educating yourself about the actual birth. However, many parents are caught off guard by the realities of the postpartum weeks and can find themselves feeling confused, exhausted, and overwhelmed. This class, led by a postpartum doula and mother of four, discusses:

  • What to expect the first week
  • Taking care of you!
  • Decoding “baby speak”
  • Typical first month challenges
  • Calming & soothing your newborn
  • Partner needs & expectations
  • When to seek lactation assistance

Classes are offered Wednesdays from 6:45-8:45 p.m. at Bethesda North Hospital.
$25 per single or couple. Resister online

TriHealth All-Day Childbirth Class

The content of this one-day class is designed to prepare you for your labor and delivery. This course uses education material that is interactive and covers essential information on anatomy, labor, medical procedures, comfort techniques, newborns, postpartum and much more. The class discusses ways partners can help throughout the process. There are interactive activities in the class material, such as videos, animations, and much more. You’ll also get a sense of what labor is really like as you watch birth stories. You will also receive a maternity tour as part of this class. Lunch is not included. Fee: $70 per two-person birthing team. Register online

Understanding Birth Online eChildbirth Class

Can’t come to a childbirth class? We’ll bring it to you! Consider the Understanding Birth eClass your go-to guide for answers you can trust on childbirth. This interactive online course covers essential information on labor, medical procedures, comfort techniques, newborns, postpartum and much more. The course also highlights ways partners can help throughout the process. You’ll also get a sense of what labor is really like as you watch several birth stories. There are many interactive activities you will have access to, such as videos, animations, quizzes, relaxation exercises, and much more. You can access the eClass from any computer or mobile device with an Internet connection. It is advised that you enroll in this class at 28-32 weeks gestation. Allow 4-6 hours to complete. Thank you to the Good Samaritan Guild for their generous funding support for this program. Fee: $60 per single or two-person birthing team. If registering after 4 p.m. or on weekends, your invitation to the online eclass will arrive the next business day. Register online

Unmedicated Childbirth Class

This class is cosponsored by the Childbirth Education Association(CEA).  

This six-week series is specifically designed to help couples achieve their goal of an unmedicated birth through knowledge and practice of relaxation and breathing techniques, beneficial positions for labor and birth, plus other coping skills for drug-free pain management.  In our interactive class you will learn:

  • Prenatal and infant nutrition
  • How to know when you are in labor
  • What will happen in the hospital
  • Comfort techniques to cope with labor and ways your coach can help
  • What your options are concerning medication and other interventions
  • What you can expect after delivery for you and your baby

Breastfeeding and cesarean delivery classes are offered free of charge with registration
Fee: $100
Class location: Good Samaritan Hospital
Class time: Tuesdays or Wednesday  7-9 PM
For your comfort, bring two bed-size pillows and a blanket to class
Register Online

Breastfeeding Classes

Breastfeeding Class

This class is cosponsored by the Childbirth Education Association(CEA) and is free with registration for a CEA childbirth Class. All instructors are IBCLC‘s(International Board Certified Lactation Consultants) or CLC‘s (Certified Lactation Counselors)
Although breastfeeding is a natural experience for mom and baby, it is a learned skill. Your birth partner is encouraged to attend this class with you. Together you will learn:

  • How to recognize if the baby has a good latch
  • How to know if the baby is getting enough milk
  • Where to find help for breastfeeding concerns
  • Tips for returning to work or school

Fee: $25
Class location: Good Samaritan Hospital and Bethesda North Hospitals
Class time: Tuesday and Wednesday 7-9 PM, Saturday 9:30-11:30 AM
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 part of the class 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 part will be devoted to safety where expectant parents will learn hands-on about car seat safety and home safety. CPR is not covered in this class. 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

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 the infant, child, and adult in your life, 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. 

Today's Grandparents

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 3.5 years old and up 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 time of Flu Visitor Restrictions(December-March), only siblings can attend this class. The sibling needs to be free from illness, have been immunized against the flu, and documentation of that flu immunization needs to be provided at the time of the class. Fee: $18 per child (includes a T-shirt). Please have your child bring their favorite stuffed animal or doll to practice with in the class. Register online

Educational Workshops 

Baby's Amazing Journey – the First 12 Months

This eye-opening workshop helps new parents navigate the challenging waters of infancy by offering insightful tips to guide you through your baby’s first 12 months of development, helping your child reach their fullest potential. Topics include: how your infant’s motor, cognitive, language, and emotional development affects all aspects of their learning, ways to encourage receptive and expressive language through the use of baby sign language, calming techniques and how to read signs of stress before fussiness begins, and expected first year developmental milestones as well as fun ways to promote them! Fee: $35 per single or two-person birthing team. Register online.

Exercise classes

Group Water Classes at the Fitness Pavilion

Monthly group water classes are available in the main 25 meter lap pool at the award-winning TriHealth Fitness & Health Pavilion located at I-71 and Pfeiffer Road in Montgomery. Classes are taught by certified instructors. Participants need a physician consent form in order to participate. Classes are free for members and guests are welcome to purchase guest passes as follows: $20 per day, $50 for one-week pass or any 10 nonconsecutive classes/visits for $140.

  • Call 513 246 2642 for additional information.

Aquababies

After taking some time for you and your new bundle, come to the TriHealth Fitness & Health Pavilion and get baby accustomed to the water with our Aquababies class for babies ages 3 months to 3 years. Held in our 90-degree warm water pool, this class teaches baby how to love the water at an early age. An adult must be in the water with the child. All instructors are certified by the American Red Cross. Fee: $75 Pavilion members; $100 for non-members.

Interested in membership? Memberships are offered with no contracts and a Temporary Maternity Membership Leave of absence is available at no cost. Request a Quote today. Stop by any time or call 513 985 0900 for additional information. TriHealth.com/FitnessPavilion

Massage Services

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. Services are 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.

Prenatal Massage

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.

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 

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 $94 for 90 minutes. Payment by credit card is required at the time of scheduling for in-hospital services. You may cancel your appointment at no charge with 12-hour notice. To schedule an appointment, call the TriHealth Fitness & Health Pavilion at 513 246 2633.

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. During the time of Flu Visitor Restrictions, only siblings can attend this tour. The sibling needs to be free from illness, have been immunized against the flu, and documentation of that flu immunization needs to be provided at the time of the tour.  Due to the increase of Influenza and other respiratory illnesses, it is highly discouraged that children participate in the tours. Thank you for keeping everyone safe.

Maternity orientation and tour group sessions are offered weekday evenings and weekends 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. It is very important that our maternity tours start on time. If you find that you are going to be more than 15 minutes late, please plan on rescheduling your tour time. Please call 475-4500 on the next business day to reschedule your tour.

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 1525.

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.

 

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