Childbirth & Baby Care Classes

Wilmington Maternity Services

It doesn't matter how many children you’ve already had, a baby is always a new experience. Saint Francis Healthcare’s childbirth and baby care classes coach expectant mothers on what to expect during pregnancy and labor as well as advice on how to care for their newborn. We offer numerous classes open to both new and experienced mothers. The first few months of a baby’s life are critical for both you and the child. Learning more about what to expect from an infant will help you feel more confident and avoid unnecessary stress.

All classes are held at Saint Francis Hospital and at the North Wilmington Women’s Center on Foulk Road. For more information on any of our childbirth education classes, please call 302.421.4848.

Labor & Delivery – Childbirth Readiness Classes

This class is designed to provide basic information about the labor and birth process, including coping skills. There is a lot of information about the birthing experience out there, and not all of it is accurate. In this class, you will have a chance to learn more about labor from healthcare professionals and ask questions about things you may have heard regarding childbirth.

This class can teach you more about:

  • The labor process
  • The relationship between mother and labor coach
  • Breathing techniques and other relaxation tools to help you during labor
  • How labor is handled on the doctor’s end
  • Information about unexpected labor events

Class information:

  • Four two-hour sessions. Weekday evenings from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Cost: $60 Registration Form

Buttons & Bows – All About the Baby

This class focuses on how to care for your newborn. There are several things that will arise when raising a baby that you will never expect, but our experienced caregivers can help you anticipate some of the common issues that arise for new parents. Expectant parents get a valuable head start by getting a realistic picture of life after the birth of their baby.

During this class you will learn:

  • How to bathe and dress your newborn
  • How to stimulate and comfort your infant
  • How to identify signs of illness
  • Normal behavior capabilities of your infant

Class information:

  • One two-hour session. Weekday evening from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Cost: $15 Registration Form

Breastfeeding Your Baby

Breastfeeding is a great way to jumpstart your baby’s immune system and create a bonding experience. Getting your baby to breastfeed is not as easy as it may sound. It can be hard to tell when your baby is latching and whether or not they are getting enough nourishment during the feeding. We help mothers learn the basics of breastfeeding and how to encourage your newborn to start latching right away.

This class will help you with:

  • Breast preparation and positioning
  • Latching on
  • Common nursing concerns
  • Factors affecting milk supply
  • Basic milk collection

Class information:

  • One two-hour session. Weekday evening from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Cost: $15 Registration Form