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Childbirth classes

Whether you are pregnant with your first baby or you've been through it before, childbirth classes can help you and your support partner gain confidence and a better understanding to approach childbirth with less anxiety and more confidence.

We offer several prenatal classes to help you from the start of your pregnancy until after your baby is born. You may register for classes at any time to reserve a spot, but should not attend until after 28 weeks. Individual circumstances will vary.

If you are unable to get into a class, please call our Perinatal Office at (608) 775-6878.

Register for Pregnancy & Birth classes

Class Offerings:

YMCA and GHS

After Baby: Restore You & Your Core ($50):This eight-week postpartum class will help rebuild your belly and pelvic muscles to return to ideal posture and movement; allow for safe return to exercise; and prevent conditions such as low back pain, bladder control problems and organ prolapse. Timely topics, such as personal identity, relationship changes and postpartum depression will also be discussed. Led by Gundersen physical therapists and YMCA fitness experts.

Basics of Baby Care ($20): This class is designed for expectant parents and is devoted to the care of your newborn. 

YMCA and GHS

Before Baby Basics ($50): This six-week prenatal course, led by a team of Gundersen and YMCA experts, covers topics including: stages of labor, birthing positions, labor preparation exercises, breathing techniques, breastfeeding and more. Mothers-to-be should be about 24-32 weeks along at the start of the class.

Essentials of Breastfeeding ($25): Our board certified lactation consultants guide you through the basics of breastfeeding and its benefits. 

Managing Your Labor Part 1 (no charge): This class is intended to give you an abbreviated version of childbirth.

Managing Your Labor Part 2 ($20): This 3-hour class will expand upon the knowledge you obtained from Managing Your Labor part 1 or is a good refresher class for anyone having another baby.

Managing Your Labor Parts 1 & 2 + Basics of Baby Care ($60): This is a comprehensive class that covers the majority of information from Managing Your Labor Part 1 & 2 plus provides an introduction to basics of baby care. 

Preparation for Childbirth & Baby ($60): This class includes the labor process, pain management, breathing techniques, massage, position changes and more.

Tours (No charge): Sign up for a tour of our Labor & Delivery and Postpartum Units. 

Water Birth (No charge): This is a highly recommended class if you are even considering water birth as it will help you decide whether water birth is the right choice for you. 

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