Education and Support

Childbirth and Parenting Classes

PLEASE NOTE: All in-person classes in July and August have been canceled, but certain classes are being offered virtually via Zoom as indicated below. You can register for these classes as usual.

Please call Chrissy Coney at 941-782-2229 if you have questions about classes we cannot offer at this time. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Lakewood Ranch Medical Center offers education and support for expectant families before, during and after the birth experience.

All our Core Prenatal Classes are free for patients who are delivering at LWRMC with one of our obstetricians. You may still incur a fee for the Ancillary Classes per the discretion of the instructor. To register, or for questions regarding any of our prenatal classes, please call 941-782-BABY.

Patients should begin registering for the Core Prenatal Classes starting around 20 weeks and should start the classes around 28+ weeks so there is enough time to finish them within around 3-4 weeks of your due date.

The fees for classes (for patients who are not delivering at LWRMC) are as follows:

  • Infant CPR — $10 per person
  • Baby Care Basics — $20
  • Breastfeeding Basics — $20
  • Prepared Childbirth Series — $80
  • Package price for all of the Core Classes is $100 (savings of $40-$50!)

Patients must pre-register with the hospital prior to starting any Core Prenatal Class. Proof of registration may be requested at your first class.

Pre-register With the Hospital

Core Prenatal Classes

Preview Night

Families can learn about our Women’s Center, tour our labor and delivery area and sign up for childbirth classes.

Fee: Free, registration is required
Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Dates: Second Thursday of the month

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Prepared Childbirth Series

This series of classes is a comprehensive program designed to prepare a couple physically and mentally for birth. This is an experience not to be missed and is completely different from what is available on the internet or TV! Topics include pregnancy discomforts, preparing for physical changes, labor and delivery, and hospital policies and procedures. Couples will also learn about pain management techniques and anesthesia pain relief. This class will also help you train to cope with labor.

Fee: Free for patients delivering at LWRMC
Time: 6:30 – 9 p.m.
Dates: Five-week series

After registering on Eventbrite, you will be emailed a link for the Zoom meeting one or two days prior to the scheduled class. Please call the Birth Designer at 941-782-2229 if you have questions or trouble registering.

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Baby Care Basics

This class is designed to help parents get a head start on caring for their baby. Topics include: general infant care such as bathing and diapering, newborn appearance and characteristics, and a review of standard newborn tests and procedures.

Fee: Free for patients delivering at LWRMC
Time: 9 a.m. – noon
Dates: First Saturday of the month

After registering on Eventbrite, you will be emailed a link for the Zoom meeting one or two days prior to the scheduled class. Please call the Birth Designer at 941-782-2229 if you have questions or trouble registering.

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Breastfeeding Basics

Learn the most up-to-date information about getting started with breastfeeding. Discussion includes positioning and latching, general breastfeeding guidelines, pumping and storage and how to avoid problems.

Fee: Free for patients delivering at LWRMC
Time: 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

After registering on Eventbrite, you will be emailed a link for the Zoom meeting one or two days prior to the scheduled class. Please call the Birth Designer at 941-782-2229 if you have questions or trouble registering.

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Infant CPR for Friends and Family

Practice the proper techniques of infant CPR based on the latest recommendations from the American Heart Association®. This is a very popular class for parents, grandparents, siblings and babysitters. Please sign up early as classes fill quickly!

Fee: Free for patients delivering at LWRMC
Time: 6:30 - 8 p.m.

After registering on Eventbrite, you will be emailed a link for the Zoom meeting one or two days prior to the scheduled class. Please call the Birth Designer at 941-782-2229 if you have questions or trouble registering.

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Ancillary Classes

Nurturing Touch

This class can foster better bonding and attachment between you and your baby and a connection of love made possible through your baby's skin. It can help your baby sleep better, longer and deeper; reduce discomfort from colic, gas and constipation; cry and fuss less; improve muscle tone; and enhance neurological development.

Time: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Dates: TBD
Register: Please contact Patricia Cadolino Ramos at LMTPRO@hotmail.com or 631-379-8854.

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Hypnobabies

Hypnobabies is a six-week, 18-hour complete childbirth education course that teaches not only pregnancy and birth basics but also self-hypnosis techniques for an easier, more comfortable birth. With Hypnobabies, you'll learn real medical hypnosis techniques to help you have a more comfortable pregnancy, a calm and confident birth partner and an easier, empowering birth experience.

Time: 6:30 p.m.
Dates: TBD

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Prenatal Yoga Class

Classes are taught by an experienced, certified prenatal yoga instructor. Yoga is very well suited for pregnancy on several levels. In addition to building strength and endurance, expectant women learn relaxation, proper breathing, wellness and body awareness, all of which are not only extremely beneficial during pregnancy, but also during labor and delivery.

Fee: Please call 941-320-9867 for fee information
Time: 7 – 8 p.m.
Dates: Mondays


Aromatherapy and Essential Oils During Pregnancy and Labor

Learn how to use essential oils safely during pregnancy and labor. Registration is required.

Fee: Class is FREE. $20 to make and take home a "Sleepytime" roller, "Flu Away" roller and a "Healthy Hands" anti-bacterial spray.
Time: 10 a.m. – Noon
Date: TBD


Aromatherapy and Essential Oils for Baby and Me

Learn which oils are gentle enough for your baby and how to use them. Registration is required.

Fee: Class is FREE. $20 to make and take home diaper cream, tummy roller and a hormone recovery roller.
Time: 12 – 2 p.m.
Date: TBD


Love My Tummy Time

"Tummy Time" is the foundation for all other developmental skills. Not just gross motor skills like crawling, sitting and walking, but also fine motor skills, visual motor skills and cognitive skills too. Teach your baby to love "tummy time" and thrive with each new developmental milestone. Bring your questions and meet other moms. Classes are for babies one week to pre-crawling and their caregivers. Expectant parents are welcome.

For more information, please contact Erin Taylor at erintaylorpedsot@gmail.com or register online below.

Register Online


 

Little Nippers

Join us for a weekly informal gathering for moms/parents and their newborns. Our facilitator and other moms are available to offer support and suggestions for each other. An optional light lunch is provided courtesy of Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. No need for a reservation, just come by!

PLEASE NOTE: Little Nippers is currently being held weekly via Zoom. Join our Facebook page, "Little Nipper LWR" to see the Zoom link each week.

Fee: Free of charge
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Dates: Wednesdays


Postpartum Adjustment Support Group

This group is for women who find that the adjustment to becoming a new mother is a little more difficult than anticipated. Share, listen, cry and laugh with other new moms and a facilitator who is a Postpartum Adjustment Support Specialist. Babies and children up to age three are welcome.

Time: 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Dates: Thursdays

For more information, please contact Sarah Checcone at peacemakersrq@gmail.com.


Dancing for Birth Class

Dancing for Birth classes are fun and gentle exercises that everyone can enjoy, even if they don’t think they can dance. This class is the perfect balance of movement, body awareness, baby bonding and fellowship. You’ll be surprised at the numerous benefits dancing provides for you during pregnancy, labor and postpartum recovery!

*Bring snacks to share!*

Fee: $10 or donations for Mothers Helping Mothers (toiletries, diapers, new or lightly used item; no food please)
Date: May 16, 2020
Time: 11 am – Noon (or later)

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Family Music with Miss Kris

Children are naturally drawn to music and are inherently musical. By engaging your children in music and movement classes, you are not only giving them a “leg up” on their musical development, but on other educational pursuits as well.

Packages available a la carte or bundled.

Wednesdays
Spring Session: May 13 – June 17
Summer Session: July 1 – August 12 (no class July 15)
Half Session: $56
Full Session: $99
Toddlers: 9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Infants: 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

Sundays
Spring Session: May 3 – June 14
Summer Session: June 28 – August 9 (no class July 12)
Half Session: $56
Full Session: $99
Toddlers: 9:15 – 10:00 a.m. OR 10:15 – 11:00 a.m.
Infants: 11:15 – 12:00 p.m. OR 12:15 – 1:00 p.m.​

Location: Women's Center

For more information or to register for classes please contact:

Email: Musikgarten.Kristin@gmail.com
Facebook: @Musikgarten.MissKris
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Infant Sleep Class

Sleep is an essential requirement for babies to grow and develop properly. Learn evidence-based sleep techniques to help your sleepy tot get the sleep he or she needs. Topics include: soothing techniques, sleep obstacles, nap and sleep schedules, sleep training methods, optimal sleep environment and sleep regression. This class is for infants between the ages of two weeks to 12 months.

Fee: $20 per family
Time: 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., or 5:30 p.m.
Dates: Second Friday of the month

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Gestational Diabetes Class

If you’ve been diagnosed with gestational diabetes or elevated blood sugar in pregnancy, you’re not alone. This free class with a registered, licensed dietitian/nutritionist will teach you how to keep your blood glucose in a healthy range to protect you and your baby throughout pregnancy. Each class is approximately 90 minutes with time for Q & A.

Topics include gestational diabetes and the importance of maintaining normal blood sugar, how food affects blood sugar, which foods to eat, which foods to avoid or minimize, how to meal plan and recipe ideas.

Classes can be scheduled remotely via the Zoom meeting app. Contact Kay Renshaw, RD/LDN directly to schedule a time.

Email: kay4health@gmail.com
Phone: 813-624-224

Please call 941-782-BABY for more information or submit a quick and easy interest form to receive information from a Women's Center staff member.