Education and Support

Childbirth and Parenting Classes

Lakewood Ranch Medical Center offers education and support for expectant families before, during and after the birth experience. Please call 941-782-2229 for more information or to register for any of the opportunities listed below.

We offer a special package for two that includes the following classes: Prepared Childbirth, Breastfeeding, Baby Care Basics and Infant CPR for $100. That’s a savings of at least $20!

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:

  • Tuesday, October 17

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 completely different from what is available on the internet or TV! Topics include pregnancy discomforts, preparing for physical changes, labor and delivery, hospital policies and procedures. Couples will also learn about pain management techniques and anesthesia pain relief.

Fee: $70 for series (weeknights). Registration is required.
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Dates:

  • Tuesdays, November 14 - December 12

Prepared Childbirth Weekend Crash Course

Fee: $70, registration is required.
Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Dates: Saturdays (Note: This class will run for one day)

  • November 11
  • December 16

Xtra TLC

This class provides the opportunity to learn and practice additional techniques and ideas for coping with the pain and stress of labor. The class was created to help women and their partners gain more confidence in their involvement in the labor and birth process, whether it is a medicated, minimally medicated or non-medicated experience.

Fee: Included in Prepared Childbirth Class, or $15 if not enrolled in Prepared Childbirth. Registration is required.
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Date:

  • Monday, October 16
  • Tuesday, December 19

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: $15 for class, registration is required.
Time: 9 a.m. – noon
Dates:

  • Saturday, October 7
  • Saturday, November 4
  • Saturday, December 2

Breastfeeding Classes

Learn the most up-to-date information about what to expect when breastfeeding your newborn. Topics include getting started, nursing discreetly and ways to manage nursing while working.

Fee: $15 for class, registration is required.
Time: 6:30 – 9 p.m.
Dates:

  • Tuesday, October 10
  • Thursday, November 9
  • Thursday, December 21

HypnoBirth Class Series

HypnoBirthing is as much a philosophy as it is a technique for achieving a satisfying, relaxing and stress-free birth. Through a very simple program of self-hypnosis and education, women and their birthing companions learn the art and joy of experiencing birth in a more comfortable manner.

For best results, it is recommended that this class be taken as early as your sixteenth week, however it may be taken anytime during your pregnancy

Fee: $80 per couple
Time: 6:30 - 9 p.m.
Dates:

  • Wednesdays, October 25 - November 29 (No class November 22)

Infant CPR

Get hands-on practice in the proper techniques of infant CPR based on the latest recommendations of the American Heart Association. This is a very popular class for parents, grandparents, siblings and babysitters. Please sign up early as classes fill rapidly!

Fee: $10 per person, registration is required.
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Dates:

  • Thursday, October 19
  • Thursday, November 16
  • Thursday, December 21

Increase the Peace — Parenthood Prep

Fun, informative and interactive, “Increase the Peace” will give you valuable insights about each other's personality types and lay a new foundation for an even better, more rewarding relationship as you begin your parenting roles.

Fee: $60 per person, $80 per couple, registration is required. Call 941-782-2229 to register.
Time: Noon - 4 p.m.
Dates:

  • Saturday, October 28
  • Saturday, November 18

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.

Dates: Mondays
Fee: Please call 941-782-2229 for fee information.
Time: 6 – 7 p.m.

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: 6 - 8 p.m.
Dates:

  • Tuesday, October 24
  • Monday, November 6
  • Thursday, December 7

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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: 10 a.m. - noon
Dates:

  • Saturday, October 14
  • Saturday, November 11
  • Monday, December 11

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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.

Fee: $20
Time: 11 a.m. – noon
Dates:

  • Thursday, November 2
  • Thursday, December 7

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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!

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

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.

Dates: Thursdays
Time: 9:30 – 11 a.m.