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.

  • Tuesday, July 11
  • Thursday, July 27
  • Thursday, August 10
  • Wednesday, August 30
  • Tuesday, September 5
  • Thursday, September 21
  • Thursday, October 5
  • 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.

  • Mondays, July 10 - August 7
  • Mondays, September 11 - October 9

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)

  • July 22
  • August 26
  • September 23

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.

  • Thursday, June 22
  • Monday, August 14
  • Monday, October 16

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

  • Saturday, July 8
  • Saturday, August 5
  • Saturday, September 9
  • Saturday, October 7

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.

  • Thursday, July 6
  • Wednesday, August 16
  • Wednesday, September 6
  • Tuesday, October 10


HypnoBirthing is as much a philosophy of birth as it is a technique for achieving a satisfying, relaxing and stress free method of birthing. 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.

  • Wednesdays, September 13 - October 11

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.

  • Thursday, July 13
  • Thursday, August 24
  • Thursday, September 14
  • Thursday, October 19

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.

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.