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.

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 941-782-2229.

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.

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

Preregister 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:

  • Thursday, August 8
  • Thursday, September 12
  • Thursday, October 10
  • Thursday, November 14
  • Thursday, December 12

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, hospital policies and procedures. Couples will also learn about pain management techniques and anesthesia pain relief.

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

  • July 16 – August 6
  • September 17 – October 8
  • November 19 – December 10

Prepared Childbirth Weekend Crash Course

This course is 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, hospital policies and procedures. Couples will also learn about pain management techniques and anesthesia pain relief.

Fee: Free for patients delivering at LWRMC
Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Dates:

  • Saturday, October 26
  • Saturday, January 11, 2020

Xtra TLC — Training for Labor Coping

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

  • Tuesday, September 10
  • Tuesday, November 12

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:

  • Saturday, August 3
  • Saturday, September 7
  • Saturday, October 5
  • Saturday, November 2
  • Saturday, December 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: Free for patients delivering at LWRMC
Time: 6:30 – 9 p.m.
Dates:

  • Thursday, August 15
  • Thursday, September 19
  • Thursday, October 17
  • Thursday, November 21
  • Thursday, December 19

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: Free for patients delivering at LWRMC
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Dates:

  • Monday, August 5
  • Monday, September 2
  • Monday, October 7
  • Monday, November 4
  • Monday, December 2

Ancillary Classes

Nurturing Touch

This series of three classes 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: Three-week series on Tuesday August 6, 13 and 20

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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: Six-week series on Wednesday August 21 – September 25

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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: Saturday, July 27


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: Saturday, July 27


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.

Dates:

  • The first Thursday of each month
  • The second Monday of each month

Time:

  • 11 a.m. (Thursdays)
  • 6 p.m. (Mondays)

Fee: $30

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Are We Interfering with Infant Development? Links Between Motor Milestones and Learning Skills

This class is ideal for expectant parents, but parents of newborns are also encouraged to attend. Learn key information that will help your baby succeed with motor development starting day one.

Fee: $15 per couple or family
Time: 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Date: Monday, July 15

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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!

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

Please call 941-782-2229 for more information or submit a quick and easy interest form to receive information from a Women's Center staff member.