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The following childbirth and parenting classes are available at Bartlett.

Healthy Pregnancy Class

This two-week class helps women and their partners enjoy the healthiest pregnancy possible. Among the many topics, expect to learn about nutrition, exercise and what to avoid, along with physical and emotional changes.

Please note: You can take this any time during the pregnancy but may find it most valuable to enroll upon learning you are pregnant.

Schedule: Mondays, 6 to 8 p.m. New classes generally begin on the first Monday of every other month.

Childbirth Preparation Class

Childbirth is an exciting and challenging journey in the life of a family. This six-week class will help you prepare for it. Join one of our classes to learn about:

  • What to expect during birth.
  • Relaxation, positioning and pain coping skills to help facilitate the birth process.
  • How to support the birthing mother.
  • Labor variations and medical interventions.
  • A tour of Bartlett Beginnings Family Birth Center.
  • Bonding, postpartum, infant CPR and more.

Schedule: Thursdays, 6:30 to 9 p.m. New classes generally begin on the first Thursday of every other month. We recommend that parents plan to complete the class by at least four weeks before their due date.

Childbirth Preparation: Intensive Weekend Series

For those parents who cannot participate in the traditional six-week series, we offer a weekend intensive class: Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. It covers the same topics as our six-week series, but due to time constraints does not include infant CPR.

Schedule: This series is offered twice each year—in the spring and fall. We recommend that if at all possible, you complete these classes at least four weeks before your due date. 

Online Childbirth Preparation Class

Can’t come to class? A great alternative for parents needing a flexible class schedule, this interactive, web-based class uses videos, personal birth stories, and animations to help prepare you for the birth. Your eClass registration includes:

  • Online access for eight weeks.
  • One on-site class, which includes a tour, Q&A time with our childbirth educator/ registered nurse and pain coping practice.

This class is offered three to four times per year. (After or during the eClass, you can register online for the Childbirth eLearning Completion Class.)

Breastfeeding Success and Newborn Care Class

This three-week class series will help give new parents the knowledge and confidence to give their baby the special gift of breastfeeding. We cover preventing common problems, newborn care, what to expect while in the hospital and once home, infant brain development, car seat safety, and returning to work and breastfeeding.

Schedule: Monday evenings, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Classes are scheduled every other month. We recommend that parents plan to complete the class by at least four weeks before their due date.

Baby Parent Time

A weekly parenting and baby play group for parents and their babies. Group topics come from class participant’s questions and concerns and include topics such as travel with baby, infant brain development and games to play with baby.

Baby Parent Time gives parents the opportunity to bring their concerns to a professional nurse while sharing information and ideas with other new parents. Come make new friends and give baby some infant social time too.

Schedule: Thursday, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Group is ongoing and all parents are welcome. Come with baby, your questions, and prepare for some fun! Registration is not required.

Toddler Play Group

A weekly parenting and toddler play group for parents and their babies aged 1 to 3 years. Group topics come from parents’ questions and concerns, such as discipline, travel with a toddler, weaning, activities for toddlers and speech development.

Schedule: Mondays, 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. Classes are ongoing and held at Northern Light Church, 400 W. 11th St., Juneau. Bring your toddler, your questions, and be prepared for fun! Registration not required.

Dads ’n’ Kiddos Play Group

This fathers’ group gives dads time with their infants or toddlers in a safe, fun atmosphere. Topics of interest to fathers are discussed, such as saving for college, brain development, toddler-proofing your home, car seat safety, discipline, etc.

Schedule: Generally the first Saturday of each month, 9 to 11 a.m. Classes are held at Northern Light Church, 400 W. 11th St, Juneau. Dad, bring your baby or toddler and be ready for a good time! Registration not required.

Just for Dads Class

During this one- to two-week class for expectant fathers, new fathers share their experiences about the birthing process and parenting an infant. They share parenting skills such as diapering, calming and bathing an infant. We also cover the importance of the father’s role in his child’s development, along with infant massage and other topics.

Schedule: Wednesday evenings, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Classes are scheduled every other month. 

To register, emailstaffdevelopment@bartletthospital.org. Include the email address where you want your class e-vite sent. For questions, call 907-796-8422.

For information about Bartlett Beginnings, go to www.bartletthospital.org/beginnings.

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