Prepared Parenting Classes

2019 Prepared Parenting Class Schedule – St. Peter’s Regional Medical Center’s Education Center

St. Peter’s Health offers parents FREE classes taught by a variety of specialists and professionals to help parents with all preparations, expectations and details surrounding a new baby. All the classes are offered to moms and their partners (please no kids) – and no registration necessary!*

Come to one class or to all classes for FREE!  Classes are held four times per year in SPH Education Center. We encourage bringing water and snacks to each class. Unable to make the classes?  Please schedule an appointment with the specialists using the numbers under the classes and note all insurance/co-payment may apply to services for individual appointments. 

*Infant CPR/Choking Rescue requires registration at under CPR

WAC Unit Tour -- Suggested for 33 to 36 weeks gestation. This tour of the Women's and Children's Unit at St. Peter's Health is led by unit staff.  WAC includes nine labor and delivery/recovery/postpartum/newborn (LDRPN) suites. Each suite features a birthing bed, which allows mom to transition from labor to delivery to recovery in the same room. The WAC tours are held 3x/month.  Please go to the 4th floor WAC unit and meet in the family room.  Tours are 1/2 to 1 hour long

March = Fri 3/8 @ 5PM; Sat 3/16 @ 11:30AM; Sun 3/24 @ 1:30PM

April = Fri 4/5 @ 5PM, Sat 4/13 @ 11:30AM, Sun 4/28 @ 1:30PM

May= Fri 5/10 @ 5PM, Sat 5/18 @ 11:30AM, Sun 5/26 @ 1:30PM

June= Fri 6/7 @ 5PM, Sat 6/15 @ 11:30AM, Sun 6/23 @ 1:30PM

July= Fri 7/12 @ 5PM, Sat 7/20 @ 11:30AM, Sun 7/28 @ 1:30PM

August = Fri 8/9 @ 5PM, Sat 8/17 @ 11:30AM, Sun 8/25 @ 1:30PM

Childbirth Education  -- This 2-part class held 2 nights over two weeks is taught by SPH Women and Children’s nurses and covers a variety of labor topics including: signs and symptoms of labor, breathing and relaxation skills, pain management options, coach’s role during labor and C-sections.  Considering the popularity of this class -- it is held each month.

Childbirth Class 1+ 2 – Thursdays – 5:30 to 8:30PM -- Just come to one set of the dates below (closer to your due date is best).

March 7 + 14

April 11 + 18

May 16 + 23

June 13 + 20

July 11 + 18

August 15 + 22


 Pregnancy and Postpartum Nutrition -- This 1.5 hour class is taught by a Registered Dietitian to help moms both prenatally and postpartum understand proper nutrition, along with prevention and management of gestational diabetes.*
*Unable to attend? Schedule with a dietitian/CDE by calling 444-2116


May 6 - 6 to 7:30PM

August 5 - 6 to 7:30PM

November 4 - 6 to 7:30PM


Breastfeeding Basics -- This 2-hour class is led by our own SPH Family Nurse Practitioner and Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).  She discusses the benefits of breast milk, the anatomy and physiology of lactation, the elements that promote successful feedings, determining adequate milk intake and how to return to work while breastfeeding.*
*Unable to attend?  Schedule an appointment with Melissa Zimmerman, F.N.P.-C, IBCLC by calling 447-2783


May 14 - 5:30 to 7:30PM

August 27 - 5:30 to 7:30PM

November 19 - 5:30 to 7:30PM


Postpartum Recovery

Join a Women's Health Physical Therapist and a Behavioral Health Specialist for a 2-hour class to discuss useful tips and education to remedy discomforts and guard against pain and dysfunction during and after pregnancy and also prepare for any postpartum depression.*
*Unable to attend? Schedule an appointment with the Women's Health Physical Therapist by calling 444-2340 or schedule with the behavioral health specialist at 442-1914

Wednesday, May 29 -- 5:30 to 7:30PM

Wednesday, Sept 4 -- 5:30 to 7:30PM

Wednesday, Dec 4 -- 5:30 to 7:30PM


Child Car Seat Safety

This 2-hour class is led by a certified child passenger safety technician. This instruction helps parents to learn the basics of choosing the right seat for your child and your budget; proper seat installation and specifically which position to use, angle and how to secure; and appropriately fitting your child to the seat as it is more complex that the height, weight and age listed on the packaging.  Bring your safety seat to class!  Installation can be scheduled with instructor as installation NOT part of the class.

*Unable to attend or need assistance with car seat installation?  Contact Tracie at 406-324-1072  or


June 5 - 5:30 to 7:30PM

Sept 11 - 5:30 to 7:30PM

Dec 11 - 5:30 to 7:30PM


Infant CPR/Choking CPR - Classes held monthly!

Nothing is more frightening than having an unresponsive tiny infant.   Although you’ll hope to never have to use CPR on an infant, it’s important to learn the basics of what to do.  Join our very own certified American Heart Association instructors for a class aimed at giving you what you need to confidently deal with an unwanted situation.  This class does NOT provide certification and all attendees must register for the Prepared Parenting CPR class as space is limited.  Please visit and locate registration and information under CPR.

*Unable to attend?  Please call 444-2118 or 444-2375 to learn more about CPR certification




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