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Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Polson, Montana offers birth and family classes to pregnant moms. Learn about the classes and sign up online.

Childbirth Classes

Providence St. Joseph Medical Center offers education classes to ease your way into this new stage of your life. Our classes are taught by certified childbirth educators and are designed to prepare you and give you peace of mind during these next exciting phases of your life, from pre-delivery to life with a baby at home. Space is limited. Registration is required.  

Prenatal Birth Classes

Childbirth Preparation: Labor, Birth and Postpartum Healing (six-week series)

This six-week class series will help prepare you and your partner for what to expect in labor and birth. This class explores the physical, mental and emotional process of labor and will enrich your understanding of what your body and baby do throughout the birthing process. You’ll receive an overview of what to expect in a delivery at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center’s The Nesting Place and a tour of our facility.

  • Week 1: Introduction
    Introductions, class overview, and exploration of self-care practices that support your remaining weeks of pregnancy and readiness for labor and birth.
  • Week 2: Stress Reduction
    Understanding the impact of stress on your pregnancy, baby and birth experience. You’ll deepen your understanding of your own personal coping styles and how to tap into your unique strengths in labor.
  • Week 3: Preparing for Birth
    Getting ready for labor, birth and baby and recognizing the signs of labor. Understanding contractions; what they are, what they feel like, how to time them, and how to work with them. What to expect in admission and care at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center's The Nesting Place and bringing focus to your personal goals and preferences for birth.
  • Week 4: Basics of Birth
    Understanding what’s happening to your body and baby in each stage of labor and birth and the practices and positions that support healthy birth progression. Exploring your options for medical pain relief and comfort, as well as your options for natural childbirth.
  • Week 5: Postpartum Recovery
    What to expect in the physical, mental and emotional process of healing after the birth of your baby. We’ll include tips for a healthy recovery and transition to parenthood.
  • Week 6: Birth Relaxation
    Exploration and practice of all the major styles of labor breathing and relaxation, and a rich understanding of how to use these practices in any and all types of birth.

Partners are welcomed and encouraged to attend to learn how to actively support throughout labor and birth. We believe that knowing what to expect in labor, how to prepare, understanding your choices and building confidence in your ability to birth your baby will help make labor and birth a healthy, empowering and joyful experience.

Details and Registration:

This is a six-week class series meeting Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dress comfortably. Partners are encouraged but not required to attend. Registration for this class is required and space is limited.

Register Now for the Six-Week Childbirth Preparation Class »   

Childbirth Preparation: Labor, Birth and Postpartum Healing (one-day Saturday intensive)

Our one-day childbirth preparedness class is an alternative to the six-week series for those who need or prefer to receive their birth education and support in a shorter time frame. This class explores the physical, mental and emotional process of labor and will enrich your understanding of what your body and baby do throughout the birthing process. You’ll receive an overview of what to expect in a delivery at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center and a tour of our facility.

We’ll explore:

  • Basic self-care practices that support your remaining week of pregnancy and readiness for labor and birth.
  • Early signs of labor and when to call.
  • What to expect in admission and care at The Nesting Place.
  • Understanding what is happening to your body and baby in each stage of labor and birth.
  • Exploring your options for medical pain relief and comfort, as well as your options for natural childbirth.
  • Introduction and practice of the main styles of labor breathing and relaxation, and an understanding of how to use these practices in any and all types of birth.
  • What to expect in the physical, mental and emotional process of healing after the birth of your baby.
  • Tips for a healthy recovery and transition to parenthood.

Partners are welcomed and encouraged to attend to learn how to actively support throughout labor and birth. We believe that knowing what to expect in labor, how to prepare, understanding your choices, and building confidence in your ability to birth your baby will help make labor and birth a healthy, empowering and joyful experience.

Details and Registration:

This is one-day Saturday class meeting from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Partners are encouraged but not required to attend. Registration for this class is required and space is limited.

Register Now for the One-Day Childbirth Preparation Class » 

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Prenatal Infant Care Classes

Breast-feeding: Getting Off to a Good Start/Newborn Care Basics

This is a one-evening class, combining breastfeeding and newborn care. Partners are encouraged, but not required to attend.

"Breastfeeding: Getting Off to a Good Start" is designed for mothers who plan to breast-feed and for those that have not yet made the decision, but want to learn more. Topics covered include the benefits of breastfeeding, a baby’s nine instinctive stages the first hour after birth, benefits of holding baby skin-to-skin and solutions to commonly encountered breastfeeding difficulties. A support person is encouraged to attend, but not required.

And in our "Newborn Care Basics" class, we’ll explore basic care for your newborn and the standard procedures of baby care at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center’s The Nesting Place. From the first moments after birth to the weeks that follow at home, you’ll discover ways to ease your baby’s transition into the world, enhance your understanding of how to read your newborn’s signs and cues and develop confidence in your ability to meet your infant’s basic needs. Both parents-to-be are encouraged to attend this class together, though single participation is most welcomed. This is the space for all of your questions about what happens after baby comes.

Details and Registration:

This is a one-evening class meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Partners are encouraged but not required to attend. Registration for this class is required and space is limited.

Register Now for the Polson Breast-Feeding/Newborn Care Class »

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