Planning for Pregnancy Classes
Because we want you to be as comfortable and confident as possible in the days leading up to your baby's birth, during labor and when it's time to go home, UConn Health offers these preparing for pregnancy classes so you can learn what to expect.
Prenatal Breastfeeding Class
A class offered on breastfeeding for expectant parents led by a certified lactation consultant. Discussion topics include the benefits of breastfeeding, how to get started, and how the rest of the family can help the breastfeeding mother as well as how to continue breastfeeding and working. Class is held online via Zoom. Fee is $25.00/family.
Childbirth Education Class
The class will cover anatomy and physiology of pregnancy and labor, emotions of pregnancy, nutrition, fetal growth and development, comfort measures for labor, working with unexpected events in labor, cesarean delivery as well as practice of relaxation and breathing techniques for labor. Class is held online via Zoom. Fee is $75.00.
In this class you will learn what to expect in the immediate newborn period, topics discussed will be normal newborn characteristics, how to bathe your baby, how to change a diaper, swaddle, bottle feeding, and newborn testing that will be performed during your postpartum stay. Class is held online via Zoom. Fee is $25.00.
Infant massage has many benefits and has been shown to help babies sleep better, decrease fussiness and gassiness, improves digestion, and soothe and calm babies. In this class you will learn massage techniques and massage routines that will help you bond with your baby. Class is held online via Zoom. Fee is $25.00.
Comfort Measures for Labor
Being prepared with the right tools can help you feel more comfortable and confident when labor begins. This class will cover in depth techniques to help you cope with the discomforts of labor, including meditation and relaxation techniques, breathing exercises, massage techniques, progressive relaxation exercises, and guided imagery. Class is held online via Zoom. Fee is $25.00.
Introduction to Essential Oils
This introduction to essential oils will cover the history of essential oils, what an essential oil is, and uses for essential oils. You will learn how to use oils safely, ways to utilize oils, and about several different specific oils and the indication for use. Class is held online via Zoom. Fee is $25.00.
Safe Use of Essential Oils in Pregnancy, Birth, and Beyond
This class focuses on the safety of essential oil use during pregnancy. We will review which oils are safe and which are considered unsafe for pregnancy and discuss some indications of essential oils for moms in pregnancy, labor, and the postpartum period. Class is held online via Zoom. Fee is $25.00/family.
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Hospital Maternity Tours
While in person tours are currently not permitted due to COVID-19, we've created the ability to view our unit from the comfort of home.
Take a virtual tour of the Labor and Delivery Unit at UConn John Dempsey Hospital where we offer the private and intimate comforts of home but also advanced technology and specialized expertise in case you or your baby need them.
Becoming a new parent is exciting and challenging. Together we’ll learn what to expect – from welcoming your baby to first steps. Expecting moms and dads are invited to a supportive and educational group program on preparing for the transition from pregnancy to parenthood. This class does not replace hospital childbirth preparation classes.
Topics include: pregnancy and parenting adjustment, parent-child attachment, infant crying, infant feeding, infant sleeping, establishing routines, and postpartum planning/community resources. Parents receive free materials. Program is free and light snacks are included.
To register for the Prenatal Parenting program and for more information, visit the Parenting Program website.