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Childbirth Education Classes Childbirth Education Program

Sarasota Memorial offers a comprehensive range of expert-led educational courses to prepare families for baby’s arrival and to support them after the birth. The next best thing to an instruction manual for newborns, our courses include interactive instruction for parents-to-be, grandparents, and even siblings, to ensure that the whole family is ready to welcome baby home.

For the educational sessions, you'll need to sign-up in advance. We recommend signing up for classes by your second trimester and finishing them four weeks prior to your due date. Also, be sure to choose your preferred class location, Sarasota or North Port.  

To see our calendar of upcoming childbirth education offerings and to sign-up, click here.

If you have any questions, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions or email child-birth@smh.com.


Preparing for a New Baby: Pre-birth Courses

Prepared Childbirth Education: Designed to help expectant mothers and their partner or support person prepare for the birth experience, this course covers such topics as how to know when you are in labor, techniques to facilitate a smooth delivery, pain-management options and post-birth care for mom. The eight-hour class includes a tour of Labor & Delivery and Mother-Baby units. It is offered as an all-day Saturday class or as a four-week series (two hours once a week for four weeks). COST: $80 + processing fee
 
Baby Care Basics: This two-hour class teaches parents-to-be the essentials for caring for a newborn. Increase your confidence and new-parent know-how with instruction on bathing and diapering, newborn sleep cycles, swaddling, how to calm a crying baby, infant safety and more. COST: $50 + processing fee

Breastfeeding Basics: In this two-hour class, expectant moms and their partners learn what to expect, the benefits of nursing, positioning and latch techniques, how to maintain milk supply, and tips for breastfeeding success. COST: $45 + processing fee
 
Tour for Parents-to-Be: Come see, first-hand, our Labor & Delivery and Mother-Baby units during this free, 1.5-hour guided OB Tour. Two adults are allowed per registration, but due to our infection control policy, no children under 12 are permitted on the patient units for the OB Tour. COST: Free (Note: This tour is included in all Prepared Childbirth classes.)

 

Education for the Whole Family

Big Sister / Big Brother Class: Designed for kids ages 3 – 10, this two-hour class teaches siblings-to-be what to expect when baby arrives, how they can help out, and safety concerns to consider. A children’s tour of the maternity unit is included. COST: $25 + processing fee

Daddy 101: For dads, by dads, this free, three-hour workshop allows rookie dads to get insight from veteran fathers on the changes, challenges and joys that come with fatherhood. Topics include responsible fatherhood, mom’s changes, making time, newborn care, safety, finances, parents and in-laws, and community resources. COST: Free
 
CPR and Choking Rescue for Infants: This class is a must for all parents, grandparents and babysitters—whether you take it before baby arrives or after. Participants learn lifesaving infant CPR and choking first-aid skills, using the American Heart Association’s proven practice-while-watching technique. This provides participants with the most hands-on CPR practice time possible during the 1.5-hour class. Note: This is not a certification course. COST: $55 + processing fee

Newborn Care for Grandparents: Being promoted from parent to grandparent is such an exciting time! No doubt, many things have changed since you parented your newborn(s). In this two-hour class, grandparents learn the latest recommendations around infant care and safety. Topics also include feeding, bathing, sleep, skin care, car seats, and much more. COST: $40 + processing fee


New Parent Support

Breastfeeding Support and Latch Clinics: Need help with breastfeeding, or just affirmation that you’re on the right track? Join an international board-certified lactation consultant and other new moms at one of our free, weekly drop-in breastfeeding support and latch clinics. New moms will get one-on-one help and guidance. You can weigh your baby, see how much milk he/she is eating, ensure proper latch, get your nursing questions answered, or simply visit with other breastfeeding moms. No registration required. COST: Free 
Tuesdays — 2 - 3:30 pm, Waldemere Medical Plaza (2nd floor) 
Thursday — 2- 3:30 pm, Forty Carrots Parenting Center (1500 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota, FL)
First Tuesday of each month — 6 - 7:30 pm, Waldemere Medical Plaza (2nd floor)

(On days that Forty Carrots is closed, the meeting will be held at the Waldemere Medical Building.)  

Mother-Baby Support Group: Whether you’re a new mom or a veteran, the first year after baby’s arrival can be a rollercoaster. Bring baby along, and come share the celebrations and challenges of mommyhood during one of our free, weekly support groups. Listen to others’ stories, learn new tips and connect with others on the mom journey. Groups are split based on baby’s age/mobility. Meetings last an hour; come any time, and leave when you need to. No registration required. COST: Free
Every Wednesday, Waldemere Medical Plaza (2nd floor) 
Group 1 (3 weeks - crawling): 11 am - Noon 
Group 2 (crawling to 1 year): 12:30 - 1:30 pm 


Class Registration & Payment

For the courses that require it, you can sign-up and pay class fees by credit card online. If you need to pay by check, or are participating in the Healthy Start program, please call (941) 917-1700. In the event you need to cancel, full refunds will be made (minus a 10% processing fee), if the cancellation is received at least seven days prior to class start. 

Note: We reserve the right to cancel classes at any time.

For more information, call 941-917-1700 or email child-birth@smh.com.