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Before The Baby Arrives                              After the Baby's Birth                                      

Prepared Childbirth Education


Designed to help you and your partner prepare for your birth experience. Topics include: how to know when you are in labor, positioning and comfort techniques to facilitate a smooth delivery, pain relief options, delivery and care of mother after delivery. Ideal is to finish class 4 weeks before baby’s due date. An OB Tour is included.


Baby Care Basics


This two-hour class focuses on teaching parents all about newborn care. Increase your confidence and abilities with instruction on bathing and diapering, newborn sleep cycles, safe sleep, calming a crying baby, and infant growth and communication.


Breastfeeding Basics


This two-hour class focuses on what to expect when getting started breastfeeding, benefits for mothers and babies, effective positioning and latch techniques, baby-led feeding, maintaining a milk supply and other practical considerations. Support persons are encouraged to attend with mothers.


OB Tour

An opportunity for you to see, first-hand, our Labor & Delivery and Mother-Baby Units. Registration is required and limited to 2 adults per registration. Due to our infection control policy, no children under the age of 12 are permitted on the patient units for this Tour.

This same Tour is included in all Prepared Childbirth classes.



Big Sister / Big Brother Class (3 – 10 yr old)


For children expecting a new brother or sister. Various activities are provided to help teach children about welcoming and caring for a new baby in the family. Safety topics are included. A children’s tour of the maternity unit is included.


Daddy 101


This workshop is ‘for dads by dads’ . Our returning dads come back with their babies to share their experience from the last stages of pregnancy through the big day and the first few months. Topics include responsible fatherhood, mom’s changes, making time, newborn care, safety, your concerns, finances, parents and in-laws, and community resources. “This is my third son, and I still went away with great information” – Participant, Daddy 101. Fee: Free.


Infant CPR


Should be considered a must for all parents, grandparents and babysitters. Infant CPR Anytime is for new parents, grandparents, family members and anyone who wants to learn lifesaving infant CPR and choking skills. It is not for certification purposes. Skills are taught in a dynamic group environment by using the AHA’s research-proven practice-while-watching technique, which provides students with the most hands-on CPR practice time possible.


Newborn Care for Grandparents


A new baby in the family! This time you are becoming a 'grandparent 'instead of a 'parent'. You may ask, " What has changed since I was the parent of a newborn?" You are invited to attend this class to learn about the latest recommendations around newborn care and safety. Discussions on feeding, bathing, sleep, skin care, car seats, and much more will be included.



Breastfeeding Support and Latch Clinics


3 free clinics are offered providing a ‘hands on’ approach with an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Drop in or stay the whole time. You may weigh your baby, see how much milk the baby transfers while breastfeeding, get assistance with latch, ask questions about breastfeeding or simply visit with other breastfeeding mothers.

No registration is needed. Class is free.

Tuesdays: 2pm-3:30pm at the Waldemere Medical Plaza – 2nd floor (see map)

Fridays: 9:30am – 11 am at Forty Carrots Family Center / 1500 South Tuttle / Sarasota.

First Tuesday of each month: 6:00-7:30pm

at the Waldemere Medical Plaza - 2nd floor

(see map)



Mother / Baby Group


Please join us as we share the celebrations and challenges of being a new or veteran mom. Listen to stores, learn new tips and get reassurance that you really are doing the best for your baby! Free and no registration is needed/ every Wednesday


Times: Group 1: 11am – Noon (3 weeks - crawling)

Group 2: 12:30 – 1:30pm (crawling to 1 year )

Where: Waldemere Medical Plaza – 2nd floor (see map)








Big Sister / Big Brother Class (3 – 10 yr old)


(Would be beneficial after baby’s birth too!)





 Daddy 101

(Dads may attend this group until baby is 1 year of age.)








Infant CPR             


(May be taken after baby’s birth)










Newborn Care for Grandparents


(May be taken after baby's birth)