Educational Opportunities for Expectant Families
Questions and Classes
As an expectant parent you may have questions about your pregnancy, birthing experience or other issues such as breastfeeding. Our staff is carefully trained to provide the highest quality medical care and is happy to answer any questions you may have 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Please note: Due to COVID-19, our parent education classes have been cancelled at this time. We will update when these classes resume.
Preparation for Breastfeeding Class
To better prepare for your arrival, pregnant women considering breastfeeding are encouraged to attend a free, informational class.
Participants learn to separate the facts about breastfeeding from the myths, gain insight into the benefits for the baby and understand what is required from the family. The classes, taught by a lactation specialist, is also full of practical information on the mechanics of breastfeeding and the nutritional needs of nursing mothers, as well as the use of breast pumps and other supplies. Fathers are also encouraged to attend because the decision to breastfeed will affect the entire family. After the baby’s birth, nursing mothers may come back to the class to ask questions about any issues they are experiencing.
Classes will be held on the third Thursday of every other month (except December) from 6 - 8 p.m. in the Auditorium. Please call 252.399.8887 for more information.
Childbirth Education Class
Having a baby is an exciting event. Our childbirth education class helps you to be fully involved in the birth of your baby. This class will prepare you and your loved ones with the facts about labor and delivery, including both information and techniques to handle the labor process. The class will also provide information about newborn care and breastfeeding support.
Childbirth classes also provide explanation of each state of labor, promoting better understanding and greater reassurance during childbirth. It is desirable, but not mandatory, for participants in the prepared childbirth classes to have a labor coach.The coach may be any person you feel will best assist you in delivery. The classes will still be helpful to those who do not have a labor coach.
Stay tuned for more information about resuming our Parent Education Classes.
Numbers to Know
Make an appointment with your health care provider today to discuss your unique women’s health issues. We encourage you to make a list of concerns to take to your appointment.
|Labor & Delivery||399-8236|
|Eastern Carolina Pediatrics||243-7944|
|Donna Cook, Director||399-8168|