CLASSES AT ST. DAVID'S NORTH AUSTIN MEDICAL CENTER
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Lamaze Childbirth Education Classes

LAMAZE is the "GOLD STANDARD" worldwide in childbirth education.

For decades, clinical research and extensive studies have consistently shown that Lamaze-prepared women:

  • Had better birth outcomes,
  • Developed fewer complications requiring intervention,
  • Approached labor with greater confidence,
  • Reported that they felt a greater sense of calm and more capable of managing their labor, and
  • Expressed greater satisfaction with their birth experience (as did their birth partners).

Lamaze is the ONLY nationally and internationally accredited childbirth education program.

By enrolling in Lamaze Childbirth Education to prepare yourself and your partner for labor and the birth of your baby, you'll:

  •  Learn how to recognize the beginning of true labor, what to do should your "water break," when to call your doctor, when to go to the hospital and what to take, and which developments should be considered abnormal and the steps you should then   take;

  •  Understand the physical changes and range of motions you'll feel as labor progresses through each of its distinctive phases and stages;

  •  Develop skill at using proven Lamaze breathing and relaxation techniques and other comfort measures (massage, effleurage, changes in position) that will help you to better manage discomfort;

  •  Gain knowledge of possible interventions that may be suggested by your physician (such as induced labor, use of a vacuum extractor or fetal heart monitor, episiotomy, and Cesarean birth);

  •  Enjoy the comfort of having a knowledgeable birth partner who's better prepared to provide you with emotional and physical support during labor;

  •  Become familiar with the hospital's policies, practices, and procedures; and

  •  Tour the labor, birth, and nursery facilities at St. David's North Austin Medical Center.

You have two options:

       You can enroll in a three-week course that meets in the hospital on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9:30 p.m.
 
February 5, 12, & 19, 2014
 
April 2, 9, & 16, 2014
 
June 4, 11, & 18, 2014 (cancelled)
 
      Or, you can attend a one-time seminar held in the hospital on one Saturday or Sunday afternoon from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.
 
NOTE: The material presented in the three-week course will be presented in the seminar as well but in a slightly more condensed version. (Be assured, though, that you'll be very well prepared for labor and birth should you choose to attend a seminar.)

January 4, 2014 (Saturday)

January 19, 2014 (Sunday)

February 1, 2014 (Cancelled)

February 16, 2014 (Sunday)

March 1, 2014 (Saturday)

March 16, 2014 (Sunday)

April 5, 2014 (Saturday)

May 3, 2014 (Saturday)

May 18, 2014 (Sunday)

June 7, 2014 (Saturday)

Tuition is $80 per woman/couple. There is no tax.

Enrolling couldn't be easier! Just call us at (512) 263-5588, and you can do everything over the phone in less than two minutes--no paperwork!
 
You're welcome to use a Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express credit/debit card; or, once you've made a reservation by phone, you can mail a check or money order made payable to "The Childbearing Years" to our office:
 
                                          The Childbearing Years, 303 Lake Hills Drive, Austin, TX  78733
 
After you've saved a place in a class by phone, a confirmation letter will be emailed to you that:
  • Confirms the date(s) and time of your course or seminar;

  • Includes a map indicating the location of St. David's North Austin Medical Center (12221 North Mopac Expressway);

  • Requests that you to bring two bed pillows and a small blanket, comforter, or beach towel to class (You may also bring snacks and drinks, if you like.); and

  • Asks you to enter through the hospital's North/Emergency Entrance and follow the bright yellow "Lamaze Class" signs that will guide you to the elevator, up to the 2nd Floor, and on to Classroom 2-B.

We'll then follow up by forwarding you a printed copy of the confirmation letter (which will reflect your payment information) along with a copy of the debit/credit card transaction slip in case you'll be filing for reimbursement of your tuition from your health insurance provider. To learn if your policy offers prenatal benefits for "Childbirth & Parenting Classes," call the toll-free number on the back of your health insurance card.

If your health insurance company will reimburse you for all or part of the tuition you paid "The Childbearing Years," ask what documentation they require that confirms your registration and payment. Most of the time all they'll ask for is a copy of your confirmation letter and of your credit/debit card transaction slip. Ocasionally, though, they'll ask for something more detailed. Should that happen, call David, our Registrar, at (512) 263-5588, and he'll prepare whatever you need.

You may reschedule a class to another date (depending on availability) as long as you contact us at least 24 hours before class time. There is no additional fee for rescheduling.

If you need to withdraw altogether, you will receive a full refund provided you notify us at least 24 hours before the beginning of class.

For answers to your questions and to register, please call The Childbearing Years at (512) 263-5588.

Note: Some classes will fill well in advance.

Newborn Care Class

You and your birth partner must be masters of all the skills and information needed to care for your infant from the very moment of birth. This three-hour class will thoroughly prepare you both and provide the confidence you seek. Your instructor is a Registered Nurse with professional experience with newborns.

What you'll learn:

  •  Newborn characteristics,

  •  Emotional bonding and attachment,

  •  Health and nutrition,

  •  Sleep and awake patterns,

  •  Proven techniques for calming a fussy baby,

  •  Colic,

  •  Care of the umbilical stump and circumcision, and

  • Infant safety at home and when travelling.

Hands-on skills you'll master as you rotate through 12 different learning/practice stations:
  •  Picking up, holding, and carrying your baby;

  •  Dressing your infant;

  •  Swaddling;

  •  Diapering (using both cloth and disposable diapers);

  •  Feeding and burping;

  •  Different techniques for taking your baby's temperature; and

  •  Bathing and washing hair.

Classes meet in the hospital on one Saturday or Sunday afternoon from 2 to 5 p.m.
 
 
January 11, 2014 (Saturday)
 
February 8, 2014 (Saturday)
 
March 8, 2014 (Saturday)
 
April 12, 2014 (Saturday)
 
May 4, 2014 (Sunday; Rescheduled from May 11th)
 
June 14, 2014 (Saturday)

Tuition for classes is $40 per woman/couple. There is no tax.

Enrolling couldn't be easier! Just call us at (512) 263-5588, and you can do everything over the phone in less than two minutes--no paperwork!
 
You're welcome to use a Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express credit/debit card; or, once you've made a reservation by phone, you can mail a check or money order made payable to "The Childbearing Years" to our office:
 
                                          The Childbearing Years, 303 Lake Hills Drive, Austin, TX  78733
 
After you've saved a place in a class by phone, a confirmation letter will be emailed to you that:
  • Confirms the date and time of your class;

  • Includes a map of the location of St. David's North Austin Medical Center (12221 North Mopac Expressway);

  • Informs you that you don't need to bring anything to class (except snacks and drinks, if you like); and

  • Asks you to enter through the hospital's North/Emergency Entrance and follow the bright yellow "Newborn Care Class" signs that will guide you to the elevator, up to the 2nd Floor, and on to Classroom 2-B.

We'll then follow up by forwarding you a printed copy of the confirmation letter (which will reflect your payment information) along with a copy of the debit/credit card transaction slip in case you'll be filing for reimbursement of your tuition from your health insurance provider. To learn if your policy offers prenatal benefits for "Childbirth & Parenting Classes," call the toll-free number on the back of your health insurance card.

If your health insurance company will reimburse you for all or part of the tuition you paid "The Childbearing Years," ask what documentation they require that confirms your registration and payment. Most of the time all they'll ask for is a copy of your confirmation letter and of your credit/debit card transaction slip. Ocasionally, though, they'll ask for something more detailed. Should that happen, call David, our Registrar, at (512) 263-5588, and he'll prepare whatever you need.

You may reschedule a class to another date (depending on availability) as long as you contact us at least 24 hours before class time. There is no additional fee for rescheduling.

If you need to withdraw altogether, you will receive a full refund provided you notify us at least 24 hours before the beginning of class.

For answers to your questions and to register, please call The Childbearing Years at (512) 263-5588.

Note: Some classes may fill well in advance.

Breastfeeding Class

This 2½-hour class is taught by a professional Internationally Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and will greatly improve your ability to successly breastfeed your infant.

A supportive, knowledgeable partner can make it all so much easier and enjoyable; therefore, your birth partner is highly encouraged to attend.


What you'll learn:

  • The innumerable health and nutritional benefits for baby and mom;

  • The influence on breastfeeding success of your significant other, family, and visitors;
  • The anatomy and physiology of breastfeeding;

  • Colostrum and changes in breastmilk composition;

  • Making enough milk;

  • Feeding cues and awakening a sleepy baby for feeding;

  • Positions, latching-on, and removing your infant from your breast;

  • Length and frequency of feedings and keeping a breastfeeding diary;

  • How to be sure your baby is eating well;

  • Managing engorgement, soreness, and other potential problems;

  • Techniques for pumping and storing milk for later feedings and renting/purchasing the breast pump that's right for your situation, rental sources, bottles and nipples, and pacifiers;

  • Breastfeeding after a Cesarean birth and breastfeeding twins and premature babies;

  • Strategies for continuing to breastfeed following your return to work or school;

  • Diet and medications, including birth control; and

  • Resources: private and lactation consultants, reading recommendations, support groups, hotlines, websites, the Austin Area Mother's Milk Bank, and the Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC).

 

Classes are held in the hospital on one Sunday afternoon from 2:30 to 5 p.m.                                                              

January 12, 2014

February 9, 2014

March 2, 2014

April 6, 2014

May 4, 2014

June 8, 2014

Tuition for classes is $30 per woman/couple. There is no tax.

Enrolling couldn't be easier! Just call us at (512) 263-5588, and you can do everything over the phone in less than two minutes--no paperwork!
 
You're welcome to use a Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express credit/debit card; or, once you've made a reservation by phone, you can mail a check or money order made payable to "The Childbearing Years" to our office:
 
                                          The Childbearing Years, 303 Lake Hills Drive, Austin, TX  78733
 
After you've saved a place in a class by phone, a confirmation letter will be emailed to you that:
  • Confirms the date and time of your class;

  • Includes a map of the location of St. David's North Austin Medical Center (12221 North Mopac Expressway);

  • Informs you that you don't need to bring anything to class (except snacks and drinks, if you like); and

  • Asks you to enter through the hospital's North/Emergency Entrance and follow the bright yellow "Breastfeeding Class" signs that will guide you to the elevator, up to the 2nd Floor, and on to Classroom 2-B.

We'll then follow up by forwarding you a printed copy of the confirmation letter (which will reflect your payment information) along with a copy of the debit/credit card transaction slip in case you'll be filing for reimbursement of your tuition from your health insurance provider. To learn if your policy offers prenatal benefits for "Childbirth & Parenting Classes," call the toll-free number on the back of your health insurance card.

If your health insurance company will reimburse you for all or part of the tuition you paid "The Childbearing Years," ask what documentation they require that confirms your registration and payment. Most of the time all they'll ask for is a copy of your confirmation letter and of your credit/debit card transaction slip. Ocasionally, though, they'll ask for something more detailed. Should that happen, call David, our Registrar, at (512) 263-5588, and he'll prepare whatever you need.

You may reschedule a class to another date (depending on availability) as long as you contact us at least 24 hours before class time. There is no additional fee for rescheduling.

If you need to withdraw altogether, you will receive a full refund provided you notify us at least 24 hours before the beginning of class.

For answers to your questions and to register, please call The Childbearing Years at (512) 263-5588.

Note: Some classes will fill well in advance.

Infant/Child CPR With AED Class

Anyone who's ever been around a baby knows that whatever the infant picks up goes straight into its mouth...so there always exists a very real, constant risk of choking. There are also other situations that can cause a baby's breathing to stop and its heart to cease beating. Every parent (and caregiver) should know how to immediately use proven CPR techniques to save the life of their child.

This "Family & Friends CPR Course" is a program developed by the American Heart Association and is taught by a certified Infant/Child/Adult CPR (Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation) Instructor. This is a "skills" course for family, friends, and caregivers; it is not a certification course, which is for professional medical practioners.

What you'll learn:

  • How to clear an obstruction lodged in the airway of your "infant" (newborn to age one) or "child" (ages one through eight),

  • How to apply cycles of chest compressions and breaths to keep your baby/child safe until emergency medical help arrives,

  • How to use an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) to restore a victim's heartbeat (AEDs are now available in many schools, restaurants, entertainment venues, sporting events, malls, retail stores, etc.), and

  • Techniques for clearing an airway and performing child (ages one through eight) CPR are generally the same as giving aid to a stricken older child or an adult. The minor differences will be explained by the instructor.

 

Classes meet at St. David's North Austin Medical Center on one Saturday afternoon from either 12 to 2 p.m., 2 to 4 p.m., and occasionally 4 to 6 p.m.

January 25, 2014

February 22, 2014

March 29, 2014

April 26, 2014

May 31, 2014

 

Tuition is $35 per person. There is no tax.

Enrolling couldn't be easier! Just call us at (512) 263-5588, and you can do everything over the phone in less than two minutes--no paperwork!
 
You're welcome to use a Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express credit/debit card; or, once you've made a reservation by phone, you can mail a check or money order made payable to "The Childbearing Years" to our office:
 
                                          The Childbearing Years, 303 Lake Hills Drive, Austin, TX  78733
 
After you've saved a place in a class by phone, a confirmation letter will be emailed to you that:
  • Confirms the date and time of your class;

  • Includes a map of the location of St. David's North Austin Medical Center (12221 North Mopac Expressway);

  • Informs you that you don't need to bring anything to class (except snacks and drinks, if you like); and

  • Asks you to enter through the hospital's North/Emergency Entrance and follow the bright yellow "Infant/Child CPR Class" signs that will guide you to the elevator, up to the 2nd Floor, and on to Classroom 2-B.

We'll then follow up by forwarding you a printed copy of the confirmation letter (which will reflect your payment information) along with a copy of the debit/credit card transaction slip in case you'll be filing for reimbursement of your tuition from your health insurance provider. To learn if your policy offers prenatal benefits for "Childbirth & Parenting Classes," call the toll-free number on the back of your health insurance card.

If your health insurance company will reimburse you for all or part of the tuition you paid "The Childbearing Years," ask what documentation they require that confirms your registration and payment. Most of the time all they'll ask for is a copy of your confirmation letter and of your credit/debit card transaction slip. Ocasionally, though, they'll ask for something more detailed. Should that happen, call David, our Registrar, at (512) 263-5588, and he'll prepare whatever you need.

You may reschedule a class to another date (depending on availability) as long as you contact us at least 72 hours before class time. There is no additional fee for rescheduling.

If you need to withdraw altogether, you will receive a full refund provided you notify us at least 72 hours before the beginning of class.

For answers to your questions and to register, please call The Childbearing Years at (512) 263-5588.

Note: Some classes will fill well in advance.

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