2016 Parenting & Epidural Classes


Caring for a new baby, especially for first-time mothers, can be overwhelming. Not only is your body going through physical changes, but also you will experience emotional changes. Preparation and education is key to having a successful, happy pregnancy, delivery and postpartum period.

SGMC provides a number of educational classes for expectant parents, siblings and caregivers. All classes are provided as a community service for the expectant parents in the area who plan to deliver their baby at SGMC. Program presenters are SGMC Birthplace professional staff.

Registration: Call 229.259.4854 to register for classes. Please register during early pregnancy, no later than the fifth month.

All classes are held at the main campus of South Georgia Medical Center, Education Services Classrooms, B-Level.

Attendance: Please make note of your class date(s), as no reminder will be sent. Additionally, please make every effort to attend the class(es) for which you register. Class(es) fill up fast. There may not be space for you in the next offered class.

Reminders: Children are not permitted in classes EXCEPT in the "Super Sibling" class. Dads are encouraged to attend all classes whenever possible.

2016 Parenting Classes

Breastfeeding Basics

Designed for mothers interested in breastfeeding. 5 - 6pm. 

A registered nurse will discuss the facts and myths of making milk for your baby. Topics include the benefits of breastfeeding, positioning and latch tips, choosing a pump, and going back to work.

Class dates: January 14, February 10, March 10, April 6, May 12, June 16, July 28, August 10, September 8, October 19, November 16, December 14

Super Sibling Class

Designed to prepare siblings for the arrival of a new baby. Recommended for children ages 3 to 8 years of age. 5 - 6pm.

Siblings learn what to expect and how to participate in the care of their new baby brother or sister. Please bring a teddy bear or baby doll to practice diapering. Class includes a tour of the Birthplace.

Class dates: February 18, April 14, June 29, August 25, October 12, December 12

Tender Loving Care & Infant CPR

Designed to provide expectant parents with information on newborn care. 6 - 8pm.

Topics include: Umbilical cord care, Circumcision care, Newborn safety, Feeding, bathing and diapering infants, How to perform CPR, rescue breathing and airway obstruction on children under 1 year of age

Class dates: January 13, February 10, 24; March 7, April 6, 20; May 9, June 6, July 7, August 11, September 8, 22; October 26, November 17, December 1

2016 Epidural Classes

If you are considering having an epidural, you must attend an Epidural Education class. If you are in labor, an epidural will not be placed if an Epidural Education class has not been completed.

Epidural Education

Class covers benefits, risks and complications of labor epidurals. 5 - 6pm.

Class dates: January 13, February 24, March 7, April 20, May 9, June 6, July 7, August 11, September 22, October 26, November 17, December 1

Childbirth, Post Partum & Epidural

Designed to prepare expectant parents for the birth of their baby. Includes a tour of the Birthplace. 6 - 9pm.

Topics include: Breathing and relaxation techniques, What to expect during the labor and delivery process, The stages of labor, How to take care of yourself after delivery, Benefits, risks and complications of labor epidurals. 

Class dates:
January 14, 20; February 18, March 10, 23; April 14, May 12, 18; June 16, 29; July 28, August 25, September 19, October 19, November 16, December 14, 19

Saturday Combo Classes

Class allows expectant parents to attend four classes in one day. Please bring a snack and a drink with you. 8am - 1pm.

Saturday Combo Classes include the Childbirth Class, Post Partum & Epidural Class, and the Tender Loving Care Class.

Class dates: January 30, April 23, July 16, October 29