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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 educational classes for expectant parents and caregivers. 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. Dads are encouraged to attend all classes whenever possible.

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

Epidural Education

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. 

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