As you get ready for labor and delivery, we urge you and your partner or support person to attend childbirth preparation classes. You will learn breathing and relaxation techniques that can enhance the progress of labor and reduce your pain and fears.
Prenatal, Birth and Parenting Classes: The Mother Baby Centers at Allina Health and Children's Minnesota
Allina Health will partner with Amma Parenting Center to offer pregnancy, parenting and newborn care classes to help you prepare for childbirth and healthy childhood development. See below for a partial listing of Amma classes. For a full class listing (including online options), dates/times, locations, fees and registration, visit Amma Parenting Center's website. Allina Health patients can take a class at any Amma location.
Preparing for childbirth
This comprehensive class covers everything you need to know to prepare for childbirth, including:
- The final weeks of pregnancy
- The birth process, including the different stages and phases of labor
- Back labor
- Labor support techniques
- Basic breathing and relaxation for labor
- Supportive technologies and induction
- Cesarean birth
- Postpartum recovery and the adjustment to parenthood
A little bit of preparation goes a long way when you’re planning to breastfeed. Topics include:
- How milk is produced in the breast
- Getting started in the hospital
- Establishing a plentiful milk supply
- Recognizing signs of success, as well as when to seek help
- Interpreting your baby’s hunger cues
- Life as a nursing mother
- Common concerns and how to handle them
- What partners and family members need to know
The new mama class
Do you have a brand new baby? Come see why moms tell us this class is the best thing they did for themselves. Bring your newborn to a baby-friendly environment and get help on all the topics of concern to new moms: feeding, sleep, soothing, vaccinations and pediatric visits, postpartum adjustment, emotions, returning to work, and more. You won’t find a more welcoming place for help and encouragement than the New Mama Class.The perfect way to spend maternity leave!
Infant cpr and first aid
These courses are not certification courses, but the curricula follows those of the American Heart Association CPR and First Aid classes. The instructors are AHA certified.
Big brothers and sisters
This class is for three-to-six year-olds about to become a big sibling. We’ll have circle time to talk about what to expect and see photos of newborns with their siblings. Children will get a chance to hold a baby doll and practice being gentle. We’ll read a story about new babies and the “big feelings” that a sibling can have. Children will end by crafting a special project for mommy to take with her to the hospital (don’t forget your camera, parents!)
CHOOSE A PROVIDER THAT CHOOSES US
Our partnership with Allina Health brings together a wonderful team of pregnancy care experts (OB/GYNs, family medicine doctors and certified nurse-midwives) to choose from.