Prenatal Education prepares you - We offer a comprehensive education program to answer all your questions and to help you have the best experience possible during early pregnancy, delivery, and the day-to-day joys and challenges of parenting. Class sessions are both fun and informative. They are all taught by educators with many years experience in either labor and delivery or the care of new mothers and infants.
These classes are designed for the expectant mother and her labor partner to provide instruction on breathing, relaxation, and coping techniques for use during labor with or without medication. Become familiar with the stages and variations of labor including back labor, c-section, induction, and epidural delivery using instruction, video, and interactive floor activities. This class includes a tour of the Labor and Delivery area at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. The classes are taught by registered nurses who are trained childbirth educators. One evening class weekly for three or four weeks. A two-part Saturday series is also offered. Fee: $50.
A one-time class that prepares women and their support person for breastfeeding. Topics covered: What to expect for the first several weeks and beyond, importance of good positioning and latch, pumping, hand expression and how the support person can help with breastfeeding. Taught by registered nurses who are IBCLC or certified lacation counselors. Offered monthly. Fee: $10 per family
This one-time class is for both mom and dad. Class covers all the basics of taking care of newborn (umbilical cord care, circumcision care, diaper rash, colic, bathing, burping, bonding and more). Pre-registration is required. Offered monthly. Fee: $10 per family
Parenting programs are designed for parents, grandparents, or anyone taking care of children that might need assistance or education. We cover a wide variety of topics that interest parents whether they have a newborn or are in the middle of parenting a teen.
Those soon-to-be big brothers and sisters will learn what their role will be when their new baby arrives. Children will learn about newborn behavior and basic baby care, along with touring the Women's Center. Each child will receive a T-shirt that proudly states "I'm the big brother/sister." For ages three and up. Fee: $15 per child or $20 per family
Learn the benefits and art of infant massage in a nurturing, safe and fun environment. Learn to communicate with, soothe, and bond with your baby. This is a two hour class taught by a physical therapist who is a certified infant massage instructor. Baby must be at least four weeks old. Pre-Registration is required. Fee $25 per family
A class designed for youth, ages 11-14, to learn how to be responsible baby-sitters. Safety is emphasized as well as how to keep both the children and the parents happy. Participants are also given information on how to start and maintain a baby-sitting business. Pre-registration is required. Fee: $15 per participant
American Heart Association Association course that teaches adult, child, and infant CPR/AED and how to relieve choking. Designed for those with limited or no medical training such as parents, grandparents, babysitters and child care providers. Please call 731-512-4095 for schedule, class location, and cost.
Basic Life Support (BLS)
American Heart Association certification course designed for healthcare professionals and others needing to know how to perform CPR/AED and other basic cardiovascular support skills. Please call 731-426-1730 for class schedule, class location, and cost.
Girl Talk is designed for moms and their pre-adolescent daughters to learn together about increased communication and issues they will face as they transition from a girl into a young woman. Topics discussed include body changes, reproduction, decision making, and family values. For girls ages 10-12 only. The four weekly sessions are two hours each and present factual information about puberty, sexuality and the promoting of self esteem. This class encourages the importance of open communication within the family. Moms attend the first session alone, then daughters join them for the remaining three classes. Pre-registration is required. Class size limited to 11 families. Fee: $30 per family. Offered most months. To register or to get more information, call 731-541-4947.
Most young people receive many messages about sex but know very little about sexuality and responsibility. Straight Talk for Guys, designed for boys ages 10-13, gives fathers and sons an opportunity to learn together about body changes, male and female differences, reproduction, male responsibility, decision making, and family values.The four weekly sessions are two hours each and present factual information about sexuality and the promoting of self esteem. This class encourages the importance of open communication within the family. Dads attend the first session alone, then sons join them for the remaining three classes. Pre-registration is required. Fee: $30 per family.
All classes are sponsored by the West Tennessee Women's Center.
For more information, call 731-541-6448 or click here to view all upcoming events.
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West Tennessee Healthcare (WTH) does not exclude, deny benefits to, or otherwise discriminate against any person on the grounds of race, color, national origin, age, religion, disability, Limited English Proficiency or sex, including discrimination based on gender identity, sexual orientation, sex stereotyping or pregnancy in admission to, participation in, or receipt of the services and benefits under any of its programs and activities, whether carried out by WTH directly or through a contractor or any other entity with which WTH arranges to carry out its programs and activities.
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