Lexington Maternity Education

The Women's Hospital offers educational programs, maternity support, and a commitment to caring for all women and their families seeking Maternity Education classes.  We understand that you are faced with many decisions related to your maternity needs – let us provide you with the right tools and resources. 


Click on a link below to learn more about each childbirth education class.


To ensure enrollment in our classes, please register when you are approximately 20 weeks gestation. 

Unless offered during a Childbirth Education or Sibling Class, hospital tours are on the second Sunday of each month, please register below.


Inclement Weather Policy

In the event Fayette County Schools close due to inclement weather, we will contact you via email with cancelation/rescheduling information.

In the event Fayette County has inclement weather the morning of your weekend class, we will contact you via email with cancelation/rescheduling information.

 

 

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4-Week Series: Click here to view class dates/times and to register

Cost: FREE per couple - Light refreshments provided

Our Natural Childbirth 4-week series is a comprehensive and informative class on what to expect during labor, delivery and postpartum.  We highly recommend attending these classes when you are 28-30 weeks gestation.  A hospital tour is offered with this class.

Discussion topics include:

  • Natural course of labor and birth processes
  • Pain relief options
  • Cesarean birth/deliveries
  • Comfort measures -- breathing and relaxation techniques
  • Interventions and decreasing risk of complications
  • After delivery care
  • Hospital admitting procedures
  • Creating a birth plan/wish list

2-Week Series: Click here to view class dates/times and to register

Cost: FREE per couple - Light refreshments provided

Like our 3-week series, our 2-week is a comprehensive and informative class on what to expect during labor, delivery and postpartum. We highly recommend attending these classes when you are 34 weeks gestation.  A hospital tour is offered with this class. 

 


Maternity-Education-Childbirth-Education.jpgWeekend 4-Hour Childbirth Education Class - Click here to view class dates/times and to register

"Just the Facts, Mom!"

Cost: FREE per couple - Light refreshments provided

Lasting only 4 hours, you will receive an abbreviated version of discussion topics covered in our 4-week series.  We highly recommend attending this class when you are 32-34 weeks gestation.  A hospital tour is offered with this class.

Discussion topics include:
•    Natural course of labor and birth processes
•    Pain relief options
•    Cesarean birth/deliveries
•    Comfort measures -- breathing and relaxation techniques
•    Interventions and decreasing risk of complications
•    After delivery care
•    Hospital admitting procedures
•    Creating a birth plan/wish list

 

 


Weekend Childbirth Education Class: Click here to view class dates/times and to register

Cost: FREE per couple - Light refreshments provided

Our 4-week childbirth education series condensed to an all-day weekend class. We highly recommend attending this class when you are 32-34 weeks gestation.  A hospital tour is offered with this class.

 

 

Baby Steps Class: - Click here to view class dates/times and to register

Cost: FREE per couple - Light refreshments provided

This one-time class incorporates educational material designed to make you feel more comfortable and secure in your ability to take care of your newborn. A pediatrician will be in attendance as a guest speaker. We recommend attending this class during your third trimester.  Registered grandparents are welcomed to attend.

Discussion topics include:

  • What to expect in the hospital
  • Normal newborn appearances
  • Caring for your newborn
  • Feeding your newborn
  • Bathing techniques for your newborn
  • Cord and circumcision care
  • Hands-on activities-swaddling, diaper changing and holding-using life-sized dolls

 

 

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Breastfeeding: - Click here to view class dates/times and to register

Cost: FREE per couple - Light refreshments provided

Our Breastfeeding classes are taught by International Board Certified Lactation Consultants or Certified Lactation Counselors.  We recommend attending this class during your third trimester.  Spouses are encouraged to attend.  

Prenatal preparation for breastfeeding topics focus on:

  • Advantages of breastfeeding
  • Proper positioning and latch-on
  • Guidelines for adequate breastfeeding
  • How to prevent and resolve discomforts
  • Breast pump options
  • Storage of milk
  • Breastfeeding and returning to work

 

 

Infant CPR: Click here to view class dates/times and to register

Cost: FREE per couple - Limit of 3 couples per class

This is a one-time class.  Parents will be able to learn basic techniques of Cardiopulmonary
Resuscitation (CPR) and choking for their newborn.  Educational material covers infants from newborn to one-year-old.  We recommend attending this class during your third trimester.  If you have already delivered, please arrange for a babysitter for your little one, we want you to be able to completely benefit from this important and possible life-saving class.  This is not a certification class; no AHA certificate will be given.  

 

 

Maternity-Education-Sibling-Class.jpgSibling Class: - Click here to view class dates/times and to register

Cost: FREE per couple - Light refreshments provided

Parent or guardian must accompany child.  Limited to 5 children per class.  

Recommended for children ages 3 to 6 years old, this is a fun class for big brothers and sisters.  Our goal is to promote a strong family unit as well as relieving some of the anxieties of bringing a new baby into the household.  

Children will be able to:

  • Tour the maternity unit
  • Become familiar with where their mommy and new sibling will be staying while at the hospital
  • Gain hands on experience with holding and diapering a life size doll

 

 

Opiate Recovery and Your Baby: Click here to view class dates/times and to register

Cost:  FREE

A class with strong emphasis of support and opiate recovery information.  Parents-to-be will enter a safe environment with discussions of breastfeeding, care of their newborn after delivery and learn of available services and resources.  This class is free to any mom in a recovery program.  Enrollment is encouraged beginning at 23-25 weeks gestation. 

 

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Parent Support - Click here to view dates/times and to register

Cost:  Free – a Family Style dinner will be served
 
Our NICU Parent Support evening offers information to parents to help encourage and educate families during the NICU hospitalization of their baby (or babies). The NICU Family Support group is an excellent opportunity for our NICU to enhance the personal care we already provide, and to answer any questions or concerns parents may have.
 
The following supportive staff will be present:
•    Neonatologist
•    NICU Bedside Nurse
•    NICU Dietician
•    Lactation
•    Case Management
•    A NICU Mom
•    Various other supporting NICU staff
 
The program’s primary goal is there to increase parents confidence in their baby’s care, and to provide support and resources for parents.

 

Tours of the Women’s Hospital - Register Today - Unless offered during class (Childbirth Education or Sibling), hospital tours are on the second Sunday of each month at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. 

For more information regarding educational classes, call The Women's Hospital at 859.967.2229 (BABY). 

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