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Pregnancy & Parenting Classes

Whether you’re expecting your first child or you just need a child care refresher, you can expect the best in family education from UNC REX Healthcare. The REX Women’s Center offers a comprehensive series of classes designed to help you with all aspects of pregnancy, delivery and returning to life at home.

Childbirth Classes and Family Events

Our classes are scheduled to meet your needs. Be sure to register early in order to find the best class for your schedule and delivery date. Classes fill up quickly, so sign up in your FIRST trimester for classes to be taken in your THIRD trimester.

Birth Classes

  • Preparing for Childbirth- This class covers relaxation, breathing techniques, medication, self-care and methods of childbirth. It includes our Baby Care class and a REX Women’s Center tour. This class should be taken during the third trimester to help both you and your partner prepare for the birth of your first baby. You may choose between a five-week series, one day, or two half days.
    • Cost: $85 per couple
  • Preparing for Childbirth Review- Refresh your skills as seasoned parents. This class is designed for expectant parents who already have a child. It covers labor and delivery, breathing techniques and preparing siblings for the new arrival.
    • Cost: $45 per couple
  • Labor Support- This supplemental class will prepare expectant mothers and their labor partners with additional mental and physical strategies for coping with labor using non-medical alternatives. Prerequisite: “Preparing for Childbirth” or “Preparing for Childbirth Review”
    • Cost: $20 per couple
  • Baby Care Basics- Tops include: newborn characteristics, bathing and feeding. This class is offered within the “Preparing for Childbirth” class, but can be taken separately.
    • Cost: $25 per couple
  • Preparing to Breastfeed - Expectant couples learn tips about breast feeding. Led by a REX RN/board certified lactation consultant.
    • Cost: $25 per couple
  • Working and Breastfeeding (Postnatal Class) - Taught by a board-certified lactation consultant, this class will teach moms how to adjust to returning to the workplace, pumping and the safe storage of breast milk.
    • Cost: $5 per person

Family Classes

  • CPR for Family and Friends- This class teaches rescue skills in CPR and relief of foreign-body airway obstruction. During this course, you will receive valuable information about the AHA Chain of Survival, signs of a heart attack, stroke and choking. You will also learn about ways to avoid sudden infant death syndrome and some of the most common fatal injuries in infants and children.
  • Big Brother/Big Sister Class- Help the big brother or big sister prepare for the changes ahead. Classes are designed for children ages three and up, and are divided into age group. Class includes a tour of the REX Women’s Center (parents must accompany children)
    • Cost: $5 per child
  • Women’s Center Tours- Take a walk-through tour of the Women’s Center to learn about the facility and what to expect while you’re here. Tours led by REX Volunteers are held the first Tuesday and third Monday evenings of the month. There is also a “lunch time” tour available each month. Some evening tours include a childbirth film. Please let us know if you would like to see the film in addition to the tour. A tour of the Women’s Center is included in the “Preparing for Childbirth Class” and “Big Brother/Big Sister Class.”
    • Cost: Free
    • Call 919-784-1992 for more information.
  • Choosing Child Care Seminar- In this class you’ll learn: the steps you should take during your child care search, about available financial assistance and tax credits, about available community resources, about licensing regulations for childcare programs, and about accreditation standards and key indicators of high quality. The seminar is presented by the Child Care Service Association. Their nationally accredited resource and referral division assists families in the search for quality child care.

Fitness Classes

  • Prenatal Hatha Yoga - This class is designed to provide the experience and enjoyment of yoga for expectant mothers through their entire pregnancy. This prenatal series helps to gently strengthen the uterus and pelvis muscles, improve digestion and promote spine mobility; all of which will increase comfort and enhance relaxation. The breathing techniques, postures and conscious relaxation learned in class promote a healthy pregnancy and help prepare for labor and delivery. A doctor’s note is required to participate. The class is a six-week session.
  • Postnatal Hatha Yoga- Now it’s time to start taking care of mommy! The first six weeks are intense for new moms. Begin the journey back to your pre-pregnancy shape by reducing stress levels, gaining strength and stamina. This forty-five minute class is suited for moms that are six weeks through two years postnatal. The class begins with a cardiovascular focus, moving into total body strength and flexibility, with emphasis on the core to reduce postpartum back/shoulder/neck pain and increase core strength. The session concludes with a refocus and relaxation time. The class is a six-week session.
  • Mommy and Me Yoga- Postnatal yoga for moms and babies has several benefits including a gentle and effective practice to tone/strengthen your body that supports recovery from the stresses of giving birth, a great way to have fun with your baby, a practice that eases the stress of sleep deprivation and promoting confidence in your new role. You will enjoy some special one-on-one time with your baby while also having your physical and emotional needs met. Babies will enjoy the attention while receiving a gentle massage that encourages their natural flexibility and growth. Come join other moms and babies for a special yoga class in a very supportive, nurturing, and fun atmosphere. Babies 6 weeks to 6 months who are NOT yet mobile are invited to attend. Moms will need a doctor’s release note to begin exercise.

Car Seat Safety

Car Seat Safety

Not only is it the law, but properly buckling your child in their car seat offers parents peace of mind and ensures your child’s safety. The REX Women’s Center offers free child passenger safety classes taught by a certified child passenger safety technician.

This free, 2-hour class will teach you how to correctly select, install and use a child safety seat. It will also review recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics as well as the NC law. Please feel free to bring your child safety seat to the class.

If you’ve already purchased and installed your car seat, you may choose to have your installation inspected. Our child passenger safety technicians are happy to inspect your car seat and assist you in making any necessary corrections.

Inspection hours are:

  • Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Appointments are not necessary, but you can call 919-784-1802 prior to your visit to verify that a technician is on duty. We recommend that you have your car seat installed and inspected at least 2-3 weeks prior to your expected delivery date.

For more information on car seat safety, view our Car Seat Safety pamphlet.

Moms Supporting Moms

Moms Supporting Moms is a support group for women who are experiencing anxiety, depression and/or adjustment difficulties related to childbirth and new motherhood. Share encouragement, hope, feelings, experiences and support in a safe, positive atmosphere.

All meetings are led by experienced counselors in postpartum depression.

For more information, times and locations contact 919-454-6946.

To sign up for a pregnancy & parenting class, please fill out the form below. For more information, please call 919-784-2145.

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