Childbirth and Parenting Classes

Stormont Vail Health provides a number of parenting programs and childbirth preparation programs. These include tours of The Birthplace. Breastfeeding Basics and other classes to support mothers who are breastfeeding are also offered.

Pregnancy Classes

Breastfeeding Basics

This informal introduction to breastfeeding will provide pregnant women and their families an opportunity to learn all they need to know about breastfeeding before their baby is born.

Classes designed to help families prepare for the breastfeeding experience by providing information on how breastfeeding works, how to get started, problems that may arise and how to incorporate breastfeeding and working.

 

Part 1: (65 min) Features Libby Rosen Ph.D., RN, IBCLC presenting the Breastfeeding Basics Class. You have the option to watch the video as is or enlarge the PowerPoint or Speaker, whatever you prefer. Need to take a break? Hit Stop. Want to watch it again and again? Please feel free to replay as many times as you like!

Part 2: (45 min) Features Ashley Seematter, RN, Instructor, at Baker School of Nursing and Stormont Vail Health Birthplace Nurse. In the online video, you will learn about the hands-on skills for breastfeeding basics, latch-on and positioning, as well as learning about the equipment you might use or experience while breastfeeding.

For questions or interest in the class contact:
Laura Odom, RN, IBCLC, [email protected] (785) 354-5034

*We are pleased to be able to offer both virtual and in-person classes to fit your needs. In person classes will require masks and social distancing and will be held at Stormont Vail Health in the Pozez Education Center. Register online, via Health Connections (785) 354-5225, or by calling Laura Odom, RN at (785) 354-5034.

More informational hand-outs available:

10 Things Mothers Should Know Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding Milk Storage

Breastfeeding Plan

Partners Role In Breastfeeding Handout

Pumping For Your Baby

Ways to Increase your Milk Supply

What is a High 5 Hospital

 

Breastfeeding Basics Videos: Part 1, Part 2

Pumping

This online class provides basic information and suggestions about pumping your milk. It is designed for any mother who is going to express her milk. You may watch the class more than once.

Information on returning to work, storage of milk, and common concerns are reviewed. The handout “Pumping for your Baby” provides an excellent reference about returning to work and pumping and information for childcare providers. You are encouraged to call the Breastfeeding Center at (785) 354-5034 with questions or email Libby Rosen at [email protected] No registration needed.

Informational Hand-Out:
Pumping For Your Baby

Additional Education:

Breastfeeding Basics video part 1 and part 2 
Breastfeeding Milk Storage

Video length: 42 min
Fee: $0
For questions or interest in the class contact:
Laura Odom, RN, IBCLC, [email protected] (785) 354-5034

 

Childbirth Preparation

Learn breathing and relaxation skills plus information is provided on other pain control measures. Included is information on late pregnancy, labor and birth, early parenting experience and a tour of Stormont Vail Birthplace.

Classes are taught by experienced educators. These classes are tailored to the adult learner with plenty of opportunities for individuals and couples to explore their own personal educational needs. Dress comfortably and bring two pillows. It is ideal for this class to be completed one month to six weeks prior to your due date.

Child birth weekly resources:
Week 1Week 2Week 3Week 4 

Resources users can download and keep for later use:

Breathing Techniques

Example of a Simplified Birth Plan

Hospital Bag Checklist

Imagery & Relaxation Example

Pediatricians in Topeka

Reasons to Call the Pediatrician

Safe Sleeping Environment

Soothing a Crying Infant

Why Wait to Induce Labor

Touch Relaxation

Fee: $0
For questions or interest in the class contact:
Laura Odom, RN, IBCLC, [email protected] (785) 354-5034

*We are pleased to be able to offer both virtual and in-person classes to fit your needs. In person classes will require masks and social distancing and will be held at Stormont Vail Health in the Pozez Education Center. Register online, via Health Connections (785) 354-5225, or by calling Laura Odom, RN at (785) 354-5034.

Childbirth Preparation for Parents Having Cesarean Deliveries

Whether this is your first cesarean section or you are having a repeat cesarean section, your delivery is an event we would like to help you prepare for. You will find out what to expect from admission to dismissal.

We will watch films, show slides, have an open discussion, practice breathing and relaxation techniques, and tour Stormont Vail Birthplace. Participants need to meet the instructor in the Birthplace Conference Room on 4-North before class.

 

Resources for this class:
Cesarean Delivery

Fee: $0
For questions or interest in the class contact:
Laura Odom, RN, IBCLC, [email protected] (785) 354-5034

*We are pleased to be able to offer both virtual and in-person classes to fit your needs. In person classes will require masks and social distancing and will be held at Stormont Vail Health in the Pozez Education Center. Register online, via Health Connections (785) 354-5225, or by calling Laura Odom, RN at (785) 354-5034.

Welcome Baby

This class is designed to provide up to date information about newborn care, safe sleep, car seat safety, calming a fussy baby, feedings, and more.

Sleep safety, access to community resources and babywearing (slings). One segment will be dedicated to dads. This will be an opportunity for dads to discuss their questions about fatherhood among other men with a dad who has been in your shoes. Finally, adjustment to parenthood and grandparenthood as well as nurturing your relationship with your support person will be covered in this class. Mothers are welcome to bring their support person, family or a friend who provides support during their pregnancy and beyond.

 

Fee: $0
For questions or interest in the class contact:
Laura Odom, RN, IBCLC, [email protected] (785) 354-5034

*We are pleased to be able to offer both virtual and in-person classes to fit your needs. In person classes will require masks and social distancing and will be held at Stormont Vail Health in the Pozez Education Center. Register online, via Health Connections (785) 354-5225, or by calling Laura Odom, RN at (785) 354-5034.

Virtual Classes: Part 1, Part 2

Baby Jubilee

Welcome Baby Jubilee, an event that showcases the Stormont Vail Birthplace, Breastfeeding Clinic and Neonatal Intensive Care.

*We are pleased to be able to offer both virtual and in-person classes to fit your needs. In person classes will require masks and social distancing and will be held at Stormont Vail Health in the Pozez Education Center. Register online, via Health Connections (785) 354-5225, or by calling Laura Odom, RN at (785) 354-5034.

Refreshments, tours, door prizes and information about our Birthplace services and classes will be available during this special event. Local businesses and organizations that support families will have booths to answer questions and share information.

 

For questions about the event, email [email protected]
Fee: $0

Parenting Classes

Sibling Class
(for children 2-5 years old)

This class explores the very special roles of big brother and big sister. Instructors discuss what to expect after the baby comes and how to help the older child adjust to the new baby. Classes are divided by age group (3-6 years or 7 and older) to allow age appropriate instruction.

*We are pleased to be able to offer both virtual and in-person classes to fit your needs. In person classes will require masks and social distancing and will be held at Stormont Vail Health in the Pozez Education Center. Register online, via Health Connections (785) 354-5225, or by calling Laura Odom, RN at (785) 354-5034.

This class is for children for 2-5 yrs of age who will soon be big brothers and big sisters and their parents. Your child is the one to be enrolled. List the parent’s name under “support person.”

 

Fee: $0
For questions or interest in the class contact:
Laura Odom, RN, IBCLC, [email protected] (785) 354-5034

Sibling Class
(for children 6 years and older)

This class explores the very special roles of big brother and big sister. Instructors discuss what to expect after the baby comes and how to help the older child adjust to the new baby. Classes are divided by age group (3-6 years or 7 and older) to allow age appropriate instruction.

*We are pleased to be able to offer both virtual and in-person classes to fit your needs. In person classes will require masks and social distancing and will be held at Stormont Vail Health in the Pozez Education Center. Register online, via Health Connections (785) 354-5225, or by calling Laura Odom, RN at (785) 354-5034.

Information on returning to work, storage of milk, and common concerns are reviewed. The handout “Pumping for your Baby” provides an excellent reference about returning to work and pumping and information for childcare providers. You are encouraged to call the Breastfeeding Center at (785) 354-5034 with questions or email Libby Rosen at [email protected] No registration needed.

Informational Hand-Out:
Pumping For Your Baby

Additional Education:

Breastfeeding Basics video part 1 and part 2 
Breastfeeding Milk Storage

Video length: 42 min
Fee: $0
For questions or interest in the class contact:
Laura Odom, RN, IBCLC, [email protected] (785) 354-5034

Boy to Man

Boys experience puberty also and while usually starting later than girls, the time in a boys life between the ages of 10-13 is filled with many physical and emotional changes.

*We are pleased to be able to offer both virtual and in-person classes to fit your needs. In person classes will require masks and social distancing and will be held at Stormont Vail Health in the Pozez Education Center. Register online, via Health Connections (785) 354-5225, or by calling Laura Odom, RN at (785) 354-5034.

These changes are exciting, but also are often puzzling, sometimes embarrassing, and usually challenging to a young adolescent. Join us for a discussion that will focus on the physiological changes of puberty, the developmental tasks of early adolescence and ways to improve communication between boys and their parents. This class features a time for boys and their parents to be together but also have time for facilitated discussion separately.

 

Fee: $25 for each parent/child duo; $12.50 for each additional sibling. Payment is collected at class.
For questions or interest in the class contact:
Laura Odom, RN, IBCLC, [email protected] (785) 354-5034

Girl to Woman

The time in a girls life between the ages of 8-12 is one of physical and emotional changes.

This program for girls and their parent will address menstruation and other physical changes of puberty, the emotional upheaval of adolescence and communication techniques for parent and daughter.

 

Fee: $25 for each parent/child duo; $12.50 for each additional sibling. Payment is collected at class.
For questions or interest in the class contact:
Laura Odom, RN, IBCLC, [email protected] (785) 354-5034

Sibling at Birth

This is an individually scheduled, one-on-one session with a sibling and support person to explain labor and delivery. We will discuss details of delivery to ensure the sibling is of a maturity level to appropriately deal with the experience. A class completion certificate is required to attend the delivery. If interested, please contact Amy Calhoun in the Breastfeeding Center at (785) 354-5034.

For questions or interest in the class contact:
Laura Odom, RN, IBCLC, [email protected] (785) 354-5034

Class Schedule

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