The Bravo Baby childbirth series is made up of five class sessions. Learn more about each below.
It is highly advised, but not required, that you and your labor support person complete these classes by the 30th week of pregnancy. Please register early to ensure you get into the classes of your choice.
Class Session 1: Labor, Styled Your Way
Discover how your body is preparing for the birth of your child. Learn how to tell if you are in labor, when to come to the hospital and how to be comfortable at home during the early stages of labor. You and your labor support person will take away ideas for enhancing your birth experience. Please bring along 1-2 pillows to this class because they will be used for relaxation and breathing practice.
- Late pregnancy changes
- Symptoms -- to be or not to be…concerned?
- Preparing for labor
- Labor: what is it exactly?
- P.A.I.N. and relaxation
- Labor support person role
Class Session 2: Your Labor Accessories
Arrive at the big event fully prepared by knowing childbirth comfort measures, pain management options, relaxation techniques and breathing exercises that you can try during active labor. A woman should never leave home without these essentials! This class includes time to PRACTICE positions and techniques to use in labor along with your labor support person. Please bring along 1-2 pillows to this class because they will be used for relaxation and breathing practice.
- Healthy babies are worth the wait
- Early and active labor
- When to come to the hospital and who to call
- Admission and your stay in the hospital
- Monitoring & medications in labor
- Practice positions and techniques for labor
Class Session 3: The Crowning Event
Embrace this defining life moment and learn more about different positions for pushing, vaginal and cesarean birth, hospital resources for mom and baby and the emotions of being a new parent. Please bring along 1-2 pillows to this class because they will be used for relaxation and breathing practice.
- Transition, pushing, crowning and birth
- Medical procedures
- Delivery of the placenta after birth
- Postpartum for Mom
- Cesarean births
- Back home…now what?
Class Session 4: Oh, Baby! It's Your Birthday!
It is all about the newborn baby now! Learn what to expect from this little person, and gain hands-on practice of some basic newborn care.
Embark on your new adventure with baby during this overview on what to expect during the first 24 hours of your baby’s life. Learn about the miraculous changes that will occur as your baby transitions from the comfort of the womb to the big, new world and the care your baby will receive during this time.
- APGAR Score
- Newborn Appearance
- The Baby’s First Day—What Happens?
- The Hospital Stay
- Hospital Resources
- Travel Home Safely
Class Session 5: Making Memories
Treasure the everyday milestones in your baby’s life as you learn the basics of taking care of baby at home. You will take away tips on infant sleeping, feeding, bathing and crying to ensure your baby is safe, secure and satisfied!
- Daily Newborn Cares
- Well Fed & Satisfied
- Safe Sleep and Tummy Time
- Infant Massage
- Development and Communication
- When to See the Doctor
- Learning Opportunities
Please bring the Gift of Motherhood book along to every class. This is the spiral-bound childbirth preparation book given to expectant parents in the clinic.
Presented by St. Cloud Hospital Women & Children’s Center. We look forward to seeing you at class.
Park in the North Visitor Lot or the North Visitor Ramp at St. Cloud Hospital. Enter through the North Entrance and go to the Lakes Elevator. Take the elevator to the 3rd floor. The Women & Children Center Classroom is straight ahead.
There are vending machines located on the 3rd floor, but you are encouraged to bring your own snacks and drinks. An ice machine and water are available. Please bring your own covered drink container because drinking cups are not supplied. The Riverfront Dining Room will be open, if you would like to buy a snack before class.
If you are unable to attend a class you have registered and paid for, please call 320-656-7021 and request a refund.
St. Cloud Hospital Women & Children's Center at 320-656-7021