Childbirth Education Classes

Congratulations, you're having a baby! 

Now, let's get you ready. Join us as we prepare you for the new addition to your family. 

Our childbirth classes are taught by nationally certified childbirth educators who make classes fun, safe and highly interactive. They prepare, empower, equip and build confidence for participants. Classes are taught in both English and Spanish and are offered at a variety of times and days of the week. 

Class Schedule

5 Week Evening Series
These classes are held in-person at our Sunnybrook office (10 Sunnybrook Rd, Raleigh).

  • Tuesdays 6-8pm (English)
    • Series 1: May 16, 23, 30, June 6, 13 
    • Series 2: July 11, 18, 25, Aug 1, 8 (FULL - no longer accepting new registrations)
    • Series 3: Aug 22, 29, Sept 5, 12, 19 
    • Series 4: Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, Nov 7 
    • Series 5: Nov 14, 21, 28, Dec 5, Dec 12 
    • Series 6: Jan 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb 6 
    • Series 7: Feb 20, 27, March 5, 12, 19 
    • Series 8: April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 
    • Series 9: May 14, 21, 28, June 4, 11 
       
  • Thursdays 6pm - 8pm (Spanish) - llame Diana Brown-Diaz para preguntas: 919-675-8545
    • Series 1: April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4
    • Series 2: May 18, 25, June 1, 8, 15
    • Series 3: June 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27
    • Series 4: August 10, 17, 24, 31, September 7
    • Series 5: September 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19
    • Series 6: November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

 

One-Time Day Refresher Class for Experienced Parents

  • Every 2nd Thursday from 9am-1pm at the Oberlin Regional Library (English)
    • December 14th
    • January 11th 
    • February 8th 
    • March 14th 
    • April 11th 
    • May 9th 
    • June 13th  
       
  • Every 2nd Tuesday from 9am-1pm (Spanish) – llame Diana Brown-Diaz para preguntas: 919-675-8545

Class Topics

  • Physical and emotional changes of pregnancy 
  • Signs of labor 
  • Stages of labor 
  • Role of the support person 
  • Labor coping skills 
  • Medications used during labor and birth 
  • Variations of labor (vacuum extractor, forceps, Pitocin, episiotomy, etc.) 
  • Cesarean births (C-sections) 
  • Postpartum care and birth control (evening classes only) 
  • Newborn care (evening classes only)   

To sign-up

English classes: Complete a Class Registration Form and send it to Leslie.massicotte@wake.gov.
Spanish classes: Complete a Class Registration Form and send it to Diana.browndiaz@wake.gov.

For questions:
(English) Call: 919-210-9729  or Email: leslie.massicotte@wake.gov 
(Spanish) Call: 919-675-8545 or Email: diana.browndiaz@wake.gov

 

Resources

Videos

Pregnancy Massage for Labor Pain

8 Positions to Ease Labor Pain

How to do a Perineal Massage

Feeding a Newborn

Safe Sleep for Infants

How to Kegel after childbirth

Natural Breastfeeding Quick Start Video (English)

Natural Breastfeeding Quick Start Video (Spanish)

Breastfeeding Latch Video

Great Books

  • "Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn" by Penny Simkin, Janet Whalley, Ann Keppler, Janelle Durham, and April Bolding
  • "What to Expect When You’re Expecting" by Heidi Murkoff
  • "Like a Mother" by Angela Garbes
  • "Expecting Better" by Emily Oster

Apps & Texting