IU Health is your community resource for health care and education during your pregnancy and beyond. We offer a full range of educational services to support you and your family during this special time.

Preconception, Early Pregnancy classes and Tours
Methodist Birth Options
Expectant Parent Tour (North tour - included in Lamaze and Fast Track classes)

Labor and Birth Preparation
Prenatal Yoga
Lamaze Series (5 week and 7 week all inclusive with tour)
Fast Track Childbirth Preparation (includes tour)
Teen Prenatal Class
Hypnobabies Childbirth Preparation
Next Time Around
Advanced Labor Support
Cesarean Birth 
Marvelous Multiples
Welcome to Fatherhood: Delivery and Beyond

Preparing for Life with Baby
Breastfeeding with Ease
Breastfeeding - Part 2 (after "With Ease" class)
Back to Work and Breastfeeding
Newborn Basics
Newborn Express
CPR/First Aid
CPR
Bow-Wow and Baby

Family Education
Especially for Children
Sibling at Birth
Grandparenting
Safe Sitter

Parent Classes
Mommy and Baby Yoga
Welcome to Fatherhood: Delivery and Beyond

Support Groups
Breastfeeding
Mother Connection
Toddler Time



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Classes


Preconception, Early Pregnancy Classes and Tours

Labor and Birth Preparation

Preparing for life with baby?

Family Education

Parent Classes

Support Groups


Preconception, Early Pregnancy classes and Tours

Methodist Birth Options
Whether you are expecting now or planning a pregnancy, join us in this free class to discuss the many options for birth that are available at IU Health Methodist Hospital. A tour of the maternity areas is included.

Join a labor and delivery nurse to discuss birth options, including water birth, available to you at IU Health Methodist Hospital. A tour of the maternity units is included. [Back to Top]


Expectant Parent Tour North
All parents-to-be and their families are invited to tour their birthplace. Your tour guide will answer all your questions about our facility.

No registration required.

Tours are available most Wednesday evenings at 6P or 7P, as well as, most FIRST Saturdays of each month at 1P and 2P. When coming to IU Health North Hospital, please enter through Entrance C on the south side of the building. Once in the hospital, please s ign in at the 1st floor Welcome Desk; registration not required.

A tour takes about 30 minutes. For questions please call 688-2465. [Back to Top]

Expectant Parent Tour West
Health care providers recommend all first-time parents attend a childbirth class. A tour of the maternity unit is included in your childbirth preparation class.

All parents-to-be and their families are invited to tour the IU Health West Hospital birthplace. Your tour guide will answer all your questions about our facility.

Tours are held:  The second and fourth Monday at 6pm. 
For Sunday tours, please call 217-3827.  Park outside of the Women's Center and gather in the Women's Center lobby. [Back to Top]

Expectant Parent Tour Methodist
All parents-to-be are invited to tour their birthplace. Your tour guide will answer all your questions about our facilities. Please call 962-1478 for tour times on weekends.  Tours are held within the Birth Options class, the third Monday of each month from 7:30-8:30pm.  Please meet in the Palm Tree Atrium of Methodist, East building, to meet tour guide. 

Health care providers recommend all first-time parents attend a childbirth class. All childbirth preparation classes at Methodist, IU Health University Hospital, IU Health West Hospital and North hospitals include a tour of the maternity units. If you have your class at another location, you may schedule a tour free of charge. [Back to Top]

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Labor and Birth Preparation

Prenatal Yoga - offered as a series or pay $15 per class
Learn and enjoy the many benefits of a gentle yoga routine during the childbearing years. Taught by a certified instructor, this 6 week series will help prepare you for birth, and help you tone up after birth. Yoga can help reduce aches and pains related to pregnancy, and speed recovery postpartum. Props and mats will be provided, but feel free to bring your own if you have them. Anyone who would enjoy a gently yoga routine is welcome to register.
  **If interested in signing up for just part of the 6 week series, please call the North office at 688-2465 so we can do the pro-rated registration over the phone for you. $15 per class. [Back to Top]

IU Health North Hospital 7 week Lamaze (with tour, Newborn & Breastfeeding)
The goal of Lamaze class is to increase women's confidence in their ability to give birth. Women and their support persons will learn simple coping strategies for labor, including focused breathing, movement and positioning, labor support, massage, and relaxation. Also included is information on epidurals, c-section birth, immediate post-delivery care of mom and baby, and postpartum.

A tour is included.  Bring a blanket and pillows to relaxation practice. For your convenience, the Newborn Basics and Breastfeeding with Ease classes are included as classes #6 and #7 in this series and do not require separate registration for classes at IU North.

**If interested in attending only the 1st 5 sessions on labor preparation, please call the IU Health North Hospital Childbirth Education office at 688-2465.** [Back to Top]

5 week Lamaze series
The goal of Lamaze classes is to increase women's confidence in their ability to give birth. Women and their support persons will learn about the process of labor and birth and coping strategies for labor. Also included is information about epidurals, c-section birth, postpartum and the early newborn period. Registered nurses who are certified Lamaze instructors teach all classes. A tour of the maternity units is included.
First time parents should take this 5 week Lamaze sries  along with  Breastfeeding  With Ease and Newborn Basics classes, plus any other optional classes desired. [Back to Top]

Fast Track Childbirth Preparation
 Women and their support persons will learn about the process of labor and birth and coping strategies for labor. Also included is information about epidurals, cesarean birth, immediate recovery for mother and baby, and postpartum care.
A tour of the maternity is included. All material is covered at a quicker pace. Parents will need to do reading and relaxation practice on their own. 

First time parents should take this class along with the Breastfeeding and Newborn Basics classes, plus any other optional classes desired.

Weekday evening classes are held in two consecutive sessions while Saturday classes may be 1 Day or 2 consecutive sessions.  [Back to Top]

Teen Prenatal class
This is now a one day class held at Methodist Hospital. It is  geared specifically for teen parents and is held from 9:30 to 5pm.  Tour of Maternity Unit is included and will be held from 4 to 5pm.  Class  provides information on maintaining a healthy pregnancy and coping with labor and delivery, and discussion on the care of mother and baby in the weeks after birth. You are encouraged to bring your partner, mother or a friend, but you are welcome to come alone. Teens are encouraged to eat lunch in the Beacon cafeteria or bring a sack lunch.  This Teen Prenatal Class is very interactive! 

Hypnobabies Childbirth Preparation
Enjoy the beauty and power of birth. Hypnobabies is a complete childbirth education course that also teaches Gerald Kein’s famous Painless Childbirth techniques to mothers so that they can enter hypnosis, deepen it themselves and remain mobile during labor, completely comfortable at all times. Taught by a certified Hypnobabies instructor, this 6 week class will give parents the tools they need for a satisfying birth experience. For more information about this class, call us or go to http://www.hypnobabies.com/. [Back to Top]

Next Time Around
Are there things you’d like to do differently with this birth? Do you want to ensure that this experience is as wonderful as your other(s)? Designed for couples who have taken a childbirth class with a previous baby, this class reviews labor and delivery topics, such as breathing, relaxation, other labor support comfort measures, labor positions, pain medication, anesthesia and cesarean section. [Back to Top]

Advanced Labor Support
Do you want to go "natural" - without drugs? Do you want to be on your feet and active in your labor as long as possible? This class is for you. This class provides more extensive information about breathing and relaxation in labor, massage, acupressure, and other techniques. **We recommend you schedule this class after you have completed a series or fast track childbirth preparation class** [Back to Top]

Cesarean Birth
For women who are scheduled for a cesarean birth. This class will answer you and your partner's questions and make you more comfortable with the surgery by discussing the indications, procedure, delivery, immediate recovery, postpartum, and at-home care. [Back to Top]

Marvelous Multiples
IU Health offers this extensive class, presenting a curriculum written by a national expert on multiples. Come learn what is unique about your multiple pregnancy and delivery. Learn strategies for caring for multiples at home. Tour of Newborn Intensive Care unit is included. Take this class early in your pregnancy, at least by the 6th month. We also recommend you sign up to take Newborn Basics, for additional information on baby care. Don't miss Breastfeeding Multiples ...discusses how to provide breastmilk when you're having more than one!  [Back to Top]

Welcome to Fatherhood: Delivery and Beyond  
Join an informal class of other expectant fathers. Learn from a veteran Dad of 3 more about your role during labor, birth; pick up practical tips on how to balance taking care of mom, baby, work and you after the baby is born!
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Preparing for life with baby?

Breastfeeding With Ease
Take this class along with your childbirth preparation class (included in the 7 week series) to learn how to make breastfeeding a positive experience for you and your baby. We give you practical information about positioning and latch-on, and also discuss common concerns and problems related to breastfeeding. Attend this class with your partner. All classes are taught by certified lactation counselors or consultants (CLC, IBCLC). [Back to Top]

Back to Work Breastfeeding
Take this class about 4 weeks before returning to work to help you and your family prepare for this next step.

Based on class members' needs, topics may include: breast pumps and supplies, milk storage and pumping, baby and mother transition and timing, working with your employer and daycare provider, and best tips for success! Babies welcome! Class is taught by a certified counselor or consultant (CLC, IBCLC).   [Back to Top]

Breastfeeding - Part 2: pumping, storage, work and more
**Please take Breastfeeding with Ease class prior to Part 2 class if no experience yet as a nursing mom.

Based on class members' needs, topics may include: breast pumps and supplies, milk storage and pumping, baby and mother transition and timing, working with your employer and daycare provider, and best tips for success! Babies welcome! Class is taught by a certified counselor or consultant (CLC, IBCLC).   [Back to Top

Newborn Basics
This class will give you the opportunity to learn about caring for a new baby in the first month of life.  Baby care topics such as bathing, holding, feeding, comforting the crying baby and more will be taught.  If you are attending class after your delivery, you are welcome to bring your baby to class with you. [Back to Top]

Newborn Express
Attend a Newborn Basics class in the morning, to learn how to care for your baby in the first month of life.  After a lunch break, return to learn infant CPR and choking rescue, following the American Heart Association Family & Friends guidelines.  This is not a certification course.  No card will be issued. Class runs from 9am to 2 pm. [Back to Top]

CPR/First Aid 
Learn basic first aid for your child's early years, receive information about compiling a family first aid kit and learn about home safety. This is a "Family and Friends" class following American Heart Association guidelines. You will learn choking rescue and CPR for infants and children. This is not a certification course. No card will be issued. [Back to Top]

CPR
This is a "Family and Friends" class for the general public following the American Heart Association guidelines.  You will learn choking rescue and CPR for infants and children. This is not a certification course. No card will be issued.
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Bow-Wow & Baby

Prepare your doggie friendly home for life with baby!   NOT a dog training class .

You will learn how to help your dog adapt to the sights and sounds of a newborn. This class is also recommended for grandparents, babysitters, or anyone who owns a dog that will be around children.
Do not bring dog to class. When registering, please write in comment box how many are attending this class as the fee is a per family fee.
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Family Education

Especially for Children
Helps children prepare for their new role of big brother or sister. Using newborn dolls we provide, this class is filled with activities to help explain how siblings may feel and how they can safely play and help with the new baby. Children are assured that they are very special people in their families and will remain loved as much as ever after the birth of the baby. [Back to Top]

Sibling at Birth
This class is strongly recommended for children ages 3 to 14 years old who will be present at the birth of the new baby. Children attending the birth must each have their own support person at the class and at the delivery. Children will see a video of an actual birth and will visit the hospital's Labor and Delivery unit to become acquainted with the equipment used during labor and delivery. [Back to Top]

Grandparenting
Free class for Grandparents-to-be, this class will discuss the important role of grandparents, present current birthing and newborn care and feeding practices. Find out how best to help your adult children in their new role as parents. [Back to Top]

Safe Sitter

New 1 day with CPR!  This 9A-4P nationally recognized class is designed for boys and girls ages 11-13. Safe Sitters learn: choking rescue and CPR; safety for the sitter; how to call for emergency help; babysitting business skills; basic child care skills (diapering, feeding, etc); how to entertain children and keep them safe
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Parent Classes

Mommy & Baby Yoga - take a series or  $15 per class: Thursdays

Come with your baby, ages 6 weeks to 9 months, to enjoy a gentle yoga practice.  

The focus of this class is a series of warm-ups and yoga postures designed specifically for the new Mom!  Offered either as a Thursday or Saturday series.

Special attention is placed on preventing and relieving back, neck and shoulder tension while learning correct postures for feeding, lifting, and caring for your new baby. You will have the option of involving baby in the movements. Babies are also treated to a short session of gentle baby yoga and massage. A certified yoga instructor with special training in working with mothers and babies teaches this 6 week series.

**If interested in signing up for just part of a series, please call the North office at 688-2465 so we can do the pro-rated registration over the phone for you. $15 per class.  [Back to Top]

  Welcome to Fatherhood: Delivery and Beyond
Join an informal class of other expectant fathers. Learn from a veteran Dad of 3 more about your role during labor, birth; pick up practical tips on how to balance taking care of mom, baby, work and you after the baby is born!

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Support Groups

Breastfeeding
Support groups are free.

IU Health West Hospital:
Mondays: 10-11:30 am in the Garden Classroom. No registration needed.  
Facilitated by a Certified Lactation Consultant, IBCLC.  

IU Health North Hospital:
Thursdays: 10-11:30am in classroom K130. 1st floor of the hospital. 
Use South Entrance C, 2nd room on your left.  No registration needed. 

North group: meet other breastfeeding moms in an informal setting for open sharing of basic questions, tips for success and guided discussion led by an experienced educator.  Group is geared toward mothers of babies who are 0-4 months old.

For an individual one-on-one lactation assessment and counsel, call our IU Health North Lactation Consultants at (317) 688 2465.  


Mother Connection
This postpartum support group meets with a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner to discuss topics of interest to mothers of young babies, and have a great time meeting other mothers. Group meets once a week 12:30 - 2:00 pm at the Plainfield Recrecation Center  on Mondays, and at IU Health North Hospital on Tuesdays.  For North, please call 688-2465 before coming the 1st time to make sure group is meeting.  [Back to Top]

Toddler Time
Discuss topics such as potty pitfalls with a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner while you meet other Moms. Group meets weekly from 10 - 11:30 am. on Mondays at the Plainfield Recreation Center  and Tuesdays at IU Health North Hospital. For North, please call 688-2465 before coming the 1st time to make sure group is meeting.  [Back to Top]

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