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Online Pregnancy & Childbirth Classes

Adventist HealthCare offers online pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding classes so that you can prepare for baby in the comfort and safety of your own home.

Our video-rich, engaging online classes provide evidence-based and trusted information designed for learners to conveniently access whenever you want—from wherever you are—on any computer or mobile device connected to the Internet.

Who Can Register?

Online Pregnancy & Childbirth classes are available, FREE for a limited time, to all moms who are registered for labor & delivery at an Adventist HealthCare Birth Center. You can register for these classes below.

Included with Each Class

  • Narration, videos, and animations
  • Quizzes, interactive exercises, notes pages, and extended activities
  • PDF library, glossary, and web links
  • Class completion certificate
  • Access to virtual Q&A sessions with an instructor following class completion

Online Class Catalog

The following classes are now available online:

Birth

Understanding Birth

Understanding BirthCost: FREE (For a limited time.)

Our Understanding Birth provides comprehensive childbirth education that prepares expectant parents to have healthier and more satisfying birth experiences. Engaging video, life-like 3D animation, and personal birth stories give parents the knowledge and confidence they need to make informed decisions about their labor and delivery.

Birth Class Topics

Understanding Birth provides consistent, research-based information to expecting parents, covering topics including:

  • Pregnancy: Fetal development, anatomy, discomforts, nutrition, warning signs, preterm labor, hazards, emotions, strength and stretching exercises, and more.
  • Labor: Pain theories, 4 P’s of labor, prelabor signs, onset of labor, stages of labor, and the importance of skin-to-skin contact.
  • Birth Stories: How the stages of labor unfold in real life, natural coping techniques, medicated pain relief, and partner support.
  • Comfort Techniques: Labor support, breathing, relaxation, massage, visualization, focal points, hydrotherapy, labor & pushing positions, back labor, and partner advice.
  • Medical Procedures: Birth plans, decision-making, induction, fetal monitoring, IVs, pain medication, augmentation, second-stage interventions, and nonmedical alternatives.
  • Cesarean Birth: Reasons for a cesarean, risks, anesthesia, 3D animation of surgery, recovery, reducing the risk for cesarean birth, breastfeeding, family-centered birth tips.
  • Newborns: Newborn hospital procedures, skin-to-skin contact, first feeding, newborn appearance, senses, behaviors, SIDS, abusive head trauma (shaken baby syndrome).
  • Postpartum: Involution, lochia, perineum care, rooming-in, baby blues, postpartum depression, healthy habits, breastfeeding, hunger signs, feeding frequency, effective latch, and getting support.

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Breastfeeding

Understanding Breastfeeding

Understanding BreastfeedingCost: FREE (For a limited time.)

Following International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) recommendations and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines, our all-new Understanding Breastfeeding curriculum helps improve a mother’s chances for breastfeeding success.

Through step-by-step instructions and 3D animation, moms learn how to achieve a deep latch, which breastfeeding holds and positions are best for them, and how to maintain healthy milk production.

Breastfeeding Class Topics

Understanding Breastfeeding provides you with consistent research-based information, covering topics that include:

  • How breastfeeding works: 3D breast anatomy and milk production animation, colostrum, breastmilk qualities, why breastfeeding is important, AAP exclusivity recommendations.
  • Getting the best start: Sharing breastfeeding plans with hospital staff, skin-to-skin contact, rooming-in, lactation consultants, pacifier recommendations.
  • Latching on: Reclined and upright positions, 3D animation comparing deep and shallow latches.
  • Breastfeeding positions: Laid-back, cross-cradle, football, side-lying, cradle hold. When to feed your baby: Hunger and satiation cues, feeding patterns and guidelines, how to feed a sleepy baby, cluster feedings.
  • Getting enough milk: Signs of milk transfer, growth spurts, feeding and diaper log, stool and urine guidelines, weight gain, getting help.
  • Breast care: Normal breast fullness, hand expression and pumping, engorgement, nipple tenderness, mastitis and other warning signs.
  • Breastfeeding lifestyle: Partner support and involvement, feeding in public, self-care, substances to avoid, support groups, returning to work.

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Newborns

Understanding Your Newborn

Understanding Your NewbornCost: FREE (For a limited time.)

Understanding Your Newborn provides comprehensive, evidence-based education about baby care in the first six weeks and beyond, helping you deliver consistent information at every touchpoint.

Featuring modern, high-quality footage of newborns and real-life stories from first-time parents, this topic is presented in a clear and relatable way, delivering the latest guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics and other trusted organizations, along with the importance of baby cues, early brain growth, and bonding.

Newborn Class Topics

Understanding Breastfeeding provides you with consistent research-based information, covering topics that include:

  • Newborn traits: Skin-to-skin contact, newborn procedures, newborn appearance, reflexes, newborn senses, play & development.
  • Newborn behaviors: States of alertness and how to interact, newborn sleep, room-sharing, gagging and choking, and breathing patterns.
  • Crying and comforting: Why babies cry, infant crying patterns, comfort techniques, coping with crying, Abusive Head Trauma, postpartum emotions (baby blues and PPD).
  • Feeding: Breastfeeding basics, latching on, when to feed, hunger cues, burping, how to tell if baby is getting enough milk.
  • Diapering: How-to, diaper rash, diaper options, diaper bag checklist, stool and urine patterns.
  • Bathing, nail care, and dressing: Sponge bathing, tub bathing, water safety, nail care, dressing.
  • Newborn health: Cord care, circumcision/penis care, signs of illness, well-baby visits, jaundice, vaccines, hand washing and visitors, taking temperature, when to call the healthcare provider.
  • Newborn safety: Car seats, heat stroke and hot car safety, SIDS, safe baby gear, pet safety, siblings, outdoor safety, childcare, infant CPR.
  • Additional resources: When to Call Your Baby’s Healthcare Provider, Car Seat Installation, Baby’s Daily Breastfeeding Log, How to Perform Infant CPR, Infant Choking First Aid, Baby Supplies Checklist.

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