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Birth & Family Education

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Birth Parent Ed

Now that you are expecting, you probably have a million questions about pregnancy, childbirth and how to manage those first few weeks at home with a newborn.

At WakeMed North Family Health & Women’s Hospital, we are committed to helping you and your expanding family get off to the right start. Within our hospital, we offer a comprehensive curriculum of pregnancy, childbirth and childcare classes taught by experienced educators who have one goal in mind – helping you and your family successfully prepare for the arrival of a new baby.

If you are not able to find the class you need at WakeMed North, we offer several more classes at our Raleigh Campus and Cary Hospital facilities.

Classes Offered at WakeMed North Hospital

Labor & Birth Education

Designed for those expecting their first baby (mother and support partner), labor and birth education classes are taught by childbirth educators and should be taken during an expectant mother's third trimester. Participants will learn about labor and birth positions, stages and phases of labor, how to time contractions and more. All labor and birth classes will include a tour of the birthing facility.

Labor & Birth Education - Weekend Intensive

Weekend Intensive is a ten-hour class covering the entire Labor & Birth education curriculum on a Saturday and Sunday.

Labor and Birth Education - Weekend Express Series

This fast-track series is designed for the well-versed first timers or the newly blended expectant families. Classroom instruction will follow text book reading assignments. Participants will learn labor and birth positions, stages and phases of labor, how to time contractions and more.

Labor & Birth Education - Five-Week Series

Classes are one night a week for five weeks in Raleigh and Cary, N.C., from 6:30 to 9 pm.

Breastfeeding Support

Today more women choose to breastfeed their babies. Research shows women who have the most support are able to successfully breastfeed for longer periods of time. We are here to help, and offer classes to provide you with the information and support you need.

Learn about our Breastfeeding Support Groups.

CPR: Infant, Child & Adult

In this three-hour course taught by certified CPR instructors, parents, grandparents and babysitters will learn basic skills in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and obstructed airway management for infants, young children and adults. Participants will receive an American Heart Association Heartsaver® Certification.

Sibling Class & Tour 

This class presents the perfect opportunity for your children to see where their brother or sister will be born. Children, divided into groups of ages 3-5 and ages 6-10, tour the Women's Pavilion & Birthplace and they will participate in a discussion about what can be expected from a newborn. Each one-hour class is designed with age-appropriate material and instruction. Each child will create a special keepsake craft. Classes are offered on Saturdays.

Baby Basics Class: Bringing Home Baby

This three-hour class is for expectant parents. Participants rotate from station to station for hands-on experience, within an independent learning format. Learning is self-paced and participants can spend as much or as little time on topics, depending on their preferences. Instructors demonstrate baby care techniques and are available for questions and further instruction as needed.

Doula Services

Trained and credentialed doulas are available as a service to expecting and laboring moms at all WakeMed birthing Facilities to provide emotional, educational and physical support for birthing families. They work with the nurses and physicians, and facilitate communication between the healthcare team, the patient and the family members at the time of the birth. Learn more about our doula services or call 919-350-6158.

Gestational Diabetes Program

WakeMed Gestational Diabetes program is designed for the patient who has developed diabetes at any stage of pregnancy or for the patient who has diabetes prior to conception.  A physician referral is required for program enrollment.  Learn more about our program or call 919-350-4589.

Fitness Classes For Mom

FIT4MOM now offers their signature prenatal fitness class, Prenatal FIT4BABY, at WakeMed North! This 1-hour class is open to all expecting moms (with their OB/Midwife's permission to exercise). Moms can begin at any time and continue right up to delivery. Classes include elements of cardio, strength training and core work designed to prepare the body for labor and beyond.

Find the class schedule and register. Contact Missy Currin at missycurrin@fit4mom.com with questions & to get a 15% multi-session discount.

Temporary Visitation Restrictions

Our top priority is to protect the health and wellbeing of our patients, their families and our staff who are working on the frontlines. While we recognize the important role that visits from loved ones play in the healing process, we must have visitation restrictions in order to protect lives.

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