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Childbirth Education Classes

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Our childbirth education classes are a great way to prepare for labor and birth.

To find out more about online or in-person childbirth classes, click on the birthing location nearest you.


Marshfield Medical Center-Beaver Dam

Marshfield Medical Center–Beaver Dam offers small classes taught by our specially-trained and experienced childbirth educators to help you prepare for labor and childbirth.

Pre-registration for prenatal classes is required. Download the registration form here. We suggest that you choose the Preparing for Childbirth class closest to your eighth month of pregnancy.

Preparing for Childbirth

Our experienced childbirth educators will teach you and your support person ways to enhance your comfort and decision making during your hospital stay. The class covers the labor and delivery process, relaxation and pain management techniques for a healthy and comfortable birthing experience, physical and behavioral characteristics of your newborn, infant feeding choices, cord care and measures you can take to ensure your family's health and safety.

Classes: Mondays from 6 – 8:30 p.m.

  • January 4, 11
  • February 1, 8
  • March 1, 8
  • April 5, 12
  • May 3, 10
  • June 7, 14
  • July – no classes
  • August 2, 9
  • September 12, 27
  • October 11, 18
  • November 1, 8
  • December 6, 13

Fee: $45 for mom and support person for two class sessions. Limit - six couples per class.

Call 920-887-4007 to reserve your space before sending in the registration form.

Breastfeeding Class

Our International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) will share information to help you and your baby get the best start for breastfeeding. Topics include:

  • Benefits of breastfeeding
  • Babies instinctive behavior's after birth
  • How to position and latch
  • What to expect the early days and beyond
  • Early skin-to-skin contact between mom and baby and its effect on breastfeeding
  • Some early challenges with breastfeeding
  • What to do if baby doesn't latch
  • And more

Since all moms and babies are different, moms are given information and encouraged to do what works best for them with on-going support from our Lactation Consultant team.

Classes: Mondays from 6 – 8 p.m. in Conference Room A&B

  • January 18
  • February 15
  • March 22
  • April 19
  • May 17
  • June 21
  • July 19
  • August 16
  • September 20
  • October 4
  • November 15
  • December 20

Fee: $10 for mom and support person per class.

Outpatient lactation visits are available free of charge after discharge. Call the Lactation Office at 920-887-4021 to make an appointment.

Prenatal and Postpartum Massage

This massage is a great way to nurture an expecting mother or a new mother. Massage helps the mother relax and relieves low back pain or tight muscles in the neck and shoulders. It can also help with edema (swelling) and leg pains.

Massage for expectant mothers is provided by a therapist who is trained in pre- and peri-natal massage.

Cost: $35 for 30 minutes and $55 for 60 minutes.

Gift certificates are available.

Massage is done at Marshfield Medical Center–Beaver Dam rehabilitation at 803 S University Ave., Beaver Dam. Please call 920-887-4039 to schedule an appointment.

Marshfield Medical Center-Eau Claire/Chippewa Valley

Childbirth class:

In this two-week class, we will cover the basics of childbirth and how to prepare, discuss pain relief techniques both natural and medicated, provided information on possible interventions you may encounter in your labor. We will also touch on the basics of breastfeeding, newborn and postpartum care. Class is taught by labor and delivery registered nurses, who have their lactation certification.

Breastfeeding class:

In this two-hour class, we will provide information to help you start to prepare for your breastfeeding journey, discuss what you can do to help ensure breastfeeding success, and go over possible challenges that may arise. Class is taught by a board-certified lactation consultant.

To sign up for the eClasses, send an email to the hospital-based lactation consultant, Kendal Stockel, R.N., IBCLC, at stockel.kendal@marshfieldclinic.org with your name, phone number and email, along with the classes you wish to access. Once submitted, you will receive a code and link to create an account, enter the code and the class will be available to view.

Marshfield Medical Center-Marshfield

Registration information

To register for a class, call 715-387-7011 or attend one of our Pregnancy, Birth and Baby Expos. Birth Center tours are on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic. In-person classes and online classes are offered through Marshfield Medical Center-Marshfield. See more details below.

In-person classes

In-person classes are limited to 5 participants, including their support person. Participation is determined on a first come, first serve basis with paid registrations.

Cancellation information

In-person classes may be canceled in the event of inclement weather or due to low class enrollment. Call 715-387-7071 for more information on cancelations.

Pregnancy, Birth & Baby Expos

This free, drop-in expo is for expectant parents, grandparents and siblings. Get information on a variety of topics related to all phases of pregnancy and beyond including:

  • Informational booths and exhibits
  • Hands-on demonstrations
  • Videos and speakers provided
  • Experienced professionals to answer your questions

You will also have the opportunity to learn more about and register for upcoming prenatal classes.

Location: Learning Resource Center, 1st floor, West Building (Hospital)
Expo time: 4:30 to 7 p.m.

Expo dates:
Monday, May 15, 2023
Monday, October 9, 2023

Childbirth Education Class

Practice positioning, breathing and relaxation techniques, and tour the Birth Center. You will learn about the birthing process based on the Lamaze theory of childbirth education allowing you to make informed choices for a positive birth experience.

Cost: $45/couple
Location: Learning Resource Center 1st floor, West Building (Hospital)
Instructor: Kristin Glass, R.N., Danica Kanneberg, R.N., Robin Dietel, RNC-OB, LCCE, IBCLC
Class time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Online class equivalent: Understanding Birth

1 day classes:
Saturday, December 17, 2022
Sunday, January 15, 2023
Sunday, March 12, 2023
Sunday, April 16, 2023
Sunday, May 21, 2023
Sunday, July 16, 2023
Sunday, August 27, 2023
Sunday, October 8, 2023
Sunday, November 12, 2023
Sunday, December 17, 2023

 

Prenatal Breastfeeding Class

Learn how breastfeeding works. Topics include:

  • Latching on and positioning
  • Knowing when to feed your baby
  • How to know your baby is getting enough milk
  • How to care for your breasts
  • How to make breastfeeding a part of your lifestyle
  • Breastmilk expression and returning to work

Cost: $20/couple
Location: Learning Resource Center 1st floor, West Building (Hospital)
Instructor: Elizabeth Harris R.N., R.N.C.-OB, IBCLC
Class time: 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Online class equivalent: Understanding Breastfeeding

Class dates:
Thursday, November 17, 2022
Thursday, December 29, 2022
Wednesday, January 25, 2023
Wednesday, March 8, 2023
Wednesday, April 19, 2023
Wednesday, May 31, 2023
Wednesday, July 12, 2023
Wednesday, August 23, 2023
Wednesday, October 4, 2023
Wednesday, November 15, 2023
Wednesday, December 27, 2023

 

Baby Basics Class

This combined class includes the basics of newborn care during your hospital stay and the first few weeks at home. Topics include:

  • Newborn characteristics
  • Hospital routines
  • Calming a fussy baby
  • Signs of illness
  • Hands-on demonstrations on diapering, bathing, swaddling and car seat installation

Cost: $20/couple
Location: Learning Resource Center 1st floor, West Building (Hospital)
Instructor: Robin Dietel, R.N.C-OB, LCCE, IBCLC
Class time: 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Online class equivalent: Understanding Your Newborn

Class dates:
Thursday, December 1, 2022
Wednesday, January 11, 2023
Wednesday, April 12, 2023
Wednesday, July 19, 2023
Wednesday, October 11, 2023


Online Classes

Can't come to an on-site class? We'll bring them to you! Marshfield Medical Center is happy to provide online childbirth and parenting preparation classes that you can take conveniently from home or choose to pair with an in-person class or tour.

Our eClasses are perfect for:

  • Parents who need a more flexible schedule
  • Parents on bed rest
  • Parents who prefer online learning
  • Spanish-speaking parents
  • Trusted education, your way.
  • Learn essential information that's reviewed and updated regularly
  • No commercials or sponsored content
  • Access information when, where, and how you'd prefer
  • Share information with your partner and support people
  • Learn with videos, quizzes, and extended activities
  • Get organized with tools, planning checklists, and trackers

Call 715-387-7071 to sign-up for an online course >

Classes available Cost
Understanding Pregnancy $30
Understanding Breastfeeding $30
Understanding Your Newborn $30
Understanding Fatherhood $30
Understanding C-Sections $30
Infant and Child Safety $30
Understanding Multiples $45
Understanding Birth $45

 

Watch the video below for an inside look at our online classes.

Marshfield Medical Center-Minocqua

Prenatal Classes 2023

The birth of a child is one of the most cherished moments in life. The Birthing Center at Marshfield Medical Center-Minocqua Hospital offers several opportunities for childbirth education. As you prepare for your birth experience, prenatal classes can be an important step. The classes are taught by experienced OB Registered Nurses. Call the birthing center at 715-439-8042 for more information. 

Class 1: The End of Pregnancy, Labor & Delivery, Medications and Procedures you may experience.

Class 2: Comfort and Coping Techniques, Cesarean Birth, Postpartum Recovery and a Virtual Department Tour

Class 3: Your Newborn and Off to a Good Start with Breastfeeding

Each Series consists of EITHER 3 classes, held on Wednesday evenings, from 6:00pm-8:00 pm OR a 6 hour Saturday class held from 8:00am-2:00pm. Classes will be virtual for now, but we hope to return to an in-person format soon.

Series A: Wednesdays, January 11, 18, 26: 6:00pm-8:00pm

Series B: Saturday, March 4: 8:00am-2:00pm

Series C: Wednesdays, May 17, 24, 31: 6:00pm-8:00pm

Series D: Saturday, July 15: 8:00am-2:00pm

Series E: Wednesdays, September 13, 20, 27: 6:00pm-8:00pm

Series F: Saturday, November 4: 8:00am-2:00pm

Registration Information: Return the form located here to: Marshfield Medical Center-Minocqua Birthing Center, 9576 Highway 70, Minocqua WI 54548, or call 715-439-8042.  

Marshfield Medical Center-Rice Lake

Pregnant to Parent Class:

This in-person class will provide information about labor, delivery, postpartum, breastfeeding and much more. We recommend you take this class around the beginning of third trimester (28 weeks).

This class will be held once a month. If you would like to sign up for future months, please reach out using the contact information below and we will update you when a class is scheduled.

To register or if you have questions please call 1-715-236-6166 (leave a message with your name and email address and phone number.) On the day of class, enter through Door #1 (Emergency entrance) and ask registration for directions to the conference rooms.

Breastfeeding Class:

This in-person breastfeeding class at Marshfield Medical Center-Rice Lake covers the science behind all the benefits of breastmilk and breastfeeding. We will cover/discuss: The benefits of breastfeeding; how milk is made; how to acquire optimal milk supply; review of pumping/storing milk. In addition, we will cover breastfeeding in the hospital and assistance with obtaining a breast pump.

Breastfeeding class will be held on the third Tuesday of each month from 6-8:30 p.m. in hospital conference rooms 1 & 2. On the day of class, enter through Door #1 (Emergency entrance) and ask registration for directions to the conference rooms.

Marshfield Medical Center-Weston

Online Classes

Can't come to an on-site class? We'll bring them to you! Marshfield Medical Center-Weston is happy to provide online childbirth and parenting preparation classes that you can take conveniently from home or choose to pair with an in-person class or tour.

For more information, call 1-715-393-3093


Our eClasses are perfect for:

  • Parents who need a more flexible schedule
  • Parents on bed rest
  • Parents who prefer online learning
  • Spanish-speaking parents
  • Trusted education, your way.
  • Learn essential information that's reviewed and updated regularly
  • No commercials or sponsored content
  • Access information when, where, and how you'd prefer
  • Share information with your partner and support people
  • Learn with videos, quizzes, and extended activities
  • Get organized with tools, planning checklists, and trackers

Learn more about our online courses >

Classes available Cost
Understanding Pregnancy $30
Understanding Breastfeeding $30
Understanding Your Newborn $30
Understanding Fatherhood $30
Understanding C-Sections $30
Infant and Child Safety $30
Understanding Multiples $45
Understanding Birth $45

 

Watch the video below for an inside look at our online classes.


Circle of Moms: Breastfeeding Support Group

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