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Childbirth and Family Education Classes

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Childbirth and Family Education Classes

The Center for Childbirth and Family Education at Centra Virginia Baptist Hospital offers a variety of classes to meet your childbirth and family needs. Our instructors are certified and class size is small to ensure a good experience. Most classes are held in the Center for Childbirth and Family Education at Centra Virginia Baptist Hospital. 

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Childbirth and Family Education Classes

Childbirth and Family Education Classes
Childbirth and Family Education Classes

Preparing for Childbirth, Weekend Class

Topics include labor and birth process, relaxation and comfort techniques, medication options, medical procedures, and understanding postpartum situations.

Baby Care Class

Baby Care class provides guidance and support as new parents approach their "on the job training" experience. This is an A to Z class on diapering, bathing, safety topics, signs of illness, etc. Grandparents are also welcome to register for this class.

Breastfeeding Class

Have you decided to breastfeed? Or maybe you aren't sure yet? Attend this class taught by a lactation educator and learn tips that can help make breastfeeding rewarding and successful.

Infant Safety

Learn the basics of infant safety. This class offers hands-on training in infant CPR and choking rescue, but it is not a certification class. Other topics discussed include SIDS, car seat safety, Shaken Baby Syndrome and tips on baby-proofing your home.

Nutrition: Baby and Beyond!

This class will teach you how to make your own baby food, introduce solids, self-feeding, and advancing your child’s diet.  You will also learn about whole food for the whole family and family meals, how to reduce mealtime conflicts, make food adventurous, and introduce a variety of food.  Creating healthy habits as a family is also included, as well as how to navigate food labels and terms and to eat healthy on a budget.

Infant Massage Class

Come join Tina for this soothing and relaxing class. Research shows that infant massage facilitates and enhances parent-infant bonding and also reduces crying in babies. The class is designed for infants eight weeks to one year of age.  Register for two or more of the Childbirth Classes and request a code to take this class for free!

Grandparents Class

If you are a soon-to-be grandparent or simply need a refresher course, our grandparents class is designed specifically for you! Come learn how to help care for your new grandbaby. The course will cover baby care, safety, and hands-on CPR training.

Safe Sitter (For Girls and Boys)

Safe Sitter is a nationally certified class for 6th to 8th graders. A medically accurate program, Safe Sitter teaches boys and girls safe and nurturing child- care techniques, behavior management skills, and appropriate responses to medical emergencies.

Students MUST be a rising 6th grader or have just finished 8th grade to attend! Class size is limited and on a first come-first serve basis. Each student receives a Safe Sitter messenger bag with Safe Sitter products and a take home manual. For additional program information, click here for the national web site. (

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For additional information, class dates/times, and registration, please visit our registration site. For any questions, please call 434.200.4537 or email Voice mail is available.

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Centra also hosts a CenteringPregnancy program at Centra Medical Group Women’s Center.

CenteringPregnancy is not a class, but is a voluntary program, offering a group pre-natal care model mixing education classes with monthly exams at Centra Medical Group Women’s Center. CenteringPregnancy replaces one-on-one provider visits with group visits, allowing expectant mothers to discuss nutrition, breastfeeding and exercise with a certified nurse-midwife. Centra has been an official CenteringPregnancy site since 2014 offering expectant mothers a with the support needed to improve health outcomes. 

Learn more at the CMG Women's Center