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Childbirth and Family Education Classes

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Childbirth and Family Education Classes

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. All classes are held in the Center for Childbirth and Family Education at Centra Virginia Baptist Hospital.

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Preparing for Childbirth Class, Four Week Series

Cost: $60/couple
This interactive class provides labor and delivery preparation for the pregnant woman and her support person. Together you will gain knowledge of the birth process and be able to make personal decisions related to your birth experience.

Preparing for Childbirth, Weekend Class

Cost: $60/couple
Available one weekend each month.
This class is offered as an alternative to the four-week series to accommodate busy schedules. The concentrated weekend course covers the same principles taught in the four-week course.

Baby Care Class

Cost: $20/couple
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

Cost: $20/couple
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

Cost: $20/couple
Learn the basics of infant safety from a Mother-Baby nurse. 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.

Heartsaver CPR/AED and First Aid

Cost: $65 per person
This one day course covers  first aid and adult, child, and infant CPR. Participants receive a two-year American Heart Association certification. This is a great class for teachers, childcare providers, church nursery workers, or anyone who needs the certification for their job!

Infant Massage Class

Cost: $20 for infant and parents.
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.

I'm Going to be a Big Brother/Big Sister (Sibling Class)

Cost:$15 for first child and $5 for each additional sibling.
Big brothers and big sisters are invited to join the fun and excitement while celebrating the upcoming birth of the new baby. The class is designed for children age 3 to 6. A child-oriented tour of the Mother-Baby unit is included. Each child makes a craft and receives a certificate of completion. Snacks are provided. One parent must accompany the child, and grandparents are welcome! Please bring a picture of your child for the craft project.

Safe Sitter (For Girls and Boys)

Cost: $60/student
Safe Sitter is a nationally certified class for 11 to 14 year olds. 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 have reached age 11 by the date of the class 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. (

Need based financial assistance available.

Childbirth Education promotional packages are available for multiple class registration.

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