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at Memorial Hospital
111 Brewster Street,
Pawtucket, RI 02860

p. (401) 729-2291

The Birthing Center at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island

Educational Programs for You and Your Family

Prenatal Education Department: (401) 729-2510 call to register for any of the classes below.

Click here to view the calendar of upcoming classes

cappa_logo.pngCongratulations on the upcoming birth of your baby. This is such an exciting and special time in your life. Memorial Hospital offers a variety of classes and services designed to help address any questions or concerns you may have regarding your pregnancy and the birth of your baby.

Educational programs are held in the evenings at Memorial Hospital. All programs are scheduled according to your due date. To ensure satisfactory placement, please register by mail or online no later than the fifth month of your pregnancy.

Memorial Hospital ofrece las clases para el para el parto en español. Para mas información o para recibir los materials de registratción, por fovor llame al: (401) 729-2800.

Financial arrangements can be made on an individual basis. RIte Care covers the costs of all programs. Some other insurances also cover some of the classes; please ask when registering. Programs are open to all expectant mothers and their families regardless of the hospital selected for delivery.

Early Pregnancy Class
Fee: Free
A two-hour class recommended for all pregnant women. This class addresses important topics, including physical changes, development of the baby, communicating with your healthcare provider, nutrition and exercise, infant feeding choices, signs of complications, and emotional adjustments to pregnancy.

Prepared Childbirth Classes
Fee: $74.50 per couple.
A series of two-hour classes preparing new parents for their birth experience. Topics include the physical and emotional preparation for birth, signs and stages of labor, relaxation and breathing techniques, medications, role of the coach, and your hospital experience. Birth films and a tour of the hospital are included. Participants are encouraged to bring a support person such as a husband, boyfriend, mother, sister or friend.

Refresher Class
Fee: $28 per couple.
A two-hour class for expectant parents who have previously attended prepared childbirth classes. Included in the discussions will be relaxation and breathing techniques, medication, adjustment and sibling issues. A birth film and hospital tour are included.

Breastfeeding Class
Fee: $23 per couple.
A two-hour discussion for parents who would like more information on breast-feeding. Topics include advantages, preparing for nursing, minimizing challenges, pumping and storing milk, returning to work and weaning.

Sibling Class
Fee: $16.50 per child
A 90-minute class for young children ages 3 to 10. The topics include an age-appropriate discussion of labor, delivery and newborn care. A snack and tour of the hospital are included.

Infant CPR Class
Fee: $39.50 per couple
Would you know what to do if your child started choking or had difficulty breathing? This 90-minute class is for all parents, grandparents, or care providers. Each participant will learn how to administer CPR to an infant or young child in an emergency situation.

Newborn Care/Early Parenting
Fee: $23 per person
Learn to care for your new baby with confidence and discover what to expect during the early weeks.
Class Registration
Have a Question? Call 1-800-647-4362 to speak with our physician referral service


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