Boot Camp for Partners and Coaches
Designed specifically for a partner or labor coach -- pregnant partners do not attend. You’ll learn how you can assist physically and emotionally during the birthing experience.
Preparing for Labor (available in English and Spanish)
Increase your confidence and reduce anxiety about the birthing process. Learn what happens to the body during labor, and what to expect while delivering at Duke University Hospital or Duke Regional Hospital. Elements for a natural or medicated birth will be discussed.
Preparing for Cesarean Birth
If you’re planning or want to learn more about a cesarean (C-section), this class covers preoperative preparation. We’ll walk you through what may be different about checking into the hospital and offer a step-by-step guide of what happens in the operating room, as well as recovery.
Preparing for Postpartum and Newborn Care
You’ll receive hands-on instruction for the basics of newborn care, including feeding, diapering, bathing, and safety. You’ll leave with handouts to help you at home.
Preparing for Breastfeeding
Learn basic breastfeeding principles and techniques for the newborn period.
Expressed: All About Pumping
Learn about providing breast milk for your baby during prolonged absences, like when you go back to work. We’ll teach the basics of pumping schedules, breast milk storage, and how to manage your supply of breast milk. Breast pumps and accessories will be available for on-site practice if you don’t have your own.
Lamaze Prepared Child Birth Education (two-day workshop)
This series covers much of the same information in our other classes but in a two-day seminar. Get an in-depth review of the stages of labor, pain management options, coaching techniques, breathing and relaxation methods, as well as information about the cesarean section.
The Lamaze class is recommended for women between 30 and 34 weeks of pregnancy, and we accept registrations starting at your 20-week mark. The class costs $90 per couple and is led by a certified perinatal Lamaze childbirth educator and certified nurse-midwife.