Childbirth Preparation

A class covering pregnancy, labor, newborn care and breastfeeding.

Education is the key for a positive birth experience. Learn what you need to know for the best possible start to your baby’s life. Please try to complete the class at least 6 weeks prior to your due date.

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2018 Classes

Five Week Evening Class

Session Three
July 23, 30 and August 6, 13 & 20

Session Four 
October 22, 29, November 5, 12 & 19

Time:  7:00PM – 9:00PM
Location: RMH Conference Rooms; 1301 S. Main St. Ottawa

Breastfeeding Class

There is no charge for breastfeeding class & pre-registration is not required.
Feb. 26, Apr. 16, Aug. 20 & Nov. 19

Time: 7:00PM – 9:30PM
RMH Conference Rooms; 1301 S. Main St. Ottawa

Class Fees

No charge if delivering at RMH.

Childbirth Educator(s):

Cathy Booton, RN CCE
Karol Frack, RN, IBCLC
Jenna Wight, RN, CCE
(Nurses in the RMH Family Birth Place)

What You Will Learn:

  • Nutrition
  • Tour of the Family Birth Place/Operating Room
  • Discomforts of pregnancy
  • Cesarean birth
  • Terminology
  • Postpartum
  • Warning signs
  • Breathing and relaxation
  • Prenatal exercises & body mechanics
  • Labor rehearsal
  • Delivery of baby and placenta
  • Sexuality/Contraception
  • Signs of approaching labor · Getting off to a good start
  • False vs. true labor
  • How to know if baby is getting enough?
  • Contractions
  • Positioning
  • Stages and phases of labor
  • Problem interventions
  • When to go to the hospital
  • Nutrition
  • Film on childbirth
  • Pumping and storage
  • Fetal heart monitor
  • Characteristics of breast milk
  • Pushing – positions and breathing
  • Lifestyle
  • Pumping and storage
  • Assessment
  • Delivery of baby and placenta
  • When to seek help

Infant Care

  • Characteristics of newborn
  • Bathing
  • Cord care
  • Circumcision care
  • Feeding cues
  • Family life with baby
  • S.I.D.S.

Participants should complete the class, if possible, 6 weeks before due date.
Register early to guarantee a place in class.

Please download our Childbirth Preparation Info Card here.


A full refund will be given if a complete session is cancelled within 48 hours of a scheduled session. RMH reserves the right to cancel a course due to low enrollment or extenuating circumstances with facilities equipment and instructors.


Contact Brenda Pfizenmaier at (785)229-8458 or