Small Wonders

Life is full of special gifts. Often, it is the small wonders that bless and delight us in the most amazing ways.

To Baptist Health babies are small wonders. We have happily been a part of thousands of births. In fact, we deliver more miracles of birth each year than any other facility in Central Alabama.

Having a baby is an exciting time for parents and families. However, it can also be a time filled with many questions about labor and delivery, parenting and safety. To help prepare expecting parents, new parents and their families, Baptist Health provides a comprehensive parent/family education program.  

Expectant moms should register for classes by the fifth month of pregnancy for best selection as class space is limited. Ideally, expectant moms should try to complete classes four to six weeks before your due date.

Registration is required for all classes. Please e-mail for more information regarding class dates and times. A 10 percent class discount is available to Baptist Health employees and members of the military. ID required.

Childbirth Preparation Class

This comprehensive four-week series covers all aspects of the labor and delivery experience, admission process, medication and anesthesia options including epidurals, Cesarean sections, coping and comfort measures including breathing and relaxation techniques. Postpartum care and newborn characteristics are included. A maternity area tour is also included as a part of this class. All of our classes are taught by registered nurses certified in childbirth education. This class is $60 per couple. Space is limited. Registration is required.

Childbirth Preparation Boot Camp

A fast paced one day class that includes the same information offered in our weekly series. Maternity Area Tour is also included as a part of this class. Fee is $60 per couple (includes 2 box lunches) payable at class by cash or check Space is limited. Registration is required.

Prenatal Breastfeeding Class

This class provides expectant mothers with information about breastfeeding including various factors influencing lactation, advantages of breastfeeding, basic anatomy and physiology of milk production, specific techniques to promote a successful breastfeeding experience and breastfeeding equipment and supplies. Classes are taught by IBLCE instructors. Partners are encouraged to participate in this class. This class is $20 per couple. Space is limited. Registration is required.   

Infant Safety/CPR Class

This class will teach parents and grandparents the American Heart Association’s Family and Friends CPR for infants and children including care of the choking infant, infant rescue and breathing with hands on practice using ACTAR CPR dolls for class participants. This class will also help parents with creating a safe environment for their child. Classes are taught by certified CPR Instructors. This class is not a certification class. This class is $10 per person. Space is limited. Registration is required.

Maternity Area Tour Only

Maternity area tour for expectant mothers and families not attending Childbirth Preparation Class or Boot Camp. This tour is complimentary and is offered on select Saturdays of each month. Space is limited. Registration is required.

Caring For Your Newborn

Our newborn care class helps new families become familiar with the basics of caring for your infant in the first six weeks after birth. This interactive class covers routine hospital newborn procedures along with bathing, diapering, swaddling and soothing, normal infant behavior, appearance and sleep patterns. Partners are encouraged to attend. This class is $20 per couple. Space is limited. Registration is required.