Classes and Resources

Women's Health

All of our Parkview Family Birthing Centers offers free prenatal classes to help prepare our parents-to-be. Check out the PDF of Parkview's 2014 Prenatal Schedule of Classes​ to see our program offerings or view our class information below. Each header is the name of a class. Keep scrolling to read a description, along with class locations, dates and times. If you want to register for a class, a phone number is given for each location.

Preparing for Childbirth

To help you prepare for this life-changing event, Parkview offers Preparing for Childbirth, a one-day or three-session prenatal education class. It’s designed to assist you and your partner in exploring the physical, emotional and social aspects of birth. Each session includes prenatal information, group activities to promote learning and a demonstration of skills useful during labor and birth so you can better define your needs and wants. Partners are encouraged to attend. An intensive, one-day class is also available on some weekends.

Class locations, dates and times

Parkview Regional Medical Center (FORT WAYNE)

Parents can elect to take a three-session weekday class or one-day weekend class. Call (260) 672-6185 for more information or to register.

Mondays, 6 - 8:30 p.m.                       Tuesdays, 6 - 8:30 p.m.
February 10, 17, 24                             February 4, 11, 18
March 10, 17, 24                                  March 4, 11, 18
April 14, 21, 28                                     April 8, 15, 22
May 5, 12, 19                                        May 6, 13, 20
June 9, 16, 23                                       June 3, 10, 17
July 14, 21, 28                                       July 8, 15, 22
August 11, 18, 25                                  August 5, 12, 19
September 15, 22, 29                          September 9, 16, 23
October 13, 20, 27                               October 7, 14, 21
November 10, 17, 24                            November 4, 11, 18
December 8, 15, 22                              December 2, 9, 16

Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
March 1        July 12                  November 1
April 5           August 2              December 6
May 3            September 6
June 7           October 4


Parkview Hospital Randallia (FORT WAYNE)

Parents can opt to take this course at Parkview Hospital Randallia on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. in the Boscia classroom. Call (260) 672-6185 for more information or to register.
February 19       June 18                   October 15
March 19            July 16                     November 19
April 23               August 20               December 17
May 21               September 17


PARKVIEW NOBLE HOSPITAL (KENDALLVILLE)

The Preparing for Childbirth class is offered once a month at Parkview Noble Hospital on a Saturday from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Call (260) 347-8345 for class times and information or to register.

PARKVIEW HUNTINGTON HOSPITAL (HUNTINGTON)

The Preparing for Childbirth class is offered in either one or two sessions. Call (260) 355-3640 for more information or to register.

March 22, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.       September 13, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

May 12 & 19, 5:30 - 9 p.m.    November 10 & 17, 5:30 - 9 p.m.

July 7 & 14, 5:30 - 9 p.m.

 

Parkview LaGrange Hospital (Lagrange)

Parkview LaGrange Hospital offers monthly prenatal education classes. Class size is limited to ensure personal attention for each participant. Early registration for all classes is recommended. Call (260) 463-9300 or (877) 745-4441, ext. 49300 to register.

February 15     May 31       September 27     December 6

March 22         June 21       October 18

April 19            July 26        November 15

 

Basic and Beyond Parenting

Unfortunately, babies do not come with instruction sheets, and the anxiety about caring for your newborn can be overwhelming. This class is designed to help you feel more confident by teaching you basic parenting skills and more. Partners are encouraged to attend this class, which covers topics such as:

  • Infant care skills
  • Calming a crying baby
  • Protecting your child
  • Choosing a care provider
  • Understanding infant sleep patterns
  • Breastfeeding skills and bottle-feeding
  • Car seat safety

You will also have an opportunity to learn practical (non-certified) CPR for infants and children.

Class locations, dates and times

Parkview Regional Medical Center (Fort Wayne)

Parents can elect to take a three-session weekday class or one-day weekend class. Call (260) 672-6185 for more information or to register.

Wednesdays, 6 - 8:30 p.m.

February 12, 19, 26     July 16, 23, 30
March 12, 19, 26          August 13, 20, 27
April 16, 23, 30             September 10, 17, 24
May 14, 21, 28              October 15, 22, 29
June 11, 18, 25             November 5, 12, 19
                                        December 3, 10, 17

Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
February 22        July 26                      October 25
May 24                August 23                 November 22
June 28               September 27          December 20

Parkview Hospital Randallia (Fort Wayne)

Parents can opt to take this course at Parkview Hospital Randallia on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. in the Boscia classroom. Call (260) 672-6185 for more information or to register.

March 5        June 4             September 3             December 3
April 9           July 2               October 1
May 7           August 6         November 5

 

Parenting Class

This interactive class combines basic parenting information and tips from Parkview’s Safe Slumber program and will introduce you to basic infant care. Other topics include: training in infant CPR, how to interact with your newborn, car seat safety and information on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). A free portable crib, crib sheet, swaddler and pacifiers will be given to those who qualify. Any woman in her last trimester of pregnancy, or who has an infant, is welcome to attend.

Class locations, dates, times

Parkview Whitley Hospital (Columbia City)

For more information, or to register for classes at Parkview

Whitley Hospital, call (260) 248-9426.

February 12 and 19, 6 – 9 p.m.

March 15, Noon – 4 p.m.

April 9 and 16, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

May 14 and 21, 6 – 9 p.m.

June 7, Noon – 4 p.m.

July 9 and 16, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

August 13 and 20, 6 – 9 p.m.

September 20, Noon – 4 p.m.

October 8 and 15, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

November 12 and 19, 6 – 9 p.m.

Parkview Noble Hospital (Kendallville)

This one-time class is offered every other month. Call (260) 347-8345 for dates and times.

Breastfeeding Class

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for the first 12 months of life. This one-time class is highly recommended if you are considering breastfeeding your baby. Partners are encouraged to attend. To help you prepare for breastfeeding, this class covers:

  • Benefits of breastfeeding for you and your baby
  • Correct positioning and latching
  • Pumping and storage of breast milk
  • Common concerns and questions


Class locations, dates and times

Parkview Regional Medical Center (Fort Wayne)

Parkview Women's and Children's Hospital offers multiple breastfeeding classes. For more information, or to register, call (260) 672-6185.

Mondays             Tuesdays                 Saturdays
6 - 8 p.m.             6 - 8 p.m.                 9 - 11 a.m.
March 3               March 25                 March 8
April 7                  April 29                    April 12
May 5                   May 27                    May 10
June 2                  June 24                   June 14
July 7                    July 29                     July 19
August 4              August 26                August 9
September 8      September 30         September 13
October 6            October 28              October 11
November 3        November 25          November 8
December 1        December 23         December 13


PARKVIEW HOSPITAL RANDALLIA (fort wayne)

Parkview Hospital Randallia also offers a breastfeeding class on Thursdays from 6 - 8 p.m. in the Boscia classroom. Call (260) 672-6185 for more information or to register.

February 12         June 11                    October 8
March 12              July 9                        November 12
April 16                August 13                 December 10
May 14                 September 10


PARKVIEW NOBLE HOSPITAL (KENDALLVILLE)

Parkview Noble Hospital also offers a breastfeeding class on the second Wednesday of every month from 5 -6 p.m. Call (260) 347-8345 for more information or to register.

February 12         June 11                    October 8
March 12              July 9                        November 12
April 16                August 13                 December 10
May 14                 September 10 

 

Parkview Whitley Hospital (Columbia City)

Parkview Whitely Hospital offers a breastfeeding class from  6 - 8:30 p.m. in classroom C (terrace level). For more information or to register, call (260) 248-9426.

March 3           August 4
April 7              October 20
May 19            December 1
June 30

Parkview Huntington Hospital (Huntington)

Parkview Huntington Hospital offers a breastfeeding class from 6 - 8 p.m. For more information, or to register, call (260) 355-3640.

February 10        August 25
April 14               October 13
June 16               December 8

 

Safe Sleep Class

Safe Sleep education is worked into education at most of our locations; however, two Family Birthing Centers offer specific programs.

Parkview Noble Hospital (Kendallville)

Bedtime Basics for Babies/Safe Sleep Education

This 90-minute class provides education for safe sleep practices. Safety-approved cribs are available for parents who qualify. This class is offered the second Wednesday of every month from 3 – 4:30 p.m. and one time a month on a Saturday. Please call (260) 347-8345 for exact dates and times.

Parkview Huntington Hospital (Huntington)

Make sure your baby sleeps safely. This single-session class, in classrooms 1, 2 and 3, is designed for expectant parents or those with babies under age one. You will receive information about sleeping positions, sleepwear, crib safety, reducing risk of SIDS and more. Families who qualify will receive a free crib.

February 20, 1:30 – 3 p.m.

April 24, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

June 12, 1:30 – 3 p.m.

August 21, 1:30 – 3 p.m.

October 20, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

December 4, 1:30 – 3 p.m.

 

Refresher Class

Preparing for your new baby can be exciting and challenging. This refresher course is for parents who have participated in a childbirth class but are seeking the latest information on labor and delivery. Learn what to expect and review pain management options, breathing techniques and more.

Class locations, dates and times

Parkview Regional Medical Center (Fort Wayne)

Parkview Women's and Children's Hospital offers a Saturday morning Refresher Class, from 9 a.m. - noon, in the Parkview Women's and Children's Hospital Family Birthing Center conference room. For more information, or to register, call (260) 672-6185.

March 15     June 21     September 20     December 13
 

Sibling Class

This unique event is for big brothers and sisters. It features a fun, interactive class in which youngsters learn what a new baby looks like, how to become a “big helper,” and how to make friends with the new baby. Children get to tour the Family Birthing Center so they can see where Mommy will be when little brother or sister is born.

 

Class locations, dates and times

Parkview Regional Medical Center (fORT wAYNE)

Parents can elect to take a Sunday or Wednesday class at the Parkview Women's & Children's Hospital Family Birthing Center conference room. Call (260) 672-6185 for more information or to register.

Sundays, 3 - 4:30 p.m. or 5 - 6 p.m.
March 9     May 4     July 13    September 14     November 9

Wednesdays, 5 - 6 p.m. or 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
April 9     June 4     August 6     October 8     December 10

Parkview Noble Hospital (Kendallville)

This one-time class is offered every other month. Call (260) 347-8345 for dates and times.

Parkview Huntington Hospital (Huntington)

This class meets from 6 - 7 p.m. To register or receive more information, call (260) 355-3640.

April 17     July 17     October 16

 

Pet-Friendly Class

Preparing you and your furry friend for the new arrival is essential. Join us to learn how you can help your pet cope with and adjust to the big change. You will also learn helpful pet training and home preparation tips that are designed for families who are expecting a baby. The class is offered once each quarter. No pets allowed.

Class locations, dates and times

Parkview Regional Medical Center (Fort wayne)

Parkview Women's and Children's Hospital offers a Saturday morning Pet-Friendly Class, from 9 - 10:30 a.m., in the Parkview Women's and Children's Hospital Family Birthing Center conference room. For more information, or to register, call (260) 672-6185.

February 15     May 17     August 16     November 15

 

Grandparents Class

This class will discuss what’s changed since they’ve had babies. Focuses on safe sleep, car seat use and infant/child CPR and choking.

Class locations, dates and times

Parkview Regional Medical Center (Fort wayne)

Parkview Women's and Children's Hospital offers a Saturday morning Grandparents Class, from 9 - 11:30 a.m., in the Parkview Women's and Children's Hospital Family Birthing Center conference room. For more information, or to register, call (260) 672-6185.

April 19     July 19     October 18

 

 

 

 

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