Childbirth Education & Prenatal Classes

St. Dominic's wants to make sure that you and the other members of your family are ready for the arrival of your new baby.  We put a special emphasis on education classes so that you feel prepared to handle the challenges of pregnancy and childbirth plus those that come from caring for a newborn.  Our classes include everything from fitness for mom and breastfeeding to infant CPR and a car seat safety check.

View our roster of ongoing classes below, then click on the Well & Aware Calendar link at the bottom of the page to register for your classes.

Classes For Expecting Families

Moms N Motion - The Club at St. Dominic's offers a structured water fitness class that helps maintain cardio respiratory and muscular fitness throughout pregnancy and the postpartum period. Must be at least 12 weeks into pregnancy and have a signed medical release from a physician. Call (601) 200-4925 for details. Cost: $64/month or free for mothers delivering at St. Dominic's.

Breastfeeding Class - This class includes the advantages of breastfeeding for mother and baby, prenatal preparation, keys to successful breastfeeding and expressing and storing breast milk.
Call (601) 200-6934. Free. Thursday and Saturday classes are available.

Infant CPR - A one-session class that teaches injury prevention and correct CPR techniques for a new infant.  Held twice a month at St. Dominic's.  Call (601) 200-6934.  Free.

Infant Seat Safety Check - Certified technicians from Mississippi Safe Kids will be at St. Dominic's to show parents how to properly install their child's car seat. Call (601) 200-6934 for more information. Free.

Brothers and Sisters-To-Be - St. Dominic's will offer a special class for children ages 3-8 who are expecting a new baby in their family. Emphasis is given to the sibling's new role as a big brother or big sister. Call (601) 200-6934 for details or to register. Free.

Fatherwise - A one-night class for expectant or new fathers which offers personal, first-hand tips from a new dad and advice on how to help mom. Call (601) 200-6934 to register. Free.

Baby Basics - St. Dominic's teaches parents basic infant care and common parental concerns of the first few months. This course is now being taught by a pediatrician. Call (601) 200-6934. Free.

Prepared Childbirth Class - St. Dominic's offers a class that covers everything you need to know before, during and after your baby's birth. Weekend and Tuesday evening classes available. Registration required. Call (601) 200-6934 to register. Cost: $50 per couple.

eLearning Childbirth Class - As an alternative for parents who cannot attend our conventional prepared childbirth class due to bed rest, scheduling conflicts or time constraints we offer an interactive, web-based program that includes animated illustrations, videos, voice-overs and interactive games.  It can be viewed on a PC or Mac.  High speed Internet is advised but dial-up will work, it may just take a while for the download to complete.  After registering for this class you will receive a code to enter the eLearning program.  The code will be good for 84 days starting from the time you first log-on.  Once you receive your code visit to begin your class.  Contact (601) 200-6934 to register.  Cost:  $50, cash or check only.

"Grand" Parents Class - This class for expecting or new grandparents is designed as an update on childbirth and parenting practices. Call (601) 200-6934 to register. Free.

Signing with Tots Class - This class is for parents and babies from birth through 3 years of age. The class includes a 4-week session and book to use at home.  Each week in the 4-week session is devoted to a unique topic in baby's life:

  • Mealtime
  • Bedtime
  • Safety and Health
  • Animals and Playtime

Sign language is an effective way for babies and caregivers to communicate before babies learn to talk.  The benefits for baby are intellectual as well as emotional.

Call (601 )200-6934 to register. Cost:  $80. If you have any questions or comments, please click here.