August 19th, 2010

Great River Medical Center is pleased to offer a free six-week series of prenatal education classes designed to help take the mystery out of the birth process, to alleviate fear and to help expectant parents prepare for this memorable event. The classes begin Sept. 2 from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. and are for women in their sixth or seventh months of pregnancy and their husbands or birth coaches. Mothers-to-be should come dressed in comfortable slacks. 

The classes include lectures and demonstrations on the following subjects:

  • Breathing and relaxation techniques
  • Lectures by a childbirth educator
  • Opportunities to ask questions about labor, delivery and newborn care
  • Practice for controlling labor
  • Videos

An extensive tour of the Obstetrics Unit, including nurseries, also is provided.  Registration is required. To register or obtain more information, please call the hospital's Education Department at (319) 768-4070, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. You also may register by e-mail at