December 21st, 2011

The Sibling Preparation Class helps children develop realistic expectations about their new baby brother or baby sister and helps reduce the anxiety about being separated from their mothers. Children ages 2 through 10 will learn how an additional child will change their families and how they can help with this adjustment. The free class includes:

  • A tour of the Obstetrics Unit, including nursery
  • Dressing up in hospital gowns, masks and caps
  • Story time about having a baby
  • Role-playing for children

Classes are scheduled monthly. The next class is 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7. Registration is required. To register or obtain more information, please call the hospital's Education Department at 319-768-4070 or toll-free at 866-297-9516, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. You also may register online at under the Classes and Events tab.