April 20th, 2011

Great River Medical Center offers a free six-week series of prenatal education classes designed to help take the mystery out of the birth process, to ease fear and to help expectant parents prepare for this memorable event. The classes begin Thursday, May 5, from 6:30 to 9 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:

  • Demonstrations of 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 receive more information, please call the hospital's Corporate Education Department at (319) 768-4070, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. You also may register online by following the class link at www.GreatRiverMedical.org/events.