Labor & Birth Education
Designed for those expecting their first baby (mother and support partner), labor and birth education classes are taught by childbirth educators and should be taken during an expectant mother's third trimester. Participants will learn about labor and birth positions, stages and phases of labor, how to time contractions and more. Some classes include a tour of the birthing facility.
- Labor & Birth Education - Five-Week Series
Classes are one night a week for five weeks in Raleigh and Cary, N.C., from 6:30 to 9 pm. The cost for the series is $90 per couple.
- Labor & Birth Education - Weekend Intensive
Weekend Intensive is a ten-hour class covering the entire Labor & Birth education curriculum on a Saturday and Sunday. This session includes a tour. The cost is $110 per couple.
- Labor and Birth Education - Three-Week Express Series
This fast-track series is designed for the well-versed first timers or the newly blended expectant families. Classroom instruction will build on weekly activities. Participants will learn labor and birth positions, stages and phases of labor, how to time contractions and more. Cost is $90 per couple.
- Labor and Birth Education - Weekend Express Series
This fast-track series is designed for the well-versed first timers or the newly blended expectant families. Classroom instruction will follow text book reading assignments e-mailed prior to class. Participants will learn labor and birth positions, stages and phases of labor, how to time contractions and more. Cost is $90 per couple.
Labor & Birth Education - Review
If you've already attended a Labor & Birth Education class but want a refresher, this four-hour class is appropriate for you. We'll review the basics and tailor the class to meet the needs of individual participants. The cost is $45 per couple.
Labor & Birth Education - Multiples
Designed especially for families expecting multiples, this class may be taken in the second or third trimester. Topics include pregnancy, the birth process, Cesarean birth, breastfeeding and postpartum adjustments. The class is held weekly for five weeks. The cost is $90 per couple.
Labor & Birth Education - Preparation for Cesarean Birth
This two-hour class is designed for those anticipating a Cesarean section. Pre- and post-birth procedures will be discussed as well as postpartum recovery and adjustments. The cost is $25.
Trained and credentialed doulas are available as a service to expecting and laboring moms at all WakeMed birthing Facilities to provide emotional, educational and physical support for birthing families. They work with the nurses and physicians, and facilitate communication between the healthcare team, the patient and the family members at the time of the birth. Learn more about our doula services or call 919-350-8760.
Gestational Diabetes Program
WakeMed Gestational Diabetes program is designed for the patient who has developed diabetes at any stage of pregnancy or for the patient who has diabetes prior to conception. A physician referral is required for program enrollment. Learn more about our program or call (919)350-4589.