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We offer classes for expectant parents, grandparents, babysitters and siblings in four convenient locations in Raleigh, Cary, North Raleigh and near Midtown Raleigh.
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This three-hour class is taught at WakeMed Cary Hospital and at WakeMed Raleigh Campus. Bringing Home Baby is essentially Newborn Care 101! This class is divided into three segments. The first segment includes basic baby care demonstration and practice. Expectant families will learn how to diaper, bathe, swaddle and more! Participants will have the opportunity to practice these skills on our newborn dolls. The second segment focuses on a period called the “fourth trimester”. This period covers the first three months after birth. While parents are adjusting to their newest family member, self-care, and parenthood dynamics, the newborn is adjusting to life outside of the womb, digestive changes, neurological developments, sleep patterns and more. Parents will learn newborn communication ques, soothing techniques and gain a clear understanding of post-partum mood and anxiety disorders (PMAD). The final segment includes car seat safety, when to call the pediatrician, how to wear your baby, kangaroo care and breast and bottle feeding tips.Cost: $50 per couple
Boot Camp for New Dads® (aka Daddy Boot Camp®) is a unique father-to-father, community-based workshop that inspires and equips men of different economic levels, ages and cultures to become confidently engaged with their infants, support their mates and personally navigate their transformation into dads. Boot Camp is validated by research and has been named a best practice by many organizations that consider it an exceptional means of supporting dads-to-be and fostering behaviors that greatly benefit children and help prevent a wide range of social ills. Boot Camp is for DAD’s ONLY!!! Cost: $25
Today more women choose to breastfeed their babies. Research shows women who have the most support are able to successfully breastfeed for longer periods of time. We are here to help, and offer classes to provide you with the information and support you need.Cost: $30
This class is designed for postpartum moms and their babies to learn about preparing to return to work, planning your day to include pumping, talking to your employer, storing milk, overcoming obstacles, and more. We encourage moms to bring their babies to class as you will discover great tips and tricks for making breastfeeding and working WORK for both you and your baby. Cost: $30
FREE weekly meetings are open to all moms of breastfeeding or breastmilk feeding babies in the community during the first year of life. No registration is required. Information about meeting times and locations can be found online, by calling 919-350-8235 , or by contacting us via email.
This class is specifically designed for the family that is expecting twins, triplets, or more and wants their babies to benefit from breastmilk feeding. Along with learning about the benefits of breastmilk for newborns and their moms, we will discuss the added benefits for multiples and preterm babies. We will have hands-on practice for both parents using various positions for nursing more than one baby. Other topics will include combining nursing with pumping and bottle-feeding as well as a set of possible sample schedules for feeding multiples. We will talk about breast care, warning signs and treatments for possible breast/nipple injury, NICU care, and where and how to find practical support that fits your budget. We will also give information about the postpartum recovery period and how to work together as a team. Cost: $30/couple
During this seminar you will learn how to search for and identify high quality child care services. Specific topics covered include North Carolina's licensing regulations and accreditation standards as well as key quality indicators for child care programs. Seminar attendees will also learn how to access community resources and financial assistance programs available to help pay for child care.
This seminar is offered monthly at WakeMed Cary Hospital. To register, please contact Christy Thalheimer with Child Care Services by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 919-403-6950 and request the WakeMed Choosing and Using Quality Child Care Seminar.
In this three-hour course taught by certified CPR instructors, parents, grandparents and babysitters will learn basic skills in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and obstructed airway management for infants, young children and adults. Participants will receive an American Heart Association Heartsaver® Certification.Cost: $70 per person
Finally... a class to help grandparents learn how to help the new parents and not feel like they are in the way. This class teaches grandparents: safety tips, tips and mistakes to avoid, activities and games to do with your grandchildren, and more. Class participants are encouraged to take an active role in passing along what has worked for them. Location: WakeMed Corporate Center: 3128 Smoketree Court, Raleigh, NC 27604. The classroom is located on the second floor.Cost:$25 per person*Each grandparent must register/pay separately.
Have you given birth but want a refresher, then this class is for you! We’ll review the basics and tailor conversation to meet the needs of individual participants.Cost:$45 per couple
Infant/CPR and Toddler Safety will focus on top safety concerns among new families! Parents will lean how to prevent common childhood injuries from infancy to toddlerhood in and around the home. Learn how to spot dangers before they occur and how to perform lifesaving skills in the event of an emergency! Topics include Infant CPR and Choking, Safe Sleep, SIDS, Car Seat Safety and more! Location: WakeMed Corporate Center: 3128 Smoketree Ct. Raleigh, NC 27604 (off Highwoods Blvd). Price $40/couple
A weekly support group offered by WakeMed for any woman who is experiencing feelings of depression and/or anxiety surrounding the postpartum period up to the first 24 months postpartum. The group is free, peer-led and judgement-free.
Let Safe Sitter® give you peace of mind. Enroll your teen in a Safe Sitter® class. They’ll learn more than just babysitting basics. They’ll learn the life and safety skills any teen should have before babysitting or staying home alone and the sensible decision-making skills you, as a parent, need for them to have. Safe Sitter® builds confidence. Cost: $60
This class presents the perfect opportunity for your children to see where their brother or sister will be born. Children, divided into groups of ages 3-5 and ages 6-10, tour the Women's Pavilion & Birthplace - Raleigh or Cary and they will participate in a discussion about what can be expected from a newborn. Each one-hour class is designed with age-appropriate material and instruction. Each child will create a special keepsake craft. Classes are offered on Saturdays.Cost: $15 per family
Of course you'll want to see where you will give birth. This free, guided tour offers an up-close look at the Women's Pavilion & Birthplace - Raleigh or Cary and a discussion of our services. Tours are offered in the evening and on Saturday.
3000 New Bern Ave.
Raleigh, NC 27610