Parenting Preparation Classes

Prenatal Classes

Education is critical as you take this new step in your life. Willis’s Baby Bear Club prenatal classes are designed to help guide parents-to-be through this exciting phase of their lives. If you are an expectant mother, father or grandparent anticipating the arrival of a new baby, please take a few minutes to review the Frequently Asked Questions about the prenatal classes before making your class choices. This section includes guidelines about when the classes should be taken, who should attend and other helpful information.

Breast-feeding Class

An in-depth review of breast-feeding for new or experienced mothers. You will learn benefits of breastfeeding and proper techniques to hold and latch your baby. This class is taught by Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultants. Register to take this class at week 27 or later. Includes the book, "Breast-feeding: A Great Start," and a light meal.

Registration Information:
The mother should register under her name and complete the special areas on the enrollment screen for prenatal classes. This class is "per couple", so one enrollment covers the mother and companion. PLEASE ENROLL ONLY THE MOTHER.

Build a Better Body for Your Baby 

This class, instructed by a Willis-Knighton dietitian and physical therapist, should be taken within the first trimester (first 12 weeks of pregnancy). Attendees will learn proper nutrition, exercise and lifestyle changes for each trimester of pregnancy. This prepares mothers-to-be for the physical and emotional changes experienced during pregnancy. This class is for expectant mothers only. A healthy meal is included. 

Childbirth Preparation

An in-depth childbirth education series for mother and companion. Class meets once a week for three weeks. Topics include the anatomy of the changing body, labor and birth information, use of breathing and relaxation techniques, comfort measures and postpartum adjustments. Register to take this class at 24 weeks or later. For mothers expecting multiples, register to take this class at weeks 20 to 24. Includes: Book, "The Gift of Motherhood: Your Personal Journey through Prepared Childbirth" and a healthy meal. Participants should bring two bed pillows to first class.

Registration Information:
The mother should register under her name and complete the special areas on the enrollment screen for prenatal classes. This class is "per couple", so one enrollment covers the mother and companion. PLEASE ENROLL ONLY THE MOTHER. p>

Childbirth Preparation Express 

An abbreviated version of "Childbirth Preparation", with information condensed into a one-day class. The class reviews the anatomy of the changing body, labor and birth information, use of breathing and relaxation techniques, comfort measures and postpartum adjustments. Register to take this class at week 24 or later. If expecting multiples, take class at weeks 20 to 24.

INCLUDES:
Book, "The Gift of Motherhood: Your Personal Journey Through Prepared Childbirth." Breakfast and lunch are provided. Participants should bring two bed pillows to the class.

Registration Information:
The mother should register under her name and complete the special areas on the enrollment screen for prenatal classes. This class is "per couple", so one enrollment covers the mother and companion. PLEASE ENROLL ONLY THE MOTHER.

Grandparents Class

This class is offered to grandparents who want the latest information regarding care for the newest addition to the family. Grandparents learn updated information on newborn care, safety in the home, emergency procedures and establishing a positive relationship with the new grandchild. Grandmothers and grandfathers are encouraged to attend. Light refreshments are provided.

Registration Information:
A separate registration is required for each grandparent attending.

Newborn Care 

Newborn Care offers information on what to expect from delivery through infancy. Participants will learn basics of diapering, bathing and safety. Register to take this class at week 27 or later. The book "The Joy of Parenthood: Your Personal Journey Through Newborn Care" and a light meal is included in the fee.

Registration Information:
The mother should register under her name and complete the special areas on the enrollment screen for prenatal classes. This class is "per couple", so one enrollment covers the mother and companion. PLEASE ENROLL ONLY THE MOTHER. 

Prenatal Tour (Bossier) & Anesthesia

REQUIRED for patients delivering at WK Bossier Health Center

This class includes anesthesia education and information regarding the epidural process. Couples get a first-hand look at the patient rooms and areas where care is provided to mother and newborn. It includes a walking tour and the opportunity to pre-register. To ease the process of pre-registration, please bring the completed patient preadmission form (located in the Prenatal Education Book), a copy of your driver’s license and a front and back copy of your insurance card. Register to take this class at week 26 or later.

Registration Information: 
This class is "per couple" so one enrollment covers the mother and companion. The mother should register under her name and complete the special areas on the enrollment screen for prenatal classes. PLEASE ENROLL ONLY THE MOTHER. 

Prenatal Tour (Pierremont) 

This class gives couples a first-hand look at the patient rooms and areas of the hospital where care is delivered to mother and newborn. Information covers admission procedures and what to expect as a patient. A walking tour is included and mothers can pre-register at this time. To ease the process of pre-registration, please bring the completed patient preadmission form (located in the Prenatal Education Book), a copy of your driver’s license and a front and back copy of your insurance card. The Prenatal Tour must be taken at the location where you are delivering. Register to take this class week 26 or later.

Registration Information:
This class is "per couple" so one enrollment covers the mother and companion. The mother should register under her name and complete the special areas on the enrollment screen for prenatal classes. PLEASE ENROLL ONLY THE MOTHER.. 

Prenatal Tour (South)

This class gives couples a first-hand look at the patient rooms and areas of the hospital where care is delivered to mother and newborn. Information covers admission procedures and what to expect as a patient. A walking tour is included and mothers can pre-register at this time. To ease the process of pre-registration, please bring the completed patient preadmission form (located in the Prenatal Education Book), a copy of your driver’s license and a front and back copy of your insurance card. The Prenatal Tour must be taken at the location where you are delivering. Register to take this class week 26 or later.

Registration Information: 
This class is "per couple" so one enrollment covers the mother and companion. The mother should register under her name and complete the special areas on the enrollment screen for prenatal classes. PLEASE ENROLL ONLY THE MOTHER. 

Siblings Class 

This class is for soon-to-be brothers and sisters ages 3 and up. Topics discussed include what the baby will look like, preparation for taking the baby home, what to expect from a new baby and how to help mom and dad. Children will receive “Our New Baby…and ME!” coloring book and tour the nursery and postpartum unit. Each child should bring a stuffed animal or doll to participate in diapering and swaddling. This is recommended for children whose mothers are at week 26 or later. A parent must attend with the child. Light refreshments are provided.

Registration Information: 
A separate enrollment is required for each child. This class covers both the child and the parent. It is not necessary to enroll the parent. PLEASW ENROLL ONLY THE CHILD. 

Teen Pregnancy - Healthy Steps 

This class for young moms is designed to help prepare them for the challenges of pregnancy, delivery, emotional changes and caring for baby. Participants may bring a companion or support person.

Registration Information:
This class is "per couple" so one enrollment covers the mother and companion. The mother should register under her name and complete the areas on the enrollment screen for prenatal classes. If the mother is attending alone, just type ALONE in the field for the companion. If a companion is attending with the mother, type that person's name in the companion blank. Please enroll ONLY the mother.