Education & Resources
Childbirth Classes at the Hospital
Building Blocks Baby Classes
Several classes make up the Building Blocks series. The Caring for Your Newborn class consists of infant CPR overview including choking hazards and hands-on practice; car seat safety discussing Texas laws, age-appropriate seats and demonstrations; basics of newborn care such as feeding, bottles and pacifiers, fussy baby, jaundice, and the five S’s to comfort and swaddling; home safety highlighting door latches, smoke alarms, gun safety and other ways to make sure your baby is safe. Upon completion of the classes, parents will receive a report card. Those who deliver their baby at Shannon will receive a car seat for their new addition.
In addition, All About Childbirth, Breastfeeding Boot Camp, and Doting Siblings, Essentials for pregnancy and Finding alternatives for Labor Pain classes are available. The childbirth classes are available in a two-week series, a Weekend Express course, or online eLearning Online Childbirth Classes.
All About Childbirth
Receive helpful information about labor and childbirth to minimize your fears and help you make informed decisions. The classes include symptoms of labor, information about Cesarean sections, relaxation and breathing techniques and a tour of the Labor and Delivery Unit. We offer evening classes that meet for two weeks, and also feature the full class on Saturdays. Click here for dates. Find the date that best works for you, then sign up online through our calendar.
Breastfeeding Boot Camp
Learn techniques and tips about breastfeeding as well as the benefits it provides for you and your little one. Breastfeeding includes positioning for a good latch, benefits of breastfeeding, signs of good feeding, information on pumping and storage of breast milk and handling discomforts. Click here for dates. Find the date that best works for you, then sign up online through our calendar.
Caring for your Newborn
Infant CPR, car seat safety, basics of newborn care, comforting your newborn and home safety tips are covered in this informative class. Click here for dates. Find the date that best works for you, then sign up online through our calendar.
This class is specifically for big brothers and big sisters! Sibling class is for 4-year-olds and older and covers holding the baby, changing diapers, changes at home, what babies do, and how siblings can help with the new baby. Click here for dates. Find the date that best works for you, then sign up online through our calendar.
Essentials for Pregnancy
Finding Alternatives for Labor Pain
Gentle Touch Infant Massage
Gentle Touch Infant Massage is a parent-trained touch massage course for parents and their infant(s). The course includes: benefits of infant massage, behavioral states and infant cues, proper positioning during infant massage, the IAIM Massage routine (massage strokes), adaptations for older infant/child and hands on practice. This is a 3 part course, and is 1 – 1 ½ hours in length for each session. Click here for dates. Find the date that best works for you, then sign up online through our calendar.
To register for classes, call (325) 481-8888.
All Classes are FREE and are taught by experienced childbirth and lactation educators. Unless specified, all classes are in the first floor conference room at the Shannon Women’s and Children’s Hospital, 201 E. Harris. All classes are free and are available on RSVP basis. For more information about Shannon’s baby classes, call (325) 481-6332. If you would like to register, call (325) 481-8888.