Education is the key to success and confidence when it comes to making decisions for your family
GBMC's Parent Education offers a full-range of classes and services to help prepare every family for their newest addition. From birth to postpartum doula services to pregnancy yoga, there's something that fits every new parents' needs. You can now register online for upcoming classes.
Parent Connection Store
GBMC's Parent Connection Store offers a variety of essentials for your newborn, and has a wide selection of breast pumps, rentals, and accessories. The store is located on the second floor of the main hospital.
Mommy Matters for new mothers and babies two weeks to eight weeks. This is a six week support group that meets Fridays from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM in the Civiletti Conference Center in Pavilion East. No sign-up is necessary.
Lactation support at GBMC offers nursing mothers advice and support specifically on breast feeding newborns. Trained lactation consultants are available for private appointments to address concerns about every aspect of breast feeding.
To set up an appointment with a lactation consultant, call 443-849-2229 or register online. If you have an immediate concern, call the WARMLINE at 443-849-3428 and leave a message. A consultant will get back to you as soon as possible.
GBMC also offers a wide variety of breast pump rentals and sales. Pumps can be purchased or rented through the Parent Connection Store. Additional retail items are available including 11 different styles of nursing bars, pump replacement parts, nursing covers and diaper bags.
Preparation for Childbirth
A four-week course taken around your 7th month (allowing 2-4 weeks between completion and your due date). Class focuses on preparing for labor and birth including phases and stages of labor, breathing and relaxation techniques, the role of the labor partner and/or birth doula, cesarean birth, GBMC’s policies and procedures, and postpartum recovery. An OB Tour is part of this class.
The Weekender - Preparation for Childbirth
A weekend course for expectant parents who prefer to complete the Childbirth Education Class over a single weekend. This class covers all the same topics and includes a continental breakfast and afternoon snacks. An OB Tour is also part of this class.
A Non-Medicated Approach to childbirth. This one-day workshop teaches you and your partner what to expect during labor at home and upon your arrival to GBMC. Labor positioning techniques, relaxation methods and coping skills will help to support your goal toward a non-medication childbirth experience. Delivery positions, breathing techniques and pushing patterns will be reviewed. Continental breakfast & snacks are provided and an OB Tour is included.
A one-session course for all couples who desire to breastfeed their infant. The class includes the physiology of milk production, position techniques, partner’s involvement, schedules and keys to successful breastfeeding.
If you are a first time parent or expecting twins the second time around, this class will help to prepare you for the big event. Topics include: what differences you may experience in labor and delivery, cesarean birth, postpartum recovery, holding and transporting two at a time, breastfeeding tips and practical planning advice and recommendations for baby products.
Infant Care Workshop
A one-day workshop providing information on caring for your newborn. Class includes how to feed, play with and bathe your baby, infant massage, identifying signs of common childhood illnesses/injuries, when to call your pediatrician, administering medications to an infant and childproofing your home. A question/answer session will be held by a board-certified pediatrician.
Infant Care Series
A two-session, hands-on class providing information on caring for a newborn. Class includes how to feed, play with and bathe your baby, infant massage, identifying signs of common childhood illnesses/injuries, when to call your pediatrician, administering medications to an infant and childproofing your home. A question/answer session will be held by a board-certified pediatrician.
CPR - Infant & Child
Both an infant-only and infant & child variety is offered. Class includes: infant and child CPR and first aid for choking victims. Topics such as household safety, pool safety and childproofing will be reviewed. This class is recommended for parents who already have children.
This class is designed for expectant siblings ages three to ten years of age. The siblings are taken on a modified tour of the Postpartum unit and the Newborn Nursery. Topics discussed include: newborn characteristics, safe handling and toys that are safe for babies. The children will enjoy a snack and watch a video about becoming siblings. They will make a craft to give to their new brothers or sisters.
Car Seat Installation
Installations are held weekly in 45 minute slots for a fee of $40. This service covers infant car seats only. Presently, we do not offer convertible car seat installations. Upon completion of the registration form, a member of the GBMC Parent Education Team will contact you to schedule an available date/time.
Prepare your mind and body for your upcoming birth. Increase your flexibility, strengthen your body, build confidence and relax with the learned techniques of pregnancy yoga. Before you begin a prenatal yoga program, make sure you have your health care provider's OK.
The OB Tour is FREE, however there is a $10.00 charge for no-shows. Tours are limited to the expectant mother and one other adult only. Children are not permitted to take the tour.