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Childbirth Education at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse
Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse offers both in-person and on-line childbirth education options. In-person classes are held in the Family Birthplace within the La Crosse Hospital building. Online classes are held virtually and are available to take at your convenience.
In-person classes incorporate new safety measures including reduced class sizes, room arrangements that support safe distancing, health screening of participants, and a requirement for everyone to wear a mask through the duration of the class. Complete details will be shared with participants after registration.
In-person classes are free of charge. On-line courses are available with a fee (outlined below).
In-Person Childbirth Education
Education and Support: Precious is the Miracle of Birth
Preparing for your little miracle begins months before you arrive at the hospital to have your baby. The Family Birthplace's education series and support services will help prepare you for the birth of your baby and assist you in your parenting role. We offer professional instruction, and guidance and support in helping you make choices regarding pregnancy, labor, birth, parenting and wellness. Our classes also cover stress management, smoking cessation, CPR, first aid and babysitting.
Please call 608-392-9090 or email if you have questions regarding in-person childbirth education classes.
Online Childbirth Education
Can’t come to a childbirth class? We’ll bring it to you via our eClass series. These interactive online courses cover essential information on labor and more, and highlights ways partners can help throughout the process. You’ll also get a sense of what labor is really like as you watch several birth stories. You can access an eClass from any computer or mobile device with an Internet connection. The fee for each course is listed with the course description below. There are no refunds once registered.
What’s included with an eClass?
- Videos, animations, and optional read-along audio
- Quizzes, interactive exercises, notes pages, and extended activities
- Essential tools, including a birth checklist and contraction timer
- Audio library with soothing sounds, lullabies, and relaxation exercises
- PDF library, glossary, and web links
- Class completion certificate
How it works:
- Once you purchase your "seat" to the eClass, we will email you login instructions within seven days.
- You’ll have access to the class for six months.
- Schedule a personal tour of the Family Birthplace by calling your maternity counselor.
Select a section below to learn more about that course.
Once you have decided on the courses you wish to take, register here (credit card payments only).
Understanding Birth - $50
- Pregnancy: Fetal development, anatomy, discomforts, nutrition, warning signs, preterm labor, hazards, emotions, strength and stretching exercises, and more.
- Labor: Pain theories, 4 P’s of labor, prelabor signs, onset of labor, stages of labor, and the importance of skin-to-skin contact.
- Birth Stories: How the stages of labor unfold in real life, natural coping techniques, medicated pain relief, and partner support.
- Comfort Techniques: Labor support, breathing, relaxation, massage, visualization, focal points, hydrotherapy, labor & pushing positions, back labor, and partner advice.
- Medical Procedures: Birth plans, decision-making, induction, fetal monitoring, IVs, pain medication, augmentation, second-stage interventions, and nonmedical alternatives.
- Cesarean Birth: Reasons for a cesarean, risks, anesthesia, 3D animation of surgery, recovery, reducing the risk for cesarean birth, breastfeeding, family-centered birth tips.
- Newborns: Newborn hospital procedures, skin-to-skin contact, first feeding, newborn appearance, senses, behaviors, SIDS, abusive head trauma (shaken baby syndrome).
- Postpartum: Involution, lochia, perineum care, rooming-in, baby blues, postpartum depression, healthy habits, breastfeeding, hunger signs, feeding frequency, effective latch, and getting support.
Newborns - $40
- Newborn traits: Skin-to-skin contact, newborn procedures, newborn appearance, reflexes, newborn senses, play & development.
- Newborn behaviors: States of alertness and how to interact, newborn sleep, room-sharing, gagging and choking, and breathing patterns.
- Crying and comforting: Why babies cry, infant crying patterns, comfort techniques, coping with crying, Abusive Head Trauma, postpartum emotions (baby blues and PPD).
- Feeding: Breastfeeding basics, latching on, when to feed, hunger cues, burping, how to tell if baby is getting enough milk.
- Diapering: How-to, diaper rash, diaper options, diaper bag checklist, stool and urine patterns.
- Bathing, nail care, and dressing: Sponge bathing, tub bathing, water safety, nail care, dressing.
- Newborn health: Cord care, circumcision/penis care, signs of illness, well-baby visits, jaundice, vaccines, hand washing and visitors, taking temperature, when to call the healthcare provider.
- Newborn safety: Car seats, heat stroke and hot car safety, SIDS, safe baby gear, pet safety, siblings, outdoor safety, childcare, infant CPR.
- Additional resources: When to Call Your Baby’s Healthcare Provider, Car Seat Installation, Baby’s Daily Breastfeeding Log, How to Perform Infant CPR, Infant Choking First Aid, Baby Supplies Checklist.
Breastfeeding - $40
- How breastfeeding works: 3D breast anatomy and milk production animation, colostrum, breastmilk qualities, why breastfeeding is important, AAP exclusivity recommendations.
- Getting the best start: Sharing breastfeeding plans with hospital staff, skin-to-skin contact, rooming-in, lactation consultants, pacifier recommendations.
- Latching on: Reclined and upright positions, 3D animation comparing deep and shallow latches.
- Breastfeeding positions: Laid-back, cross-cradle, football, side-lying, cradle hold.
- When to feed your baby: Hunger and satiation cues, feeding patterns and guidelines, how to feed a sleepy baby, cluster feedings.
- Getting enough milk: Signs of milk transfer, growth spurts, feeding and diaper log, stool and urine guidelines, weight gain, getting help.
- Breast care: Normal breast fullness, hand expression and pumping, engorgement, nipple tenderness, mastitis and other warning signs.
- Breastfeeding lifestyle: Partner support and involvement, feeding in public, self-care, substances to avoid, support groups, returning to work.