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Caring for Baby & Family Classes

Baby Basics Class - Bringing Home Baby 
This three-hour class is taught at WakeMed Cary Hospital and at WakeMed Raleigh Campus. Expectant parents go from station to station for a hands-on experience, within an independent learning format. Learning is self-paced and participants can spend as much or as little time on topics, depending on their preferences. Instructors demonstrate baby care techniques and are available for questions and further instruction as needed. The cost is $40 per couple.

Boot Camp for New Dads
This innovative program for expectant fathers is designed to prepare first-time dads for both the challenges and joys of parenthood with a focus on the first few weeks after the baby's birth. The class is offered every other month and should be taken prior to your baby's birth. The cost is $20.

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.

Breastfeeding Support Group
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.

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Baby Caring Classes

Choosing and Using Quality Child Care Seminar
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 or calling 919-403-6950 and request the WakeMed Choosing and Using Quality Child Care Seminar.

CPR: Infant, Child & Adult
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. The cost is $45 per person.

Crawling and Above: Infant Nutrition
This seminar is facilitated by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, focused on breastfeeding for the first year, AAP guidelines to introducing solids, food textures, choke hazards and choking maneuvers, identifying allergies, making baby's food, feeding challenges, and more. Registration is FREE. Click on "Register for Classes" to sign up.

Crawling and Above: Infant & Toddler Safety
This seminar focuses on top safety concerns among children, from newborn to age two. Parents will learn how to prevent common childhood injuries around the home as well as how to spot dangers before they occur. Topics include developmentally appropriate toys and activities, Safe Sleep, SIDS, car seat safety, and more! Refreshments will be served. Registration is FREE. Click on "Register for Classes" to sign up. 

Keeping Them Safe
This new class focuses on toddler, preschooler and family injury prevention. You will learn safety tips and gain good, sound advice to empower you to recognize and avoid potential injuries common to children and adults in and around the home. Learn how to spot dangers before they occur. First Aid Certification is given upon successful completion of the course. Cost is $30 per person.

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. The cost is $45 per couple.

Growing Family
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. The cost is $45 per couple.

Safe Sitter Classes
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.

Sibling Class & Tour
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. The cost is $15 per family.

Women's Pavilion & Birthplace Tours
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. 

  • Learn more about scheduling a tour or view a virtual tour of our WP&B at Raleigh or at Cary.
  • To cancel or reschedule a tour, please call 919-350-8235.


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