Caring for Baby Classes
Baby Basics Classes
WakeMed offers two classes that cover all of the basics first-time parents need to know, such as bathing, changing diapers, taking a temperature, and comforting newborns. Select from one of the following two classes, Newborn Basics or Bringing Home Baby, which are taught in different styles to meet the needs of all expecting parents.
Newborn Basics is a three-hour class led by an instructor and taught at WakeMed North Healthplex. Participants will learn newborn baby skills through hands-on practice, and will have their questions answered in a group discussion.
The cost is $25.
Bringing Home Baby is a three-hour class taught at WakeMed Cary Hospital. Expectant parents go station-to-station for hands-on experience in an independent format. Learning is self-paced and participants can spend as much or as little time on topics as they want. The instructor demonstrates baby care techniques and is available for questions and further instruction as needed.
The cost is $40.
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: Getting a Great Start
You and dad or your support person may participate in this two-and-a-half-hour class at any time during your pregnancy. Our lactation specialists will provide important information on breastfeeding techniques and offer advice on infant nutrition and how to get a good start. The cost is $25.
Breastfeeding Support Group
This FREE support group is staffed with certified lactation consultants and educators and is designed for moms of babies from birth to nine months. Sessions are held weekly on Mondays from 2 to 3:30 pm at Cary Hospital. No registration is required. Call 919-350-8235 or email for more information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 919-403-6950 and requesting the WakeMed Choosing and Using Quality Child Care Seminar.
CPR: Adult, Infant and Child
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.
Dogs & Baby Connection (for after baby arrives)
Dogs & Babies is the perfect follow-up to the Pets & Storks class. During the two-hour class, learn the signs of stress, realistic boundaries and simple solutions to help safely include your family dog while your baby masters their new skills and independence.
The cost is $25 per family.
This three-hour class is designed specifically for grandparents to help them learn how to help the new parents without feeling as if they are in the way. Topics include home safety, mistakes to avoid with your grown children, and how to best share what worked when you were a new parent.
The cost is $15 per grandparent.
This class is designed for you and baby, too. After delivery, we invite you to participate in an infant massage session conducted by a trained professional. Infant massage promotes relaxation and bonding and can help to calm fussy babies. The cost is $30 per family.
Sibling Class & Tour
The sibling class is 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 participate in a discussion about what they can expect 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.
Pets & Storks (for before baby arrives)
If you have questions or concerns about how your pet is going to react to the new addition in your family, then Pets & Storks is for you. Taught by a licensed pet behavior specialist, this two-hour class focuses on normal/abnormal pet behavior and ways to prepare your pet for your new baby.
The cost for the class is $25 per family.
Women's Pavilion & Birthplace Tour
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 one Saturday per month.
To schedule a tour the Women's Pavilion & Birthplace, please call us.
Raleigh - 919-350-8235
Cary - 919-350-2318