Breastfeeding Friends

lactation services team

Breastfeeding Friends is currently on hold. If we receive enough interest we will resume our virtual monthly meetings. Please let us know if you are interested by calling us at 270-417-5338 or filling out our online interest form.

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Prenatal, Childbirth Classes & Events

mother and baby

Make pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthood easier with skills you and your family learn at a variety of free classes and events at Owensboro Health.

Certain prenatal classes are being offered online during our need for physical distancing. After signing up, you will be contacted with instructions on attending online classes.

Sign Up For Prenatal & Childbirth Classes

Browse Owensboro Health’s upcoming childbirth classes and events—all of which are free. Then, sign up online for yourself or a family member.

Healthy Pregnancy: First Trimester

You’ll Learn About:

  • Nutrition
  • Prenatal Testing
  • Do’s and Don’ts during pregnancy
  • Classes and other resources available through Owensboro Health and Healthpark

Take this class soon after your first prenatal appointment with your obstetrician/gynecologist or midwife. Then, follow up with our Pregnancy Nutrition & Exercise class and Prepared Childbirth series.

Cost: Free

CLICK HERE to register online or view upcoming dates

Instructor: Prenatal patient educator

Contact: E-mail or call the Prenatal Education Registration Line at 270-417-5303.

Pregnancy Nutrition & Exercise

During This Moms-Only Class, You’ll Learn About:

  • Fun, low-impact exercises you can do throughout pregnancy
  • Preparing delicious, healthy foods
  • How much weight you can expect to gain during pregnancy
  • Community resources for expectant and new moms
  • Amenities and services available at Healthpark

You may take this class anytime, but you’ll find it especially useful when you’re 12–24 weeks pregnant. This class makes a great follow-up to our Welcome to Pregnancy Open House and precedes our Prepared Childbirth series.

Cost: Free

CLICK HERE to register online or view upcoming dates

Instructors: Healthpark exercise physiologists

Contact: E-mail or call the Prenatal Education Registration line at 270-417-5303.

Prepared for Childbirth Tuesday Series

During This Three-Night Series Of Classes, You And Your Partner Will Learn About:

Preparing For Labor (Class 1)

  • What to expect during the last trimester
  • Labor pain and pain theories
  • Breathing and relaxation techniques
  • Symptoms of pregnancy complications
  • Signs of pre-term labor and pre-labor
  • Onset and first stage of labor
  • Packing for the hospital
  • When to go to the hospital

This class includes a tour of our obstetric emergency department.

Labor & Birth Choices (Class 2)

  • Medical interventions and pain relief during labor
  • Labor positions
  • Comfort techniques
  • Tips for partners

This class includes a tour of our labor and delivery unit.

Beyond Labor (Class 3)

  • Labor rehearsal exercise
  • Cesarean birth (C-section)
  • Postpartum physical and lifestyle changes
  • Signs of postpartum complications

This class includes a tour of our mother/baby unit.

You’ll find this series especially useful when you’re about seven months pregnant. These classes make an excellent follow-up to our Welcome to Pregnancy Open House and Pregnancy Nutrition & Exercise class.

Cost: Free

CLICK HERE to register online or view upcoming dates

Instructor: Prenatal patient educator

Contact: E-mail or call the Prenatal Education Registration Line at 270-417-5303.

Prepared for Childbirth Wednesday Series

During This Three-Night Series Of Classes, You And Your Partner Will Learn About:

Preparing For Labor (Class 1)

  • What to expect during the last trimester
  • Labor pain and pain theories
  • Breathing and relaxation techniques
  • Symptoms of pregnancy-related complications
  • Signs of pre-term labor and pre-labor
  • Onset and first stage of labor
  • Packing for the hospital
  • When to go to the hospital

This class includes a tour of our obstetric emergency department.

Labor & Birth Choices (Class 2)

  • Medical interventions and pain relief during labor
  • Labor positions
  • Comfort techniques
  • Tips for partners

This class includes a tour of our labor and delivery unit.

Beyond Labor (Class 3)

  • Labor rehearsal exercise
  • Cesarean birth (C-section)
  • Postpartum physical and lifestyle changes
  • Signs of postpartum complications

This class includes a tour of our mother/baby unit.

You’ll find this series especially useful when you’re about seven months pregnant. These classes make an excellent follow-up to our Welcome to Pregnancy Open House and Pregnancy Nutrition & Exercise class.

Cost: Free

CLICK HERE to register online or view upcoming dates

Instructor: Prenatal patient educator

Contact: E-mail or call the Prenatal Education Registration Line at 270-417-5303.

Prepared for Childbirth Saturday Series

During This Two-Morning Series Of Classes Or 1 All Day Class, You And Your Partner Will Enjoy Activities, Games & Videos That Explore Topics Such As:

  • Fetal development
  • Signs of preterm labor
  • Labor and delivery process
  • Relaxation exercises
  • Breathing techniques
  • Coach’s role
  • Cesarean birth and anesthesia
  • Recovery and postpartum care

You’ll find this series especially useful when you’re about seven months pregnant. These classes make an excellent follow-up to our Welcome to Pregnancy Open House and Pregnancy Nutrition & Exercise class.

Cost: Free

CLICK HERE to register online or view upcoming dates

Instructor: Prenatal patient educator

Contact: E-mail or call the Prenatal Education Registration Line at 270-417-5303.

Prepared for Childbirth Express Class

During This Class, You And Your Partner Will Get A Condensed Overview Of The Birth Process, Including Epidurals And Medical Pain Relief.

This class provides a general overview of the birth process for those planning a medicated birth or those who need to get the information in a shorter period of time. This series covers information covered in the 3-night Tuesday or Wednesday class series. We offer a tour at the end of the class for those who want one, but it may add an additional 30 minutes to the class time.

It is recommended to take our Prepared Childbirth Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday Series if you are planning a natural birth. The Comfort Measures Workshop will offer in-depth practice of labor exercises and comfort techniques.

Topics We Cover

  • Fetal Development
  • Warning signs & Preterm labor
  • Process of Labor and Delivery
  • Relaxation Exercises
  • Breathing & Comfort Techniques
  • Coaches Role/Childbirth Films
  • Cesarean Birth/Anesthesia
  • Recovery and postpartum

You’ll find this series especially useful when you’re about six or seven months pregnant. These classes make an excellent follow-up to our Welcome to Pregnancy Open House and Pregnancy Nutrition & Exercise class.

The Baby Care & Safety Class and the Breastfeeding Class information is NOT covered in the express class. Those classes are offered on separate Thursday nights. Hands-on Comfort Workshop for hands-on practice of breathing, relaxation, and comfort techniques also available.

Cost: Free

CLICK HERE to register online or view upcoming dates

Instructor: Prenatal patient educator

Contact: E-mail or call the Prenatal Education Registration Line at 270-417-5303.

Refresher Childbirth Class

You & Your Partner Will Brush-up On Topics Such As:

  • Preterm labor
  • Onset and stages of labor
  • When to call the doctor
  • Comfort measures and labor positioning
  • Breathing and relaxation exercises
  • Pain medications
  • Medical interventions
  • Cesarean birth and anesthesia
  • Coach's role

This course includes a tour for Expectant Parents.

Cost: Free

CLICK HERE to register online or view upcoming dates. Available by request. Please email prenataleducation@owensborohealth.org to schedule a class.

Instructor: Prenatal patient educator

Contact: E-mail or call the Prenatal Education Registration Line at 270-417-5303.

Maternity Services Tour

We know COVID-19 may have disrupted expectant parents’ plans to tour our facility. Touring Maternity Services before your delivery can ease day-of stress. To support parents during this time we’re offering virtual tours via Webex, hosted by one of our prenatal patient educators. 

To join our virtual tours, email PrenatalEducation@OwensboroHealth.org.  

CLICK HERE to register online or view upcoming dates

Instructor: Prenatal patient educator

Contact: E-mail or call the Prenatal Education Registration Line at 270-417-5303.

Breastfeeding Class

You & Your Partner Will Learn:

  • The health benefits of breastfeeding
  • How to position and latch your infant
  • How to use a breast pump
  • How to prepare for your return to work
  • Ways Owensboro Health’s certified lactation consultants can help you
  • We meet the 3rd Saturday of each month in the lobby of Owensboro Health Regional Hospital.

Cost: Free

CLICK HERE to register or view upcoming dates

Instructor: Elaine Berry, RN, IBCLC

Contact: E-mail or call the Prenatal Education Registration Line at 270-417-5303.

Baby Care & Safety

You & Your Partner Will Learn About:

  • How to make each room at home safe for your baby and care for your baby the first week
  • How to give your newborn a bath and change diapers
  • How to use car seats safely
  • Ways to calm your baby using the “Five S’s” and mimicking the womb environment
  • When to call your Pediatrician
  • Minor conditions at birth, medical procedures, care of a baby in the hospital, well-baby checks, immunizations and much more from our guest pediatrician.

During the class, you’ll be able to ask a Pediatrician your child-care questions.

Cost: Free

CLICK HERE to register online or view upcoming dates

Instructor: Prenatal patient educator

Contact: E-mail or call the Prenatal Education Registration Line at 270-417-5303.

Hands-On Childbirth Comfort Workshop

This Class Supplements The Prepared Childbirth Series.

Practice breathing exercises and relaxation techniques, and discover the benefits of massage and certain labor positions. Hands on practice of comfort techniques for non-medicated labor and delivery.

Cost: Free

CLICK HERE to register online or view upcoming dates. Available by request. Please email prenataleducation@owensborohealth.org to schedule a class.

Instructor: Prenatal patient educator

Contact: E-mail or call the Prenatal Education Registration Line at 270-417-5303.

C-Section Class

If you plan to deliver your baby via C-section, you and your partner may take this class to learn about medical interventions, anesthesia (including epidurals and spinal) and the surgery itself. This class includes a tour. 

Cost: Free

CLICK HERE to register online or view upcoming dates

Instructor: Prenatal patient educator

Contact: E-mail or call the Prenatal Education Registration Line at 270-417-5303.

Sibling Class

Accompany your children to this class, which includes a video to help them understand their feelings about their soon-to-be sibling. Hands-on learning activities prepare big brothers and big sisters for their new baby brother or sister. Tell your child to bring a baby-sized doll or stuffed animal for class activities.

The class includes a tour and T-shirt provided by Owensboro Health Volunteer Auxiliary.

Cost: Free

CLICK HERE to register online or view upcoming dates

Instructor: Prenatal patient educator

Contact: E-mail or call the Prenatal Education Registration Line at 270-417-5303.


Contact Us

Send us questions, comments or ideas for new prenatal classes through our online form.

For more information on Maternity Services call 270-417-5300.

For more information on Lactation Services call 270-417-5338.

Upcoming Events

  • Dec
    5
    Saturday
    8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    You’ll find this series especially useful when you’re about seven months pregnant. These classes make an excellent follow-up to our Welcome to Pregnancy Open House and Pregnancy Nutrition & Exercise class.
  • Dec
    7
    Monday
    7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    This is a one hour class for the participants who want hands-on practice with natural comfort techniques: breathing, relaxation, massage, positioning.
  • Dec
    10
    Thursday
    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Partners Encouraged to Attend, Covers benefits of breastfeeding, how to get started, positioning infant, latch, returning to work and using breast pump.
  • Dec
    16
    Wednesday
    1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
    A guided tour through Maternity Services at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, including Labor and Delivery and Mother/Baby Units.
  • Dec
    17
    Thursday
    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    This class covers infant care in the 1st 6 weeks.
  • Dec
    21
    Monday
    5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    Come find out how to navigate your pregnancy right from the start. Designed for mothers at the beginning of their pregnancy so register as soon as possible.

Relax With A Pregnancy Massage

pregnant woman

A pregnancy massage at Healthpark can help you feel more comfortable and relaxed, enjoy better sleep, reduce morning sickness and even calm your unborn baby.

Call 270-688-5433

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