Education Programs

Birthing Center Newport HospitalA Wide Range of Education Programs for Expectant Parents

Noreen Stonor Drexel Birthing Center Education programs are available to all expectant mothers and their families. Please call 401-845-1110 for more information about fees, schedules and registration. Tours and our weekly breastfeeding support group are free. Our classes and services include:

Childbirth Preparation Classes

These childbirth preparation classes are for the expectant mother and her partner. Topics include Lamaze instruction and relaxation techniques, understanding the stages of labor, pain management and coping mechanisms, and newborn feeding and parenting. This is a series of four classes, offered in the evenings. Call for fees and to register.

We also offer:  

  • A condensed (one-day) Saturday class, which is offered every other month.
  • A refresher class, offered for expectant parents who need only to refresh their knowledge of the childbirth process and newborn care.

Breastfeeding Class

This class educates expectant parents about the advantages of breastfeeding, frequency of feedings, techniques for beginning breastfeeding, and how to know when baby is getting enough. Dads are welcome and encouraged to attend. The class is offered the second Tuesday of every month. Call for fees and to register. 

Breastfeeding Support Group

Birthing Center, breastfeeding classThis free postpartum support group is offered to assist new mothers and provide support in the first few weeks of breastfeeding. Moms are encouraged to share their ideas and concerns with other new mothers. The group is facilitated by a board-certified lactation consultant. This group meets every Thursday in the Noreen Stonor Drexel Birthing Center. 

Family and Friends CPR and First Aid Class

This class is held monthly and involves two evenings. It is designed especially for parents and others who will be caring for the baby. The class teaches adults basic CPR skills for children and infants, and what to do for a choking child. Call for fees and to register. 

Infant Care Class

This class teaches parents what to expect for the first six weeks after the baby’s birth. Discussions focus on the mother following the birth, as well as family adjustment issues. Information on feeding and care of the newborn is also included. Call for fees and to register. 

Cesarean Preparation

Noreen Stonor Drexel Birthing Center offers instruction for expectant couples who will be delivering by cesarean section. This session is reserved by appointment with the nurse educator.

Lactation Consultation 

Our certified lactation consultants are available for private consultations with women who have been referred by their primary care providers or pediatricians. Call for more information.

The 24-Hour Warm Line

The Noreen Stonor Drexel Birthing Center 24-hour Warm Line is available to all parents who have any questions or concerns regarding newborn care, parenting, or care of self. The Warm Line phone number is 401-845-1110.