The Family Birth Place offers a variety of childbirth and parenting education classes designed to help you prepare for the big arrival of your bundle of joy and for the days that follow back home with your new baby. For all classes, pre-registration and pre-payment is required. We encourage moms to complete classes between weeks 28 and 36 of pregnancy. Early registration is encouraged, as classes and tours fill up quickly and are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis.
For the convenience of our moms-to-be, we now offer online class registration! To register for 2017 childbirth classes, please click on the links below. For any questions or assistance with class registration, please call our childbirth educator at 850-278-3995. All class dates are subject to change
If you're going to miss a class and would like to request a refund or transfer to another class date, please call 850-278-3995 on or before the day of the missed class.
Online Class: Understanding Birth
From the comfort of your own home, you can experience comprehensive - and convenient! - childbirth education. This online "Understanding Birth" class takes 4-6 hours to complete and prepares expectant parents to have healthier and more satisfying birth experiences. Engaging video, life-like 3D animation, and personal birth stories give parents the knowledge and confidence they need to make informed decisions about their labor and delivery.
Cost: $50. Register here
Childbirth & Baby Basics Class
Whether you are expecting your first child or are looking for a refresher course, our Childbirth and Baby Basics Class will help you and your support person prepare for your baby's' birth and know what to expect – both physically and emotionally – on delivery day.
This class uses lectures, discussion, videos, posters and hands-on practice to increase your knowledge and decrease anxiety that you may be feeling about the birthing process. Topics include the signs and stages of labor, relaxation and coping techniques, warning signs to watch for during pregnancy, medical interventions, Cesarean birth and the care of your newborn during the first two weeks of life, from infant safety and sleep to diapering and swaddling. Both natural birth and pain-management options will be discussed, and a member of our anesthesiology team will attend classes as available to provide greater detail about epidurals. Our support-team section of the class will cover a partner's role in both the labor process and the care of your baby.
Please wear clothing comfortable for light activity. A one-hour lunch break will be given. Lunch is not provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own lunch, eat in the cafeteria or try one of our nearby restaurants. Snacks and drinks are also welcome. Tours are available after class, pending availability on the unit.
We request that you take this course DURING YOUR THIRD TRIMESTER. If you are going to be less than 28 weeks at the time of class, you may be asked to change class dates. All class dates are subject to change.
Cost: $50 per couple. See class dates and register here:
Breastfeeding is one of the best gifts a mother and baby can give to each other, providing significant health benefits for mom, as well as the vitamins, nutrients and disease-fighting substances your baby needs for each stage of development. The American Academy of Pediatrics recognizes breastfeeding as the best method of feeding and nurturing infants. While breastfeeding is natural, it is also a learned skill for a new mother and baby. This two-hour class, taught by one of Sacred Heart Hospital's lactation consultants, teaches techniques for breastfeeding success and addresses common concerns to make your experience as smooth as possible. Partners are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Cost: $20 per couple. See class dates and register here.
Friends & Family Infant CPR Class
This American Heart Association course includes training in infant CPR, first aid for a child who is choking and basic first aid skills. Our certified instructors will demonstrate how to perform each technique, including how far back to tilt your baby's head and how much pressure to apply during CPR. Each participant will receive a "CPR for Friends and Family" booklet.
Cost: $22 per person. See class dates and register here.
Breastfeeding Support Group with La Leche League
A monthly breastfeeding support group is hosted at the Sacred Heart Family Birth Place by La Leche League. Join us on the first Friday of each month from 10-11:30 a.m. at our Miramar Beach hospital campus (7800 US Hwy 98). For questions, please contact the group leaders.
Family Birth Place Tour
Tours of the Family Birth Place are free and are designed to give soon-to-be moms an idea of what to expect during your stay at the hospital, including where to park and what to bring when you arrive for the delivery of your baby. Partners are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Cost: Free. To schedule a tour, please contact Volunteer Services at 850-278-3676.
A photo gallery of our facility is available here. Learn more about the renovation of the Family Birth Place here.