Childbirth Classes to Fit Every Schedule

Childbirth Classes to Fit Every Schedule

Childbirth Classes to Fit Every Schedule

Your family is growing and you have a bundle of questions about pregnancy, labor and delivery. Find the answers you need in a childbirth class.

Whether you want to take several weeks to learn about giving birth or prefer getting your information in one day or just a few hours, Women’s Hospital Saint Joseph East, part of KentuckyOne Health, offers the perfect class for your needs. Parents-to-be can choose from six-week, four-week, weekend (one-day) and four-hour childbirth classes, with prices ranging from $10 to $40. Classes meet in small groups in the hospital’s first-floor classroom.

“All of our childbirth classes follow a standard curriculum, so parents will receive the same information regardless of the option they choose,” said Diane Prewitt, RN, CLC, maternity education coordinator at Women’s Hospital Saint Joseph East. “We discuss topics such as normal changes in pregnancy, the birth process, creating a birth plan, and comfort measures for labor and delivery.”

Class instructors provide up-to-date, evidence-based information in a friendly environment that welcomes questions and conversation.

“With our support, expectant parents build their self-assurance and learn how to work together as a team,” Prewitt said. “Our goal is for every parent to leave feeling confident and secure about childbirth.”

Continuing Education


Take a childbirth class? Check. Now, you’re ready to learn skills you’ll need to be a great parent. These classes at Women’s Hospital Saint Joseph East, part of KentuckyOne Health, can help you do just that:

  • Baby Steps Class — From how to hold your baby to the finer points of diapering, this class teaches the newborn care techniques every parent should know.
  • Breastfeeding Class — Before the baby arrives, learn about proper breastfeeding positioning, breast pump options and breast milk’s benefits for your little one.
  • Infant CPR Class — Know what to do for your baby in the event of a choking emergency with this lifesaving class taught by American Heart Association-certified instructors.
  • Sibling Class — Do you have a child who’s excited about becoming a big brother or sister? This class is recommended for children ages 3–6 and is a fun way for children to learn how to adjust to the newest member of the family.

To register or learn more about classes available at Women’s Hospital Saint Joseph East,  call 844.643.9226. If you are expecting a baby and are in an opioid recovery program, the Opiate Recovery and Your Baby Class at The Women’s Hospital Saint Joseph East, can teach you how to care for your newborn.

This article originally appeared in the 2017 Summer edition of One Health Magazine. Sign up for your free subscription.

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A Community Pillar

Flaget Memorial Hospital exterior

Flaget Memorial Hospital

Today, residents of Bardstown and surrounding communities can take advantage of quality, close-to-home services, such as cancer treatment, orthopedic and weight-loss surgeries, and maternity and primary care, at Flaget Memorial Hospital. Accessing care, however, wasn’t always so easy.

From Humble Beginnings

In the 1940s, the nearest hospital to Bardstown was in Louisville. People had to travel nearly an hour away from home for maternity care and general surgical services. To fulfill the unmet community need, local Bardstown leaders approached the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth congregation about opening a local hospital in Bardstown.

With the Sisters’ help, Flaget Memorial Hospital opened its doors in January 1951. The excitement was palpable – roughly 1,500 people attended the hospital’s open house. A few days later, on Jan. 7, the community celebrated the milestone birth of the first baby born at Flaget Memorial Hospital, Mary Flaget Cecil, who was named after the facility.

Within just a few months, the hospital had treated 352 patients, delivered more than 70 babies and performed more than 90 surgeries. As the population grew, so did the hospital. The 1980s saw the addition of a medical records wing and computed tomography equipment. In the 1990s, an orthopedic surgeon joined the team, and the hospital added a pain management clinic and skilled nursing unit.

Flaget Memorial Hospital moved to its current location on New Shepherdsville Road in June 2005. The 60-acre campus of the accredited, five-star community hospital features a serenity garden and a state-of-the-art cancer center in addition to existing service lines.

Looking to the future, growth will take center stage.

Plans are in place to expand the hospital’s outreach, medical team and capabilities. You can help us grow. Your generous donations to the Flaget Memorial Foundation allow us to focus on compassionate care – the mission of Flaget Memorial Hospital.