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Maternity Services Childbirth Classes

Childbirth Classes

​​Education and preparation are essential to a safe and happy pregnancy, delivery and adjustment to a new addition to your family. To help you, your family and your baby, we offer the following classes:

Childbirth Preparation

Our all-in-one program presents research-based, up-to-date information for expectant parents.

Topics include:

  • ​Understanding pregnancy and labor
  • A birth story
  • Comfort techniques
  • Understanding medical procedures
  • Cesarean birth
  • Intervention alternatives and non-medicated births
  • Post-partum care including breastfeeding basics
  • What to expect with immediate newborn care
  • Tour of the Family Birthing Center

Choose from a series of four classes on Monday evenings from 6  – 8:30 pm (includes breastfeeding). This class meets in the Garden Level of SSM Health Dean Medical Group.

Childbirth Preparation Weekend Express Series

This condensed "Weekend Express" series consists of two classes from 6 – 8:30 pm on Friday and 9 am – 2 pm on Saturday.

Sibling Preparation

This program prepares young children, generally ages two to eight years old, for the arrival of a new brother or sister. The class includes teaching positive sibling skills while watching a short video of other children, so viewers can relate kid-to-kid with age-appropriate stories. Participants will learn about newborn appearances and how to interact with babies using dolls. They will also receive a family activity book and a tour of the Family Birthing Center. Call the Family Birthing Center to schedule an individualized appointment at 608-373-8208.

Breastfeeding Support

SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital - Janesville will protect, promote and support breastfeeding in alliance with the World Health Organization/UNICEF and Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative. We are committed to supporting mom and baby long after delivery.  For questions or an individualized appointment for your lactation concerns, call 608-373-8208.


SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital - Janesville Family Birth Center Team is proud to be the recipient of the 2016 and 2015 Women's Choice Award® as one of America's Best Hospitals for Obstetrics. This coveted, evidence-based designation is the only award that identifies the country's best healthcare institutions based on robust criteria that consider female patient satisfaction, clinical excellence, and what women say they want from a hospital.