FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When Should I Register for My Class?
  It is best to register early - we recommend  scheduling your classes for the middle or end of your second trimester or beginning of your third trimester.   Some take all three in one month, some spread it out over two or even three months. It is best to be finished with your classes at least 2-3 weeks before your due date. This will allow for ample time for practice and preparation.

What do I need to Bring to Class?
You will be provided a current edition handbook for each of your classes. These are updated every year to include the current evidenced based practices.  These will be delivered to your doorstep.  If you want to make notes you can, but don't feel like you have to, it will all be referenced in your booklets.  Our classes are relaxed - literally make yourself at home with  all classes  being held via Video Zoom for you safety and wellbeing.  For Childbirth Preparation class we take 2 short breaks and a 30 minute lunch.  

What are the benefits of your classes?
We respect each person's ability to decide what is best for them and their newborn baby. Group classes are a beneficial way of learning about the labor and delivery process. Our instructors are familiar with the hospital where you will be delivering and the physicians of Hill Country OB/GYN. This can be helpful because it gives you the opportunity to know what options you have and what you can expect during your stay.  Our classes are taught by RN instructors who have helped thousands of women bring their new babies into the world. When you understand the birthing process you are better able to work with your body and not against it. Our job is to provide current best practices, set  realistic expectations and allow you time to process and discuss with your partner, spouse or support person what you want for your birth plan.  Our goal is to take as much of the mystery out of the experience so going into labor you are fully informed and prepared to make best decisions and choices for yourself and baby.  In addition you will be updated on all the latest Covid 19 prevention going on in the hospital where you will deliver.

Why should I take your class instead of an online, DVD or book?
The internet has a multitude of sites and offers of giving you the information without having to “bother” with attending a class. Attending a class has proven to be very helpful to parents. Our classes will not only provide you information that is helpful, but will help you to sift through and find out what information will be helpful to your specific labor and delivery experience. The amount of information available today can be overwhelming, but our experienced instructors are able to focus on the information you will actually need and use. There is also plenty of time for questions and answers throughout the class.  

Why would I need a breastfeeding class?
You may hear a lot of conflicting information from well-meaning friends and family about breastfeeding. Women with all sizes and shapes of breasts, flat or inverted nipples, or a history of breast surgery are able to successfully breastfeed. You can make enough milk for a big baby or twins…. but getting the knowledge and practical experience from a Perinatal Registered Nurse can make the process of learning to breastfeed your baby smoother, more enjoyable and set  you up for success.  

Why would I need a Newborn Care class?
Bringing home a newborn for the first time can be overwhelming and frankly scary.  Especially in the current times of social distancing when many will not have family members able to come and help.  Also due to the pandemic many are being released to go home earlier than usual.   The infant care class provides you all the information you will need to bring home your baby with confidence.   In addition, some great tools to use to quiet and soothe your baby when he or she is upset and crying – something that all babies do.   We will review what to expect at your pediatrician visits and what to call your pediatrician for.  Your handbook will cover the complete first year of baby's life.  

What happens if I deliver early?
If you deliver before your class or a medical reason keeps you from attending class, a full refund will be given. It is best to register so that you are finished with your classes at least 3 - 4 weeks before your due date. We have also sent pre-recorded classes to folks who have requested for various reasons or schedule challenges.