The obstetrics program at University Women's Care focuses not just on the health of the expectant mom, but also on comfort and security that comes from knowledge and support. We offer a variety of prenatal, preparation and childbirth classes for parents (and their families) who plan to have their babies delivered at Wiser Hospital for Women & Infants.
Preregistration is required for all classes. To assure class availability, it is recommended that you register for classes no later than the fifth month of your pregnancy. To register or for more information, call (601) 984-BABY or sign up online.
Wiser Hospital, a part of University of Mississippi Medical Center, is the only hospital in the state to have certified Lamaze instructors leading our childbirth classes, providing parents with information and guidance for the birthing experience. Each of the scheduled classes builds on the previous class, so we encourage moms-to-be and their support person to attend all classes to get the full benefit.
Classes meet for four consecutive weeks (unless otherwise indicated) at 6 p.m. Tuesdays in room W020 on the ground floor at Wiser Hospital. The classroom is located on the lower floor across from the Wiser bistro. Parking is available in Garage B; bring your parking ticket to class for validation..
- Anatomy and physiology of pregnancy
- Labor and delivery
- Relaxation techniques
- Pain relief and management options
- Infant feeding options
- Postpartum concerns
This childbirth class is for parents who cannot attend the four-week series (see above). Taught by certified Lamaze instructors, it covers similar material as our traditional childbirth classes, but is taught in one weekend.
Classes meet for three hours each Friday night and Saturday morning. Call (601) 984-BABY for more information or sign up online.
Experts agree that breast milk provides babies with the best nutrition for optimal health and well-being. Deciding how to feed your baby is one of the most important decisions you can make as a mother.
Taught by nationally certified educators, breastfeeding classes at Wiser Hospital for Women & Infants provides an opportunity for mothers-to-be to learn the most current information and techniques for a successful breastfeeding experience. Class times vary.
Family-oriented tours and classes
The more familiar you are with your surroundings, the less intimidating labor will be. Find out where to enter Wiser Hospital when you get there, where to park, and where to check in. View a typical combination labor and birth room and a postpartum room.
Grandparents are Great!
The one-hour class is designed to update prospective grandparents on the latest information in basic infant care, normal newborn characteristics and childbirth. Classes begin at 6:30 p.m.
The two-hour class gives new parents the confidence and skills to care for their new baby during the first weeks at home. Topics include basic infant care, normal newborn characteristics and behaviors and common parental concerns.
The two-hour course taught by American Heart Association instructors is a must for parents, grandparents and others caring for the new addition to your family. It is designed for those with infants ages 1 and younger. Class times vary.
Big Brother! Big Sister!
A new baby changes life for everyone in the family, including siblings. Becoming a big brother or big sister is a special event. This fun, educational and interactive class for ages 3-8 will help your children welcome the new baby and learn their important role in the family. Class times vary.