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Birthing Center Classes

Birthing Center Classes

Prepared Childbirth Class

Prepared Childbirth Class is a 6-week class. Topics include what to expect during labor & delivery, the hospital experience, and pain control strategies for labor. The class also includes a tour of the Marchese Birthing Center at Watauga Medical Center. In-person classes are at the Paul H. Broyhill Wellness Center in the upstairs classroom. Please bring two pillows to class with you, which will be used for relaxation practice.

We recommend that all expectant parents register before 20 weeks gestation and plan to finish your Prepared Childbirth classes about a month before your baby is due, if possible. This class is appropriate for all types of birth plans, including those planning to use an epidural for pain control.

This class is free for Medicaid recipients and for ARHS employees.

*a minimum of  4 participants are required for classes to be held and all in person classes are subject to cancellation due to Covid restrictions. 


Mondays 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Fee: $100.00
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  • (FULL) Session 1: January 11 to February 15
  • Session 2: March 1 to April 5
  • Session 3: April 19  to May 24
  • Session 4: June 7 to  July 19
  • Session 5: August 16 to  September 27
  • Session 6: October 18 to November 22



Tuesdays 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Fee: $100.00
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  • Session 1: March 30 to May 4
  • Session 2: June 8 to July 13
  • Session 3: August 10 to September 14
  • Session 4: October 12 to November 16

Breastfeeding Class

5:30-7:30 pm
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This free one-evening class will provide all the information you need to get breastfeeding off to a good start for you and your baby. Class is held in the Watauga Medical Center Auditorium.  Topics also include returning to work and pumping.

  • March 9
  • May 11
  • July 27
  • September 21
  • November 23

** Free Prenatal Breastfeeding consultations are available with lactation consultant if you prefer an one-on one meeting.


Wellness Center Classes 

Prenatal Aquatics Class: Currently not offered due to COVID-19

This class is offered at the Wellness Center led by their staff. The class is offered free to pregnant women (member and non-members) with Healthcare Provider’s referral. The class emphasizes maintaining cardiovascular and muscular fitness throughout pregnancy to improve circulation, digestion, posture, flexibility, increase energy and endurance as well as improve muscle tone to support joints, the lower back and muscles of the pelvic floor. Bring your swimwear and a bottle of water and join the fun! Call the Wellness Center at (828) 266-1060 to register for these classes.

Pre/Postnatal Fitness Class: Currently not offered due to COVID-19

This class is offered at the Wellness Center led by their staff. The class is free to new moms of babies from 6 weeks to 6 months of age (member and non-members), with Healthcare Provider’s referral. The class emphasizes both cardio and weight training to help you regain your strength and replenish yourself for the demanding role of motherhood. Bring your baby and enjoy some mommy time! Call the Wellness Center at (828) 266-1060 to register for these classes.

American Heart Association (AHA) Training Center

American Heart Association (AHA) Training Center

The American Heart Association (AHA) Training Center at Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) serves healthcare providers as well as people from the community by providing training in basic and advanced life support.

Training Center Contacts

To schedule a CPR class, contact the ARHS AHA Training Center at (828) 268-8971 or email

Training Center Links

The following links are posted to assist healthcare providers and the community. If you have any questions regarding any of this material, please contact the Training Center Coordinator

American Heart Association
American Heart Association Courses online
AHA Instructor Network

Mission and Goals of the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association’s mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Initiatives towards this mission include:

  1. Go Red for Women
  2. Power to End Stroke
  3. Go Red Por Tu Corazon
  4. My Heart My Life

Appalachian Regional Healthcare System Training Center supports the AHA mission and goals through administrative, educational, and quality assurance support of its AHA instructors. The ARHS Training Center also supports the healthcare system’s mission and vision through the provision of quality AHA classes to healthcare professionals, to the community, and by educating and informing the AHA instructors on new skills or AHA programs.