Please bring two pillows to class with you, which will be used for relaxation practice. Scroll down for more information about all classes.

 

Prepared Childbirth Class

Thursdays, 6:00pm – 8:00 pm
Watauga Medical Center Auditorium
Fee: $100.00

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.

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.

2020 childbirth class sessions:

  • January 22 – February 26
  • March 18 – April 22
  • May 6 – June 10
  • July 1 – August 6
  • August 26 – September 30
  • October 21 – November 25

Prepared Childbirth Class EXPRESS

Watauga Medical Center Auditorium
Saturdays, 9:00am – 12:00pm
$50

Prepared Childbirth Class EXPRESS is a great option for parents who cannot attend traditional classes. The two 3-hour classes (6 hours total) cover 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.

Please bring two pillows to class with you, which will be used for relaxation practice.

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

2020 Childbirth EXPRESS sessions

  • January 4 and 11
  • March 7 and 14
  • May 2 and 9
  • July 11 and 18
  • September 12 and 19
  • November 7 and 14

Breastfeeding Class

Watauga Medical Center Auditorium 
Days vary, 6:00pm – 8:00 p.m.
FREE

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.

2020 breastfeeding classes:

  • February 6
  • April 2
  • June 4
  • August 6
  • October 1
  • December 3

Prenatal Aquatics Class

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 Health Care 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

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 Health Care 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.

 

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