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Kent Hospital

Family Education

A complete listing of our childbirth and parenting classes, including dates, times and locations, can be obtained by calling our Scheduling Department at (401) 736-1988.

Programs include:

Prepared Childbirth

Come learn what you may expect during your labor, delivery and postpartum stay. This class offers techniques for coping with the discomfort of labor and much more. The suggested time that you should participate in this class is when you are entering the 7th month of pregnancy. Classes are generally scheduled twice per month on Saturdays for six hours at Kent Hospital. Both parents are encouraged to participate. Please call our Scheduling Department at (401) 736-1988 to arrange for a class. 

Can't come to class? We'll come to you!

Our new online childbirth class is the perfect alternative for busy parents needing a flexible class schedule or for moms on bed rest. Have you given birth before? This online class is a great refresher course! While nothing can replace the personal connection of an on-site childbirth class, you’ll learn the same essential information, including what’s happening to your changing body, how you’ll know when you are really in labor, helpful comfort techniques, advice for partners, an overview of medical procedures, and much more.

Breastfeeding Classes

Breastfeeding classes offer discussions for both parents, and include information on maternal nutrition, breast care, positioning of the infant, frequency of feeding, infant nutritional needs, weaning and more. The class meets once per month at Kent Hospital. Please call our Scheduling Department at (401) 736-1988 to arrange for a class.

Lactation Consultations

New mothers who are breastfeeding can also schedule a private consultation with a lactation consultant. For an appointment, please call (401) 736-BABY (2229) and press option # 4.

Expectant Parent Reception/Tour

A tour of our Women's Care Center to become familiar with the surroundings and some of the staff. Individualized questions can be answered. Group tours are conducted with the childbirth class on Saturdays by calling our Scheduling Department at (401) 736-1988 to arrange for a class. Individualized tours can be arranged by calling our Labor and Delivery Unit at (401) 737-7010 ext. 3-1281. These individual tours are subject to nurse availability. Please call approximately 30-60 minutes ahead to check availability.

Infant Care

Class participants will learn the basics of caring for their new baby. Class contents include bathing, diapering, safe positioning and feeding. The class meets on Saturday afternoons, once monthly. Both parents are welcome. Please call our Scheduling Department at (401) 736-1988 to arrange for a class.

Mothers on Methadone (MOM Program)

A comprehensive educational and support program for expectant and postpartum women receiving methadone maintenance and/or opiates for other medical conditions. More information may be obtained by calling our Nursery medical providers at (401) 737-7010 ext. 31471.

To register for a class, call our scheduling department at (401) 736-1988, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 8 p.m., Saturdays 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Some classes carry a modest fee. Health insurance may cover the cost. Please ask your insurer. Check or credit card payment is welcome.

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