7 Ways to Prep for Baby in Atlanta

Don’t just get bigger. Get smarter! Get ready for baby with one of these cool, local classes.

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Childbirth education

Get a primer in the stages of labor and the scoop on pain-relief techniques—including the epidural—whether or not you want drugs. Find out what happens if there are complications during childbirth, and what to expect after delivery. And get tips on helpful relaxation and breathing techniques.
Take it at Piedmont Hospital, $95 per couple, (404) 605-2113

Cloth diaperingConsidering going green with baby’s diapers? This is the class for you. You’ll learn about the different styles of cloth diapers on the market and get expert tips on how to wash them properly.
Take it at Bellyhaven, $5, (770) 384-0009

Breastfeeding prep

Getting the knack of breastfeeding can be much easier if you already know the basics. This two-part class covers how to properly position baby and get her to latch correctly. You’ll also learn how to prepare for going back to work, pump and store your milk, and take care of yourself as you breastfeed.
Take it at Emory University Hospital Midtown, $15-$40 per couple, (404) 778-7777

Twins and other multiples

If you’re carrying more than one baby, you’ll want to take this class. You’ll learn strategies for keeping up with more than one newborn at a time during everything from bath time to bedtime.
Take it at Northside Hospital Northside/Alpharetta Medical Campus, $56 per couple, (404) 845-5555

Infant care

Get information on making the transition into parenthood with this crash course. You’ll get how-tos on bathing, diapering and soothing.
Take it at DeKalb Medical, (404) 501-9355

Dad program

This class isn’t for you, but it can certainly help you out. Your partner can take part in the Boot Camp for New Dads, where he’ll learn from veteran fathers how to handle his new role as dad, get baby-care basics and find out the best ways to help you out as you recover.
Take it at Columbus Regional Education Center, $30, (706) 660-6421

Becoming a sibling

With the help of lifelike newborn dolls, kids ages three to nine learn about birth and what newborns looks like. They’ll also make a piece of art to welcome the new baby while mom and dad learn about sibling adjustment.
Take it at WellStar Kennestone Hospital, $20, (770) 956-7827

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