7 Ways to Prep for Baby in Dallas

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—whether you want drugs or not. Find out what happens if there are complications during childbirth and what to expect after delivery. And get tips on how to care for baby during the first two weeks at home.
Take it at Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake, $55 per couple, (877) 228-3638

Cesarean childbirth

If you know you’re having a C-section, this is the class for you. You’ll learn the reasons for having a cesarean birth and what really happens during the surgery, plus advice on recovering after the birth.
Take it at Texas Health Dallas, $50 per couple, (214) 345-8568

Breastfeeding prep

Getting the knack of breastfeeding can be much easier if you already know the basics. This class covers how to properly position baby and what’s in breast milk. Plus, you’ll get the scoop on how a breast pump works and the right way to use it (and to store the milk afterwards). Lactation consultants are on hand and are even available to help with any nursing issues once baby is born.
Take it at The Nesting Place, $50 per hour, (817) 380-5929

Twins and other multiples

If you’re carrying more than one baby, you’ll want to take this class. You’ll learn signs of preterm labor, the birth process for twins and pain control options, plus how to successfully breastfeed multiples.
Take it at Texas Health Plano, free, (877) 847-9355

Infant care

Get information on making the transition into parenthood with this crash course. You’ll get how-tos on bathing, diapering and soothing and more.
Take it at Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth, $45, (817) 926-2544

Dad program

This class isn’t for you, but it can certainly help you out. Your partner can take part in the Daddy Boot Camp, where he’ll learn from veteran dads how to handle his new role as a parent; how to help you create a happy, healthy home; and ways to bond with baby.
Take it at Methodist Charlton Medical Center, $20, (214) 947-7260

Becoming a sibling

Kids ages three to five learn about their new role as big brother or sister and watch a video about becoming a “super sibling.” They’ll also check out where they’ll visit mom and the new baby in the hospital.
Take it at Baylor Medical Center at Frisco, free, (214) 407-5012

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