7 Ways to Prep for Baby in Denver
Don’t just get bigger. Get smarter! Get ready for baby with one of these cool, local classes. Photo: Shutterstock
Get a primer in the stages of labor and the scoop on pain-relief techniques—whether you want drugs or not. Find out about birth in a hospital, birth center and at home, and learn how to communicate with your birth partner. Also, get tips on staying comfortable during labor plus relaxation and visualization techniques.
Take it at Sweet Beginnings, $100 per couple, (303) 317-5795
If you know you’re having a C-section, this is the class for you. You’ll get details on what really happens during the surgery, including how the anesthesia works, plus advice on recovering after the birth.
Take it at Rose Medical Center, $30, (303) 320-7673
Getting the knack of breastfeeding can be much easier if you already know the basics. This class covers how to properly position baby, get her to latch correctly and know if she’s feeding enough. You’ll also learn what you can and can’t eat, how to avoid sore nipples and how to pump and store milk.
Take it at One Mother to Another, $35 per couple, (303) 738-1100 ex. 502
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 Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital, $70 per couple, (303) 866-8600
Get information on making the transition into parenthood with this crash course. You’ll get how-tos on soothing, feeding cues and finding a pediatrician.
Take it at Swedish Medical Center, $40 per couple, (303) 788-5000
This class isn’t for you, but it can certainly help you out. Your partner can take part in Daddy Bootcamp, where he’ll learn how to handle his new role as dad, get baby-care basics and find out how to support you as you recover.
Take it at Parker Adventist Hospital, $40, (303) 269-4000
Becoming a sibling
Kids ages three to seven chat openly about what it will be like to become a big brother or sister and learn what will change when the baby arrives. A tour of the labor and delivery area is included.
Take it at University of Colorado Hospital, $25, (720) 848-1741
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