7 Ways to Prep for Baby in North Carolina

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 breathing exercises, positions for comfort and what to expect during your hospital stay.
Take it at Durham Regional Hospital, $80, (919) 416-3853,

Cesarean childbirth

If you know you’re having a C-section, this is the class for you. You’ll get details on what really happens before and during the surgery, plus information about having a vaginal birth after a cesarean.
Take it at The Woman’s Hospital of Greensboro, $10, (336) 832-8000

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, get her to latch correctly and know if she’s feeding enough. You’ll also learn how to establish a good milk supply and where to go if you have any issues.
Take it at North Carolina Women’s Hospital, Chapel Hill, $25 per couple, (919) 843-8463

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 Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, $10, (704) 355-2229

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 Rex Women’s Center, Raleigh, $25 per couple, (919) 784-2145

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 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 Alamance Regional Medical Center, Burlington, free, (336) 586-4000

Becoming a sibling

Kids ages eight and older chat openly about mom’s pregnancy and what it will be like to become a big brother or sister. They’ll learn what will change when the new baby arrives, plus how to help mom and dad.
Take it at Mission Hospital, Asheville, $10, (828) 213-2222, option 2

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