7 Ways to Prep for Baby in Philadelphia

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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. You’ll also learn about optimal fetal positioning and practice moves that can make delivery more comfortable.
Take it at Maternal Wellness Group, $150 per couple, (215) 888-7698

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 during the surgery, including how the anesthesia works, plus advice on recovering after the birth.
Take it at Holy Redeemer, (800) 818-4747

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 she’s feeding enough. You’ll also learn about milk production, what you can and can’t eat, and how to pump and store milk.
Take it at Blossoming Bellies, $35, (267) 261-0284

Ask a pediatrician

Have your burning baby care questions answered by a pediatrician—without having to make an appointment. Topics covered in this open forum include immunizations, choosing a pediatrician, child safety, jaundice and deciding whether to breast or bottle feed.
Take it at Abington Memorial Hospital, free, (215) 481-6800

Infant care

In this crash course, you’ll get how-tos on swaddling, bathing and diapering. You’ll also discuss how a newborn looks and acts (because you’re in for some surprises!).
Take it at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, $35, (215) 829-5020

Pain management

Most childbirth classes teach breathing and relaxation techniques, but if you want more pain management tools in your delivery-day arsenal, check out this class. In one session, you’ll learn and practice how to find relief with a birth ball, massage and pressure points, aromatherapy, positioning, and hot and cold therapies.
Take it at Paoli Hospital, $40, (866) 225-5654

Becoming a sibling

Kids ages 3 to 7 learn what it will be like to become a big brother or sister and what will change when the baby arrives. A tour of the nursery and maternity ward is included.
Take it at Lankenau Medical Center, $30, (866) 225-5654

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