7 Ways to Prep for Baby in Phoenix

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 your partner’s role will be in labor and delivery. And get tips on breathing and relaxation techniques.
Take it at Paradise Valley Hospital, $55, (602) 923-5637

Epidural class

If you plan to have an epidural during labor, this is the class for you. You’ll get details on what an epidural is, how one is administered, and the benefits and risk associated with it.
Take it at Banner Desert Medical Center, free, (602) 230-2273

Breastfeeding prep

Getting the hang of breastfeeding can be much easier if you already know the basics. This class covers breastfeeding techniques, how to establish a good milk supply and how to keep up nursing once you return to work. You’ll also learn what you can and can’t eat and how to pump and store milk.
Take it at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center, $25 per couple, (602) 230-2273

Hypnobirthing

Learn a series of self-hypnosis techniques that help prepare you for a relaxed, more comfortable natural birth. Classes can be tailored to address your needs and done one-on-one in the privacy of your home.
Take it at Enjoy Your Birthing Time, $250 for group classes, $400 for private classes, (801) 462-6952

Infant care

Get information on making the transition into parenthood with this crash course. You’ll get how-tos on feeding, bathing, diapering and soothing.
Take it at Banner Estrella Medical Center, $10, (602) 230-2273

Dad program

This class isn’t for you, but it can certainly help you out. Taught by a physician and father, the session will give your partner the scoop on how to help you during labor, how to soothe a crying baby, what to expect postpartum and how to juggle work and family. He’ll also learn how to install a car seat (yay!).
Take it at Banner Desert Medical Center, $25, (602) 230-2273

Becoming a sibling

Kids age four to nine tour birthing and recovery rooms, learn about caring for baby, becoming a helper and adjusting to the newest member of the family. (FYI: An adult should tag along with your child.)
Take it at Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center, $20; $5 per additional child, (602) 230-2273

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