Education for the Entire Family
Various classes on what to expect

Our goal is to provide family-centered, comprehensive care during one of the most precious events in life. That’s why Good Shepherd Medical Center offers a variety of educational opportunities to new families. Choose from a variety of courses taught by certified instructors.

Childbirth Preparation Class

Good Shepherd’s Childbirth Preparation Class is designed to begin six to eight weeks prior to your due date. This interactive class provides labor and delivery preparation for the pregnant woman and her partner/coach. Together you will gain knowledge of the birth process and be able to make personal decisions related to your birth experience. Expecting mothers and their partner will learn about:

  • Stages of labor
  • Role of the support person
  • What to expect during the postpartum period
  • Hands-on training for infant CPR/choking
  • A guest lecture from a local pediatrician
  • Receive a tour of our labor/delivery/recovery area

2017 Class Dates:
January 10, 17, 24, 31
February 7, 14, 21, 28
March 7, 14, 21, 28
April 4, 11, 18, 25
May 2, 9, 16, 23
June 6, 13, 20, 27
July 4, 11, 18, 25
August 1, 8, 15, 22
September 5, 12, 19, 26
October 3, 10, 17, 24
November 7, 14, 21, 28
December 5, 12, 19, 21

Understanding Birth eClass

Our online childbirth class is a convenient alternative for those who are unable to attend an on-site class. While nothing can replace the personal connection of an on-site class, you’ll learn the same essential information, including what’s happening to your changing body, how you know when you are in labor, comfort techniques, advice for partners, an overview of medical procedures and much more.

For more information or to register, call 903.315.5569.

Planning to Breastfeed Class

This one-session introduction focuses on techniques for breastfeeding during the early weeks with your newborn, including: 

  • Benefits for mom and baby
  • Latching and positioning
2017 Class Dates: Jan. 9, Mar. 13, May 8, July 10, Sept. 11, Nov. 13

Modern Grandparenting

This special class is for proud grandparents-to-be to learn how childbirth has changed as well as some of the latest recommendations for safety, feeding, sleeping and more.

Sibling Class

This class is designed for children ages three to 11 to help them prepare for the changes their new sibling will bring. It helps children understand that having a new baby doesn’t mean there is any less love to go around.

2017 Class Dates: Feb. 6, Apr. 3, Aug. 14, Dec. 11

Baby Sign Language

Before toddlers learn language skills, communication between parents and their children can sometimes be frustrating. This class is great for parents, grandparents and caregivers too!

Babysitter Lessons and Safe Training (BLAST)

BLAST teaches 11 to 15 year old children safe and nurturing babysitting techniques. During this four-hour course, students will receive hands-on practice in basic lifesaving measures, child development and age-appropriate activities. In addition, students will learn American Heart Association Friends and Family CPR training and basic first aid methods.

To register for Family Education Classes or for additional details, please call 903.315.5569 or email

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