The Prenatal Education Program at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center provides you with professional instruction, guidance and support regarding labor and delivery, your hospital stay and early parenting education.
Many classes are offered each month at various times to help fit into your personal schedule. Classes fill up quickly, so please plan to register in your sixth or seventh month of pregnancy.
- Registration is required for all classes. To register, call (602) 230-CARE. Fees vary depending on class.
OB Orientation and Tour
Get started with a free tour of our nationally recognized labor and delivery unit and have all your questions answered while visiting with one of our Labor and Delivery RNs. The tour is a great opportunity for families to familiarize themselves with the Banner Good Samaritan campus.
Prepared Childbirth Class
This class is highly recommended for every expectant parent. Mothers-to-be and their coaches say they feel more prepared, relaxed and knowledgeable about childbirth after taking this course. You learn what to expect during the late stages of pregnancy, how to detect preterm delivery and what to do when labor begins. You also learn breathing and relaxing exercises, comfort measures, the pain management options available to you, how your coach can support you and what happens during and following birth.
E-Learning Online Childbirth Class
It is never too late to take a prenatal class. The eLearning Online Childbirth Education Program is an alternative for those who cannot attend a conventional prepared childbirth class due to bed rest, scheduling conflicts or time constraints. It may be taken in the comfort of your own home and at your own pace. The Gift of Motherhood eLearning Program is an interactive, web-based course that includes animated illustrations, videos, voice-overs and games.
Prepared Childbirth Refresher Course
This course is designed for expectant mothers and their coaches who have had a child before. You will practice techniques you may have learned during previous births, plus receive updates about labor and delivery practices. Topics include labor and delivery, breathing techniques, relaxation and the coach’s role.
Baby Care Class
This class is designed for mothers wanting information on parenting skills, baby care, diapering, feeding, comforting a crying child, growth and development and signs and symptoms of illness. Classes are taught by a Banner Good Samaritan Newborn Nursery RN.
This class is designed for any mother who plans to breastfeed. You will learn what you need to begin breastfeeding your baby including positioning, latch, proper production, storage of milk and going back to work. This class is taught by a Certified Lactation Consultant. Your coach or support person is also encouraged to attend.
All classes are held in the Prenatal Classroom located on the Ancillary 3rd Floor at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center. Free valet parking is available – enter off 12nd Street and McDowell Road.