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Working together to provide special care for you, your family and your newborn.

brthplaceGiving birth is one of the greatest joys you can experience and naturally, you want to share this joy with each member of your family. At The Birth Place, nurses and physicians work together to provide special care for you, your family and your newborn. We know this is a time of great expectations for you, and you can be assured your needs and expectations will be met. Our staff is dedicated to you and your new baby.

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Preparing for the Birth of your Baby

A new baby affects many lives, not just mothers-to-be. Fathers, brothers, sisters and grandparents have an interest in you and want to support you throughout your pregnancy. At the Birth Place, we include your family in many ways. Whether you choose relaxation coaching, a hospital tour, or one of our classes, the Birth Place and our education team are ready to work hard to make sure your birth experience is positive. 

The Birth Place strives to provide a loving start for every baby and loving care for every mom. Our promise to you is to provide respectful care, education, and a safe and secure environment to create a positive experience for you and your family.

Choose from these classes:

  1. Meet the Birth Place
  2. YoMingo
  3. Breastfeeding is an Art
  4. Lifesaver Baby Class
  5. Our New Baby
  6. Infant Feeding Support Group
  7. Breastfeeding Support

1. Meet the Birth Place

Your experience at St. Anthony Birth Place is an important and individual event for you, your baby and your family. The Birth Place nurses offer you a special invitation to "Meet the Birth Place," which is your opportunity to become familiar and comfortable with the hospital from admissions, to the Birth Place. During your scheduled visit, you will become acquainted with the staff and visit the suites where your delivery will take place. You will also be able to speak personally with a nurse, who will address your individual questions and concerns about labor and delivery. You may also pre-register your new baby-to-be! Fill out registration forms to save time later (bring insurance information).

It is recommended to schedule Meet the Birth Place in the 3rd trimester. Dates coincide with Breastfeeding is an Art classes.

2019 Dates: January 14, February 11, March 18, April 15, May 6, June 17, July 8, August 19, September 9, October 21, November 11, December 2
Time: 5:30-6:30 pm 
Where: Meet in the Patient Registration area of St. Anthony Regional Hospital

Please pre-register for Meet the Birth Place HERE.  Questions? Call (712) 794-5243.

You may also pre-register your new baby-to-be HERE

2.  Coming soon!   YoMingo - We're Pregnant!  (Free Online Class)
This is a one-stop source of information for expectant parents to answer questions about pregnancy, labor and birth, and postpartum. Learn about newborn development and breastfeeding from a trustworthy and reliable resource. Follow up with the health of your family with mobile and personal tracking apps for yourself, baby, siblings and partner (kick counts, contractions, diaper counts, weights, food diary, vaccination schedules, etc.). With multi-user capability, you and selected family members will have access to the apps throughout your pregnancy and beyond.

3. Breastfeeding is an Art 
Are you expecting or planning to become pregnant? Thinking of breastfeeding? Confident? Unsure? You’re not alone. Women have been led to believe that breastfeeding will come naturally, but that is not always the case. All babies are different and a woman’s body reacts differently to each pregnancy. Whether you are a first time mom or you have done it before, this class is for you. Our certified lactation counselor will be on hand to help answer questions, including: 

  • Am I producing enough milk?
  • Why does my milk look yellow or pink?
  • How do I know when my baby has had enough?
  • My nipples are cracked – now what?
  • Can I nurse my baby when I’m sick?
  • How do I know if my baby is latching?
  • Is it okay to use a pacifier?
  • When is the right time to supplement?
  • And more….

This class is recommended to be taken in the 3rd trimester. Dates coincide with these "Meet the Birth Place", 2019 dates: January 14, February 11, March 18, April 15, May 6, June 17, July 8, August 19, September 9, October 21, November 11, December 2
Time: 6:30-8:00 pm 
Please pre-register for Breastfeeding is an ArtHERE.  Questions? Call (712) 794-5243.

4. Lifesaver Baby Class
Accidents can happen and we want you to be prepared. Parents, grandparents and others who care for your baby are welcome to join this class. You will learn and practice life-saving skills and how to handle common baby emergencies:

  • Preventing accidents
  • Tips for Baby-proofing your home
  • How to handle an emergency
  • How to manage choking
  • CPR Skills for babies under one year of age

2019 Dates: March 5, June 11, September 3, December 3
Time: 6:00-7:00 pm
Where: St. Anthony Meeting Room #4 on 3rd Floor of Hospital

Please pre-register for Lifesaver BabyHERE.  Questions? Call (712) 794-5243.

5. Our New Baby Class 
The young brothers or sisters of the family will be treated to a movie, snack, and tour of the Birth Place. This is a fun experience for young siblings and will help them bond with the arriving new baby. Siblings will have the opportunity to have their picture taken, which will be placed in the baby’s bassinet at the hospital.

2019 Dates: January 17, May 16, September 19, March 21, July 18, November 14
Time: 4:00-5:00 pm
Where: St. Anthony Hospital Meeting Room #4 on 3rd Floor of Hospital
Please pre-register for Our New Baby class, HERE.  Questions? Call (712) 794-5243.

6. Infant Feeding Support Group. Juggling a new baby while managing the postpartum stage can be a challenge. Other moms share your experience. In this informal settinInfant Feeding Supportg, new moms come together to share ideas and helpful tips for coping. You will have the opportunity to weigh your baby and meet new friends. Chat with our Certified Lactation Consultant who can answer your questions about infant feeding and milestones. This group is for all new moms who are breastfeeding or bottle feeding their baby. It is not necessary to register – just come to the Birth Place to join!
Click HERE to view the flyer for location and times. 

7. Breastfeeding support
Every baby is unique. And whether you have breastfed before, or this is your first time, we are here to support you along the way. Our Certified Breastfeeding Educators are available 24/7 to answer questions, problem solve, and help you feel confident and successful in your decision to breastfeed your baby. To request an individual consult with our Certified Lactation Consultant, call (712) 794-5260.

Click here to visit our Lactation Services page.
Additional Good Reads: Ten Good Reasons to Breastfeed and Baby's Second Night.

 Thank you for thinking of St. Anthony for your birthing experience!

A loving start for every baby, loving care for every mom.