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Events & Classes

Join Us for Our Next Class or Event

MultiCare Deaconess Hospital offers a diverse range of classes, seminars and support groups led by experienced staff and health care providers. Please check our event calendar for additional upcoming events.

Childbirth Classes

Breastfeeding Class (Free)

We know that breastfeeding is an important part of the post-birth bonding experience with your new baby. We also know that for most new moms, it's not as easy as it looks. Our dedicated nurses will reinforce the amazing decision you are making to feed your baby and equip you with the techniques to do it well. We give you "homework" before baby arrives, teach you the basics of breast anatomy, practice the five key steps to a good latch and help you recognize hunger cues. We will discuss pumping and storing breast milk and how to prepare for the transition back to work (or breaks out of the house)! We'll also talk through the possible complications and difficulties for new breastfeeding moms, when to introduce solid foods and the use of pacifiers. This class includes a resource guide to breastfeeding and further information about the lactation consultants available at Deaconess Hospital.

This class is taught by Zibby Merritt and Paula Judah. If you have any questions, please email [email protected]. This class will be located in the Perinatal Center on the 2nd floor near the Mother Baby Unit.

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Childbirth Classes

Childbirth education classes at Deaconess Hospital are taught by our labor and delivery nurses in a relaxing atmosphere where your questions will be answered by the same professionals who will be caring for you and your baby. Our goal is to educate and prepare you for all of labor's challenges and rewards and introduce you to members of our delivery team. All classes include a free tour of the labor and delivery unit at Deaconess Hospital. Class sizes are limited and some classes require a fee and/or supplemental materials. To register, visit our online calendar of events. For more information, please contact Zibby at [email protected] or 509-473-BABY.

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Daddy 101 (Free)

Daddy 101 is a "crash course" evening that captures the unique experience that fatherhood brings. Men will be inspired and equipped for their transition into fatherhood. In this class, dads will learn the basic skills they need to navigate through their child’s early stages. We will discuss everything from diapering, sleep schedules, and learn how to keep this new kid clean in the bath. We invite all dads to come and join in on the fun! This class is taught by Bryan Cress.

This class will be located in the Perinatal Center on the 2nd floor near the Mother Baby Unit. If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

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Developmental Milestone Class (Free)

This 90-minute class is taught by our talented therapists who are experts in helping you foster your baby's development in the first year of life. It can be overwhelming to take on this incredible journey in becoming parents! This class will give you a more detailed look at the motor, speech and cognitive changes that infants experience as they interact with their world. You and your partner (and newborn if you have already delivered) are welcome to spend an evening learning about the age-appropriate developmental expectations for baby's first year. Sitting, crawling, walking, introducing solid foods, baby exercises and communication with your baby will be highlighted.

This class is taught by Nancy Garcia. If you have any questions, please email [email protected]. This class will be located in the Perinatal Center on the 2nd floor near the Mother Baby Unit.

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Life with Baby: Exploring After Delivery Basics for Mom, Dad and Baby (Free)

After you have prepared for birth, it is important to think ahead for the future with your new baby! We will cover the highlights of what to expect when the new baby gets here. This newborn basics class covers diapering, swaddling, sleeping and bathing basics. We will introduce tips for successful breastfeeding that the whole family will benefit from. It is important to discuss the schedules that babies keep and their ever-changing needs. We will cover what new families can expect in the hospital after you transfer to the Mother Baby Unit, as well as tips for care at home. Mom’s health and recovery after this baby arrives is discussed, and ways to keep your body healthy and ideas for nutrition and sleep for Mom. We will end the class with a tour of the Mother Baby Unit. This is a single evening class for moms only or moms and their birth partners, best scheduled after any of the childbirth class/sessions. Taught by Genevieve Murakami, Debi Tupper and Danielle Rocchi.

This class will be held in the Perinatal Center on the 2nd floor near the Mother Baby Unit. For more information, please email [email protected].

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Preparing for Your Cesarean Section Birth (Free)

A Cesarean (C-section) delivery is planned for many different reasons, and Deaconess Hospital is here for you when this delivery is planned. To help you prepare, our nurses have specifically designed a class for couples who know they will be having a Cesarean birth. We’ll walk you through the admission process and pre-operative procedures and medications to help prepare for your delivery. We’ll also cover the road to recovery and how to bond with your baby during and immediately following surgery. You’ll see a video of a C-section and tour the operating and post-partum hospital rooms to help prepare for your special day.

This class is taught by Shavonne Wood and Krista Chambers. If you have any questions, please email [email protected]. This class will be located in the Perinatal Center on the 2nd floor near the Mother Baby Unit.

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Preparing to Give Meaningful Birth

Preparing to Give Meaningful Birth is devoted to learning the nuances of the journey through labor and delivery. We will introduce natural breathing exercises and relaxation techniques for you to practice at home. Birth-balls and practice prenatal exercises will be utilized to prepare both your body and mind for birth. We will also take time for small guided imagery segments to show the benefits of relaxation in labor and view short birth stories. Our nurses walk you through the logistics of labor and how your body will prepare to bring your baby into the world. You will learn how to best time your arrival at Deaconess as we discuss both natural and medicated births. We discuss possible medical interventions, such as IV pain medications, an epidural and inductions. The emphasis of this class is to introduce your birthing options, answer any questions you may have and help you plan the birth that is right for you and your partner. A detailed tour of our Labor and Delivery Unit is also provided with this class.

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Orthopedics Classes

Hip & Knee Pain Seminars

If you or a loved one is experiencing hip or knee pain, Deaconess Hospital offers a free information seminar designed just for you. Presented by an orthopedic surgeon, seminars cover the causes and treatments for everyday hip and knee pain. To register to attend an upcoming free seminar, call 509-473-5755.

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Orthopedic Surgery — Preoperative Classes

Free educational classes are available for patients scheduled for elective total hip replacement or total knee replacement surgeries. In a group setting, therapists will cover what to expect from your hospital stay through your recovery. They will also recommend pre-operative strengthening exercises and provide a home exercise program for you to take with you. To attend an upcoming class, call 509-473-7165.

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Weight Loss Classes

Weight Loss (Bariatric) Surgery Seminars

Join us for a free seminar to learn about the ins and outs of weight loss (bariatric) surgery. Rockwood Clinic’s board-certified surgeons will answer all your questions and provide the facts on weight loss surgery as a solution to your serious weight-related health problems. Find out if you are a candidate for this life-changing procedure. To register to attend an upcoming class, call 509-755-5120.

For more information on events and classes, please call: 509-473-5785

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