Labor and Delivery Tour
Free tours of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford are designed to familiarize couples and families with the hospital they have chosen. Your tour will last approximately one hour and consists of a peek into the birthing suites, as well as where you will stay after your baby's birth. Questions are encouraged. Please note — the tour is not intended to be a childbirth class. To gain insight into childbirth practices, please register for one or more of the childbirth education classes below, where an in-depth tour is also provided.
Designed to help expectant parents prepare for breastfeeding, this class offers information on breastfeeding benefits, getting off to a good start right after your baby is born, maintaining lactation and what to expect in a Baby-Friendly Hospital. Information about returning to work while successfully breastfeeding will also be addressed. To help you during the weeks and months of breastfeeding your newborn, support beyond your hospital stay is emphasized. Fathers or other members of your "support team" are encouraged to attend.
This Lamaze series is designed to educate expectant parents on pregnancy as well as labor and birth options. A Lamaze Certified Instructor will provide information on active labor support participation, the birth process, hospital routines, breathing and relaxation, medication options, and labor/birth positions. A tour of the hospital is included. This class will be held once a week for 5 weeks in the evening. Participants need to bring two pillows and a blanket with them to each session to allow for comfortable practice time. This class will also provide information on un-medicated birth with an emphasis on labor and birth rehearsal.
Prepared Childbirth (Saturday)
This class, also known as "Labor in a Day," is designed to condense your childbirth education into an informative, one-day class. A Lamaze Certified Instructor will provide information on active labor support participation, the birth process, hospital routines, breathing and relaxation, medication options, and labor/birth positions. A tour of the Siratt Women's Center is provided. Participants need to bring two pillows and a blanket to allow for comfortable labor "practice time."
eLearning Childbirth Education
The Gift of Motherhood eLearning Childbirth Education Program is a convenient alternative for expectant parents who cannot attend a conventional prepared childbirth class due to bed rest, scheduling conflicts or time constraints. It is also useful as a refresher course for repeat parents.
This one-time class will help you gain the knowledge you need to keep your precious baby safe. Topics include choosing safe baby gear and how to use your car seat correctly. You will learn about decreasing the risk factors for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, how to safety proof your home, and how and when to call the poison center. Keeping baby well and what to do when baby is sick, along with choosing your pediatrician will be discussed. Infant CPR and treatment for infant choking will also be taught.
This one-time class will teach you how to care for your newborn during the first days in the hospital and the first weeks at home. Topics include immediate care of your baby after birth; what new babies look like and do; methods to calm your baby; and how you can become an expert with feeding, diapering, bathing, swaddling and taking your baby's temperature. This is a very helpful class to boost the confidence and newborn care-taking skills of first-time parents!
Baby's First Year
This one-time class will help prepare you for the amazing 12 months ahead with a baby in your life and how to best parent your incredible infant. Topics include growth and development; playing with your baby; how babies learn; reading with your baby; food in the first year; the importance of fathering; your baby and your pet; coping with colic; postpartum depression; bathing your baby in the tub; and choosing child care.
This two-part class focuses on infants ages three weeks to pre-crawling (approximately six months of age). Learning and performing infant massage helps deepen bonding between parent and child and helps you learn to read your baby's non-verbal communication and cues. Infant massage has been shown to help baby sleep longer, stimulate brain development, and improve circulation and digestion. One or two family members may attend with their baby. Participants are asked to bring your baby, a swaddling blanket and a pillow. Expectant parents are also welcome to attend the class. For practice, a baby doll will be provided.
Car Seat Check
Make an appointment for your one-on-one session with a certified child passenger safety technician to learn about the best practices for keeping your baby and children safe while traveling in a vehicle. Bring the car seat, the manual for the car seat; the manual for the vehicle; your baby or child (if he/she is born); and all your questions. We will spend at least 30 minutes with you, so you can increase your knowledge and confidence that your most precious cargo is safe. Please take advantage of this opportunity before your baby arrives to ensure a safe ride home from the hospital.
Sibling Class for Big Brothers and Big Sisters
Preparing your first baby to become a big brother or sister can be a challenge. Therefore, the Sibling Class brings together a group of siblings-to-be and helps them explore their expectations and feelings about having a new baby in the family. Practice time for diapering, holding and swaddling a "baby," as well as a tour of the hospital, are included in this celebration of becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister. At least one parent must attend, but both parents are welcome. We welcome children who are ages 3 to 10 years. Plan to bring your camera.
Safe Sitter Class
Safe Sitter is a medically accurate, hands-on class that teaches boys and girls ages 11 to 13 how to handle emergencies when caring for children, as well as how to entertain children and keep them safe. This program is offered as either a one or two-day class. The one-day class does not include CPR. Topics include:
- Babysitting as a business
- Success on the job
- Child care essentials
- Safety for the sitter
- Injury management
- Preventing problem behavior
- Choking infant and child rescue
- Infant and child CPR
CPR Classes for Non-Health Care Professionals
Participants will learn adult, child, and infant CPR, and foreign airway obstruction techniques. An American Heart Association HeartSaver course completion card will be issued upon successful skills demonstration.