If you are welcoming a new little bundle of joy into your family, it doesn’t have to be a stressful, scary experience. While information, and often unsolicited advice abounds, nothing beats the city’s most knowledgeable teachers when it comes to the world of babies. Whether this is your first baby or your last, the city’s best new-baby classes boast a bit of everything — from natural births to breastfeeding — for every expectant parent.
Well Rounded Mama
6000 S. Eastern Ave. # 9A
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Well Rounded Mama offers a variety of classes for mommies and daddies to be, including a comprehensive, two-hour class exploring the benefits of water birth. Instructors discuss how the birthing pool may decrease pain and increase relaxation during the delivery process. They will also provide detailed information on what hospitals provide water births and what care providers may assist you in the process. Well Rounded Mama has doulas available for education and support as well. When your baby arrives, explore topics such as vaccines, circumcision and postpartum depression.
653 Town Center Dr.
Medical Office Building, Tower I, Conference Room (ground floor)
Las Vegas, NV 89144
Price: $60 per couple
If you are contemplating a natural delivery with little or no pain medication, Summerlin’s family place natural birth class may be a perfect match. Expectant mothers learn hypnosis, Lamaze and imagery techniques to stay calm and minimize pain during their delivery. Partners will learn how to better help moms during the birthing process. Family Place also offers breastfeeding, infant massage and infant CPR classes.
3006 S. Maryland Pkwy., Ste. #250
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Price: $45 per couple
Sunrise Hospital’s prepared childbirth classes will put your mind at ease and prepare you for delivery without the pressure of classes designed to promote a specific birth plan. Instructors discuss pregnancy, regular labor and delivery as well as Cesarean section. Classes are available in one-, two- and three-day options. You will also learn about newborn care for when you bring your bundle of joy home.
Women’s Specialty Care
5502 S. Fort Apache, Ste. 100
Las Vegas, NV 89148
Price: $80 per couple/$40 singles
Women’s Specialty Care’s Childbirth class provides a wealth of knowledge in an eight-hour Saturday class or three consecutive Monday evening classes. A licensed RN trained in labor, delivery and breast feeding leads each class, walking new parents through everything they need for a successful delivery and comfortable first few weeks of baby’s life. Be sure to bring a mat or blanked, and a pillow, to each class. Class literature and snacks are provided.
Barbara Greenspun Women’s Care (St. Rose Home Health)
1125 American Pacific, Ste. G
Henderson, NV 89015
Price: $35 per couple
If you have a limited amount of time or just need a refresher course, prepared childbirth express is perfect for you. This five-hour condensed class will cover everything from labor and delivery to relaxation and meditation techniques. St. Rose also offers grandparenting, new father classes and baby basics so you know what to do when you get home. These classes are generally offered two Saturdays a month and are a fabulous value. The right education will ensure that your pregnancy and delivery are as smooth as possible.
Sheryl Greenblatt is a Long Island, NY native who has been living (and thawing) in Las Vegas for approximately four years now. She writes mystery novels, works as a freelance writer and is the proud mother of a six year old Beagle/Yellow Lab rescue named after Anne Rices Mother of all Vampires. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.