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Women and Children Services

Community Education

Women and Children Services at St. Clair Hospital is committed to providing quality education programs for women and their families.

Women and Children Services at St. Clair Hospital is committed to providing quality education programs for women and their families.

With the belief that knowledge and education are vital ingredients in maintaining health and wellness, Women and Children Services offers a variety of educational programs designed to meet every family’s health care needs. Programming includes classes for new and expectant parents, youth and adolescents, and families. Online registration is available or you may call 412.942.5895.

New and Expectant Parent Programs

Family Birth Center Tour

St. Clair Hospital offers expectant parents and family members a tour of its specialized Family Birth Center. Participants will enjoy a complimentary breakfast, receive an educational tour of the birthing center and have the opportunity to ask questions about the facility. Tours focus on the personalized care and comprehensive services provided to expectant parents and infants. Breakfast and tours are held monthly on Saturdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

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Baby Basics

The Baby Basics class prepares expectant parents for life with a new baby. Topics include recommended baby supplies and equipment, newborn care, normal newborn appearance, crying and sleeping – with a special emphasis on safety and wellness. Parents practice baby care skills using realistic newborn dolls. Active participation is encouraged to boost confidence while preparing for your newborn’s arrival. Baby Basics is recommended between 20 to 32 weeks of pregnancy. Offered on two consecutive weekdays or one weekend monthly. 

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Childbirth Preparation

This eight-hour prepared childbirth preparation program focuses on the birth experience, as well as what to expect upon arrival at the hospital. A variety of subjects are reviewed during this comprehensive course, including the normal birth process, signs of labor, pain management techniques, medication and anesthesia options during labor, paced breathing and relaxation techniques, and maternal care following delivery. This course allows additional practice time for comfort and relaxation strategies, as well as coaching support. Childbirth Preparation is offered over a period of four consecutive weeks or as a one-day intensive program. Expectant parents are advised to complete this course 3 to 4 weeks prior to your newborn’s due date.

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Labor & Delivery 1-2-3

Labor & Delivery 1-2-3 is a fast-track childbirth education class that allows expectant parents to review the birthing process and gain an understanding of what to expect upon arrival at the hospital. The class highlights the signs of labor, stages of labor and available comfort measures throughout the birthing experience, including medications and anesthesia. Discussion provides expectant parents with an opportunity to address questions and prepare for the birth of their babies. Expectant parents are advised to take this course at least 3 to 4 weeks prior to your newborn’s due date. Classes offered as a single session on a weeknight or weekend.

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Introduction to Breastfeeding

Led by a certified lactation consultant, Introduction to Breastfeeding is designed to facilitate a woman’s choice to breastfeed. The “why and how” of breastfeeding are discussed, along with emphasis on positioning baby, latching on, breast care, the father’s role, returning to work and breastfeeding challenges. Participants are given the opportunity to ask questions, as well as view breast pumps, nursing bras and additional nursing accessories. Classes offered monthly.

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Family and Friends: Infant and Child CPR

The American Heart Association designed the Family and Friends program for individuals interested in learning how to save the life of a loved one. This particular session meets the needs of parents with infants and/or young children. Participants will learn the signs and symptoms of life-threatening emergencies and practice appropriate safety actions, including skills for cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and choking for the infant and child. Each participant will receive an American Heart Association information booklet and participation card.

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A Guide to Attending Prenatal Class

Shaded areas indicate when best to attend.

  5-Month 6-Month 7-Month 8-Month 9-Month
Family Birth Center Tour          
Baby Basics          
Childbirth Preparation          
Latch On: The How & Why of Breastfeeding          
The Sibling Class          
Family & Friends CPR/Infant & Child CPR          

 

Family Programs

Siblings Class

Becoming a big brother or sister is a major event in the life of a child. The Siblings Class – which is geared for children 3 to 7 years of age – helps siblings welcome a new brother or sister to the family, while also learning important information about newborns. Children have the opportunity to practice holding and diapering a “baby” and receive a tour of the room where their mommies will stay for the births of the babies. The class includes storytelling, a child-based project and a visit to the Family Birth Center. Class size is limited to six children and their parents.

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Mothers and Daughters: Growing and Changing

Designed for girls ages 9 to 11 and their mothers, the Growing and Changing program centers on the physical changes that accompany the onset of puberty. Topics include female anatomy, reproductive development, menstruation and healthy lifestyle habits, with a focus on continual communication between mothers and daughters. St. Clair Hospital recommends that participants of this class also attend the Healthy Body Image program.

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Mothers and Daughters: Healthy Body Image

Becoming a young woman often causes emotional ups and downs. While it is normal to experience strong emotions during puberty, taking care of one’s feelings is as important as taking care of one’s changing body. This class, which is designed for pre-teen girls and their mothers, addresses ways to recognize and deal appropriately with feelings, as well as learning effective communication techniques with friends, parents and other supportive adults. St. Clair Hospital recommends that participants of this class also attend the Growing and Changing program.

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The Smoke Free Family

St. Clair Hospital Women and Children Services and Respiratory Services are pleased to offer a smoking cessation program specifically designed for families. Information about the dangers of smoking for young and pregnant women and the health effects of second-hand smoke on young children will be addressed. The program targets parents, caregivers, pregnant women and women of childbearing age to promote smoking cessation skills. For additional information please call 412.942.2008. This project is partially funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Health through Tobacco Free Allegheny.

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Youth and Adolescent Programs

Teenage Sexuality

Teenage girls are confronted with many new experiences and life choices that create unique challenges during the transition from childhood to adolescence. This program sensitively addresses the complex issues of teenage sexuality, sexual myths, abstinence, pregnancy prevention, sexually transmitted diseases, dating and peer pressure, as well as decision making and healthy choices. The discussion on sexuality and responsibility is a positive experience for teenage girls, ages 12 to 14.

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Safe Sitter

Safe Sitter, a nationally-recognized program, teaches 11 to 13 year old boys and girls to provide safe childcare. The program provides child care basics, ways to recognize and respond to emergencies, tips for injury prevention and behavior management. Safety for the sitter and babysitting as a business are discussed. Learning is enhanced through hands-on activities and interactive games. Each participant receives a Safe Sitter Manual and course completion card.

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Pediatric Unit Tour

Tours of St. Clair Hospital’s Pediatric Unit are available to young children so they may experience the hospital environment in a calm, non-threatening manner. In addition to a tour of the unit, children are given the opportunity to examine medical equipment and meet with pediatric nursing personnel. Individual and group tours may be arranged at no cost. For additional information or to arrange a tour, please call 412.942.5900.
 

Support Groups

Baby Steps (Postpartum Depression Support Group)

Baby Steps is a support group to assist new and expecting mothers dealing with the emotional transitions of pregnancy and motherhood. New and expecting mothers are invited to attend monthly meetings to learn information about postpartum depression and gain useful tools to help cope with mood disturbances associated with pregnancy and postpartum.  Baby Steps is offered once a month in the evening at Christ United Methodist Church, 44 Highland Road, Bethel Park.  For additional information, call 412.942.5882.  For more information regarding postpartum depression, click here.

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Hugs for Healing Hearts (Pregnancy Loss Support Group)

Hugs for Healing Hearts is a pregnancy loss support group for women and their families who have experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth or newborn death.  The group is facilitated by St. Clair Hospital staff, with support from parents who have experienced their own losses.  This group meets the 2nd Monday of each month, 7 p.m - 8:30 p.m.

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Hugs for Healing Hearts (Subsequent Pregnancy After a Loss Support Group)

Parents who have experienced a pregnancy loss will have additional stressors in a subsequent pregnancy.  Parents may simultaneously struggle with their parenting feelings for the baby who died, even while pregnant with the next baby.  There may be a fear of another loss.  This free monthly support group offers a safe place to discuss these feelings and gain support for/during this pregnancy.  The support group meets the third Monday of the month from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in the Library on the 4th floor of the Hospital.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is registration required?

Yes, registration is required. Class size is limited to enhance the learning experience. Materials are prepared for each student prior to class.

Will my insurance provider pay for the cost of class?

At times, individual insurance plans will cover the cost of a class. We recommend that you contact your insurance provider for details. You are responsible for the class fee and obtaining insurance reimbursement.

How far in advance should I register for Childbirth Preparation Classes?

Register as early in your pregnancy as possible. To ensure optimal timing
for class attendance, complete the registration process at the beginning
of the second trimester of pregnancy.

When should I take Childbirth Preparation classes?

Refer to the chart below for recommendations on when you should attend specific classes during pregnancy.

Where are classes held?

Classes are conducted in the Community Education Department located on the Pediatric Unit on the Fifth Floor of the Hospital. Should the location change, you will be notified in advance.

What if I miss a class?

Contact the Women & Children Services department at 412.942.5895 to make arrangements to reschedule.

What is the payment process?

Class fees are due upon registration. If payment is not received within two weeks of on-line or phone-in class registration, you will automatically be removed from the class roster. Checks made payable to St. Clair Hospital should be mailed to Women and Children Services Community Education Department – 5th Floor, St. Clair Hospital, 1000 Bower Hill Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15243.

Will I get a refund if I cancel my registration?

Registration fees are non refundable. If you cancel because of medical reasons, the class fee will be refunded, minus a $10 processing charge. You may credit this fee toward a future class. We reserve the right to move or cancel classes when minimum registration requirements are not met, or due to inclement weather. We will notify you of class cancellation and reschedule you for another class. If we are unable to accommodate your reservation, a full refund will be issued. Those with a special need are asked to notify us in advance so we can make appropriate arrangements.