Community Education

Women and Children Services at St. Clair Health 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 412.942.5877.

New and Expectant Parent Programs

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 in both virtual and in-person sessions.

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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. Currently offered via 2 Zoom sessions lasting about 3.5 hours each.

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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. Currently offered via a single Zoom session.

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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 via a single 2-2.5 hour zoom session.

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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. Currently offered during a single Zoom session lasting about 3.5 hours.

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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 X X
Baby Basics X X
Childbirth Preparation X X
Introduction to Breastfeeding X X X
Family & Friends CPR/Infant & Child CPR X X X X X

Family Programs

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

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. Currently offered in 2 Zoom sessions on consecutive Saturdays.

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My Changing Body

This course is geared toward young women who are experiencing puberty. We encourage the young woman to attend the course with an adult support person of their choosing. Discussion in this class focus on puberty, self-esteem, skin care, and communication during these delicate years.  At this time, we are not scheduling these classes but keep checking back for registration to begin.

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 the Hospital. For additional information, call 412.942.5882. For more information regarding postpartum depression, click here.

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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 via Zoom at this time from the comfort of your home. .

What if I miss a class?

Contact the Women & Children Services department at 412.942.5877 to make arrangements to reschedule. Or email the department back through the registration email.

What is the payment process?

At this time, classes are free of charge as part of our community benefit program.

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.

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