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Grand Strand Medical Center
South Strand Medical Center

Childbirth Education Classes

Being a parent is perhaps the most natural thing in the world. Being a good parent, however, is quite different. It takes a lot of hard work, patience and education to provide your new arrival with the care he or she will need. But new parents don't have to do it alone. At Grand Strand Medical Center, we want to prepare you as much as possible for your new baby.

We're pleased to offer a series of childbirth education classes for expectant parents and families. All classes are taught by a Grand Strand Medical Center obstetrics nurse, certified in childbirth education.

Please note:

  • Prepared Childbirth Classes meet in the hospital classroom on the first floor, with sessions taught monthly.
  • Breastfeeding, Infant Care and Infant/Child CPR classes are taught at HealthFinders, the hospital's community resource center located in Coastal Grand Mall, beside Dillard's department store.

Register for Classes» | For more information, please call: (843) 692-4444.

Class Descriptions

Prepared Childbirth Class

This one day, six hour, Saturday class (9 am – 3 pm) taught at Grand Strand Medical Center provides instruction in the birthing process, breathing and relaxation techniques, physical conditioning and coaching skills. Fee: $50 per couple (includes materials and lunch).

Breast-Feeding Class

This two-hour class provides instruction in the art of breast-feeding as a positive experience. Proper breast-feeding techniques and the role of the support person are discussed. Meets one Saturday (1:30 - 3:30 pm) each month at HealthFinders, Coastal Grand Mall. Free.

Infant Care Class

Basic guidelines and hands-on experience of newborn care are provided in this two-hour class. The emphasis is on confidence as the newborns primary caretaker. Meets one Saturday (10:30 am - 12:30 pm) each month at HealthFinders, Coastal Grand Mall. Free.

OB Tours

Our maternity tour is designed to acquaint expectant parents with the services and philosophy of our obstetrics program. The tour includes a visit to the Maternity Center, including the birthing rooms, and a discussion of general information regarding your OB stay at Grand Strand Medical Center. Tours are offered during the Prepared Childbirth courses, or upon request (9:00am - 3:00pm, Monday through Friday only). Free. Please call 692-BABY to schedule a tour.

Infant Child CPR

This class is designed to prepare parents and other caretakers to respond appropriately in an emergency. Instruction in proper administration of CPR and first aid for choking infants and children is taught. Offered one Saturday of each month (1:00pm - 4:00pm) at HealthFinders, Coastal Grand Mall. Fee: $15.

Sibling Preparation

This two-hour class is designed to help children ages 2-10 prepare for the new babys arrival. The class teaches brothers and sisters about their involvement in the birthing experience and preparation for the baby’s homecoming. A tour of the OB unit and nursery is included. One parent must accompany the child. Offered one Saturday (10:00am - 11:30am) each month at Grand Strand Medical Center. Free.

Register for Classes» | For more information, please call: (843) 839-9933.