Fairview Hospital Classes

Fairview Hospital Classes

In-person classes for Fairview Hospital are held at multiple locations including:

Fairview Hospital
18101 Lorain Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44111

Fairview Hospital Wellness Center
3035 Wooster Rd.
Rocky River, Ohio 44116

Please note:

  • Registration is required for all classes unless noted
  • Classes may be canceled due to low enrollment
  • Plan to complete all classes 3-4 weeks prior to your due date
  • Interpretative services available upon request for all classes and tours

Please direct any questions and concerns related to birthing services or online education to [email protected].

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Preparing for Childbirth Classes

Prepared Childbirth

Designed for you and your partner, Prepared Childbirth discussion topics include:

  • Process of labor and birth
  • Supportive coaching techniques
  • Use of birth ball, water therapy
  • Comfort measures (including relaxation) for labor and birth
  • Medical interventions
  • Medicines
  • Cesarean birth
  • Postpartum care and emotional needs

Class Options:

  • Childbirth Preparation – Weeknight Series
  • Childbirth Preparation – Fast Forward Series

Please register for Prepared Childbirth classes around your fifth month of pregnancy. Begin classes by the seventh month and complete classes at least three to four weeks before your due date. Recommendations vary for mothers of multiples and high risk pregnancy.

Childbirth Preparation - Natural Unmedicated

This four-week series is for couples who choose to have an unmedicated natural birth. Topics to be covered include the anatomy and physiology of childbirth, the role of pain in childbirth, and natural pain coping strategies. Class will also include a segment on medical interventions and postpartum care of mom. This class will include more time spent practicing relaxation, breathing, and coping techniques than our traditional childbirth preparation classes.

Childbirth Preparation - Natural Un-medicated PLUS

This six-week series is for couples who choose to have an unmedicated natural birth. Topics to be covered include the anatomy and physiology of childbirth, the role of pain in childbirth, and natural pain coping strategies. Class will also include a segment on medical interventions and postpartum care of mom. This class will include more time spent practicing relaxation, breathing, and coping techniques than our traditional childbirth preparation classes.

Natural Unmediated PLUS also includes Baby Basics and Breastfeeding Preparation classes. A tour of the Birthing Center at Fairview Hospital is included as well.

Preparing for Baby Classes

Breastfeeding Preparation

This class is for you and your partner to prepare to breastfeed your newborn and achieve the confidence you need to start a satisfying breastfeeding experience.

Class Topics:

  • Why your support person is a key to your success
  • Getting off to a good start
  • How baby establishes your milk supply
  • Positioning and latch-on
  • Pumping and storing milk
  • Preparation for returning to work
  • Register for this class

Baby Basics – Hands On!

This class is for expectant and adoptive parents and grandparents. While you’re waiting for your new baby, learn about:

  • Parental adjustments in first six weeks
  • Soothing a fussy baby
  • Newborn reflexes and abilities
  • Bathing, diapering and dressing baby
  • Establishing flexible day and night routines
  • Newborn’s emotional needs
  • Infant safety

Please bring a baby towel and baby washcloth.

Preparing the Family

Grandparenting Today

Join a lively discussion for grandparents-to-be and new grandparents about the changes in birthing and infant care practices.

Class topics include:

  • Importance of grandparenting
  • Changes in childbirth practices
  • Updates on baby care recommendations
  • Communication with new parents
  • Long distance grandparenting
  • Most current info on sleep safety and SIDS prevention
  • Infant nutrition recommendations

This is a one-time class.

Boot Camp for New Dads

New and expectant dads will be taught by the experts – veteran dads:

  • How to support mom and form a parenting team
  • How to bond with baby
  • The best way to hold, feed, cuddle your new baby
  • Child safety and child abuse prevention tips
  • The importance of maintaining a “father” in the family

New dads will feel free to ask any questions of interest to them in a supportive environment.

Infant and Child Safety

CPR for Infant and Child

As a parent, grandparent, or babysitter, you could be the first person to administer care to your child in an emergency. You will learn the life saving techniques listed below according to the American Heart Association criteria and practice on mannequins:

  • Techniques for evaluating and eliminating choking
  • How to determine if CPR is needed and how to perform it
  • Use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
  • Prevention of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

This class is a Family and Friends CPR class through the American Heart Association and is not a certifying or credentialing course.

Hillcrest Hospital Classes

Hillcrest Hospital Classes

In-person classes for Hillcrest Hospital are held at:

Hillcrest North Campus
6777 Mayfield Road
Mayfield Heights, Ohio 44124

Please note:

  • Registration is required for all classes unless noted.
  • Classes may be canceled due to low enrollment.
  • Plan to complete all classes 3-4 weeks prior to your due date.
  • Interpretative services available upon request for all classes and tours.

As classes become filled, additional classes may be added. Classes are available in various formats to meet your comfort level and scheduling needs:

  • In person- Small, socially distant classes.
  • Virtual- Live virtual classes using social platforms (i.e. WebEx, Teams).
  • Online Modules- Self guided, online classes allowing for instructor follow up as requested.

Please direct any questions and concerns related to birthing services or online education to [email protected].

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Holistic Services

Reiki, Guided Imagery, and Hypnotherapy are available in a private setting. Please call 440.312.4647 or email [email protected] for more information.

Private Classes

Private classes are available for the following:

  • Cesarean Birth.
  • Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC).
  • Adoptive classes.
  • Diverse scheduling accommodations.
  • Language accommodations.
  • Pregnancy with multiples.
  • High risk pregnancies.

Please call 440.312.4647 or email [email protected] for more information.

Early Pregnancy

Newly pregnant or planning for a pregnancy?

Find out what to expect over the next few weeks and how best to prepare your changing body and growing baby.

This two-hour virtual class is designed to answer questions you may have through the first trimester (13 weeks) of pregnancy.

Preparing for Childbirth Classes

HypnoBirthing

HypnoBirthing is a unique method of childbirth education that teaches women/couples how to work with their birthing bodies using:

  • Hypnosis, imagery and relaxation.
  • Stress management techniques.
  • Releasing the fear and tension which accompany pain.
  • Breathing techniques synchronized for birthing.
  • Supportive coaching methods.
  • Discussion of interventions and medications.

This class teaches you that in the absence of fear and tension, severe discomfort does not have to be a natural accompaniment of the birthing process. This class can be taken whether you are planning a natural childbirth or using medication at the time of birth.

Understanding Birth

This class is designed for you and your support person to attend. Understanding Birth discussion topics include:

  • Process of labor and birth.
  • Supportive coaching techniques.
  • Use of birth ball, water therapy.
  • Comfort measures (including relaxation) for labor and birth.
  • Medical interventions.
  • Medicines.
  • Cesarean birth.
  • Postpartum care and emotional needs.

Class Options:

  • Understanding Birth Series: Comprehensive labor preparation four week series class.
  • Understanding Birth Just the Facts: Condensed, one day comprehensive birth preparation class designed for challenging schedules. Less time spent on relaxation and breathing techniques.
  • Understanding Birth Fast Track: Condensed, two day comprehensive birth preparation class designed for challenging schedules. Less time spent on relaxation and breathing techniques.
  • Understanding Birth Online Module: Self-guided childbirth preparation class using imbedded videos and text (Q&A instructor follow up is available upon request).

Recommendations for classes vary for mothers of multiples and high risk pregnancy.

Natural Childbirth

This class is designed for expectant moms and their partners to prepare their bodies for natural childbirth. While medication and additional pain relief options are covered, an emphasis is placed on relaxation techniques. Medical interventions are also covered during this fully comprehensive birth preparation class.

Preparing for Baby Classes

Baby Basics

While you're preparing for your new baby, learn the basics:

  • Parental adjustments in first six weeks.
  • Soothing a fussy baby.
  • Newborn reflexes and abilities.
  • Bathing, diapering and dressing your baby.
  • Establishing flexible day and night routines.
  • Newborn's emotional needs.
  • Register for this class.

Baby Basics online module: Self-guided newborn preparation class using imbedded videos and text (Q&A instructor follow up is available upon request).

Boot Camp for New Dads

New and expectant dads will be taught by the experts – veteran dads:

  • How to form a parenting team.
  • How to bond with baby.
  • The best way to hold, feed, cuddle your new baby.
  • Child safety and child abuse prevention tips.

New dads will feel free to ask any questions of interest to them in a supportive environment.

Breastfeeding Basics

This class is for you and your partner to prepare to breastfeed your newborn and achieve the confidence you need to start a satisfying breastfeeding experience.

Class Topics:

  • Why your support person is a key to your success.
  • Getting off to a good start.
  • How baby establishes your milk supply.
  • Positioning and latch-on.
  • Pumping and storing milk.
  • Preparation for returning to work.
  • Register for this class.

Breastfeeding Basics online module: Self-guided breastfeeding preparation class using imbedded videos and text (Q&A instructor follow up is available upon request).

Night with a Pediatrician

Attend a free Q&A session with a pediatrician to find out what to expect for your new baby during your stay at the hospital. Parents are welcome to bring questions during this relaxed learning opportunity.

Preparing the Family Classes

Grandparenting Today

Join a lively discussion for grandparents-to-be about the changes in birthing and infant care practices. Class topics include:

  • Role of grandparenting and how to support the new family.
  • Updates on childbirth practices and baby care recommendations.
  • Long distance grandparenting.
  • Infant nutrition recommendations.
  • Infant safety.
  • Register for this class.

Infant and Child Safety Classes

Sitter School

Sitter School is an opportunity for pre-teens and teenagers, ages 11 to 15, to become confident and capable babysitters. Students receive a certificate of completion at the end of class.

Class topics include:

  • Infant and childcare.
  • Choosing appropriate toys.
  • Accident prevention and emergency preparation.
  • Life-saving techniques from the American Heart Association (AHA) including CPR.
  • Register for this class.

CPR for Infant and Child

As a parent, grandparent, or babysitter, you could be the first person to administer care to a child in an emergency. You will learn the life saving techniques listed below according to the American Heart Association criteria and practice on mannequins:

  • Techniques for evaluating and eliminating choking.
  • How to determine if CPR is needed and how to perform it.
  • Use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).
  • Prevention of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

This class is a Family and Friends CPR class through the American Heart Association and is not a certifying or credentialing course.

Keeping Your Baby Safe

Come and learn the steps to keeping your baby safe in the car and at home. This is a beneficial class to follow CPR for Infant and Child class.

Class topics include:

Akron General Classes

Akron General Classes

The following alternative eClass options at Akron General are available to patients:

All in-person classes are held at Akron General:

Akron General
1 Akron General Ave
Akron, OH 44307

Please note:

  • Please meet five minutes prior to start-time in the main lobby
  • Registration is required for all classes unless noted
  • Classes may be canceled due to low enrollment
  • Plan to complete all classes 3-4 weeks prior to your due date

Please direct any questions and concerns related to birthing services or online education to [email protected].

View All Upcoming Classes

Preparing for Childbirth

Childbirth Preparation

Learn valuable breathing based techniques for relaxation, breathing during labor, managing discomfort, timing contractions and how your coach can play a role during labor. This series of classes can provide you with the basics on physical and emotional changes that occur during pregnancy, as well as what to expect during the childbirth process itself.

Class Options:

  • Four-week series
  • Condensed two-session weekend series

A tour of Akron General's New Life Center is included.

“Just the Facts” Express Class

One day, condensed, complete childbirth series designed for those with challenging schedules. Learn how to relax, breathe during labor, manage discomfort and time contractions. (Less time spent on the relaxation and breathing than the class series).

A tour of Akron General's New Life Center is included.

Preparing for Baby

Before Baby® - Free Health Fair

Come to Before Baby, a free maternity health fair at Cleveland Clinic Akron General. Attend one of our mini-seminars about Baby Friendly, visit various information booths, register for free gifts and enjoy refreshments. Free parking. We offer this event two times a year – May and November.

A tour of Akron General's New Life Center is included.

Breastfeeding 101

Prepare yourself to breastfeed, and learn how to make sure you have an easy and successful experience. Husband and partners welcome to attend.

Breastfeeding: Beyond the First Six Weeks

Preparing to return to work and continue breastfeeding? Research shows that you have made a wise choice! Breastfeeding your baby beyond the first six weeks is essential for your baby’s health, growth and development. A qualified instructor will give you the tools and practical resources to help when away from baby. This class includes topics such as breastfeeding laws, how to choose the right pump, pumping and breast milk storage and returning to work. It is recommended that this class be taken after the birth of your baby to prepare yourself to return to work.

Boot Camp for New Dads

New and expectant dads will be taught by the experts – veteran dads:

  • How to support mom and form a parenting team
  • How to bond with baby
  • The best way to hold, feed, cuddle your new baby
  • Child safety and child abuse prevention tips
  • The importance of maintaining a “father” in the family

New dads will feel free to ask any questions of interest to them in a supportive environment.

Baby Care for Beginners - A Guide to the First Six Weeks

Whether you are brand new to babies or just need to “brush-up” on the basics, this class is recommended for expectant parents, grandparents or anyone else who will be taking care of a newborn. “Hands-on” practice will include feeding, bathing, diapering, swaddling and handling/holding. Other topics such as normal newborn behaviors, safety and when to call the doctor will be included..

Preparing the Family Classes

Grandparent Information

In this class, prospective grandparents will learn about changes in childbirth, updates in infant care, communicating in the extended family, tips on baby care and safety, and the importance of being a grandparent. A tour of Akron General’s New Life Center is included.

Infant and Child Safety Classes

Infant CPR and Safety

Every parent should know what to do in case of an emergency. This one-session basic class will give you the confidence and security to act quickly and effectively. A certified instructor provides you with the latest education in this essential course. Class is not a certification.

Sibling Celebration at Cleveland Clinic Akron General

This class is most beneficial for children up to 10 years of age, and their families, to prepare them for the arrival of their new sibling. Please have your child bring a doll or stuffed animal to class.

Class topics include:

  • How to hold and care for the new baby
  • What to expect at the hospital
  • Changes after the baby arrives

Please register the name of the caregiver bringing the child(ren) to class. A tour of Akron General’s New Life Center is included.

Tour Our Birthing Hospitals

Tour Our Birthing Hospitals

Picking a hospital for the birth of your child is not a zero to five star rating decision. There are so many more factors to keep in mind. Where is the hospital related to us on a map? Does this hospital offer an unmedicated birth experience? Is there a NICU there in case my baby needs one? These are all very important questions that are probably going through your head. Here are our answers.

We have three birthing hospitals — Fairview Hospital on the West Side of Cleveland, Akron General to the South and Hillcrest Hospital on the East Side of Cleveland. In high-risk situations, you could also have your baby at Cleveland Clinic’s main campus. All three hospitals have a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

The following alternative virtual tour options are now available to patients:

* Cleveland Clinic Akron General does not currently have a virtual birthing hospital tour offering. For more information about Akron General’s birthing services, please call 330.344.2229.