When you’re about to become a new parent, knowing what to expect can make all the difference. 

From early pregnancy through labor, delivery and after baby arrives, we're here to help! 

Be sure to register for each class you plan to attend. Registration for 2018 classes begins October 1. View our calendar for more information on dates, times and locations. Or, take advantage of our Celebrate Your Pregnancy series (three or more classes) for $85. Classes may not be available at all locations. Call for details. 

Family Beginnings Tours - no charge 

Expecting parents receive a complete tour as part of our childbirth classes. If you aren't attending a childbirth class, we offer a monthly tour in Springfield. Please call to register. If you can't attend an in-person class, view our Virtual Tour. Expecting moms may bring one adult guest on this adults-only tour.

For details on Branson and Monett tours, please call the appropriate location to schedule.

Prepared Childbirth 

Take this class during the last month of your pregnancy. Please register by your 20th week to ensure appropriate class placement. 

Two-Part Series - $50 

Prepared childbirth education in two consecutive weekly sessions. Learn about labor, delivery, breathing and relaxation techniques as well as pain medications and what to expect postpartum (after delivery). 

One-Day Class - $50 

Prepared childbirth class in one day. Learn about childbirth and those beginning days of postpartum care. A demonstration of breathing and relaxation techniques is given for you to practice at home. Offered twice a month on Saturdays (choose one date). 

Fatherhood Basic Training - $20

Expectant fathers, learn infant basics from a seasoned father and medical professional. Topics include becoming a dad, forming a new family, birth and bonding and caring for new mom and baby. For dads only! 

Siblings and Parents - $25 per family 

Prepare your child(ren), ages 3-8, for the arrival of a new sibling. Classes fill quickly; early registration is recommended. 

Grandparenting - $20 per family 

Things may have changed over the years. Find out the latest and greatest ways to be a good grandparent. 

BabySense - $25

Take this class during the last two months of your pregnancy. Valuable information on basic baby care and safety, including bathing, diapering, baby proofing your home, car seat safety and more. 

Breastfeeding Basics - $25 

Take this class during the last two months of your pregnancy. Learn nutritional and emotional advantages of breastfeeding and "how to" breastfeed. 

DogSense - $10

Prepare the family dog for the addition of a new pack member. Child and dog safety, understanding your dog, changes in routine, introducing baby to the dog and what to expect as both dog and child get older. Taught by Stan Murray, dog behavioral therapist and trainer. 

FREE Quit Smoking During Pregnancy Class

Protect yourself and your baby from the effects of smoking. You'll have more energy, feel healthier and have extra money to spend on your new baby. A support person is welcome to attend with you. Call the Center for Health Improvement at 417-269-5239 for details.

eLearning: The Gift of Motherhood

A free online childbirth and breastfeeding education program. In your third trimester, call The Women's Center in Springfield to register and receive your 90-day eLearning access code(s).

eLearning: Natural Childbirth - $25

This class may be completed after The Gift of Motherhood eLearning course. Register between the 20th - 25th week of your pregnancy, and plan to complete the class during the last month of your pregnancy.