Pregnancy Classes

Childbirth Classes

Southern OB-GYN offers Childbirth and Post-Partum classes for couples preparing for vaginal or cesarean section deliveries. You will learn what to expect during delivery and how to care for yourself after delivery. This is a great way to help ease anxiety about your upcoming delivery. The class is targeted for both mothers and their support person.   They are offered twice each month from 7:00-8:00pm and can be scheduled by contacting Ashley Barker, RN, OB Clinical Care Coordinator at 229-241-2800 Ext 266 or email abarker@southernobgyn.net

South Georgia Medical Center provides a wide selection of classes for expectant parents, siblings and caregivers. All classes, led by a certified nurse, are provided as a community service for the expectant families in South Georgia and North Florida. Click here for class descriptions and schedules.

Labor Epidural Education

Labor epidurals are provided by Valdosta Anesthesia Associates, P.C., a group who provides all anesthesia care for the hospital.

Those interested in a labor epidural during delivery must meet the following requirements:

  • Attend a 30-60 minute class between the fifth and eighth months of your pregnancy that will inform you of the possible benefits, risks and complications of labor epidurals.
    • Classes will be held at Southern OB-GYN on the second Tuesday of each month from 6:00-7:00pm.   You may schedule the class offered at our office by calling Ashley Barker, RN, OB Clinical Care Coordinator at 229-241-2800 Ext 266

Or

  • Classes are presented twice a month in the evening and are held in Training and Education at South Georgia Medical Center.   You can schedule the labor epidural education class at South GA Medical Center when you call to pre-register for your labor and delivery. Please call Centralized Scheduling at (229) 259-4854.
  • Sign an informed consent form, stating you acknowledge the risks of having a labor epidural.
  • Complete an epidural questionnaire regarding your health conditions, medical history and medications you are currently taking.

Remember, if you have not attended the education class before going into labor, you will NOT be given a labor epidural.

Once you have completed your anesthetic evaluation, financial arrangements can be made. No patient will be denied an epidural due to inability to pay for the service.

Breastfeeding

Choosing whether or not you want to breastfeed your baby is a personal choice and deserves careful consideration. Both breast milk and bottled formula are healthy and responsible ways to feed your baby, and each has advantages and disadvantages. However, only you can decide if breastfeeding is the right choice for you.

Our practice has a Certified Lactation Counselor on staff and offers breastfeeding classes monthly for mothers interested in breastfeeding. Topics include benefits of breastfeeding, positioning and latch tips, choosing a pump, and going back to work. They are offered monthly from 6:00-7:00pm and can be scheduled by contacting Ashley Barker, RN, CLC, OB Clinic Care Coordinator at 229-241-2800 Ext 266 or emailing abarker@southernobgyn.net

Classes are free of charge to all Southern OB-GYN patients. Classes are open to the public with a $25 per class fee.

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