Childbirth and Parenting Classes


pregnancy-resources-helenaParenting is the hardest job you’ll ever have. Everyone needs some advice and help every once in a while. Whether you are an expectant parent, first time parent, or the parent to many, there is something for everyone available in the Helena area.

Check out a calendar that includes everything from yoga groups for moms to parenting classes for expectant parents!

Check out and refer people to these excellent resources: SafeCare and Parents as Teachers.

Parenting from the Heart Parent Support Group (Lewis and Clark Public Health)

Lewis and Clark Public Health facilitates a Parenting from the Heart Parent Support Group. Member owned professionally facilitated support group based on Parents Anonymous and Circle of Security models. Call / text Greg Daly at 439.6945. Child care provided. Treats provided: parents are encouraged to bring treats.

Special Delivery! Childbirth Education (St. Peter’s Hospital)

The 4-session series covers recognizing the signs and symptoms of labor, breathing and relaxation skills, pain management options, coach’s role and involvement during labor, and Caeserean deliveries. This series also covers a tour of the birthing facility: checking into the hospital, hospital policies, reminders of what needs to be ready before you check into the hospital, prenatal education opportunities, and locations/amenities of birthing suites and nursery. These classes are free and registration is required. For additional information call 444.2369 or click here to learn more and register.

Labor & Delivery Physician Lectures (St. Peter’s Hospital)

St. Peter’s Hospital offers lectures on the first Tuesday evening of every other month. A physician will present information about the stages and phases of labor and show you some of the basic instruments used in labor and delivery and also provide time for some questions and answers. A pediatrician will provide you with some information on caring for your newborn and what to expect during the initial stages of development as well as some question and answer time. Please note that the physicians are sometimes called away for emergencies, and may be unavailable to make the class. These lectures are free. For additional information call 444.2369 or click here to learn more.

You & Your Baby (St. Peter’s Hospital)

This class is instructed by Clinical Specialist Karrie Fairbrother, R.N., who will educate you on the topics of baby care, including baby baths, characteristics of babies, umbilical cord care, steps of resuscitation, and post-partum care for moms. This class is free and registration is required. For additional information call 444.2369 or click here to learn more and register.

Boot Camp for New Dads (St. Peter’s Hospital)

What a fun time for dads! Issues covered during these classes include the challenges of forming a family, how to play with your infant, boosting dad’s confidence, dad’s new role as protector and coach, patience and support with new moms, dealing with the most deadly combination – sleep deprivation and hormonal imbalance. More items covered include hurdles to get through in the first week, feeding tips that get everyone more sleep, taking mom and new baby home, bonding, caring for your own needs, jealous pets, and other topics. No girls allowed, unless under the age of six months (sorry, moms). This class is free and registration is required. For additional information call 444.2369 or click here to learn more and register.

Breast Feeding Back to Basics (St. Peter’s Hospital)

This class is taught by an Obstetrical Registered Nurse who is a certified lactation consultant. Issues covered include the benefits of human breast milk, anatomy and physiology of how lactation occurs, elements which promote successful feedings, determining adequate milk intake, and returning to work and breast pumping. This class is free and registration is required. For additional information call 444.2369 or click here to learn more and to register.

Love and Logic ® (Florence Crittenton Home and Services)

This program is designed for families with children ages birth to age 6. The Love and Logic® approach is fun! This is the Love and Logic® curriculum designed for early childhood. Using plenty of real life stories, examples, and humor, the authors make this a program that parents really enjoy. This curriculum provides parents the skills required to feel more relaxed, hopeful and positive about their children. As they learn more, they’ll discover that parenting really can be enjoyable, and that they can teach personal responsibility and respect without losing their children’s love. Through the use of multimedia we will coach parents of young kids in skills that will give them:

  • Happy, fun families
  • Toddlers who go to bed the first time
  • Tots that learn whining and arguing does not work
  • Meals without the battles
  • Discipline without losing their love
  • Great comebacks all parents need to know
  • Youngsters that grow into safe, smart, confident teens
  • And so much more!

Please contact Kelly at kellya@florencecrittenton.org or call 996.1111 to register.  This class is a $75 value (including workbook), but no one will be turned away.

Circle of Security  (Florence Crittenton Home and Services)

The Circle of Security is a relationship based program designed to enhance attachment security between parents and children. Decades of university-based research have confirmed that secure children exhibit increased empathy, greater self-esteem, better relationships with parents and peers, enhanced school readiness, and an increased capacity to handle emotions more effectively when compared with children who are not secure. Please contact Kelly at kellya@florencecrittenton.org or call 996.1111 to register.

Loving Your Baby (Florence Crittenton Home and Services)

Loving Your Baby is a group designed specifically for young pregnant moms through age 21. Loving Your Baby meets in a relaxed, encouraging atmosphere at Florence Crittenton’s Outreach Center. Classes are focused on preparation for motherhood, childbirth education, and designing an individual birth plan that honors each mother’s wishes. Classes meet weekly and require pre-registration. Please call 406.996.1111 or email katyb@florencecrittenton.org for more information.

S.T.R.I.V.E. (Florence Crittenton Home and Services)

STRIVE is a group designed specifically for young moms through age 21. This is an incentivized group in which young moms can meet and support one another in achieving success in parenting, relationships and in their education. Attendees earn a $10 weekly stipend and $100 on completion of a 25 week series. Classes meet weekly and require pre-registration. Please call 406.996.1111 or email katyb@florencecrittenton.org for more information.

Safe Sitter (St. Peter’s Hospital)

A 12 hour, 2 day instructional program for youth ages 11-13. Topics include how to deal with medical emergencies, babysitting as a business, age appropriate entertainment, how to handle a choking child, responsibilities and safety. Students must pass a written exam and demonstrate rescue breathing/choking on a mannequin. Students must attend both days. Click here to learn more and for further information contact mfrank@stpetes.org or call 444.2130

General Parenting Classes

Child Care Partnerships offers general parenting courses hosted by a number of community experts. To learn more about available courses, call Brandi Thomas at 443.4608.