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Childbirth and Parenting


Children don’t come with instruction books and no parent is ever perfect, but you can up the chances for success with a little preparation. Covenant Health facilities offer a full range of resources whether you are in the pre-pregnancy planning stages, ready for childbirth classes, need breastfeeding information, or suffer from post-partum depression. You can find information on many of the classes listed below by calling 865-541-4500 or by visiting the following Covenant Health Childbirth and Parenting services:

  • Breastfeeding Class - Mothers-to-be are encouraged to take Breast Feeding classes within the 7th or early 8th month of pregnancy. Those who attend will learn breastfeeding basics such as how to get started, correct positioning and technique, tips for returning to work, and an overview of breast pumps.

  • Breathing and Relaxation Class - Study and practice various breathing and relaxation techniques to help you cope with the early stages of labor.

  • Childbirth Classes - A five-week series will cover topics including variations of labor and birth, breathing and relaxation, tips for your support person, pain relief, and care for the new mom and baby. Recommended for 1st time parents. Includes a facility tour.

  • Childbirth Refresher Classes - Moms and families who want to refresh their memories about various aspects of childbirth, delivery and newborn care are invited to participate in this one-time class.

  • Grandparents Class - This class informs expectant grandparents of the latest trends in obstetric care, infant care and safety.

  • Infant CPR - New parents, grandparents and others who provide care for babies learn life-saving CPR techniques developed especially for babies.

  • Infant Massage Class - Learn about the benefits of massage for babies and how to prepare baby for a massage. Then, practice specific techniques for easing common problems such as colic, gas, constipation, and teething, and helping the baby sleep more peacefully.

  • Lactation Consulting - lactation consultants see breastfeeding patients while they are in the hospital to assist with latch-on difficulties and other feeding problems during the patient's stay in the hospital. 

  • Marvelous Multiples - A complete childbirth course geared for parents-to-be of twins, triplets, or more! Tour of the intensive care nursery is provided. Breastfeeding and CPR are not included.

  • New / Expectant Fathers Class - Participants learn about infant health and safety and the importance of a father's involvement in his child's life, regardless of his relationship with the mother.

  • Parenting Classes - various classes offered from birth to the teen years for parents or other caregivers.

  • Parenting Classes (children ages 3-15) - open to anyone who wants to be a better parent. Parents will learn how to better communicate with their child by expressing anger without being hurtful, encouraging their child's willing participation, setting firm limits while maintaining good will, and using alternatives to punishment and resolve family conflicts peacefully.

  • Post Partum Depression - feeling sad, anxious, afraid, or confused. These feelings do not go away within a week and they may get worse. When this happens it is called postpartum depression. Postpartum depression can start right after the baby is born or begin weeks later. It can be a serious problem and needs treatment.

  • Prenatal Partner Massage - Learn and practice massage techniques that alleviate the principal complaints of pregnancy and labor. This class is taught by a certified massage therapist and includes practice time and mommy massage.
  • Sibling Class - Young brothers- and sisters-to-be prepare for a birth in their families by watching a video and discussing the changes that may occur. Targeted for the 4-10 year old.

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Knoxville, TN 37922
(865) 374-1000