Teddy Bear University Childbirth Education Classes are held in classroom 2 or 3 on Lobby Level of Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center.  Tours are included in the Tuesday series, Super Saturday and the Sibling Classes.


The anticipation of a baby can be an exciting and challenging time in your life.

Teddy Bear University wants to assist you in obtaining the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to meet these challenges.  Attending any or all of the following classes will help you prepare for the birth of your child.

Pregnancy & Childbirth Class

Begin this series during your 6th or 7th month. This five-week series covers 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 first-time parents. Includes a facility tour.

(6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – $65.00 Fee)

2019 Dates

January 8, January 15, January 22, February 5, February 12
February 19, February 26, March 5, March 12, March 19
March 26, April 2, April 9, April 16, April 23
April 30, May 7, May 14, May 21, May 28
June 4, June 11, June 18, July 2, July 9
July 16, July 23, July 30, August 6, August 13
August 20, September 3, September 10, September 17, September 24
October 1, October 8, October 15, October 22, October 29
November 5, November 12, November 19, December 3, December 10


Take this class in your 7th or early 8th month. Learn breastfeeding basics such as how to get started, correct positioning and technique, tips for returning to work, and an overview of breast pumps. Fathers-to-be are encouraged to attend! Fee: $25 (Breastfeeding book included.)

(6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – $25.00 Fee)

2019 Dates

  • January 10
    February 21
    March 14
    April 11
    May 16
    June 20
    August 8
    September 12
    October 17
    November 14
    December 12

Infant and Child CPR

American Heart Association certified instructors teach parents how to effectively perform the steps of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the removal of airway obstruction for infants and children in our Family and Friends CRP Course. Keeping your home safe for little ones is also covered. This class does not provide certification in CPR. Fee: $25 per person

(6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. – $25.00 Fee)

2019 Dates

  • January 16
    February 20
    March 13
    April 17
    May 29
    July 10
    August 14
    September 4
    October 16
    November 13
    December 18

Breathing and Relaxation

Take this class in your 7th month. Learn about and practice various breathing and relaxation techniques to help you cope with the stages of labor.

(6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. – $25.00 Fee)

2019 Dates

  • January 2
    March 27
    May 22
    July 24
    September 25
    November 20


(6:00 p.m. Meet in the Family Waiting Area, 6th Floor – no fee but registration is required)

2019 Dates

  • January 23
    February 13
    March 6
  • March 20
    April 3
    May 8
    June 19
    July 17
    August 21
    September 18
    October 23
    November 6
    December 11


Targeted for siblings ages 4 –8, this class is designed to include brothers and sisters in the excitement surrounding the birth of a new sibling.  A tour of the birthing facility is included in this class. A parent must stay with the child. Please indicate the number of children and parents attending. 

(6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – $10.00 Fee per child)
Recommended for ages 4 to 8.

2019 Dates

February 27
June 5
October 30

Super Saturday

Take this in your 7th or early 8th month. This class combines the information from the Pregnancy and Childbirth series into an all-day Saturday class, except Breathing and Relaxation which is not included. A good option as a refresher course or for those who would have difficulty attending five weekly sessions. (Not recommended for first-time parents.) A tour of Childbirth Center is included. 

(9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – $65.00 Fee – Lunch on your own)

2019 Dates

  • January 12
    February 9
    March 9
    April 13
    May 18
    June 22
    July 20
    August 10
    September 14
    October 5
    November 9
    December 7


Call the Covenant Call Center to register for class or pay class fees with a credit card.

Classroom space is automatically reserved for two, except for CPR and Sibling Classes.       

Classes fill up 2-3 months in advance, so please register early (by your 4-5th month.)   You will be scheduled to take your classes during the 6-7th month of your pregnancy. We recommend that you be finished with your classes 4-6 weeks before your due date.

Some insurance providers may reimburse you for some of your class fees. Please check with them to see what your benefits are. If you receive TennCare or are financially challenged, we can help with the fees for the classes. Please ask for this assistance if needed.

Please dress in comfortable clothes when attending classes and bring your support person with you when possible.

Class dates are subject to change. Please check with the Call Center to confirm dates before making special arrangements to schedule/attend a class and to check for cancellation in the event of inclement weather.