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)
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)
- January 10
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)
- January 16
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)
- January 2
(6:00 p.m. Meet in the Family Waiting Area, 6th Floor – no fee but registration is required)
- January 23
- March 20
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.
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)
- January 12
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.