Please call (865) 673-FORT (3678) with questions and for scheduling information.
Please note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to offer facility tours at this time.
Teddy Bear University Childbirth Education Classes are held in classroom 2 or 3 on Lobby Level of Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center.
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. Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to offer a facility tour at this time.
(6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – $65.00 Fee)
June 9, 16, 23, July 7, 14
July 21, 28, August 4, 11, 18
August 25, September 1, 8, 15, 22
September 29, October 6, 20, 27, November 10
November 17, 24, December 1, 8, 15
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.)
(4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – $25.00 Fee)
- June 21
- July 26
- August 23
- September 27
- October 18
- November 22
- December 20
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)
- July 22
- September 2
- November 18
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 parent must stay with the child. Please indicate the number of children and parents attending. Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to offer a birthing facility tour at this time.
(6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – $10.00 Fee per child)
Recommended for ages 4 to 8.
Jun 3, October 28
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. Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to offer a Childbirth Center tour at this time.
(9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – $65.00 Fee – Lunch on your own)
- June 6
- July 11
- August 8
- September 12
- October 3
- November 7
- December 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.