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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:

Teddy Bear University

LeConte Medical Center New Beginnings classes

Methodist Medical Center Family Education

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.

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

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. 

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.