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.

Call 374-PARK to register.

All classes are held in the Ocoee Room on the second floor of Parkwest Medical Center.

NOTE: Class dates are subject to change.

If delivering at Parkwest Medical Center, the expectant mother and her support person will need to make an appointment with our pre-admission nurse at (865) 373-4090. Pre-admission appointments take place at 36 weeks of gestation or later and will include a tour of the Childbirth Center


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.)

2018 Dates

Wednesday Evenings (6 – 9 p.m.):

  • January 10 & 31
    April 11
    May 9
    June 27
    July 11
    October 10
    November 7
    December 12

Sunday Afternoons (3 – 6 p.m.):

  • February 11
    March 4 & 25
    June 10
    August 26
    September 16
  • November 18

Birth and Babies Today

Begin this series during your 6th or 7th month.This multi-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. A tour of Childbirth Center is included. Fee: $75

2018 Dates

Tuesday Four-Week Series Start Dates (6 – 9 p.m.):

  • February 20
    May 15
    August 28
    October 30

Sunday Four-Week Series Start Dates (3 – 6 p.m.):

  • January 14
    April 15
    September 30

Online Option for Birth and Babies

For expecting parents, coming to a class in-person isn’t always the most convenient way to prepare for a new arrival. To accommodate parents’ busy schedules or physicians’ orders for bed rest, the Parkwest Childbirth Center offers a comprehensive, interactive childbirth class entirely online. After registering, you have eight weeks to complete the class. Fee: $75

Topics covered in the class include:

  • Discomforts of pregnancy
  • Comfort techniques for labor
  • Understanding labor and birth
  • Feeding your newborn
  • Caring for yourself after birth
  • Information specific to delivering at Parkwest
  • What to expect the first two weeks at home

Beyond Birth and Babies Online

This class is optional for parents who elect to do the online course. This two -hour session gives you an opportunity to meet with the institutors and ask any questions you may have. (No additional fee.)

2018 Dates

Tuesday Evenings (6 – 8 p.m.):

  • February 6
  • April 3
  • June 12
  • August 21
  • October 2
  • December 4

Infant and Child CPR

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

2018 Dates

Thursday Evenings (6 – 9 p.m.):

  • January 4
    February 1
    March 1
    April 5
    May 3
    June 7
    July 5
    August 23
    September 6
    October 4
    November 1
    December 6

Sibling Class

Targeted for siblings ages 4 –10, this class is designed to include brothers and sisters in the excitement surrounding the birth of a new sibling. We promote family bonding to help reduce jealous feelings. 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. Fee: $10 per child

2018 Dates

Sunday Afternoons (3 – 4:30 p.m.):

  • February 25
    April 8
    June 24
    September 9
    October 28
    December 2

Super Saturday Class

Take this in your 7th or early 8th month. This class combines the information from the Birth and Babies Today series into an all-day Saturday class. 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. Fee: $75

2018 Dates

Saturdays (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.):

  • January 20
    March 3
    April 7
    May 19
    June 23
    August 25
    September 22
    November 3
    December 8